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Two French tourists attacked in Nelson carpark, one loses consciousness

A French tourist was punched in the head, losing consciousness, during an attack on two tourists and a local man in a Nelson carpark early this morning.

Nelson, New Zealand. Source: Getty

Police say the victims were standing near their vehicle parked in the Buxton Square carpark around 1.15am when they were approached by two men.

One of them demanded money from the tourists for being parked there.

This man then allegedly punched a 24-year-old French tourist repeatedly in the head, causing him to lose consciousness.

A second male French tourist was also punched and knocked to the ground, police say.

They say when a local man went to the aid of the tourists he was also punched in the face.

The alleged offenders then left the area but were located by police a short distance away and subsequently arrested.

Two men, aged 23 and 25, have both been charged in relation to the incident.

The 23-year-old has been remanded in custody to appear in Nelson District Court on April 3.

The 25-year-old man has been bailed to appear in the court the following day.

Police say they believe the incident was witnessed by a number of other people parked in the area..

Officers want to speak to them or anyone who may have been moving through Buxton Square Carpark at the time.