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Homicide inquiry into death at St John

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/10/2016

Northland police have launched a homicide inquiry after the death of man who was dropped off at a St John ambulance station.

The man, 37, was brought to the station in Whangarei about 6.40am on Tuesday in a critical condition and he died shortly after, before police arrived.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke says police have identified two addresses of interest in central Whangarei and north of the city.

Forensic staff from Auckland will be carrying out scene examinations at both addresses and at the St John station on Western Hills Drive.

Det Insp Burke says police are still working to establish the circumstances around the man's death.

He says police want anyone who might to have seen a group of men gathered in the Whangarei or Kamo areas in the early hours of Tuesday to contact them.

Police are waiting until formal identification of the victim before releasing his name.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled for Wednesday.

Apart from police, Mongrel Mob gang members have also been at the station, according to a Facebook post by a neighbour.

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