Facebook feud leads to gun threat: police

An imitation Glock pistol was held to the head of a 20-year-old Milton man yesterday in an incident related to "bad blood" over Facebook, police say.

Police dealing with a second Facebook-related incident in Milton in nine days have arrested two teenagers on charges that include presenting an imitation firearm, intimidation and breach of bail.

A 17-year-old Dunedin youth was arrested in Milton last week and charged with making threats over the social networking site to kill or do grievous bodily harm to a student at a Milton training establishment.

Acting Senior Sergeant Martin Bull, of Balclutha, said armed police from Milton, Balclutha and Lawrence were called to a Spencer St, Milton, address about 12.30pm yesterday after the Milton man was threatened by three people.

The group left when police were called, he said.

"Once we knew the identity of the offenders and their ages, we decided not to call out the armed offenders squad," Acting Snr Sgt Bull said.

The group was found nearby a short time later, when police discovered the pistol used in the incident was an imitation Glock.

Acting Snr Sgt Bull said the incident was related to bad blood over Facebook.

Police were still investigating the background, but it was not related to the incident nine days ago, he said.

A 16-year-old Milton youth was arrested and charged with presenting an imitation pistol and intimidation.

He appeared before the Balclutha Court registrar yesterday and was remanded to appear in the Balclutha Youth Court on July 27.

A 17-year-old Dunedin youth was charged with breaching bail and being a party to intimidation.

He was kept in custody last night and was due to appear in the Dunedin District Court today, Acting Snr Sgt Bull said.


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