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School pupils allegedly robbed at gunpoint

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Police were alerted to the incident in Clevedon at about 2.37pm on Thursday. Times file photo

Police are investigating after two males were reported to have approached several secondary school pupils in Clevedon and demanded money and their mobile phones.

A police spokesperson says they were alerted to the incident in Clevedon Road at about 2.37pm on Thursday.

“One [of the males] has allegedly presented a firearm during the incident.

“The offenders have absconded with the students’ phones in a white or silver station wagon being driven by a female.”

A letter from a Clevedon school addressed to parents and caregivers about the incident has been shared on social media.

It states the two students disembarked from the school bus at Clevedon and were waiting to be picked up by their family from the Clevedon Village Hall.

“While they were waiting, they were approached by three people who demanded their money and phones, and one of them revealed that they were carrying a gun.

“Thankfully, the students involved in this incident are safe and weren’t physically harmed.”

The letter says the incident has been reported to police, who are investigating.

“We are hopeful that the perpetrators of this crime are caught as soon as possible.”

The police spokesperson says anyone who witnessed the incident should contact police by phoning 105, or go online to www.105.police.govt.nz using ‘Update Report’, and quote the file number 230316/0760.

Alternatively, phone the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800 555 111.

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