Police probe potential gang links to recent crimes

Armed police on No2 Road near Te Puke this afternoon. Photos: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Western Bay of Plenty Police are investigating a series of incidents in recent days involving damage to properties and shots being fired.

There was an incident of wilful damage at a property on Friday night in Greerton, and the same property was gutted by fire on Monday.

Around 12:24am today, police responded to a Hairini property where it was determined a large number of shots had been fired towards the house, says a police spokesperson.

Shots were fired at a house and vehicle in Hairini this morning. Images: John Borren/SunLive

"Police have been conducting a scene examination today, and continue to make further inquiries.

"This afternoon, police received several calls around 1:50pm where shots were reportedly fired at a property on No.2 Road in Te Puke."

The Armed Offenders Squad attended the area, as did the Police Eagle helicopter.

No injuries were reported in any of these incidents.

“We are investigating each of these incidents separately, as well as any possible links between them, and any potential gang involvement,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner.

“We are looking at increasing proactive police patrols in the Western Bay area to offer public reassurance and help prevent any repeated incidents.”

Cordons have since been lifted in the Te Puke area.

Armed Police at an address on No.2 Road on Sunday - Image: Daniel Hines/SunLive

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It's Overdue

Posted on 28-01-2020 22:55 | By Yadick

It’s past time for probing. Start acting. The Police, the Courts, and the Government need to pull finger and start doing a better job against the gangs. It’s (overdue) time to start wiping these terrorists out. Slam these little boys where-ever and whenever you can. It’s time to take the same stance as Aussie if not harsher. They’re nothing more than a pack of lowlife thugs that need to be dealt to with true and real justice for their actions. Forget the PC crap. The hue and crying that was kicked up about the so-called Greerton Hall complainer yet the law sticks their heads in the sand when it comes to gangs. Come on and get real.


Posted on 28-01-2020 21:18 | By Newsey

Any arrests yet? Surely there has to be someone made accountable for all the disruption.

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