23 Dec 2011

Police appeal for more information on Turangi attack

8:42 pm on 23 December 2011

Police investigating the vicious assault on a 5-year-old girl at a Turangi camping ground on Wednesday say they're looking for anyone who was in the area at the time.

Detective Inspector Mark Loper says the police want to hear from anyone who was near the Club Habitat camp ground on Wednesday night.

Mr Loper says the police also want to hear from people who suspect something is not quite right with someone who was out in Turangi at that time.

He says there were several parties in Turangi on Wednesday night and police are investigating those.

Police District Commander Glenn Dunbier says police have received many phone calls of support from the public and food has been delivered to the investigation team.

He says, however, the phone call that the police really want to receive is the one that identifies the attacker.

The 5-year-old's condition is improving and she's been sitting up in her Waikato Hospital bed and drawing.

Too soon for reward offer, police say

Some people in Turangi have offered a reward for information about the assault but police warn offers of money can result in misleading information and fear it may be too early in the investigation.

A cordon is in place around the camping ground. Extra officers have been brought in from Taupo, Rotorua and Waikato.

The family says gifts have been coming in for the child and are being accepted at Hamilton police station and Waikato hospital.

As they are travelling back to Europe soon, some of the gifts will have to remain in New Zealand and will be donated to other children in Waikato hospital.