A man was taken to hospital with head injuries after an
altercation between two groups on a suburban street in
Police say a hammer and a vacuum cleaner pipe were used as
weapons during the confrontation, about noon yesterday.
Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Cam Anderson said one group
carrying weapons attacked the other group at a Dickson Rd
property before fleeing the scene.
St John district operations manager Jeremy Gooders said a man
in his 20s was taken to hospital with moderate head and arm
injuries after the assault.
Mr Gooders said by the time ambulance staff arrived the
altercation was over and the victim was standing on the
street with the police.
The man was in a moderate condition, he said.
"Given what he was allegedly attacked with he was lucky."
Neighbours said they heard yelling and screaming coming from
the house just after midday but had no idea what was going
"They were all yelling and screaming," said one woman who did
not want to be named.
Several police cars, both marked and unmarked, were parked at
the house when the Bay of Plenty Times arrived.
Police were seen interviewing a group of about 10 teenage
When asked what had happened, the boys refused to talk about
the incident, saying "snitches get stitches, bro".
Police said one youth had been arrested and two others were
being looked for in connection with the attack.
Detectives were investigating the assault.
If you have information about the attack phone Tauranga
police on (07) 577 4300 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
- Bay of Plenty Times