After being in lockdown for about two hours, students of Taneatua School in the Eastern Bay were given the opportunity to get up close to the arsenal police had engaged to find the bad guy.

Shortly after 9am on Tuesday morning, police were told a man they had been seeking was in Taneatua and last seen running across the school's rugby field.

As a result the school was put into lockdown and cordons were set up around the town.

Armed police from Whakatāne, along with members of the Rotorua Armed Offenders Squad, members of the dog unit and the police

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