BOP offenders hit with combined 40-year sentence

Armed police in Whakatane in January 2017.

Eastern Bay of Plenty Police are pleased with the prosecution of 23 people following a "violent incident" in Whakatane last year.

The investigation, which followed a violent incident in Whakatane in January 2017, saw 25 people arrested and charged with a range of offences, says Detective Sergeant Darren Thomas.

Twenty-three of those were convicted, and received more than 40 years’ prison time between them.

Darren says the outcome should send a strong message that Police are taking action against violent crime in the Eastern Bay of Plenty area.

"Police will continue to hold people accountable for this type of offending, while also encouraging them to pursue a more positive life direction.

"We are very grateful to the local community who provided valuable information at the outset which allowed us to progress this investigation in a positive manner.

"Police want the Whakatane community to know that we will thoroughly investigate any incident such as this, and appropriate action will be taken."


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