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16/09/2016 12:00 a.m.
Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay and Police Senior Sergeant Scott Banfield say Ashburton is still one of the safest towns in New Zealand.
Mr McKay says that while there have recently been some very distressing incidents for the community, they reflect the actions of a small minority rather than the town as a whole.
Ashburton Police are currently investigating an assault on Monday night and have made an arrest following a fatal stabbing on Tuesday night.
"The terrible incidents occurring in the last few days have been unsettling but our police officers have been quick to begin investigating and I have full confidence in their abilities," Mr McKay said.
Senior Sergeant Banfield says while the incident on Tuesday night was very tragic, police were quick to make an arrest and this shows their commitment to keeping the community safe.
Community safety initiatives are in place throughout Ashburton thanks to a number of agencies. These include Council-funded security patrols, CCTV cameras, operational grants to Safer Ashburton, increased availability of late-night taxis, and the Police-led collaboration coordinating late-night patrols in the CBD.