School­child­ren robbed at knife­point

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Four teenagers have been ar­rested af­ter school­child­ren were robbed and ter­rorised with a knife at an Auck­land train sta­tion.

Two Re­muera In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents were robbed on Mon­day while walk­ing through an un­der­pass head­ing to­wards the Green­lane Train Sta­tion.

The at­tack­ers al­legedly pre­sented a knife and a screw­driver be­fore steal­ing the bikes, po­lice say.

Ed­win, who asked for his last name not to be pub­lished, says his son and two friends were ap­proached by a group while they were walk­ing home from school around 3pm.

One of the young at­tack­ers tried to punch his son’s friend be­fore telling the three girls with him to grab the vic­tim’s bike and school­bag, Ed­win says.

The trio man­aged to es­cape to a nearby petrol sta­tion and con­tacted their par­ents.

Ed­win says the events seemed well-timed as his son saw the teenagers ride past with the stolen bike and catch the 3.11pm train head­ing south.

Po­lice were called to the scene and es­tab­lished cor­dons around the area, a po­lice spokesper­son says.

Three girls, aged 13, 15 and 17, and a 13-year-old boy have since been charged with of­fences in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated rob­bery, be­hav­ing threat­en­ingly and pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon.

It’s not the first time Re­muera In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents have been robbed in the past months.

In July, four girls were robbed while walk­ing home from school and two other stu­dents had their bike stolen.

Po­lice say the in­ci­dents were con­nected with a group of win­dow wash­ers who tar­get the busy Green­lane in­ter­sec­tion.

Ed­win es­ti­mates al­most half of the school’s stu­dents use the un­der­pass as, due to the mo­tor­way on-ramp, there are not many ar­eas par­ents can wait to col­lect their chil­dren.

‘‘Kids need to be able to get to school with­out hav­ing to travel through an area that has proven to be very dan­ger­ous,’’ he says.

He has asked the school to or­gan­ise a ros­ter of par­ents to pa­trol the area on school days or hire their own security guard.

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