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Fake gun triggers armed police stop

Police at the scene last night. Photos: Cameron Avery.

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A man carrying an imitation firearm prompted an armed police stop in Tauranga.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested following last night’s police operation.

A police media spokesperson says the arrest follows an armed police stop which happened at about 8pm on Tuesday.

“Information from a member of the public led police to stop the vehicle on Cambridge Rd in Tauranga last night. 

“A 36-year-old man was arrested and is due to appear in court on April 20 for possessing an imitation firearm and for drug-related offences.

“There were no concerns for public safety.”

Witnesses who watched the armed police stop fold have described the event as “crazy”.

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