Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dancing Taggers

A Northland couple and some police officers are being investigated after the couple allegedly forced two men they believed tagged their fence to dance in front of a camera.

A video was made after the couple's house was tagged last Thursday in Otaika, south of Whangarei, police said.

Whangarei-Kaipara police acting area commander Inspector Murray Hodson said the alleged taggers were apparently located by the couple the day after.

A video subsequently posted on You Tube showed two men dancing in a house while those taking the video were waiting for police to arrive.

One of the couple who took the footage said one policeman who arrived took photos of the men and another laughed, TV3 reported.

Whangarei police said in a statement that a 20-year-old man was charged with wilful damage in relation to the tagging incident and that an investigation into the video footage had been launched.

"Police can confirm that the investigation involves looking into the actions of the occupiers of the house, where the video was filmed, the actions of the taggers and the actions of police who responded to the incident."

Mr Hodson said the best course of action for anyone who apprehended an alleged criminal was to contact police and let police deal with the incident.

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