Youths smash up cafe, library, terrifying onlookers
YOUTHS have wreaked havoc in the Palmerston CBD, smashing the windows of Mosko's Market while terrified patrons and staff were barricaded inside, says a witness.
The group of youths have also smashed up the Palmerston Library.
A police spokesman said windows and furniture had been damaged during the afternoon rampage.
The incident started just after 2pm when the youths allegedly began to smash the cafe shopfront.
A witness said between six and 12 young people were involved, though police were unable to confirm this.
Police have called it a "serious incident" and have arrested four of the youths involved.
Police also received a number of calls from members of the public and viewed the incident on CCTV.
The police spokesman said it was going to be a protracted investigation.
"They will be working on this well into the evening," he said.