Two teens appear in court
Two teenagers who allegedly assaulted a female police officer as she tried to arrest them for theft from a Paihia backpackers have been arrested. Police allege three people went into the Haka Lodge backpackers on Thursday evening and while one distracted the person on reception the other two went in a room and stole clothes and cash. When a female officer identified the male and female involved in the theft they allegedly assaulted her. A member of the public stepped in and helped and a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, both from Kaikohe, were arrested. They both appeared in Kaikohe District Court yesterday on charges of burglary, threatening behaviour, assault on police and assault on the member of the public.