Two men were assaulted by a group of teenagers in Hamilton
overnight in what police called a "cowardly attack".
Senior Sergeant Mike Underwood said police were called to the
corner of Anglesea and Ward streets about 2.38am.
"It appears two young men, who had walked into the CBD from
Hillcrest to catch a ride home with a friend who was
finishing work, were set upon by a group of males and had
their backpacks stolen in Garden Place," Mr Underwood said.
"As a result of the assaults both men are now in Waikato
Hospital under observation for a variety of injuries ranging
from scrapes and bruising through to a neck injury, broken
collar bone and concussion."
He said police found a group of males in an alleyway on the
Wintec Campus nearby.
"One of these males had a backpack on that had been taken
from one of the victims," Mr Underwood said.
"A second blue, black and white Quicksilver backpack and an
olive green hunting jacket remain outstanding and we will be
speaking to Wintec in regards to asking their staff and
students to keep an eye out for them."
A 17-year-old, two 15-year-olds and two 16-year olds are
assisting police with enquiries.
Mr Underwood said police were concerned that the youths were
in the central city at 2.30am.
"With Labour Weekend starting tonight and secondary school
exams about to commence, young people will have a lot more
time on their hands and it is imperative they have
appropriate supervision least we see a repeat of this
morning's gutless, unacceptable behaviour."