11 May 2018

Three arrested after Auckland schools placed in lockdown

4:09 pm on 11 May 2018

A man has been charged with reckless driving and failing to stop after two Auckland schools were placed in lock-down today.

An armed officer in the area.

An armed officer in the area. Photo: RNZ/Sally Murphy

Armed police were called to Ōtāhuhu College about 9.30am after a car failed to stop for officers in Māngere.

Police said three suspects went into the school, resulting in the lockdown - neighbouring King's College was also locked down, as well as part of Middlemore Hospital.

Two were quickly caught but a third person was at large for some time before being found hiding in one of the college's hallways, they said.

Concerned parents were waiting outside the schools.

Two of the three taken into custody have been released but a 21-year-old man has been charged with driving offences and possession of a meth pipe.

He is to appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow.

Police outside King's College.

Police outside King's College. Photo: RNZ / Sally Murphy