A man fled into a dairy to escape another man who was chasing him armed with an axe handle in New Plymouth today.

Police were called to the incident at 1.15pm near the intersection of Ngamotu Rd and Herekawe Drive.

The male being chased managed to escape harm by running into a nearby dairy and was uninjured.

The alleged offender has got into what has been described as a silver Toyota Corolla and the vehicle was last seen heading toward the port area.

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Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a vehicle matching this description leaving the Ngamotu Road area around this time.

If you have information which may assist, please contact the New Plymouth Police. This appears to be an isolated incident and the parties involved may be known to each other.