Man arrested following Whanganui mass stabbing

A 36-year-old-man is appearing in Whanganui District Court this afternoon, after a stabbing on Tuesday afternoon that left six injured.

The man is facing five counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and one count of murder.

One person died at the scene, and four others have been admitted to Whanganui Hospital with injuries ranging from moderate to serious. One person has been discharged.

Nigel Allan, the area commander for Whanganui and Ruapehu acknowledged the community's involvement in the incident, saying he had "no doubt that the actions of the members of the public, and police staff who assisted the victims in the most challenging of circumstance played a major role in ensuring the wellbeing of those that were injured."

Police are not looking for anyone in connection with the man who has been arrested, and say there is no on-going risk to the community. 

Police were called to the incident on Wicksteed Street at 4.15pm on Tuesday. 

Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDoull says the incident was "a tragedy for the people involved, and also for the people in Whanganui."



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