Stuff.co.nz 13 April 2013
Elderly people are worried and outraged after an attack by children on a Feilding grandmother, and are calling for more police presence in the community. Feilding police are investigating an early morning March 27 assault in which three boys, thought to be aged about 11, attacked a 52-year-old grandmother as she walked to work, taking her shoes before leaving her unconscious and bleeding at the bottom of a riverbank. Feilding grandmother Louisa Pedersen said she was shocked to hear of the attack and worried about wider repercussions. “I’m concerned about the morals of the kids these days . . . I feel angry that they should attack people who have put in place things that have allowed them to be where they are today. “They’re just mongrels as far as I’m concerned.” Mrs Pedersen said early action may be needed to prevent trouble where youths congregate. “I want to see more police and more manpower out here in our streets.” Grey Power Manawatu president Wendy Gadd said members were worried. “We should do more with the kids, we’re too soft with them. They need to brought up with manners, to respect people and their property.” Feilding Youth Aid police officer Senior Constable John Samuela has previously told the Manawatu Standard the attack was the latest in a spate of offences in town by intermediate school-aged children. Police had been dealing with children “hassling” members of the public, loitering at Feilding McDonald’s, and being involved in minor assaults. Feilding CIB Detective Sergeant Kevin Anstis said the police had a number of suspects and were following several leads. He urged anyone who saw suspicious behaviour on the night of the incident to come forward.