Toy gun sparks armed police callout in Wellington

By Derek Cheng

A toy gun has sparked a police callout in Wellington. Photo / File
A toy gun has sparked a police callout in Wellington. Photo / File

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."

- APNZ

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