Arrest after Blenheim Work and Income threat
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.
The Marlborough Express