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One-punch attacks `deeply worrying': Key

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

One-punch attacks are "deeply worrying" and they're happening too often, Prime Minister John Key says.

"We've seen too many examples of where it takes place," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"I think some people just don't think through the consequences of what they're doing, don't realise the impact of what they're doing."

Mr Key says the attackers are often highly intoxicated and looking for a fight.

"A lot of them are drunk, maybe drugs are involved."

Police on Monday said two offenders were still on the run after three men were knocked unconscious in separate "appalling" one-punch attacks within minutes of each other in Auckland.

The assaults happened in the CBD on July 2 but police believe the unprovoked attacks were unrelated.

Nearly two months on, officers have released CCTV footage of the assaults, which they say could have life-altering consequences for the victims.

Australian authorities are cracking down on one-punch attacks, also known as king hits or coward punches, and in Melbourne liquor laws have been changed.

Mr Key says the government isn't considering any substantial changes.

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