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Police Investigations Continue Into Road Offending During Steven Taiatini's Tangi

Police investigations continue in relation to offending on the roads during Steven Taiatini's tangi last week.


The post-tangi investigation phase is underway across the Bay of Plenty to identify offences committed and the perpetrators of the offending.


"This includes infringement notices for traffic-related offending such as allowing passengers to ride in a dangerous manner and not wearing seatbelts," Superintendent Tim Anderson, Bay of Plenty District Commander says.


Three vehicles have been impounded so far.


Under the Criminal Activity Intervention Legislation Act 2023, Police were able to stop and search gang-related vehicles during the tangi last Wednesday.


"As a result, nine people were arrested and three people have been summonsed to appear in court,"


"Those arrested and summonsed are facing a range of charges including for firearms and drug-related offending and possession of offensive weapons and ammunition,"


"They hope this sends a clear message to both the gangs and the wider community that Police do not tolerate unlawful behaviour and will work hard to hold people to account."


It comes, after Police issued a number of infringements and impounded five vehicles, following a tangi involving the Greazy Dogs in Welcome Bay on June 11th.




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