A 36-year-old man is facing serious charges after a car was stolen and two people were attacked filling up with petrol at a Hamilton petrol station.

Police say the theft and double assault happened on Saturday afternoon at the same Gull service station with barely four hours between each incident.

A spokesperson said two people were assaulted when they were filling up with petrol at the Norton Rd station in Frankton at 1.40pm.

Later that afternoon a car as stolen when its owner got out to fill up with fuel at 5.50pm.

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Police say the man has been charged with assault with intent to injure, aggravated robbery and assault with a blunt instrument. 
 
He is due to appear in the Hamilton District Court tomorrow.