Council contracted security guard assaulted on duty at The Lakes

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF

A security guard patrols the perimeter of the now abandoned Bella Vista Homes development. A private security guard has been attacked while protecting a single Tauranga City Council employee's residence. The attack came the same week a security guard died after being assaulted at a South Auckland, Countdown Supermarket.

Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier said the Tauranga assault occurred sometime between 10.30pm and 10.40pm on May 1 near Penetaka Heights at The Lakes, Tauranga. Council confirmed private security was assigned to two senior staff members' homes after concerning comments on social media were brought to their attention in the wake of the failed Bella Vista development which left 21 homes evacuated. "The comments were directed at council staff," chief executive Garry Poole said. READ MORE:
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"We are also aware of inappropriate behaviour towards our staff in public. However we cannot discuss those specifically. "We take the health and safety of our staff seriously, and because of this, we have engaged security."

Council could not provide the cost of having 24-hour security present at the staff houses but security firms contacted by Stuff suggested a starting rate at about £40 per hour, equating to £13,440 for both staff to have security. "We are pulling together the cost of security and will provide this when available," Poole said. "We are monitoring social media, and all options are being considered.

We have discussed these matters with police."

Tauranga police ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of the alleged assault on Tuesday night to contact them on (07) 577 4300.

- Stuff

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