Gang Unrest in Whitianga
Written by Ayana Piper-Healion on June 6, 2020
Two incidents in two days shock Whitianga locals.
Several people who witnessed an altercation on the main street of Whitianga yesterday were left shocked and upset by what they witnessed.
Patched gang members attacked a person in Albert Street near the BNZ. The incident was immediately reported to the nearby police station who called in a police officer as no officers were at the station at the time of report. By the time the officers arrived, the offenders had left the scene in a car.
Someone present when this happened, said they were upset and concerned that an incident like this could happen in Whitianga. They reported it immediately to Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie, who immediately followed up with local police.
Police have said that the incident happened at around 11:30am and involved two males and a female. There were no reports of physical injuries. The males left the scene in a vehicle and around 30 minutes later Police received a call from a female reporting that she and her partner had been assaulted in Albert Street. Police are following lines of inquiry into what took place.
A further incident then took place in Hannan Road around 10am this morning. Police were called following reports of disorder in the street.
Three people were arrested following the incident and are due to appear in Hamilton District Court on Monday on charges as follows:
– A 26-year-old woman on charges of breach of bail and obstructing Police;
– An 18-year-old woman on charges of assaulting Police, resisting Police and obstructing Police;
– A 22-year-old man on charges including assaulting Police and harbouring.
Mayor Sandra Goudie who was in Whitianga for the Pat Doak’s bench dedication ceremony this morning met with some locals concerned about these incidents.
Mayor Goudie said that gang presence was easy to see on the streets and had no place in the Coromandel. She confirmed receiving complaints from members of the public and said she had spoken to police about the incidents.