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Teens charged after campervans targeted

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/10/2016

Three teenagers have been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary after tourists' campervans were targeted on the West Coast.

The three - two aged 16 and a 17-year-old - appeared in Greymouth District Court on Tuesday.

Detective Sergeant Kirsten Norton says other people are being spoken to in relation to the offending, which happened in the Cobden area, and further arrests may be made.

She said none of the victims, who all came from overseas, were injured in the robberies.

However, they were understandably shaken and are being supported by their embassies and victim support.

"I'd like to reassure the victims, and other tourists and visitors to the area, that the people responsible for these robberies are being held to account," Det Sgt Norton said.

"We take this type of offending very seriously and will not tolerate it in our communities."

She said police wanted to hear from anyone in the wider Greymouth area who saw a red, older model Subaru Justy hatchback between 8pm on Monday and 2am on Tuesday.

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