Police arrest 11 in relation to Rotorua assault

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Police investigating an assault on several innocent members of the public in Rotorua last month have today arrested 11 men.

Search warrants were carried out this morning in Waitematā and Whanganui.

The arrests relate to an incident on May 22 outside the Rotorua Sports Bar on Arawa Street in which 14 members of the public were assaulted, with two suffering serious injuries.

“The men, all Hells Angels gang members and ranging in age from 27 to 57, are facing a range of charges, including rioting, wounding with intent, and assault with intent,” says Detective Sergeant Caroline Wharton, Rotorua Police.

“This was a frightening attack on innocent members of our community. 

“The arrests today send a clear message that Police is committed to holding these offenders to account.

“Police would like to thank the public for information provided following an appeal after the 22 May incident.”

Police are unable to provide any more comment on the incident or provide any further information as the matter is now before the courts.

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