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Arrests in Rotorua after alleged gun and hit-and-run driver incidents

Police were called to Te Ngae Rd on Sunday evening. Photo / NZME

Police say three people have been arrested and a firearm seized following two incidents in Rotorua.

Police were called to Te Ngae Rd around 8.35pm on Sunday following reports of a man displaying a firearm towards the occupants of a house, Rotorua Area Commander Inspector said today. Herby Ngawhika, in a press release.

According to him, the firearm was not discharged.

Police followed a vehicle from Te Ngae Rd and stopped it. Ngawhika said they seized a firearm and took the four occupants into custody.

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He said two of them had been released without charge and the other two, men aged 27 and 31, would appear in court again on May 27 on charges including presenting a firearm , possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm and violation of conditions of release.

In the second incident, a “vehicle of interest” was struck on Old Taupo Rd shortly before midnight on Sunday after the driver allegedly fled from police.

Ngawhika alleged the 35-year-old driver abandoned the vehicle and was arrested after a short foot chase.

He was also due to appear again in the Rotorua District Court on May 27, Ngawhika said.

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He encouraged anyone seeing suspicious or illegal activity to contact police, either via 111 if it was happening now, or via 105 if it was after the fact.