Police on hunt for armed robbers

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Police were last night investigating what might have been the second robbery in Napier in two days.

The latest was 6.45 last night when a person appearing to be holding a weapon concealed under a cloth entered the Te Awa Dairy at the intersection of Ellison St and Georges Drive and approached the shopkeeper.

Few other details were available from the police national communications centre, but nothing was taken and no one was injured. Police were interested in reports of any suspicious activity involving people or vehicles in the area, including a carpark outside a fish and chips store next door.

Two people are being sought by police after a man was reported to have been struck several times with a skateboard and robbed of a mobile phone and bank cards in a pre-dawn incident in Napier on Thursday.

Police say the victim fell to the ground and was admitted to hospital with serious head lacerations after the incident in the Raffles St extension, opposite the entrance to the Pak'n Save supermarket carpark entrance, about 4.30am.

He was in a stable condition yesterday. Two males in their late teens or early 20s, were involved, said Detective Ross Alexander. They fled towards Munro St. One, described as Maori, was 170-180cm tall, and of solid build. Both wore dark hoodies, dark clothing and carried skateboards.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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