Violent family fight spills to Porirua street

MICHELLE DUFF
Last updated 18:07 14/07/2011

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A feud between two families exploded into a violence involving a sledgehammer, baseball bats and hockey sticks on suburban Porirua streets today.

A woman suffered head injuries during one of the two related violent incidents.

Porirua police senior sergeant Tony Smith said the first confrontation, which took place about 11am at the Elsdon address of one of the families, involved about ten people including members of both of the families and their friends. This resulted in an attack on the woman.

Cars were also damaged at the scene. Some of the people involved were carrying baseball bats and a sledgehammer.

This afternoon, a member of the public alerted police to four young men walking purposefully down Takapuwahia Drive, not far from the first incident. They were armed with baseball bats and hockey sticks, Mr Smith said.

Police believed they were seeking retribution for the first incident. ''They were seen to go into an address, and the police shortly afterwards arrested two of those people.''

Mr Smith said the two families had been arguing over ''private matters,'' which he would not repeat. ''You couldn't print it...that's all I can tell you.''

A man aged 47 and two aged 27 were arrested and charged with a variety of offences including wilful damage and assault with a weapon in connection with the first altercation.

Two youths, aged 17 and 24, were arrested in connection with the afternoon incident.

Investigations are continuing, and the men will appear in Porirua District Court.

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