A South Auckland community leader says a mass brawl at a KFC involving a large group of students was disappointing and could have been avoided had police arrived earlier.
Mangere East Community Centre director Roger Fowler said the group had been gathering for around an hour when police were called yesterday.
"There was a bit of a mediocre response, one car did turn up but it took off soon after," he said.
"It wasn't until after the incident took place nearly an hour later that all of a sudden 13 cop cars arrived and it was a bit of a drama, which I believe was over the top considering that it perhaps could have been nipped in the bud some time earlier."
Today, police revealed that two 15-year-old boys were arrested at the scene of the Mangere KFC and have been referred to Youth Aid.
A 17-year-old male was charged with disorderly behaviour, possession of a knife and possession of an offensive weapon. Another 17-year-old male was charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest.
Around 100 students were believed to have witnessed the fight, but Mr Fowler says only about a dozen of them were involved.
Officers said chairs, bits of wood and possibly knives were used.
KJ Hundal, who witnessed the brawl, said six members of the public had to step in to break-up the fight.
"Me and a couple of other people, about four other men and one lady, the lady took one of the main I guess instigators into KFC," he said.
"Me and some of the other guys were just keeping the other groups apart, so just pushing them away and stuff like that to make sure they didn’t come into contact."
Officers are today speaking to the groups involved and aren't ruling out further arrests.
Police said units arrived quickly at the scene and were sent from across the district.
Counties Manukau West Area Commander Jason Hewett said Police cannot rule out the possibility that further people will be charged.
"This was appalling behaviour, especially given the presence of young children and elderly nearby," he said.
"They were just trying to go about their business and this was a frightening experience for them."
"We want to assure members of the Mangere community that we will be increasing patrols in the area, including around local schools."
- By Samuel Clarke
A bystander who broke up a large brawl in Mangere yesterday between rival school students says it is amazing that no one was seriously hurt.
KJ Hundal, a worker at the local post office, heard the commotion and found up to 80 youths throwing punches and raising chairs in and outside the Massey Road KFC around 5pm.
He said the teens were yelling and urging one another to fight while two families were inside the restaurant eating.
Mr Hundal was one of five members of the public who held the fighters back, breaking up the brawl.
It is understood the fight began behind the local community centre before spilling out into the streets.
Witnesses have described teens fighting on the road and cars forced to swerve around them.
Police have made five arrests over the incident.