A man dressed as a pink fairy, who had recently taken part in a breast cancer fundraiser, has helped catch a fleeing robber in Napier.
A worker in a dairy in Hastings Street was threatened by a man wearing a balaclava after 2pm on Sunday but managed to chase him from the store, police say.
The fleeing man was tackled by two members of the public, including the man wearing a pink crop top, pink tutu, pink fishnets and fairy wings, on Marine Parade, and an off-duty policewoman helped until on-duty officers arrived.
"While we encourage people to think about the risks involved before stepping in during an incident such as this, there is no denying that the efforts of these two good samaritans have assisted us in preventing this person causing further harm in our community," says Senior Sergeant Kevin Stewart.
"We accept the pink uniform is rather effective and was popular with bystanders, but I think we'll be sticking to the blue," says Senior Sergeant Stewart.
A 42-year-old man has been charged with aggravated robbery and will appear in Hastings District Court on Monday.
He has been treated for minor injuries.