A man has been arrested in relation over a hoax call that resulted in armed police searching a Wanganui school yesterday.

Police received a call about an armed man who had been seen at Churton School in upper Aramoho, about 1pm.

The Armed Offenders Squad and police cordoned off a road and searched the school, but nobody was found, police said.

A 48-year-old Wanganui man was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection to the call.

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He was charged with criminal nuisance and would appear in Wanganui District Court today, police said.