Two young boys got a stern lecture after pointing fake guns at their aunty on Marine Parade this afternoon.

The boys aged 10 and 11, were playing with their aunty who pulled up beside their car by pretending to shoot her with their soft air BB guns.

A witness saw the exchange and called police.

Constable Brian Halse said the report was taken very seriously.

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Armed with glocks, police tracked the vehicle down on the Awatoto side of the Parade.

Police returned the guns but not before petrifying the pair with a "bloody good telling off."

Mother Jessica, who did not want her last name used, said the guns would now be going straight in the bin.

"Ive told them before they can't aim them at people."

She asked the police to reiterate the message.

"They were very scared when they saw the guns and the bullet proof vests."

The family were visiting from Rotorua but plan to make a permanent move to the region after falling in love with Hawke's Bay.