Armed man taken into custody

Last updated 16:48 27/11/2013

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A Rangiora primary school was locked-down as armed police searched for a man believed to be carrying a firearm. 

Police were called to central Rangiora just before 1.30pm today after receiving reports of a man threatening to harm himself. 

The man was believed to have a firearm.

A police spokesman said up to 30 officers attended the incident, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad, the Police Negotiation Team and local police.

Police initially went to a residential property on Rangiora's Victoria St, but the man had already left.

Cordons were set up in the area and St Joseph's School was locked-down temporarily as a precaution.

Police searched several other areas before the Police Negotiation Team made contact with the man by phone and found him in a vehicle near the Station Rd industrial area.

The man was not in possession of a firearm when he was found and was taken into custody without incident.

He has been referred to psychiatric services, the police spokesman said.

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