Armed police cordoned off downtown Wellington this afternoon after reports of a man with a gun hanging around outside a bar -- which turned out to be a toy.
Police Inspector Dave Rose said the police responded to a call about an armed man in the smoking part of the Bangalore Polo Club, in Courtenay Place.
"A male was seen with a handgun, which has turned out to be a plastic toy gun."
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He said the man did not resist police or threaten anyone, and was now in police custody.
It was too early to say if charges would follow, Mr Rose said.
"It's a reminder to people that police have to treat these sorts of things seriously, and while they may view it as a fun costume-type thing, people will have concerns and call the police, and we have to respond accordingly."