Gun scare on Mangorei Rd

Police units sealed off Mangorei Rd to assess whether they had a shooter on their hands

MATT RILKOFF
Last updated 15:35 04/07/2012
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CAMERON BURNELL
Actor Karl Drinkwater caused a small panic while shooting a short film dressed as a soldier and armed with a replica gun on New Plymouth's Mangorei Rd.

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A New Plymouth actor shooting an amateur movie has been given some stern direction from police for parading about in public with a replica machine gun.

Dressed head to foot in camouflage clothing and carrying his paint gun actor Karl Drinkwater told police he was shooting a movie with his son when they caught up with him at his home near Mangorei school today. However at least one caller was unaware of Mr Drinkwater's thespian habits and called police in a panic at the balaclava-wearing man with a gun.

Within minutes four police units had sealed off Mangorei Rd to assess whether they had a shooter on their hands. They did but one firing film not bullets.

Despite limited movie making experience New Plymouth Police Sergeant Bruce Irvine said he gave the actor and his son some sound advice on how to shoot a film next time.

''It's not necessarily dangerous. It's just silly. If he is going to do this he should have rung us first because people do ring us when they see a firearm. They take it seriously and we take it seriously,'' Mr Irvine said.

Mr Drinkwater, who once worked on American historical drama Spartacus apologised for the trouble.

''My son and I were making a short film,'' he explained. ''It doesn't have a title yet. It could be called The Day the Daily News Came Round.''

The actor said they had been filming the movie in the front section of his house and should have informed his neighbours what was going on.

Last year Mr Drinkwater, who also goes by the name Karlos, performed alongside veteran Shortland Street actor and playwright Michael Galvin in the production Station to Station, at the TSB Showplace.

No charges were laid over the incident.

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