Firearm incident sparks school evacuation

A firearms incident near Thornton has prompted a road closure and the evacuation of a school this afternoon.

A police media spokesperson says the Armed offenders Squad is currently assisting Police in relation to the incident in which a male at a Thornton property is believed to have a firearm.

A witness at the scene says they passed nearly 20 armed officers near Thornton Bridge with about 10-12 police cars.

Thornton School students have been evacuated to Edgecumbe Fire Station with West Bank Road, currently closed to motorists.

Those travelling in the area are asked to follow the directions of emergency services.

Emma Griffiths