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Wellington city street reopens after threat

A 41-year-old man is in custody after part of a Wellington central city street was closed due to a threat made on a bus.

Photo: RNZ

A 41-year-old man has been taken into custody. He has been charged in relation to an outstanding warrant and will appear in court tomorrow.

Willis Street was cordoned off between Lambton Quay and Mercer Street after police received a call reporting the incident about 5.20pm.

Shortly after the alarm was raised, Wellington City Council media spokesperson Richard MacLean said there was confusion in some central city streets because of the threat response.

“There’s a lot of chaos going because the buses are being trapped, and people are stuck. There’s quite a lot of gridlock going on,” said Mr MacLean.

“There’s clearly something very serious happening. Lots of people are having to take detours.”

Police tape was blocking both ends of the street, and people and vehicles were being diverted, he said.