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Man arrested after firearm threat phoned to Work and Income staff in Blenheim

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested a 38 year old man at a Koromiko address in relation to a threatening telephone call to Work and Income staff in Blenheim this morning.

Armed Offenders Squad members surrounded the Koromiko house and arrested the man shortly after 1pm.

The Work and Income offices in Blenheim are no longer in lock down.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan said WINZ staff never faced any direct threat and the lock down was a precautionary measure to ensure staff safety until an arrest was made.

No charges have yet been laid.

Earlier News from NZ Police
Blenheim Police are working to find a man who made a telephone call to Work and Income staff this morning and threatened to come to the Blenheim office with a firearm.

Police are taking the threat seriously and have placed armed officers at the doors of the Alfred St building. Work and Income staff at the office have remained inside the building.

Armed Offenders Squad members have been deployed from Nelson and Blenheim to assist with identifying and finding the caller.

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