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Update: Homicide investigation, Whakatāne

Police are continuing to investigate after the death of a man in Whakatāne Monday night.

Initial indications suggest there was a gang-related disorder incident before the man died.

‘We are committed to establishing what has occurred and locating those responsible for his death,’ said Detective Inspector Lew Warner.

‘Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the Ruatoki area and saw or heard anything suspicious between 9 and 9:45pm.

‘We would also like to hear from anyone with dashcam footage in the area at the time.

‘Police have obtained a Gang Conflict Warrant under the Search and Surveillance Act and will not be tolerating any retaliatory gang-behaviour.

‘Police will be maintaining a highly visible presence in the area, with extra staff arriving from other districts to support the investigation.’

A forensic post-mortem is due to take place today.

Anyone who has information that may help is asked to please contact Police on 105, either by phone or online using ‘Update Report’, referencing file number 231211/5404.

Alternatively, information can be passed to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-nz.org.

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Source:NZ Police

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