An imitation firearm was pointed at a gas station attendant in the third incident involving replica guns in two weeks.

Police were called to the Walton St Mobil at 5.20pm on Saturday after a male allegedly presented what looked like a firearm and demanded the male attendant unlock the gas pump.

Northland police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said the vehicle took off and a subsequent search by officers and the car was found it involved in Vine St. She could not confirm whether any petrol had been taken. Mrs Kennett said a black BB gun and a large kitchen knife were found.

Two men will appear in court tomorrow. A 24-year-old man will face charges of unlawfully carrying an imitation firearm and a 27-year-old male will face charges for possessing a knife in a public place.

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This is the third incident involving imitation firearms in two weeks.

A man in Raumanga sparked an Armed Offenders Squad call-out after he was seen running around with an imitation gun and police were called to Otangarei after a man carrying a fake Walther P99 allegedly made threats.