Arrest after service station rampage

Last updated 14:09 19/03/2014

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Police are praising the quick actions of the staff at a Hamilton service station after a man allegedly set fire to a car and assaulted another man on the forecourt.

Emergency services were called to the Whititora BP, at the northern end of Victoria Street, about 10pm, Detective Sergeant Andrew Mortimore of the Hamilton CIB said.

A man allegedly armed with a knife attacked a petrol bowser and then used the fuel hose's metal nozzle to damage a car parked on the forecourt.

"He has then used fuel from the pump to try and start a fire on the forecourt before setting fire to the interior of another car."

Mortimore said a major incident was averted by the quick thinking actions of the staff member secured behind the locked doors of the service station.

"The attendant was able to automatically stop the flow of fuel to that pump thereby minimising the potential risk and responding police and firefighters were able to extinguish the fires.''

A man was caught by police a short time later on the grounds of a nearby store.

Charges are still to laid, pending the outcome of a psychiatric assessment.

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- Waikato Times

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