Age of as­sailants shocks city po­lice

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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