Cam Stokes, a Waitakere-based former policeman has written a novel on gangs, drugs and violence, called "The Devils are Here". It features police working at the Takapuna police station. Article includes a photograph of the author.
Community social worker, Peter Wolf, says that youth gangs are not such a major problem on the North Shore as the media has portrayed recently. He gives his opinions on who is attracted to gangs and why.
Police say youth gangs are recruiting on the Shore and are concerned about their initiation methods. Area commander Les Paterson says police are developing strategies to help combat the emerging youth gang culture.
A gang of highly organised female criminals is targeting the elderly at North Shore shopping malls, supermarkets and carparks. Police describe actions people can take to prevent thefts of handbags and purses.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 19 November 1993; p. 3
Peter Kahui's life as a Mongrel Mobster is like nothing that the Westlake teenagers could even try to imagine. And that's just how the reformed hardened criminal wants it. This week Peter joined the police SOBER programme and spoke to students at Westlake Boys' High School, about his life and problems with alcohol and drugs.
Turf gang wars in North Shore's western suburbs have erupted over the past week and police warn that lives could be at risk. Les Paterson says the problem is mainly in Beach Haven and parts of Glenfield, but two incidents have occurred in central Takapuna.
North Shore police commander, Les Paterson, has said he will resign if street gangs become established on the North Shore. Article refers to the recent assaults which suggested that "The Killer Beez" might have been responsible for these.
Police believe that confrontations between North Shore youths are limited to a series of one-off incidents. Spokeswoman Rebekah Holt says there is no evidence of organised fights among North Shore youths.