5 May 2016

Driver attacked by window washers

7:17 pm on 5 May 2016

Auckland motorists are being told not to pay window washers or get out of their cars if approached, after a man was struck over the head with a cleaning brush.

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Police said a man had been waiting at traffic lights at the intersection of Great South Road and Greenlane West about 10.30pm yesterday.

He had told window washers not to clean his windscreen and was allegedly hit over the head when he got out of his car.

The trio of window washers then ran off only to be located a short while later by police.

One of them, a 17-year-old man, was found with items allegedly from a house burglary on Great South Road.

He was charged with burglary in relation to the items, and assault with a weapon in relation to the attacked motorist. The other two men were later released by police.

Police said they patrolled intersections to identify and prosecute those who breached the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw.

A police spokesperson said the council had begun 71 cases relating to the 2013 bylaw, which made it illegal to wash vehicles at intersections in an unsafe or intimidating way.

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