Police are accused of letting criminals run rampant in central Auckland and failing business owners, RNZ reports, but now they say they will return to the area with a ‘powerful’ presence. Sunny Kaushal, who heads the Crime Prevention Group and the Dairy and Business Owners Group, said the city centre has become a “crime hub” where offenders have no fear of police. Acting area commander for Auckland City, Inspector Grae Anderson, said a lot of the crime in the central city seemed to be alcohol fuelled – and sometimes officers were ending up in the firing line.

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