I’m a bit over these random attacks that are occurring by our youth against other youth. Recent Queensgate attacks, and the incident at Hutt Valley High School last year show violence against one another is accepted. These guys need to be found and brought to account quickly. I hope they are really over 16 so they can be made accountable.
Police seek shoe-stealing thugs
Police are hunting “cowardly thugs” who bashed up a 15-year-old boy and stole his shoes.
Lower Hutt police believe the victim was followed by two members of a larger group from the Naenae Shopping Centre on Tuesday afternoon.
He was then set upon and robbed of his shoes and was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.
“This is a random and violent attack, carried out in broad daylight at a busy time of the day,” Detective Constable Mike Smith said.
“The victim was targeted solely because of the type of shoe being worn. It was a cowardly attack committed by thugs who need to be prosecuted.”
The offenders are described as Maori, aged about 16-17. One had short brown hair with a bleached blond ‘mullet’ and wore a white top and short.
Mr Smith appealed for any witnesses in the Chapman Crescent/Sladden Street area to come forward.