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Nine Mob members arrested in gang crackdown

Published: 1:49PM Wednesday July 06, 2011 Source: ONE News

Nine Mongrel Mob members have been arrested in Wairoa after a police operation against gang activities in the area today.

The nine, which includes senior Mob members, face charges relating to the shooting of a Black Power gang member outside the Wairoa Mob headquarters in October last year.

The charges range from wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, participating in a criminal group and offering to supply methamphetamine. No drugs were found during today's searches.

The gang's headquarters in Wairoa as well as houses in Napier and Hastings were searched as part of the operation.

Police believe today's arrests will seriously undermine the gang's influence in Wairoa.

"Gangs are accepted in this community, but despite that, their violent activities continue to impact on the town and its people," eastern police district manager Detective Inspector Ross Pinkham said.

"Police will not stand idly by and let them inflict more harm on innocent people."

Those arrested will appear in the Wairoa, Gisborne and Napier District Courts today.

Police said they were still investigating the shooting of a Mob member at a Mobil service station in Wairoa last year.

CCTV footage of the shooting was released last week and police say that has lead to them getting good information from the public.

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