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Christchurch, Jan 14 NZPA - Four teenage boys arrested for streaking through the grounds of St Margaret's College and Christchurch Girls' High School in October have been granted diversion.

In spite of their apparent lack of shyness -- and the fact that at least two of them were handcuffed when arrested -- they have gone through the system without ever having to make an appearance in court.

On November 3, they were given registrar's remands to today for diversion to be considered.

Diversion was agreed by police and completed in every case, and all the charges against the four were withdrawn at Christchurch District Court.

The diversion scheme allows first-time offenders to get away without a conviction or penalty.

They are usually asked to apologise, do voluntary work, or make a donation to a charity.

The four were Timothy Edward Chapman, 18, Timothy Michael Beckwith, 17, Philip Bartrum Baker, 18, and Kyle Stewart Zegerman, 18.

Baker faced two charges of behaving in an offensive manner and the others each faced three charges.

The incident took place on October 28, when the youths decided to mark the end of exams with the streak -- to break the boredom, one of them said.

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