The lockdown of Hawke's Bay Regional Prison has lifted, after a bomb threat was made this morning.

Police were called just before 9.30am about "an item of concern" said a spokeswoman.

Prison staff were unable to comment but a Corrections spokesperson confirmed a bomb threat had been made by telephone this morning.

This morning a white security van blocked the prison entrance and was turning cars away. A security guard outside the prison was unable to comment.

At midday a police spokesman said police were still on the scene, and investigations were ongoing.

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However by 2pm today, a Corrections spokesperson said the lockdown had been lifted, and the prison was "back to normal".

While police were responding to an "item of concern",Corrections confirmed no item was found.