Thu
18
Oct
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Devils Henchmen ride easier as the club reaches 40

Some might see them as unorthodox but the Devils Henchmen say they're maturing as the Timaru club revs up to celebrate 40 years.   

They will mark the milestone this long weekend and say there's plenty of life left in the club - despite an ageing membership.

The club has gained notoriety over the years - specifically in the early 90s - when gang tensions intensified in South Canterbury, capturing national attention. 

On the eve of their birthday, club members maintain there have been misconceptions over the years. 

"Everyone is getting older and wiser; no one is getting any younger," club member Bryn Cox said. 

Fri
28
Sep
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Misunderstood good guys or a real blight?

One of New Zealand’s pre-eminent gang experts and the Leader of the Opposition are at odds over dealing with the festering gang menace in Tauranga.

Simon Bridges told The Weekend Sun this week he’s concerned at gangs gaining a stronger foothold in Tauranga. He says he’s genuinely disgusted and very angry.

“They must be stopped. We can’t afford for gangs to become normalised in our city. What do we need to do to get rid of them?”

However, sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert, who immersed himself in gang culture for his PhD thesis and authored the authoritative ‘Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand’, says firebrand comments about gangs from the hustings have a long tradition in New Zealand.

Thu
09
Aug
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Hell's Angels gang member sentenced for drunken fights in town after family function

A senior member of the Hell's Angels will serve nine months' home detention for assaulting six people in a drunken rampage after a decade of sobriety.

Chad Ian Mcrae-Tweeddale, 28, was sentenced by Judge Jim Large in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to five charges of assault and charges of assault with intent to injure and threatening to injure. 

Mcrae-Tweeddale was at a family function on February 24 when he decided to drink for the first time in 10 years. 

After the function he went to the Regent Arcade in Palmerston North and went to two bars, leaving six victims in his wake. 

About 12.30am on February 25 he was in one of the bars with associates in a seated area. 

Mon
11
Jun
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Mystery end to gang pad kidnap charges

Charges laid after a police raid in which a badly injured man was rescued from a Napier gang pad have been withdrawn.

But the charges have been withdrawn without prejudice, meaning police can still lay charges again if they decide to.

The charges, stemming from a Saturday afternoon raid at the headquarters of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Kenny Ave, Ahuriri, five months ago, were withdrawn without explanation and without appearances by any of the trio before Judge Geoff Rea in Napier District Court yesterday.

Seth John Forde, 39, Dyllan John Henderson, now 32, and Ropine Robin Paul, 23, had been jointly charged with unlawfully detaining a 31-year-old and wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They had denied the charges.

Fri
01
Jun
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Raid of Tribesmen MC property nets cash and drugs

A police raid into suspected drug dealing by Tribesmen Motorcycle gang members uncovered several thousand dollars in cash, methamphetamine and a cannabis growing operation.

Sergeant Daniel Isherwood said police raided a property on Valley Rd, Cashmere in Christchurch on Friday. The property has strong links to the motorcycle gang.

Isherwood said dealing quantities of methamphetamine, scales, deal bags and a cannabis growing operation were located in the home along with several thousand dollars in cash.

A 25-year old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply, cultivating cannabis and possession of cannabis.

READ MORE: Arrests after police raid Tribesmen MC properties looking for drugs

They are due to appear in the Christchurch District Court.

Tue
29
May
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Mongrel Mob member pleads guilty to a charge of being accessory after the fact to manslaughter

A Mongrel Mob member has admitted helping a fellow gang member burn the van involved in a crash which killed a Tribesman gang member.

Jared Renata Te Moana pleaded guilty in the High Court at Rotorua on Monday to a charge of being an accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

The offending happened on November 26, 2016, in the Waihau Bay area, South East of Opotiki.

It was the day of a tangi, the unveiling of a gravestone for a resident and previous captain of the local Mongrel Mob chapter, and the marriage of a couple with connections to the Tribesman Motorcycle gang, according to the summary of facts.

Earlier in the day, Mongrel Mob members and the Tribesman motorcyclists had agreed the Tribesman would remove their gang regalia while attending the wedding.

Tribesman gang members Don Henry Turei Jnr and his brother weren't aware of the arrangement and drove past a Mongrel Mob pad that afternoon on the way to the wedding reception.

Wed
28
Mar
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Former Hells Angels Whanganui president Shane Bullock dies after being hit by car

Former Hells Angels Whanganui president Shane Bullock has died after he was hit by a car while riding his motorbike in Porirua.

He was rushed to hospital with a broken pelvis and sternum after being hit on Thursday.

Though he was due to have surgery on Tuesday, he passed away on Monday morning.

Bullock had been part of the Hells Angels gang for 26 years.

Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Whanganui for the funeral this weekend.

His son Jack told NZME Bullock was a "big cuddly family guy" and "a big bad ass".

His daughter Hazel said that she could not imagine life without him, and Jack said she was "Dad's little princess".

 

Sun
25
Mar
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Police presence boosted as Hells Angels roll through Nelson

(video)---A large group of Hells Angels taking part in the annual poker run in Nelson were largely well behaved, police say.

The sight and sound of motorcycles in convoy was hard to miss in the Nelson region as the annual one-day Sun City Poker Run took more than 100 riders, along a circuit based around State Highway 6 on Saturday.

Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said the poker run was something that police anticipated every year, with extra staff brought in to increase police presence during the ride.

Mon
12
Mar
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Rebels gang members admit organised crime and drugs charges

Four members of the Rebels motorcycle club have admitted being members of an organised criminal group that was dealing methamphetamine and cannabis in Christchurch.

Raids on the gang's headquarters in Vagues Rd, Papanui, in 2016, found firearms, 38 grams of methamphetamine, 300g of cannabis, and $35,000, Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier told the Christchurch District Court as the group pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

"The Rebels motorcycle gang had as one of their objectives to deal in drugs, notably methamphetamine and cannabis, for profit," she said.

Inside the Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch.

Inside the Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch.

Tue
20
Feb
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Patched Black Power member attacks 63-year-old busker in broad daylight

A 63-year-old man known to use a mobility scooter has become the latest victim of a brutal bashing at the hands of Black Power members in Taranaki.

The man, who was understood to have been wearing a faded Mongrel Mob t-shirt at the time, was seriously assaulted in an unprovoked attack by a patched member of the rival gang about 2.15pm near the intersection of Queen and McLean streets in Waitara on February 16.

The victim, who is a well-known busker, was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital where he received medical treatment for his injuries and was later discharged.

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