Police in Auckland are alarmed that children as young as ten were apprehended after violence in and around a central city park over the weekend.
They said up to six people brutally attacked a couple and tried to confront another man in Myers Park on Saturday night.
They said that, the night before, five young people assaulted a bottle store worker and stole alcohol on nearby Karangahape Road.
The group then went on to hide in the park, but both groups of young people were picked up thanks to newly upgraded cameras and lighting.
Police said it was alarming that young people were on city streets and parks when they should have been at home.
Nine young people in all were apprehended over the weekend.