UPDATE: Enforcement action taken after gang-related funeral procession

As stated by Superintendent Naila Hassan, Waitemāta District Commander:

Police have carried out an operation into unlawful and dangerous driving exhibited in Auckland during a gang-related funeral last month, seizing two motorbikes and issuing 55 infringements.

Waitematā District Police, supported by Operation Cobalt staff, carried out the enforcement work following the funeral procession on 16 June.

Police monitored the procession involving King Cobras members where some anti-social behaviour was witnessed on the roading network.

An investigation began which has resulted in a 38-year-old man being charged with driving and firearms-related offences. He has appeared in the Waitākere District Court.

A 47-year-old woman has also been charged with driving offences, including failing to stop, and is due to appear in the same court at a later date.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with driving related offences and has appeared in the Wellington District Court.

So far 55 infringement notices have also been issued for a range of driving-related offences, and Police cannot rule out further enforcement action being taken.

Gang activity of this nature is unsettling for motorists, and it is unacceptable for any group who conducts themselves in a way that intimidates the community and other road users.

This ongoing enforcement action should send a clear message that Police will not tolerate behaviour that endangers others.

Police are working hard to ensure we keep our community safe, and we will continue to actively hold those who participate in illegal activity, to account.

We encourage anyone with information, including photos or video footage, to contact Police.

People can file a report online at 105.police.govt.nz, call Police on 105, or report anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-nz.org.

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