P¯ap¯amoa home in­va­sion Masked in­trud­ers armed with axe and crow­bar

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Res­i­dents liv­ing in the quiet Pa¯pa¯moa cul de sac of Water­ford Park Drive woke to the sounds of scream­ing and glass shat­ter­ing yes­ter­day.

Po­lice say two armed men en­tered a house on the street about 4.30am and al­legedly as­saulted a man and woman.

The men were masked and armed with an axe and a crow­bar and were “specif­i­cally tar­get­ing this ad­dress”, po­lice said.

Po­lice were look­ing through CCTV footage late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, and no ar­rests had been made by 8pm.

A res­i­dent who lived in the street said she awoke to the sound of “glass shat­ter­ing”.

The woman, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, turned on her lights and an­other neigh­bour who lived op­po­site her, ran across the road to tell her there may have been a home in­va­sion. An­other res­i­dent told the

that his daugh­ter heard a com­mo­tion around the time of the at­tack but was not aware of what was hap­pen­ing.

He said his daugh­ter “heard a woman scream­ing ‘help me, help me’ and then it all went quiet”.

An­other neigh­bour also said he was wo­ken up by a scream.

He said he thought he was dream­ing.

“It was ei­ther a kid, or it was a woman, run­ning down the street scream­ing. And then I heard a car engine just speed down the street.”

Fif­teen min­utes later, he heard a cou­ple of neigh­bours talk­ing loudly out­side.

He said it was not some­thing he ex­pected to happen in Water­ford Park Drive. He was sleep­ing with his win­dow open. “It’s a quiet street.”

Other peo­ple liv­ing in Water­ford Park Drive said they did

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