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Bay of Plenty Times reporter observed anger from motorists during Ōpōtiki gang procession

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Jun 2023, 5:52pm
Photo / Andrew Warner
Photo / Andrew Warner

Bay of Plenty Times reporter observed anger from motorists during Ōpōtiki gang procession

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Jun 2023, 5:52pm

Anger from motorists on State Highway 2 in the Bay of Plenty while police shut roads to contain a gang procession to a tangi in Whakatane.

Members driving to the crematorium were seen hanging out of cars, yelling and barking and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police say they stopped offending vehicles and collected footage- and could impound vehicles, or issue infringements or charges.

Bay of Plenty Times reporter Luke Kirkness says cars piled up while Ōhope Road closed for two hours.

"They were a bit fed up, it's fair to say. Most of them couldn't believe it. It was a bit of anger towards some police officers at the cordon."

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