Arrests in Picton homicide

JARED NICOLL AND ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 08:30 14/01/2013
Scotland St
Jared Nicoll

A police car parked in a driveway in Scotland St, Picton

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Neighbours of a 43-year-old woman found dead at a Picton house say they jumped the fence to restrain a person holding an axe.

A homicide investigation was launched yesterday after the death at the Scotland St house, with police arresting two people.

The two were being interviewed by police, Tasman police communications manager Barbara Dunn said this morning.

Police, dog handlers, and an ambulance were seen by neighbours outside the house about 4.45pm yesterday.

Neighbours said they heard yelling and jumped the fence to restrain a person standing on the property who was holding an axe.

A Scotland St resident said a man and a woman were seen being taken away in a police car.

The resident said one of the people taken into custody had been under care of mental health services at some point.

About eight emergency service vehicles approached the house without lights or sirens from about 4.45pm onwards.

It is not known if anyone else was in the house at the time of the incident.

Police were not seeking any other people.

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