Attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant James Keene:
Eastern Police have made two significant arrests relating to the illegal possession of firearms this week.
On Wednesday 31 May, Police were called to a family harm incident at an address in Flaxmere.
Police subsequently executed a search warrant at the address and seized six homemade firearms.
A 23-year-old man was charged with six counts of illegal possession of a firearm and assault with a weapon.
He is due to reappear in Hastings District Court on Monday 26 June.
Yesterday, Police executed a search warrant at an address in Havelock North.
Two firearms and a large amount of ammunition were seized from the address.
A 20-year-old man was arrested and received multiple firearm-related charges.
He is due to reappear in Hastings District Court today.
“We hope these arrests provide reassurance to the community that we work hard to keep our communities safe. Police will continue to target unlawful firearms in the possession of criminals,” Says Detective Senior Sergeant James Keene.
Anyone who has concerns about organised crime, criminal activity, or the illegal possession of firearms in their community, is urged to contact Police.
You can make a report online at 105.police.govt.nz, call Police on 105, or report anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
Issued by Police Media Centre