As at 9pm last night, the number of uncontactable people following Cyclone Gabrielle is now at 23.
Getting touch with those remaining 23 remains a priority for Police and we are working as fast as we can, using a number of different methods.
In the 24 hours to 7pm, 23 February 2023, Police in Eastern District have conducted 443 prevention activities, including reassurance patrols and proactive engagements with storm-hit communities.
Over the same period, Police have received 526 calls for service, including 9 reports of burglaries, 2 unlawful takings of vehicles, 6 thefts and 34 family harm incidents.
13 people have been arrested for a variety of offences – 7 in Hawke’s Bay and 6 in Tairawhiti.
1. serious assault – FH related
4. intimidation and threats
Three of the arrests relate to an incident in Bay View, Napier after 8pm last night where two people went to an address, one being a mongrel mob gang member, and attempted to smash their way through the property’s gates.
Police quickly attended and the two males were arrested and $17,000 in cash located. Police then carried out a search warrant at the address and seized four illegal firearms, cannabis, ammunition and cash.
Three males, aged, 38, 40 and 51 now face a number of serious charges and are expected to appear in Hastings District Court today.
Those involved are known to each other.
Issued by the Police Media Centre