More arrests have been made by police trying to ease the rising tensions between club members in Hawke’s Bay.
A number of search warrants have been executed in Ruatoria and Gisborne following two firearms incidents last week.
Six people were arrested on Wednesday related to the spat between Mongrel Mob and Black Power members. Two of them, men aged 26 and 29, have been charged with firearm offences and threatening acts.
“Ongoing inquiries into other gang-related offending has resulted in a number of further arrests over recent days,” Detective Inspector Rob Jones said.
A 31-year-old man arrested in Havelock North on Wednesday has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of an offensive weapon, and has been remanded in custody to appear in Hastings District Court next month.
A 22-year-old woman arrested at the same time will appear in Napier District Court in February in relation to a breach of conditions.
A further two men were also arrested in Flaxmere on Wednesday in relation to the possession of offensive weapons and drugs offences.
One of the men was carrying a large knife and the other a small axe, and cannabis and synthetics drugs were also located, Jones said.
“This is a difficult time for our communities, who are understandably concerned about recent events,” Jones said.
“We are alert to these concerns, and remain determined to protect them and ensure they are safe.”
Police remain in contact with senior club members, and are working with them and other community groups to diffuse current tensions, Jones said.
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