The Rotorua police armed offenders' squad has today been used in a search to find a wanted man in the Fordlands area of the city.

A police media spokeswoman said police were in the area of Sunset Rd about midday looking for a wanted person.

She said the police's armed offenders' squad was deployed as a precaution because there was a possibility the person had access to weapons.

He was not found and police have now been stood down from the area, she said.

A member of the public, who didn't want to be named, told the Rotorua Daily Post they saw the police action in the area.

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"There were two cop cars parked in the front part of where the kohanga is and as I drove further down there was two or three cop cars parked down the side streets. It looked like two of the police officers had rifles."