Toy gun sparks armed callout
A man who allegedly pointed a toy gun in a Hamilton central city bakery this morning, sparking an armed police call-out, has been charged.
Hamilton Police confirmed the man had been spoken to and charged with unlawfully carrying an imitation firearm, possession of opiates and possession of needle and syringe.
A section of the city around the bakery was cordoned off by armed police following the report about 8.30am.
"There were reports of a man sitting in the store pointing a gun at a fridge in the store,'' said Waikato Police Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson.
Police worked with City Safe camera operators and obtained a live feed into the store, and established communications with those inside. The man exited the bakery a short time after and approached the police cordon.
"As a result a toy handgun was recovered and this man has been arrested.''
"It would be fair to say his actions resulted in a fair bit of congestion for people trying to get to work in the central city and we would like to thank them for their cooperation."