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Offender referred to iwi community panel after school pupils robbed

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Two people have been arrested after school pupils were robbed in Clevedon last month. File photo supplied

Police have arrested two people in relation to the recent aggravated robbery of several school pupils in rural east Auckland.

One of those arrested has been referred to an ‘iwi community panel’ over her involvement in the incident, which happened on March 16 in Clevedon.

The pupils who were robbed had disembarked from their school bus and were waiting to be picked up by family from the Clevedon Village Hall in Clevedon Road at about 2.37pm.

Police said at the time that two males were reported to have approach several secondary school pupils and demanded money and their mobile phones.

One of the offenders allegedly presented a firearm before fleeing in a while or silver station wagon being driven by a female.

Counties Manukau South Police area commander, Inspector Joe Hunter, says two search warrants were executed at properties in Manurewa and Takanini in south Auckland on April 14, resulting in the arrest of a 27-year-old female and a 15-year-old male.

Police recovered a BB gun at one of the addresses.

Hunter says he hopes the arrests will provide reassurance to the community that those who offend will be held to account.

“This is a great example of police’s ongoing commitment to ensuring those responsible for these types of crime will be brought to justice.”

A 15-year-old male is due to appear in the Manukau Youth Court next week, charged with aggravated robbery, while a 27-year-old female has been referred to an iwi community panel.

Hunter says the investigation is ongoing and police can’t rule out further charges or arrests.

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