Gang members arrested for New Years assault

Opotiki Police have arrested six gang members -- following an investigation into a series of assaults at Slims Bar.

A 48 year-old man was set upon by four members of the gang on New Years Eve -- he was punched to the ground and bottled by two members and kicked and punched by others.

A second male was also assaulted outside the bar and was king hit from behind by two members of the gang.

A female staff member tried to intervene, but was punched in the head by one of the offenders.

One has been remanded in custody and the rest will appear in the Opotiki District court tomorrow charged with counts ranging from assault with intent to injury, assault with a weapon, to male assaults female.

Sam Gardner