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Teenagers attack two people during robbery of dairy in Whanganui

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Police have been investigating two weekend robberies in Whanganui and are appealing for help from the public.

On Saturday, just before 5:30pm at a dairy on Rangitikei Street, Whanganui East, three males aged in their late teens entered the store armed with a hammer.

They assaulted the male shopkeeper, as well as a woman who came to his aid.

Both victims were struck on the head in what was a vicious and unprovoked attack. They were treated in hospital for non-life-threatening head injuries. A fourth male offender had remained outside.

After taking confectionery, all four ran along Kitchener Street, into the Kiwi Street/Hinemoa Street area.

A Police dog and handler tracked through the area but were unable to locate them.

They were described as between 16-20 years old, wearing dark clothing, with a couple of them wearing “camo” hunting tops.

Police would like to speak with anyone who saw this group near the Rangitikei Street dairy, or in the Kitchener/Hinemoa area on Saturday. Anyone with information can contact Detective Mullany at Whanganui Police on (06) 349 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The second robbery, at about 7.35pm on Saturday on Polson Street in Castlecliff, involved two people who have been referred to Youth Aid.

These two robberies do not appear to be related to other Whanganui robberies that occurred earlier in the year, for which Police have already made arrests.

Over recent months, Police have visited 21 dairies, takeaway shops and service stations throughout Whanganui to review security measures and provide prevention advice.