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Arrests in Ngaruawahia Police assaults

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Western Waikato Police concerned by an early morning attack that left two of their number requiring hospital treatment have been buoyed by local support including that of some of the alleged offenders' own families.

Detective Sergeant Mata John of the Ngaruawahia CIB said a number of properties in the town were searched today resulting in the arrest of three teenage boys.

"One of those boys, a 15-year-old, has been arrested on three counts of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one of intentional damage relating to the assault on our two officers while two other boys have been referred to Youth Aid in relation to intentional damage on the officer's patrol car.

"The principal offender will be appearing in the Hamilton Youth Court on Monday," she said.

Ms John said while colleagues had been alarmed at the severity of the attack one positive to come out of the incident is the overwhelming support shown by Ngaruawahia locals.

"The message from the whole community is that this attack is unacceptable and the family of one of those arrested but it best when they said; "not in our town, not to our cops.

"That support has gone a long way to the quick results so far however our enquiries are continuing and we aren't ruling out further arrests," she said.