Arrest after Blenheim Work and Income threat

02:28, Sep 02 2014
DEREK FLYNN/FAIRFAX NZ
ON THE SCENE: AOS members pictured at the Koromiko scene where a man who is alleged to have made threats to the Blenheim WINZ office was arrested this afternoon.

A man has been arrested after Work and Income staff were threatened in Blenheim this morning.

A police spokeswoman said a 38-year-old man was taken into custody about 1pm after the Armed Offenders Squad surrounded a house in Koromiko, near Picton.

A police spokeswoman said an "irate" man called the WINZ call centre about 9.40am and threatened to go into the Alfred St office with a firearm.

The Armed Offenders Squad were sent to a house in Koromiko after police linked the cell phone number the call was made from to a Marlborough man.

The Work and Income office in Blenheim was in lock-down for more than three hours after the threat was made. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan, of Blenheim, said WINZ staff never faced any direct threat.

The lock-down was a precautionary measure to ensure staff safety until an arrest was made, he said.

No charges have yet been laid. 

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