Armed police swoop on Tuahiwi

Man arrested at his north Canterbury home

Last updated 11:38 30/12/2013
AOS Tuahiwi
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APPREHENDED: A man is detained by armed police on Church Bush Road in Tuahiwi, North Canterbury.

AOS Tuahiwi
John Kirk-Anderson
ARMED RAID: Armed police on Church Bush Road in Tuahiwi, North Canterbury.

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A man was due to appear in court this afternoon after armed police swarmed a North Canterbury property.

A 44-year-old man was arrested at his home on Church Bush Rd, Tuahiwi, about 10.30am today during an armed offenders squad (AOS) call-out.

Sergeant Mike Brooklands, of Rangiora police, said police were called out after the man began causing trouble at a Kaiapoi business last night.

Armed police were sent to the man's residence, but were unable to find him last night.

Two dog handlers, an AOS team and two uniformed patrol teams returned to the property this morning and arrested the man.

The 44-year-old has been charged with wilful trespass and disorderly behaviour likely to incite violence and will appear in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

Brooklands said the man was not believed to be armed during last night's incident, but police understood he had access to firearms.

"He was more of a threat to police than anybody else."

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