Gang boss Lyndon Richardson arrested after raid at Head Hunters pad in Christchurch

Armed police carry out an early morning raid on the Head Hunters gang headquarters at Sockburn.
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Armed police carry out an early morning raid on the Head Hunters gang headquarters at Sockburn.

A senior Head Hunters figure has been arrested after police raided the gang's Christchurch headquarters for the second time in six months.

Armed officers and a drug dog were seen at the Vickerys Rd, Sockburn property about 8.30am Thursday. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Stewart said police searched the gang pad in relation to a burglary in Halswell earlier this month where cash, travel vouchers and laptops were stolen.

Police appeared to have used ladders to scale the fence around the perimeter of the gang pad.
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Police appeared to have used ladders to scale the fence around the perimeter of the gang pad.

A 43-year-old man was charged with receiving stolen property and would appear in Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.

Stewart would not reveal the identity of the arrested man. 

It is understood to be Lyndon Vaughan Richardson, arguably the most senior member of the Head Hunters living in the city.

Senior Head Hunters gang member Lyndon Richardson was arrested after a raid in Christchurch on Thursday.
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Senior Head Hunters gang member Lyndon Richardson was arrested after a raid in Christchurch on Thursday.

Richardson is a former member of the Road Knights in Invercargill.

He has been linked with the Head Hunters since they started setting up in Christchurch several years ago. 

Richardson and Terrence Austin McFarland, from Auckland, are directors of Lincoln Property Investments, the company that owns the Vickerys Rd property.

The Head Hunters began building a tall fence around their headquarters in Vickerys Rd, Christchurch, in February 2016.
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The Head Hunters began building a tall fence around their headquarters in Vickerys Rd, Christchurch, in February 2016.

Thursday's raid came after police searched the gang pad in February looking for drugs. 

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The Head Hunters took over the Vickerys Rd property in October last year. It was previously the headquarters for the now defunct Epitaph Riders.

Construction work at the pad came under scrutiny in February when the Christchurch City Council said a fence being erected around the perimeter was too high and not compliant. 

The council gave the owners 28 days to fix the Building Act breach and the issue was addressed.

The Head Hunters formed as a street gang in Auckland in 1967, and has more than 240 patched members across the country. 

 

 

 - Stuff

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