Two Napier teenagers have been charged after a middle-aged man man was bashed for wearing a black and red shirt in "Black Power country".

The youths, aged 16 and 18, will appear in Napier District Court on charges of aggravated robbery and injuring with intent to injure.

Police said the 52-year-old victim had gone to the shops at Greenmeadows on December 23 when he was approached.

One of the alleged attackers told him: "This is BP (Black Power) country" and said they were going to take his shirt off him.

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The shirt's colours, black and red, are those of the rival Mongrel Mob gang.

The man refused to hand over his shirt and was attacked when he came out of the shop.

He lost several teeth in the attack.