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Charge after gang funeral procession

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/01/2017

A gang-affiliated man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon during a funeral procession on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old is due to appear in Whakatane District Court on January 24, and is a member of the Out Back Blacks gang.

Multiple arrests were made but no charges laid on Tuesday after shots were fired at a funeral procession of more than 100 cars carrying Mongrel Mob members.

Police are asking for anyone who may have a recording of the procession to come forward.

The motorcade left a tangi at Kawerau in the central North Island about 1pm on Tuesday and travelled through Taneatua on the way to Whakatane, police say.

The shots were fired about 4.15pm near the corner of Valley and Arawa roads in Whakatane.

About 15 police officers, as well as armed offenders squad staff from Tauranga and Rotorua, monitored the procession.

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