Toy gun sparks scare in Wellington

TOM HUNT
Last updated 15:40 02/06/2014
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KARLO CAMACHO

SHUT DOWN: Crowds watch as police arrest the man.

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Armed police shut down Courtenay Place in central Wellington after a gun scare this afternoon.

Staff at the Bangalore Polo Club restaurant called police at 2.40pm after spotting a man in the bar with what appeared to be a hand gun sticking out of his pocket, Inspector Dave Rose said.

Armed police blocked the street between Tory St and Taranaki St.

The gun turned out to be a toy plastic gun and the street was reopened by 3.10pm.

Police were speaking to the man, Rose said.

Passer-by John Paintin said Courtenay Pl was packed with people because of the public holiday.

He saw half a dozen police cars outside the Bangalore Polo Club and armed police escort the man out. "He was handcuffed from behind."

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