25 Oct 2013

Mayor says violence plagued area now much safer

7:13 am on 25 October 2013

The mayor of Kapiti says the council has been working to address alcohol fuelled violence following the deaths of two young men.

The judge sentencing the killer of Sean Strongman-Lintern, 20, on Thursday said the Kapiti Coast community needs to try to stamp out alcohol-fuelled violence.

Another Kapiti man was attacked last year at Kapiti Lights next to Coastland's Mall, close to where Izak Millanta and Mr Strongman-Lintern were killed within two months.

Grant, who gave only his first name, says trouble had been brewing there for some time and the Kapiti District Council and police should have been on top of it sooner.

He says after travelling to cities around the world he considered much more dangerous, he did not expect to be attacked in Kapiti.

However, newly-elected Kapiti District mayor, Ross Church says the area is a lot safer now and past problems are being addressed.

He says there are now alcohol-free zones, more lighting, cameras and police presence.

Mr Chursh says it would be wrong to think the problem is unique to his district.

Kapiti community sergeant Jackie Muir says she is working on introducing one-way door policies at licenced premises, stopping people returning to bars after leaving to load up on cheaper alcohol.