Police search for three knife-welding offenders after Hamilton dairy robbery

A Hamilton dairy was left blanketed in a haze, after a fog cannon deterrent went off during a robbery this evening.

Police have confirmed three offenders entered the store armed with knives then fled in a vehicle with items, including cigarettes. 

Police say they were called to Peachgrove Road Foodmarket on the corner of Peachgrove Road and James Street, around 7:30pm.

Fire also attended the scene after a fog cannon security system was set off during the robbery.

Video taken by 1 NEWS shows a thick blanket of fog in the store, products spilled on the floor and the cash register upside down.

The shopkeeper was unharmed. 

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and say there may have been a fourth person involved.

They're urging anyone who saw what happened or noticed suspicisous behaviour in the area around 7:30pm ton contact them. 

Goods from the store could be seen spilled on the floor, with the cash drawer upside down. Source: 1 NEWS



'Something's stirred them up' – Waikato homicides see 'unusual' number of patched gang members in Hamilton says ex-cop

A former police officer turned Hamilton Council member says the three Waikato homicides have seen an "unusual" number of patched gang members on the streets of Hamilton and the deaths appear to "have stirred them up".

James Casson gave an interview to 1 NEWS' Katie Bradford today, following the violent deaths of three men in the Waikato region in the past month. 

"Something has stirred up the gang members, there has been quite a few patched different gangs in town here that is highly unusual so there is something going on here.

"Obviously these latest three homicides that police are saying are fairly much linked that's what will have done it and brought them out so there are concerns in the gang world as well," Mr Casson said.

The former cop has a warning for the public to be vigilant in the wake of the recent violence.

"They are targeting other gang members but the public can get caught in the crossfire and people can get hurt."

Read more: More than one gang involved in recent spate of Waikato homicides - police

Superintendent Bruce Bird says at this stage police are treating the three murders since June 30 as separate investigations. Source: Breakfast

He suggested a hui between gangs, police and council could help alleviate tensions.

"I encourage gang bosses to put out a truce and get a hui together with other gangs the police and council, I'd attend myself.

Three violent deaths in Waikato linked to gang crime, police say public not at risk. Source: 1 NEWS

"When you have gang meetings it gets things out in the open, gang bosses will know what's going on," Mr Cassson said.

However, speaking at a press conference today, Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley said they were "targeted attacks" and the general community isn't in danger.

While Detective Pitkethley refused to name the gangs connected to the homicides, he assured that police have not heard talk of retaliations in the gang community.

 

James Casson, who is now a Hamilton Council member, says a hui between gangs, police and council could help alleviate tensions. Source: 1 NEWS

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Scumbag thieves bash man in wheelchair and take his wallet

A man in an electric wheelchair has been bashed and robbed by two men in Townsville after he refused a request for cigarettes.

The victim was travelling home from the local shops in Kirwan when he was approached by two men on mountain bikes for cigarettes, but when he refused he was bashed and his wallet stolen.

The victim sustained bruising to his face and police are now hunting a two men in their early 20s who were had been chased by two good samaritans after the incident.

Source: 1 NEWS