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Homicide Investigation Continues Following Death Of Ōpōtiki Man, Steven Taiatini

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward as their investigation into the death of Ōpōtiki man, Steven Taiatini continues.

Police investigations so far have uncovered a series of violent incidents which led up to Taiatini's death on June 9th.

"Nine people have been arrested so far, including for aggravated burglary, firearms offences and violent offences ," says Bay of Plenty Police Field Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Craig Rawlinson.

"Our enquiries into the full circumstances of Steven’s death are ongoing, and we know there are witnesses who are yet to come forward to speak with us," Rawlinson adds.

"We also believe there are video recordings of incidents that occurred that day in the community,"

Police urge any witnesses who haven’t yet come forward to please do so.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who has seen or who possesses video footage from that day to also get in touch." Rawlinson says.

Police urge anyone with any information that may assist in their investigation to contact them through 105 or Crimestoppers.

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