Second imitation firearm incident

Last updated 18:39 17/03/2014

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Police are deploring a 'complete lack of common sense' after being called out for the second day in a row to reports of someone brandishing a firearm in public.

Police have arrested a second person in just two days after an armed police callout over a man carrying a BB gun in public - this time in Lower Hutt.

Police were called by a person about 5pm who saw a man walking along a street in Naenae pointing what appeared to be a pistol, first at a person and then at a passing vehicle.

Armed police swiftly located the man and arrested him - finding he actually had what they described as "an authentic looking BB gun."

Tonight's armed callout follows a similar incident yesterday afternoon.

On Sunday, armed police responded to a man allegedly firing off a BB gun inside the Mariner Tavern in Titahi Bay.

A man had been spotted sitting on a beach and cradling what looked like a gun.

He carried on to the pub on Whitehouse road where he allegedly entered and popped a few rounds — not appearing to aim at anyone. A pub staff member evacuated the pub while the man was still inside and police arrested him.

A police statement issued this evening labelled both incidents displays of a "complete lack of common sense."

"As with yesterdays incident, had the offender not complied immediately and appropriately to the directions of armed police officers the outcome could once again have turned into an avoidable tragedy of his own making," police said.

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