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HomeAus & NZGang members block Christchurch Hospital parking, intimidate public

Gang members block Christchurch Hospital parking, intimidate public

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Te Whatu Ora Waitaha has confirmed gang members blocked off public parks at Christchurch Hospital in the lead-up to Christmas.

It was the latest chapter in the hospital’s parking woes.

In November, a nurse had her car fenced in by construction workers when she used an on-street carpark near the hospital because she didn’t have access to a staff park.

This person, who did not want to be identified, had a sick relative in the hospital for eight days in December.

Mongrel Mob members turned the week into a nightmare.

“They were in the Emergency Department (ED), they were in the reception areas, in the halls, they were just everywhere… We witnessed barking, a hand signal they do, revving of motorbikes outside, like really, really loud,” they said.

But the worst behaviour was the parking.

“There was definitely a domination outside. For example, one day the gangs had cones in all the carparks closest to ED so that the regular public could not obtain those parks. When one of their mates came along, they pulled up the cone and would let them in,” they said.

“We also witnessed [gang members] parking in the loading zone as well.

“It was intimidating and it’s stressful enough having a family member really ill in hospital, let alone having to worry about your own safety. It was a horrible environment,” they said.

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha confirmed on one occasion in December many of the carparks at Christchurch Hospital were being used by members of a gang.

A spokesperson said this only lasted for two hours and a hospital security team dealt with it without incident.

Te Whatu Ora was also not aware of any public complaints made about the gang presence.

But the spokesperson did confirm

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha has confirmed gang members blocked off public parks at Christchurch Hospital in the lead-up to Christmas. This person, who did not want to be identified, had a sick relative in the hospital for eight days in December. Te Whatu Ora Waitaha confirmed on one occasion in December many of the carparks at Christchurch Hospital were being used by members of a gang.

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