A patched member of the Hells Angels motorbike gang has a suspected broken arm after falling from his bike during the Sun City Poker Run today.
The poker run started from the Belgrove Tavern at around 12.30pm, with around 40 bikes heading towards Lake Rotoiti. A heavy police presence was stationed outside the tavern, where local riders were joined by patched members of gangs from around New Zealand. Patches included the Head Hunters, Southern Vikings and Hells Angels.
The poker run is being hosted by feeder gang Prospects 81 Nelson.
The rider came off his bike while going over one of the hills south of Belgrove, according to an eye-witness, who says the man has a suspected broken arm.
Earlier this week police issued a statement saying the gang’s presence is not welcome in the region. “Gangs are the main driver of methamphetamine trade in this country and we do not want that here,” says Nelson Bays area commander Mat Arnold-Kelly.
“I have seen first-hand the devastation methamphetamine wreaks on people’s lives and we all have to commit to disrupting this destructive drug trade.”
He says police will keep an extra close eye on them over the weekend.
“We want to send a clear message to gangs that the people of Nelson will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and drugs in our community.”
Inspector Arnold-Kelly says people could expect to see a highly visible police presence throughout the weekend.