Police have laid a number of charges against a group of youths, believed to be responsible for a trail of damage, assaults and thefts in Browns Bay.
The incident occurred last Saturday night when a group of Beachaven youths sought reprisal for an attack on one of their group. Police allege the youths armed themselves with an axe and baseball bat to seek out the rival second group at the Browns Bay beachfront.
Parked cars, some with occupants in them were attacked with windows smashed. The occupant of one car was dragged from the vehicle with a demand for money made and items taken from the vehicle.
Police allege the group also approached a person on a seat, took his wallet and attacked the seat with the long handled axe. Other damage was caused at a petrol station in Glenfield before the group dispersed.
Acting Detective Sergeant Scott Armstrong, says, "Seven youths have been arrested and face a variety of charges including unlawful assembly, intentional damage, aggravated robbery, assault and theft. Two other youths are known but are yet to be located by police, while one other youth has been referred to Youth Aid," says Detective Armstrong.
The alleged offenders have appeared in the North Shore District Court during this week and have been remanded till 27 January 2004.
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North Shore/Waitakere/Rodney Police District
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