Pregnant woman stabbed in Raetihi; left battling serious injuries

A pregnant woman has been left battling serious injuries after being stabbed in Raetihi.

The incident was one of many reports of disorder in the small Ruapehu district town yesterday, while the armed offenders squad carry out a search warrant in the main street this morning.

Armed officers have been at a Seddon St property since 7am today, a police spokeswoman confirmed.

It’s unclear what the warrant is in relation to, but police did confirm the pregnant woman was stabbed in adjacent Duncan St about 2.45pm yesterday.

The incident was reported as “disorder” before police arriving to find a woman hadsuffered a stabbing injury.

A police spokesperson said there was some sort of altercation between two women known to each other.

A 23-year-old woman was taken into custody for possession of an offensive weapon and was due to appear in Whanganui District Court today.

A 26-year-old woman was injured in the incident and was flown to Whanganui Hospital for treatment with serious injuries.

Meanwhile, a 47-year-old man – who was unconnected to the original incident – made threatening comments to a police officer at the scene.

He was arrested and is also due to appear in Whanganui District Court today, on a charge of threatening to kill/do grievous bodily harm.

Local residents also believed a shooting had taken place, but a spokesperson said there hadn’t been any firearm-related incidents in the town in the past 24 hours.

There was also a report of disorder on Grey St.

The incidents had shocked and angered locals.

One wrote, ‘Where’s the Christmas spirit ffs,’ while another said ‘man my kids ain’t leaving to go riding on their bikes today’.

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