Lion's Head & Sandy Bay

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Dec 18, 2013, 12:10:31 PM12/18/13

An Australian tourist was stabbed on Lion’s Head and another person injured in the Sandy Bay vicinity in separate muggings an hour apart, prompting authorities to warn those visiting mountain areas to do so in groups.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, worried about the two weekend incidents, said he would on Tuesday reassess the security plans focusing on the mountain chain.

Those visiting the mountain, especially secluded areas, should do so in groups of four or more, said regional SANParks spokeswoman Merle Collins.

“Don’t bring your valuables. What you do bring, don’t display it openly,” she said.

The two attacks, on Sandy Bay and Lion’s Head, both happened late on Sunday.

On Monday, police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said Australian tourists Aaron Joseph Ryan and his wife had been on the Camps Bay side of Lion’s Head at about 6.58pm when three men mugged them.

“During the incident, Mr Ryan tried to fight his attackers and got stabbed in the left shoulder,” Van Wyk said.

He said Ryan was robbed of his wallet, camera, cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money.

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