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Four Youth Charged Following Kawerau Assault

Four young people have been charged following an assault outside a Kawerau business on Friday afternoon.

Police were called to a gas station on the corner of Plunket and Islington Streets about 12.35pm after reports of an altercation involving a group of young people.

"One person was found in a critical condition with injuries consistent with stab wounds, and they remain in a stable condition at Waikato Hospital," says Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Wilson, Eastern Bay of Plenty Investigations Manager.

"Multiple knives have since been seized, a scene examination conducted, and Police have spoken with a number of people who were in the area,"

"The four young people, between the ages of 14 and 15, have been remanded due to re-appear before the Whakatāne Youth Court on charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, in the coming week," Wilson says.

Police say they continue to appeal for information that may assist in their investigation. Anyone who has not yet spoken to Police are asked to get in touch.

Police ask anyone with information to call 105 and quote file number 240621/4014. Alternatively, people can head to Kawerau Police Station and speak with staff.

You can also share information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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