Serious incident in central Christchurch, public asked to avoid area

Police are responding to a serious incident on Armagh St in Central Christchurch. Photo / File

An area in central Christchurch is cordoned off tonight after reports of a man covered in blood carrying a hammer and running down the road.

The public is being asked to stay away from the scene following a serious incident this evening.

A police spokesperson said officers are responding to the incident on Armagh St, reported about 7.35pm.

“A cordon is in place at the intersection of Armagh St and Barbadoes St.

“Police are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.”

A witness staying at a backpackers on Barbadoes St told Chris Lynch Media he saw a man covered in blood carrying a hammer and running down the road.

The witness also said several girls were running away from the man.

The man was later stopped by police on Moorhouse Ave outside the Godfreys Law building, Lynch reported.

Meanwhile, a video sent to Lynch shows a St John ambulance pushing a stretcher into the driveway of a block of flats on Armagh St earlier in the evening.

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