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Police move to allay glbti community's fears

Tue 13 Dec 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Wellington police investigating the murder of 43-year-old Phillip Cottrell are making a concerted effort to specifically allay safety concerns raised by the glbti community. Cottrell, a Radio New Zealand journalist, died on Sunday afternoon, after being attacked in Boulcott Street around 5.30AM on Saturday morning. Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Miller has released a press statement reiterating his belief that it appears Cottrell was the victim of an unprovoked, random and vicious attack. "We do not believe Mr Cottrell's sexual orientation was a factor in his death," he says. "Any member of the glbti community who has serious safety concerns or has any relevant information in relation to this investigation, should contact Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111." The media released points out that Police Diversity Liaison Officers are also available within the Wellington District. GayNZ.com has a list of DLOs here Miller says police are following a number of lines of enquiry and remain confident that those responsible for the cowardly attack on Cottrell will be located and held accountable for their actions.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 13th December 2011 - 2:21pm

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