Three men were knocked unconscious in two separate incidents in Masterton early on Sunday.
Two Masterton men, a 29-year-old and a 30-year-old, have been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The first incident happened near the BP service station on Chapel St at about 1.30am. The second took place in Kuripuni at about 2am.
A BP staff member who was working over the weekend said he was unaware of the assault, as the service station had been closed at the time.
The store had CCTV cameras in place, but it was unclear where the assault had happened and whether this was within the cameras’ bounds.
Police had not approached the store for the footage, he said.
A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesperson said one person with moderate injuries was transported from the Chapel St incident to Wairarapa Hospital for treatment.
Another person was treated at the scene in Kuripuni.
A police spokesperson said the three victims received head and other injuries, but were now recovering at home.
The two men who had been charged appeared at the Masterton District Court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody. They were due to reappear yesterday.
Police Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth said initial inquiries indicated those involved in both incidents had been drinking at a nearby licensed premise.
“At this time, police believe that one group was heading home when they were set upon by another group,” Bysouth said.
“Although alcohol is believed to be a factor, the reason for these attacks is unclear at this time.”
Police continued to make inquiries and urged anyone who witnessed the incidents to call 105 and quote file number 210308/7948.
- Anyone with CCTV footage or a dashboard-camera which may have captured the assaults was also advised to get in touch. Information could be provided anonymously thorugh Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.