Teens arrested over tourist attacks

The youths appeared in Greymouth District Court today. Photo / File
The youths appeared in Greymouth District Court today. Photo / File

Three teenagers have been arrested over a spate of attacks on tourists and thefts from campervans on the West Coast.

The youths - two aged 16 and a third aged 17 - have been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary.

Police allege the teens targeted campervans and overseas tourists in the Cobden area.

"None of the victims - who were all overseas tourists - were injured during the robberies, however they were understandably shaken and are being supported by their embassies and Victim Support," Detective Sergeant Kirsten Norton said.

"I'd like to reassure the victims, and other tourists and visitors to the area, that the people responsible for these robberies are being held to account. We take this type of offending very seriously and will not tolerate it in our communities."

The youths appeared in Greymouth District Court today.

Police said a number of other people were also being spoken to in relation to the offending and further arrests may be made.

Police would like to hear from anyone in the wider Greymouth area who saw a red, older model Subaru Justy hatchback between 8pm yesterday and 2am today.

Anyone with information should call Greymouth police on 03 768 1600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

- NZ Herald

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