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Window washers attack Auckland driver

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/05/2016

A man has been left with a head wound after being attacked by window washers at an Auckland intersection - prompting a warning from police.

Police say three washers fled from the corner of Great South Road and Greenlane West on Wednesday night after allegedly hitting a man on the head with a cleaning brush when he refused to let his windscreen be cleaned and got out of his car.

All three men were eventually caught and one was also carrying items stolen during a nearby burglary on Tuesday, police said.

The driver was taken to hospital with a head wound.

Police said they had charged one of the three cleaners, a 17-year-old, with burglary and assault with a weapon.

The other two were released.

Police are now urging drivers to not pay window washers - or to not engage with them at all - to dissuade the practice.

"Police frequently receive calls for service from members of the public about window washers, at locations across greater Auckland," Inspector Andy King said.

"This can range from intimidating behaviour to the risk they cause traffic by darting around moving cars."

Officers are now running continuous patrols on major intersections.

Under Auckland Council bylaws it is an offence to window wash at intersections in an unsafe and intimidating manner and has led to 71 prosecutions and 132 people being charged.

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