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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Statement to be attributed to Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson, Western Bay of Plenty Area Investigations Manager:

Western Bay of Plenty Police continue to carry out a pre-planned operation on Tangitu Road in Te Puna.

The operation began earlier today.

As a result, a section of the road remains closed this evening.

While there is no direct threat to the community, we understand this is causing both a concern and an inconvenience for local residents and we ask for your continued patience.

Please avoid travelling to Tangitu Road at this time.

Local residents requiring assistance are asked to work with our staff in the area.

Updates will be provided when available.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre

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