Weapons brought to end 'beef'

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 15:13 05/07/2013

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A battle between three teenage men brandishing knives and baseball bats threatened to erupt outside a Pahiatua school this morning.

Police arrested an 18-year-old Pahiatua man for possessing a weapon and two boys, one 16 and the other 17, have been referred to youth aid, Sergeant Tony Le Sueur said.

The disagreement was a longstanding "beef" between that boiled over on Wakeman St outside St Anthony's School at about 10.15.

Two of the people involved were carrying baseball bats, one also pulled a machete and the other brandished a knife.

None were injured in the incident.

The school kept the children in class during the altercation as a precaution, but there was never a danger to the public, Le Sueur said.

"They were only after each other. We're not really sure why, but anyone who wants to take along a weapon to a disagreement will have a date in court," Le Sueur said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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