A man accused of making bullets discharge towards Springvale Park appeared in court yesterday.

Bruce McAllister appeared on charges of discharging a firearm using a vice and hammer, and unlawful possession of ammunition, following an armed offenders squad callout at the weekend.

Police were called to Grey St about 9pm on Saturday.

A neighbour said McAllister was firing shots in his backyard. His home backs on to Springvale Park.

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McAllister, who was represented by Stephen Ross when he appeared in Whanganui District Court, is accused of unlawfully possessing 223 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition. Police allege McAllister held bullets in a large engineer's vice and hit the end with a hammer, causing them to discharge into the backyard.

Judge Patrick Treston denied McAllister bail and remanded him to July 12 for plea.