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Mum turns in sons over Kaikohe disorder

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017

Two teenagers have been taken to Kaikohe police station by their mother after a group of youths went on a rampage through the Northland town at the weekend.

The two, aged 14 and 15, were taken in on Tuesday, bringing to five the number of people police have identified in relation to the incident.

Inspector Al Symonds say the pair have been referred to Youth Aid for shoplifting and wilful damage.

On Monday, police spoke to another young male, whose name was passed on to them by a relative.

Two other males were dealt with by police on Friday night and referred to Youth Aid.

Insp Symonds says inquiries are continuing into what happened.

"We're really thankful to the whanau members for their help," he said.

"They do not want this type of behaviour in the Kaikohe community and the community will no doubt see this as a positive sign."

Insp Symonds said there would be an increased police presence focusing on youth activity in the Kaikohe area over the coming weekends.

Police were also reviewing the ongoing deployment plan - where officers were sent and when - in the area over the next few weeks.

The disorder began on Friday night when a group of youths allegedly went into a liquor store and ran out with boxes of beer.

It continued at a service station, where security camera footage from early on Saturday shows a number of people trying to smash their way in.

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