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Arrests after violent clash
Monday, July 02, 2012
POLICE have made a number of arrests after an alleged “gang- related clash” in London Street on Thursday night.
Two women and a man were taken to hospital with stab wounds after the incident.
Reports suggest a group of people turned up at a party uninvited and a fight ensued.
“A 30-year-old man is facing three charges of wounding with intent to cause GBH (grievous bodily harm) after two females, 16 and 20, and a 24-year-old man each received a single knife wound to their side or back,” said Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford.
Two of those admitted to hospital following the incident remained overnight for further treatment.
“A 20-year-old man was discharged on Friday afternoon, and a 16-year-old girl went home on Saturday,” said a spokeswoman for Gisborne Hospital.
The arrested man was initially remanded in custody following his arrest and he is due to reappear in the Gisborne District Court today, says Mr Ford.
“We have also arrested two men — aged 17 and 18 — who have been charged with injuring with intent to injure, possession of an offensive weapon and unlawful assembly,” he said.
“The 18-year-old man also faces a charge of possession of a restricted weapon in relation to a number of Molotov cocktails that were located near the scene of the fight”.
Enquires are continuing and further arrests are expected, says Mr Ford.
A man has also been arrested in connection with a separate stabbing on the same night.
Reads Quay was cordoned off on Friday morning after a 24-year-old man was allegedly struck in the neck with a bottle.
The man walked from the scene to Gisborne police station, where he was attended to by St John paramedics, before being taken to hospital for further treatment. He was later released.
“A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause GBH and possession of an offensive weapon after a 22-year-old man received a serious neck wound in Reads Quay,” said Mr Ford.
‘‘Police will continue to take a very hard line on any reported incidents of violence that occur on Gisborne’s streets,” he said.
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