vibrated to the sound of big motorcycles ridden by
about 30 Hell's Angels and Red Devils during the
Close on their tails
were Auckland's specialist police motorcycle gang
unit who also travelled into Taranaki this weekend
to help keep an eye on the patched-up biker gang
"We stayed in Hawera
and made sure things ran smoothly," New Plymouth CIB
gang intelligence officer, Constable Nick Wilson, of
the organised crime unit said yesterday.
The bikers, from
Auckland, Whanganui and Nelson, gathered to enjoy a
well-attended motorcycle and hot rod show organised
by Hawera's Axethrowers.
"They all met up there
and had a look at that," Mr Wilson said.
Motorcycle Gang Unit was formed because of the large
numbers in the city gangs. The unit's policy was to
follow the gang members when they went out of town
on a run, said Mr Wilson, who joined the
three-strong unit for the long weekend.
Police were pleased
they had no reports of problems caused by the gang
members, who stuck to themselves, he said.
None were arrested.
However, it was good
to have a police presence in the background during
such gatherings, he said.
It was not a covert
operation, with police openly walking around at the
show at Hawera's A&P showgrounds.
"We were happy with
the way things went," Mr Wilson said.
And the bikes and hot
rods on display were an added bonus for the police.
"They were very, very impressive," he said.
New Plymouth's Magogs,
who have their own biennial bike show at Easter in
the city, had their own stand at the show.
Hawera was back to
normal by midday yesterday when most of the bikers
had left town.