Police say they won‘t tolerate gang breaches

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Police have a clear message to gang members, "breaking the law will not be tolerated even under Alert Level 3 restrictions".

"We have dealt with several incidents over the past week in which gang members have come to our attention breaking the law and breaching the restrictions," says Detective Sergeant Andrew Saunders.

The latest occurred on Saturday morning, when police returned to a known Mongrel Mob address in Hamilton to do a follow-up visit.

They had been to the address the night before and formally warned a patched Mongrel Mob member from Napier who should not have been there.

As a result of Saturday's visit, two patched members were arrested - a 35-year-old Auckland resident, who was charged with unlawful possession of a pistol, and a 32-year-old Hamilton man who had a warrant to arrest for failing to appear in court in March.

Both men are due to appear in the Hamilton District Court on today.

"Another man, a 28-year-old patched Mongrel Mob member from Tokoroa, was dealt with for breaching Alert Level 3 restrictions," says Andrew.

"Saturday's incident follows last week's arrest of a 34-year-old Mongrel Mob member who was stopped in a car by Hamilton Police."

He has been charged with unlawful possession of a restricted weapon and obstructing a medical officer.

"Our message to those select few who don't believe the rules apply to them is clear - if we continue to find you blatantly breaching the restrictions and the law, you will be arrested and prosecuted."

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Posted on 04-05-2020 17:07 | By

Spot on. I don’t think many Kiwis see the irony in this story. The Police obviously don’t. They’ve probably had a hui and assured the gangs that normal service will be resumed soon if they just keep in their bubble a bit longer. What a joke.

Self centered morons

Posted on 04-05-2020 13:42 | By Ben Dover

If we all behaved like these ignorant idiots then how many more cases and deaths would we have?

Gangsters Paradise

Posted on 04-05-2020 12:39 | By wayjan

Gang members breach the rules pretty much all the time anyway don’t they, and still at large doing as they please?

police not clear on rule

Posted on 04-05-2020 11:51 | By hapukafin

On other news today the police are saying they are not clear on the lockdown rules and lawyers are disputing rights on it too.The lockdown was rushed in without fine details worked out.Like in the first week,I was forced to fly home and cancel a drive home tour.An emergency lockdown should be just that and exsisting law doesnt apply,fines should be without warnings and should be large enough to really hurt.Govt says one thing,Med experts says anothe and the Police does another.

I wish

Posted on 04-05-2020 08:47 | By Merlin

I wish Simon Bridges would stop going on where HE thinks we should be on alert levels this may be inciting people to break the rules.He should listen to the Science and Health specialist.He is not the expert.

Too Many Warnings

Posted on 04-05-2020 08:12 | By

Everyone knows the rules by now. There is no excuse and likewise there should be no more warnings. You breach, you pay the consequences. @Slim Shady, love the humor - hahaha.


Posted on 04-05-2020 06:49 | By

Gang members ignoring Covid rules. Whatever next?