Armed offenders squad called out twice in an hour to deal with West Coast self-harm threats

By Brendon McMahon

West Coast police armed offenders squad (AOS) members were called out twice in the space of an hour last night to deal with men who were threatening self-harm, at Hari Hari and Granity.

Meanwhile, this morning police were searching for a man in the Ross area after fears for his personal safety were called in by a concerned resident shortly before 8pm.

Acting senior sergeant prevention Brent Cook, of Greymouth police, said the AOS was dispatched early yesterday evening to rural Hari Hari where a man with a firearm was threatening to hurt himself.

About five minutes later, about 6pm, police were called to deal with a man in the Granity area who was also threatening to harm himself, this time with a baseball bat.

Mr Cook said both cases were dealt with by the AOS "without too much incident" and both men were taken to Greymouth where they were admitted for health treatment.

The Ross search was called off late this morning when the man was located in the area. Police had been contacted earlier by a resident concerned about the man, who was in a vehicle, and concerns were held for his well-being.

Mr Cook said the man was being treated and offered support.


Where to get help:

• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youth services: (06) 3555 906 (Palmerston North and Levin)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
• Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (available 24/7)

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

Greymouth Star

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