Hells Angels HQ fortifications will come down - 27/01/2010
The Wanganui District Council yesterday resolved to partner local Police in applying to the district court for an order to remove the fence fortifications that surround the Hells Angels headquarters in Kaikokopu Road, Wanganui.
The meeting heard from a representative of local residents and from Inspector Duncan MacLeod before making its decision.
Inspector MacLeod reiterated that the Police supported the council’s initiative, would partner the council in its court action, and that the fortifications directly impeded the Police from having ready access to the headquarters in executing search warrants and chasing fleeing transgressors.
On a number of occasions, the Police also reported that motorcyclists had evaded apprehension for traffic offences by entering the gang compound.
The council also resolved that Mayor Laws enter discussions with the Police Commissioner and Minister of Police with regard to financially contributing to the legal action.
“That would seem only fair. We want our Police to have the resources to do their job and we are actively assisting them. Certainly the gang patch legislation is already making a visible difference to our city. But this matter is likely to be a test case for the new gang fortification legislation, and a partnership suggests a financial contribution to our costs.”