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Wellington Police are giving a reminder to the public to help combat the spread of misinformation on social media by not sharing unverified information.
“Last week we launched Operation Emerald after information was shared on social media regarding sexual assaults in Wellington,” says Detective Sergeant Stephen Wescott of Wellington Police.
“Since then, people who have absolutely nothing to do with the allegations have been accused of being the offenders on social media.”
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Operations like this one can create a significant concern in the community.
“This concern is absolutely warranted. However, we are again urging people to come to Police if they have concerns and avoid sharing identifying information on social media.”
The investigation into the sexual assults in Wellington is ongoing.
Police continues to ask anyone who has information that may assist with the investigation to call 105 and quote Operation Emerald. If you have been affected by sexual violence and need support contact Wellington HELP on their 24/7 support line, 04 801 6655.