Arson attacks on cars across Auckland and a firebombing and shooting at a barbershop may be linked to a simmering feud between gangs, detectives believe.
In recent weeks six vehicles were torched in four attacks spanning Avondale, Manurewa and Māngere East.
Meanwhile, early on July 1, a gang-connected barber shop and tattoo parlour was firebombed and shot at in Māngere.
Police say none of the five attacks were random incidents.
The most recent arson happened just before 1am Wednesday in the inner west Auckland suburb of Avondale.
A car linked to the local King Cobras was torched outside a home in Maple St by assailants who remain at large, Stuff understands.
The King Cobras are feuding with the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
Stuff understands the dispute is over control of territory in Māngere traditionally controlled by the King Cobras, New Zealand’s oldest patched gang, founded in Ponsonby in the 1950s.
The Rebels in Auckland have been reinvigorated following the return of Ray Elise a year ago, deported from Australia under the controversial 501 policy.