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Axe-wielding man smashes New Zealand Parliament constructing doorways

Police officers had been known as to the scene within the capital Wellington, and arrested the person with out incident, a New Zealand police spokesperson mentioned.

“The man caused some damage to glass panels but did not attempt to enter the building,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The 31-year-old man appeared on the Wellington District Court Wednesday morning for intentional injury and possession of an offensive weapon, the spokesperson mentioned. The motive for the assault is unclear and police declined to remark additional, citing the continuing courtroom case.

Crews on the scene at Wellington's Parliament building in New Zealand on January 13.
After his courtroom look, the person was bailed to a safe psychological well being unit, and has been seen by a forensic nurse and psychological well being skilled, in accordance with CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ). He is scheduled to return to courtroom on January 28.

The entrance entrance, the place the smashed panels are situated, will probably be closed till additional discover, and a second entrance with rubber doorways could be used as an alternative, RNZ reported.

The Parliamentary Service, which oversees the buildings, grounds and administration, is now finishing up a full evaluate of the assault — together with whether or not extra stringent safety measures are essential.

Threats to New Zealand’s Parliament are comparatively uncommon, and there’s minimal safety across the legislature. The grounds are open to the general public — workplace staff regularly have lunch on the grass in entrance of the constructing, and youngsters play within the close by playground.

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