Armed woman arrested

Police were quick to act after a woman was spotted walking along a New Plymouth street with a handgun today.

Members of the public reported the woman heading towards town along Carrington St about 10.45am.

She was arrested a short time later on Parsons St, near the intersection with Glenpark Av.

Sergeant Royston Betteridge said the firearm turned out to be a slug gun revolver but police had to treat the incident seriously.

Mr Betteridge said the woman was charged with theft of property, including the firearm and possession of a firearm in a public place.

She was released on police bail to appear in the New Plymouth District Court next week.  

Taranaki Daily News