Teens ar­rested in crack­down on CBD crime

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Porirua po­lice are hail­ing the suc­cess of an op­er­a­tion to tackle crime in Porirua’s city cen­tre.

Five teenagers have been charged with bur­gling The Metropoli­tan af­ter be­ing twice caught in the act on Fe­bru­ary 2.

‘‘Po­lice at­tended a call­out to the bar and a num­ber of young peo­ple fled the scene, but some were caught,’’ se­nior sergeant James McKay said.

‘‘Only hours later po­lice were alerted again to an­other break-in at the same bar, and five young peo­ple were ar­rested.’’

Those ar­rested were all aged 13 to 17, McKay said, and po­lice be­lieved they may have been re­spon­si­ble for some of the dam­age to Porirua CBD busi­nesses in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

Curry Vil­lage was bro­ken into three times late last year, and the glass front doors smashed. About 70 bot­tles of wine, beer and spir­its, and

‘‘The ar­rests we’ve now­made are of young peo­ple we have dealt with in the past. It was just a mat­ter of catch­ing them.’’

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