Ruatoria call-out a non-event

SCHOOLS in Ruatoria went into lockdown and several streets in the township were cordoned off yesterday afternoon after reports of a possible shooting.

It turned out to be a non-event.

Members of Gisborne’s Armed Offenders Squad were called to Ruatoria at midday.

A St John Ambulance from Gisborne was also called out while the ECT Rescue Helicopter was put on standby.

“We received a report that a person had been injured on College Road South, Ruatoria, around 12.20pm yesterday,” police said. “Officers, including the Armed Offenders Squad as a precaution, went to the area and made inquiries.

“When they arrived they found nothing suspicious or unusual.”

There was no evidence anyone had been injured.

The ambulance and the chopper were stood down.

The Gisborne Herald was told there were initial suggestions it may have been a shooting incident.

Police are investigating the source of the information.

At around 1.45pm police broadcast an advisory on Radio Ngati Porou asking residents in College Road, Kararaina Avenue, Manutahi Drive and Holland Place in the township to stay indoors, and for all traffic to stay away from that area. The restriction was lifted at 2.25pm.

Ngata Memorial College and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori Te Waiu o Ngati Porou were put into lockdown while police dealt with the situation.

Police have thanked the community for their co-operation during the incident.

SCHOOLS in Ruatoria went into lockdown and several streets in the township were cordoned off yesterday afternoon after reports of a possible shooting.

It turned out to be a non-event.

Members of Gisborne’s Armed Offenders Squad were called to Ruatoria at midday.

A St John Ambulance from Gisborne was also called out while the ECT Rescue Helicopter was put on standby.

“We received a report that a person had been injured on College Road South, Ruatoria, around 12.20pm yesterday,” police said. “Officers, including the Armed Offenders Squad as a precaution, went to the area and made inquiries.

“When they arrived they found nothing suspicious or unusual.”

There was no evidence anyone had been injured.

The ambulance and the chopper were stood down.

The Gisborne Herald was told there were initial suggestions it may have been a shooting incident.

Police are investigating the source of the information.

At around 1.45pm police broadcast an advisory on Radio Ngati Porou asking residents in College Road, Kararaina Avenue, Manutahi Drive and Holland Place in the township to stay indoors, and for all traffic to stay away from that area. The restriction was lifted at 2.25pm.

Ngata Memorial College and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori Te Waiu o Ngati Porou were put into lockdown while police dealt with the situation.

Police have thanked the community for their co-operation during the incident.

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