Police detain man under Mental Health Act after child kissed by a stranger in Regent Street in Nelson

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Police have detained a man after a child was kissed by a stranger in a street in Nelson yesterday.

Police were called to Regent Street just after 1-30pm after the incident, where a suspect was detained by members of the public. Officers arrested a 36-year-old man from Nelson.

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After a thorough assessment by medical experts the man has since been detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to a secure facility.

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Police have detained a man after a child was kissed by a stranger in a street in Nelson yesterday.Police have detained a man after a child was kissed by a stranger in a street in Nelson yesterday.
Police have detained a man after a child was kissed by a stranger in a street in Nelson yesterday.

A police spokesman said: “We know that this incident will have caused the local community a great deal of concern and we want to reassure them that this matter will continue to be thoroughly investigated. The victim in this case has been supported by specially-trained officers.