Mum turns two sons over to police after youth rampage in Kaikohe

The mob of youths were shown kicking and hurling rocks at the Kaikohe petrol station.
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The mob of youths were shown kicking and hurling rocks at the Kaikohe petrol station.

A mother turned her two young sons over to police after they were involved in a rampage in Kaikohe, Northland.

A group of up to 20 youngsters aged 12 to 14 stole 10 boxes of beer after breaking into The Shed liquor store on the night of March 17.

They also tried to break into the Mobil service station about 1am.

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The two youths, aged 15 and 14, were referred to Youth Aid for shoplifting and wilful damage in relation to the incident, Inspector Al Symonds said.

READ MORE: 'Patrol leader calls for curfews and more cops after Kaikohe youth rampage'

Another young man was turned into police by a family member on Monday.

On the night of the disorder another two youths were dealt with by police. They were also referred to Youth Aid.

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

"We're really thankful to the whanau members for their help, they do not want this type of behaviour in the Kaikohe community and the community will no doubt see this as a positive sign," he said.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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