Staff at a Northland supermarket cowered in fear last night as a mob of youths looted the store.
Up to 100 youths aged between 12-17 gathered outside the Countdown supermarket at 9.30 pm after Whangarei’s fireworks display. A “large number” of the mob entered the store in what looked like a planned attack. Senior Sergeant Cliff Metcalfe of the local constabulary said
“[They’ve] gone on a rampage in the supermarket, taking alcohol and chocolate … the reports were of what was effectively looting.”
Countdown staff were unable to contain the crowd and the supermarket was forced to close early, he said. “The store shut down, the staff were obviously shaken.”
Known as the “lawless north,” the Northland region has long had a reputation for inter-generational crime and extreme poverty.
Northland also has New Zealand’s highest unemployment rate and a dubious international reputation for tourist assaults. Offenders are often let off with home detention sentences, which do little to deter crime.
If you’re thinking about emigrating to or visiting Northland, you’re strongly advised to go elsewhere.
If you’re emigrating to New Zealand with children you may like to reconsider your decision in light of the country’s rape culture becoming a “national health crisis”.
Police have uncovered another ‘Roast buster’ gang of young males who’ve been sexually assaulting young girls and posting photographs of the attacks on social media.
As was the case with the original ‘Roast buster’ gang, this latest group of young men have not been charged with any offences. Understandably, this is causing outrage in New Zealand as the country is doing nothing to counter its rape culture.
Police have let school boys off with warnings after they performed lewd acts on drunk girls and posted pictures online.
The case involved senior boys from an unnamed New Zealand secondary school plying young girls with alcohol and recording sexually degrading acts, before uploading the images to a private Facebook page.
New Zealand Secondary Principals’ Association executive member Patrick Walsh, chairman of a high-powered Government group to counter cyber-bullying among school students, is dismayed no one was prosecuted.
Walsh, who declined to reveal the school involved, was told of the incident by the principal of the teens’ school.
“The boys had a competition where they would get young girls drunk and they would dangle their genitalia over their faces and take photos,” he said.
“The competition was how many girls you could get into those compromising photos.” He advised the school to let the police handle any inquiry.
True to form, the police have declined to prosecute the young males and let them off with warnings. The identity of the youths’ school has been redacted, to protect reputations.
Mr Walsh said
“What they are doing is criminal and totally unacceptable. In my view they do need to be charged, convicted and a message [sent] to teenagers across the country that this is totally unacceptable.”…
The incident has echoes of the infamous Roast Busters scandal two years ago in which a group of young men claimed to have got young girls drunk before having sex with them. They bragged about their alleged exploits on a Facebook page.
No charges were laid, despite several official complaints, including from a 13-year-old girl.
An Independent Police Conduct Authority of New Zealand of New Zealand report released in March criticised the initial police investigation, saying it had let down alleged victims.
National sexual violence survivor advocate Louise Nicholas said it was concerning the teenagers in the latest cases weren’t held to account. “For boys of that age, with that type of behaviour, a warning is a joke.” source
In the first Roast Busters incident the sons of several high profile New Zealanders were involved, including the children of famous actors and police officers.
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