Two 23 year old Whakatane men are in Police custody. Area Police Commander Sandra Venables is is commending patrons at the Turf Bar in Kopeopeo for their part in capturing both men initially last night.

A Police report said one of the two men demanded money before his accomplice arrived armed with a gun. However a patron holding a Cue stick hit the armed man over the head and was overpowered.

Although one robber escpaed he was captured by Police this morning. Both robbers were to have apppeared in teh Whakatane district court this afternoon to face charges of assault and robbery.

Tokorua nga tangata rau tekau ma toru tau o raua pakeke o Whakatane e mauhere ana i nga Pirihimana o Whakatane. Kei te mihimihi a Pirihimana Hautu Sandra Venables o Whakatane i ngā tāngata kaitoro o te whare inu Turf Bar i Kopeopeo nā rātau ngā tokorua i hopukina tuatahi i te po rā. Hei nga purongo pirihimana ka kuhu tetahi o nga tokorua ki te tono putea māna katahi ka whai ko tana hoa whanako e mau pū ana. Engari ka riro mā tetahi tangata e ringapu ana i tetahi rakau poro waru ka patua te mahunga o te kaiwhanako e mau pu ana. Ahakoa i rere atu tetahi nga kaiwhanako no te ata nei kitea a ia e nga Pirihimana. Kua tū nga tokorua tāhae i te koti a rohe o Whakatane i tenei ahiahi e hāmene ana raua tahi mo te tukino tangata me te whanakotanga.