12 Dec 2010

Police alerted by ferry captain

1:51 pm on 12 December 2010

Police put the Armed Offenders Squad on alert after the captain of an interisland ferry raised concerns about the behaviour of a passenger on Sunday.

The captain of the Kaitaki contacted police in Picton at 9.50am because he was concerned about a suspicious article a passenger was carrying.

Senior Sergeant Peter Payne says there was a misunderstanding between two passengers about religious belief. Officers spoke to the men who have now been released.

Senior Sergeant Payne says there was no truth to reports that there was a hostage-taking.

He says the Armed Offenders Squad attended the scene as a precaution.