'Young people being stupid' prompts callout
JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Armed police were called to a house in Queenstown last night after a report of a man pointing a rifle at a member of the public.
A 24-year-old British man was arrested and charged with firearm and drug offending.
Sergeant Kate Pirovano, of Queenstown, said police were called about 5pm by a member of the public who reported a man waving what appeared to be a gun.
Armed police in four patrol cars went to the Frankton Rd property, where a group of young people had just moved in, she said.
It turned out the man was brandishing a plastic rifle and he was charged with presenting an imitation firearm and possession of cannabis.
''Young people being stupid need to realise they cannot involve members of the public.
''I think they were a little bit stunned and had no idea what they were doing.''
When armed police arrived, the occupants including an Irish male and an Australian woman told police they were just having some fun.
The British man is expected to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.
- The Southland Times
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