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Loaded firearms seized during police searches in Stokes Valley

News from NZ Police
Police have executed a number of search warrants in the Stokes Valley area in response to the shooting in Hanson Grove on Friday. A number of firearms, some of them loaded, have been recovered by Police.

At this stage no arrests have been made, however positive lines of enquiry are being followed and arrests are likely.

The 39-year-old man injured in the incident was treated in hospital and released a short time later.

“I want to reassure everyone that Police are committed to identifying all of those responsible for this incident,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch. “We want the people of Stokes Valley to feel safe, and we want them to know that violence and the unlawful use of firearms will not be tolerated.”

If you have information that can assist in identifying these offenders, or you have CCTV cameras with coverage of the Hanson Grove area, please contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – December 9
a 39-year-old man was shot in Stokes Valley shortly before midnight last night. He received moderate injuries. He remains in hospital.

The Armed Offenders Squad assisted following the incident.

Residents will notice an increased Police presence in the area today as the investigation continues.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and has information that could help is urged to contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

News from NZ Police – December 8
At about 11.56pm tonight, Lower Hutt Police were advised that a man had been shot in Stokes Valley. He was found to have non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Hospital by ambulance.

A short time later Police received a barrage of calls of further shots being fired in Stokes Valley, but Police in the area believed the ’shots’ were in fact fireworks being let off.

Police are maintaining a strong presence in the Stokes Valley area and advise this incident is gang related.

Police are asking witnesses who saw anything in regards to the incident to contact the Lower Hutt Police.

Enquiries are continuing.