Hells Angels arrive in Nelson

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The Hells Angels are in town.

Dozens of patched members of the notorious motorbike gang were seen driving through Tahunanui this afternoon, heading towards Richmond.

The members are in town for the Sun City Poker Run, which is being held on Saturday.

The poker run is being organised by feeder gang Prospects 81 Nelson and will start from the Belgrove Tavern at around noon.

Police say their presence isn’t welcome. “Gangs are the main driver of methamphetamine trade in this country and we do not want that here,” says 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.