A police vest remains on the deck at the back of a house,
as police work to remove a section of fence near a Mongrel
Mob clubroom. Photo by Staff Photographer.
This was an open home like no other.
Outside the Middleton Rd, Corstorphine, property in Dunedin,
an Armed Offenders Squad member stood guard outside the steel
gates, which were opened yesterday as police and detectives
poured into the property.
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While police armed with crowbars worked to dismantle the
corrugated iron fence surrounding the property, the Otago
Daily Times was invited on a tour of the gang house.
As a fence collapses at the side of the property, revealing a
semi-rural outlook, an official assignee works to record the
contents of the clubrooms.
This former State house has now reverted back to Crown
ownership, after it was seized by police yesterday under part
of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act.
Apart from the Aotearoa Mongrel Mob insignia from around New
Zealand adorning the walls, the clubroom resembles a small
pub, with its large television, jukebox, bar table and
stools, pinball machine, pool table, video games, dartboard,
and table tennis table.
Detective Inspector Steve McGregorsaid police removed the
fence as it was alleged to have been constructed from stolen
The dismantling of the fence and removal of gang insignia
from the front of the home would go a long way to restoring
residents' peace of mind, he said.
Det Insp McGregor guides us though the rear of the
two-bedroom house, pointing out the CCTV monitors, which
provided surveillance of the property, cut into the wall.
The lounge was strewn with newspapers, and the walls covered
with pictures of gang associates, a feature which would help
police in their six-month Operation Rocket investigation, Det
Insp McGregor said.
Also on the wall is a framed picture of heavy metal band,
Iron Maiden. Det Insp McGregor points out how the colour
associated with the gang - red - has even influenced the
gang's colour choice of vacuum cleaner.
A bare mattress in a bedroom showed that while members could
have slept there - it was not used as an official residence,
but more a place for members to meet.
As another section of fence is removed a locksmith arrives to
change the locks, closing the door on the Mob association.