Napier School in Lockdown

Publish Date
Thursday, 15 September 2016, 11:30AM
Photo: Duncan Brown

Photo: Duncan Brown

Police have closed off a section of Onekawa bordering William Colenso College in Napier after a possible armed threat incident.

Armed officers closed off Riverbend Rd between Morris Spence Ave and Arnold St about 9.30am while armed offenders squad officers went into the area around Henry Charles Cres.

As a precaution William Colenso College students were kept within the grounds.

It was not yet known what the incident involved although it is understood a threat had been made and the person involved may have indicated they had a firearm.

A police representative said the parties involved were known to each other.

A status posted on the school's Facebook page earlier this morning stated they were currently in lockdown.

"We are currently in a lockdown situation, we are working closely with the police," it read.

"All students and staff are safely locked in at school. Please do not come into school until further notice. We will keep you informed. Further information can be found at the Eastern District Police Facebook site."

Keep up to date with nzherald.co.nz