Gutsy community guide back on Queenstown streets

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A gutsy Queenstown comm-unity guide is back on the beat – a month after being bashed in a savage attack. 

Alex Taylor, 33, considered quitting his role as a part-time CBD street patroller following the sickening 1.40am assault in Church Street on November 21. 

He was left suffering from a suspected fractured back, broken cheekbone and severe bruising after being kicked, punched and head-butted to the ground by drunken thugs. 

Last Friday he returned to the three-nights-a-week job he loves. 

“Despite the attack, I’ve been eager to get back onto the streets as I’m committed to helping make the community a safer and more enjoyable place for both locals and the many visitors to the region over the summer months,” Taylor says. 

“I enjoy my job and find it very rewarding. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the community and serve them in a positive way.” 

Taylor – who was patrolling the CBD with his partner Lily Reeve at the time of the attack – also pays tribute to the backing he’s had from resort residents. 

“The tremendous amount of support and encouragement I have received from the public has been quite overwhelming,” he says. 

On December 13 at Queenstown District Court, Tony Jean Spence, 21, a local glazier, was sentenced to 50 hours’ community work for his part in the attack on Taylor. 

A 21-year-old Dunedin man has separately been charged with serious assault.