Kids see gangs fight with hammer

Last updated 11:59 01/07/2014

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Rival gangs fought with a hammer in front of children at recent Matariki celebrations in Wairoa, Hawke's Bay.

Mongrel Mob and Black Power members got into the scrap at a community celebration on Friday.

Both gangs fled the Wairoa Community Centre before police arrived at the scene, Senior Sergeant Tony Bates said.

Police had seized a hammer they believed was used and would be speaking to both gangs.

It had "blighted" a community celebration and set a bad example for children, Bates said.

"This was an unfortunate incident that detracted from the whole event, which was meant to promote community spirit and a celebration of a special event.

"Our community deserves to be able to hold these events without fear of violence or gang conflict."

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