Young German couple beaten, robbed at New Zealand campsite

Dec. 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM   |   0 comments

WHAKATANE, New Zealand, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A young German couple visiting New Zealand were robbed by a group that beat them up early Thursday at a Whakatane campground, police said.

The couple, a 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman, were able to get away from their attackers and summon police, the New Zealand Herald reported. Officers who arrived a few minutes later found people ransacking the couple's tent.

Four people have been arrested, and police were searching for a fifth suspect.

Police said they had been deluged with calls from New Zealanders wanting to assist the couple.

"This is an appalling and mindless attack on a young couple and incredibly sad that this will be their lasting memory of Christmas in our beautiful country,'' Area Commander Inspector Sandra Venables said.

Whakatane is a sizable town in the Bay of Plenty region on the North Island.

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