Armed police surround Northland house and arrest man

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Jessie Heke-Gray is back behind bars after police surrounded a Norhtland property. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
Jessie Heke-Gray is back behind bars after police surrounded a Norhtland property. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Armed police surrounded a Northland house and a man on the run from authorities gave himself up yesterday. Jessie Heke-Gray, 32, was wanted by police when he left his approved address in Otara in late September which was in breach of his release conditions.

Yesterday after receiving information police surrounded a house in Waipu, south of Whangarei, about midday.

Detective Sergeant Dave Hamilton said the Armed Offenders Squad along with other police staff went to a house in an area know as The Braigh and a male in the house surrendered without incident.

Mr Hamilton said Heke-Gray was to be held in custody before appearing in the Whangarei District Court today(Monday) on a recall warrant.

The arrest came after police went to a house in Ruakaka on Saturday and discovered a silver-coloured car that was linked to Heke-Gray.

"That vehicle has been uplifted and secured for evidence," Mr Hamilton said.

He said a number of streets were blocked off while police carried out their search which may have been inconvenient for residents and he thanked locals for their co-operation.

Police alerted the public that Heke-Gray was in Northland last Tuesday after they believed he had fled to Northland.

Police allege Heke-Gray was active on the internet and has been meeting up with women for dates through social media sites and mobile phone apps.

- Northern Advocate

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