More arrests in Urewera firearms inquiry

Three more men have been arrested for firearms offences in the Bay of Plenty area targeted in last year’s anti-terrorism raids.

Police said the arrests involved two men aged 44 and 46 from Maketu and a 24-year-old Ruatoki man.

Officers had “arrested three people as part of the ongoing investigation into firearms offences in the Bay of Plenty area”.

They are due to appear in the Tauranga and Whakatane district courts.

A police statement issued today said: “In October last year sixteen people were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of firearms in the Ruatoki and Western Bay of Plenty area. The three arrested will appear in court today facing the same type of charges.

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