Man arrested at cricket game

Armed police were seen entering an apartment on Kent Terrace.

Armed police were seen entering an apartment on Kent Terrace.

A wanted man has been arrested by plain-clothes cop in the middle of a cricket game at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

Armed police had entered a central city apartment looking for him late on Thursday afternoon, but failed to find him there.

Wellington district crime squad head Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said police had a warrant to arrest him issued from Palmerston North.

Armed police and animal control officers went to make the arrest at a Kent Terrace apartment, where they found a firearm but not the man they were after, McKee said.

Meanwhile, the suspect, who was under surveillance by a covert unit, was tailed down the road to the Basin Reserve, he said.

The Wellington Firebirds were in the midst of playing the second day of their faceoff with the Northern Knights for the Plunket Shield.

A man who works at the Basin, and did not want to be named, said he witnessed the drama unfold on the sidelines of the match. 

An unmarked car pulled into the ground's carpark and a group of "casual" cops in jeans and police bullet-proof vests, carrying Glock pistols and Tasers made a beeline for a man standing near the pitch, the witness said.

They handcuffed the man, put some items in brown paper bags and escorted him into their car, he said.

The cricketers played on, and everyone was left wondering what the man had done, the witness speculated.

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"Maybe he just wasn't enjoying the cricket game and was planning to do something violent about it. I don't know."

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan, of Palmerston North police, said there had been a warrant to arrest the man on drugs charges and for breach of bail conditions.

Palmerston North police also wanted to interview the man about another more serious matter about which he could not go into detail yet, Sheridan said.

The man is due to appear in Wellington District Court on Friday morning and he will likely be remanded to Palmerston North where the warrants were issued, McKee said.

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 - The Dominion Post

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