Age of assailants shocks city police
A 10-year-old boy was one of nine youths apprehended by police in a city centre park after two violent attacks over the weekend.
On the evening of March 6 a staff member at a Karangahape Rd bottle store was robbed and assaulted by a group of five youths who fled to nearby Myers Park, police say.
They were caught after being seen on CCTV.
Police have access to footage from cameras in the park and from hundreds of others across the city and road networks through their district command centre.
A 17-year-old girl and her three associates, aged 15, 12 and 13, were referred to youth aid.
The following day another group seen loitering in the park via CCTV allegedly ‘‘brutally attacked’’ a couple.
A 10-year-old was apprehended along with two 13-year-olds.
A 16-year-old was arrested and will appear in Youth Court charged with three counts of assault with intent to injure and the others were referred to youth aid.
Auckland City Police Inspector Gary Davey says the viciousness and the age of the group involved ‘‘beggars belief’’.
‘‘That young people were out and about on city streets and parks when they should have been in their homes, is alarming from a children’s care and protection perspective,’’ he says.