Armed offenders burst into Coast home

DEIDRE MUSSEN
Last updated 15:53 20/06/2013

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A second armed home invasion has occurred in a remote part of the West Coast in less than six weeks.

Armed intruders with disguised appearances burst into a Fox River house on State Highway 6, north of Punakaiki, and detained the couple living there about 9.30pm yesterday.

"They remained at the property for some time before departing in a vehicle," Detective Sergeant Gavin Nichols, of the Greymouth CIB, said.

The victims were shaken by their ordeal and had been treated for minor injuries.

Nichols said police had secured the main road property, north of the Fox River bridge, and would carry out a full scene examination over the next couple of days with assistance from Environmental Science and Research specialists.

On May 9, police launched a manhunt after a "sinister" home invasion by two gunmen at a Barrytown property, less than 30 kilometres south of Fox River, about 3am.

Police said then that no shots were fired during the "physical confrontation" between the men and three occupants. However, a male occupant was taken to Grey Base Hospital with minor injuries and discharged later that day.

The offenders fled from the address in a vehicle.

Detective Kirsten Norton, of the Greymouth CIB, said at the time that the offenders' actions were "sinister and extremely dangerous".

"Police do not believe the attack was a random event and do not have concerns for other householders in the area."

Police were appealing to anyone who was in or around the Fox River area yesterday, or who travelled between Punakaiki and Charleston and saw any vehicles, to call the Greymouth police on 03 768 1600.

Information could also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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