Police warn Queenstowners about ‘begging’ woman

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Police are warning Queenstowners about a middle-aged woman calling on CBD businesses asking for money.

The Maori woman, believed to be from Taranaki and living in Frankton, told staff that her son has died in a motorcycle accident in New Plymouth and she needs money to get home and arrange a funeral.

Police say she has approached several businesses in recent weeks, some more than once.

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “If her story is valid, there are many agencies in Queenstown that could help such as The Salvation Army.

“It appears to be a sob story. The same woman has also been knocking on doors in Frankton asking for spare food.

“People should be aware they might be approached by the woman behaving in a manner that is tantamount to begging.”

The woman is slim, about 173cm tall, and wears her hair in a ponytail.