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Man Due In Court Following Arrest & Firearm Seized In Whakatāne

A man has been arrested and a firearm seized following a routine vehicle stop in Whakatāne last night.

Police stopped a vehicle travelling on Paterson Place at around 11:30pm.

"When the officers came to the window, they smelt cannabis and subsequently searched the vehicle," Senior Sergeant Helen Hay, Whakatāne Response Manager says.

"A quantity of cannabis, ammunition, a large knife, and a firearm were seized from the vehicle,"

"The driver, a 36-year-old man, is due to appear before the Whakatāne District Court on two charges of possessing an offensive weapon, possession of ammunition, possession of cannabis and other charges,"

"Police work hard to disrupt and prevent crime, especially activity with the potential to cause serious harm," Hay says.

Police ask anyone who spots any suspicious or unlawful activity currently happening, to ring 111. If it’s after the fact, call Police on 105.

Alternatively you can report any information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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