Man in custody following firearm incident

A 23-year-old man has been taken into Police custody following an incident in Thornton yesterday.

It follows an incident at a property on East Bank Road in Thornton near Whakatane.

A police media spokesperson says Police attended the property at about 2:30pm to reports of a male possibly with a firearm.

Members of the Armed Offenders Squad assisted Police in responding.

Students waiting to be collected from school were evacuated to Edgecumbe Fire Station at the time, with East Bank Road closed for some of the afternoon.

Police say no one was injured.

Sam Gardner