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Twelve arrests after gang funeral

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/01/2017 Sean Martin

<span style="font-size:13px;">Police have raided properties in Whakatane and arrested 12 men in an ongoing investigation into the shooting at a gang funeral procession.</span> © SNPA Police have raided properties in Whakatane and arrested 12 men in an ongoing investigation into the shooting at a gang funeral procession. Police have arrested 12 people following the shootings and disorder during a gang funeral in Whakatane earlier this month.

Armed police with search warrants raided properties in Whakatane on Friday morning to make the arrests, says Detective Senior Sergeant John Wilson.

The men are facing charges including using a firearm against law enforcement officers, reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of firearms, participating in an organised criminal group and rioting.

A funeral motorcade of more than 100 cars carrying Mongrel Mob members left a tangi at Kawerau in the central North Island on January 17 and travelled to Hillcrest Crematorium in Whakatane where police closed the entrance.

The shots were fired in the afternnon near the corner of Valley and Arawa roads in Whakatane.

"The anti-social behaviour of these individuals and the events of 17 January were dangerous and unacceptable, and because of them members of the public were put at risk," says Det Sen Sgt Wilson.

A firearm and a quantity of ammunition were found during the searches on Friday.

Earlier a 21-year-old member of the Out Back Blacks gang was arrested.

The investigation is ongoing.

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