Armed police called to south Auckland, residents told to stay away


Police stake out two properties in Papakura.

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Police stake out two properties in Papakura.

An armed police call-out in Papakura has seen local residents told to leave the area as units target an address. 

A member of the public contacted Stuff just before 2pm to report the incident.

Stuff understands the call-out relates to one property in West St. Police cordons have been set up.

A large police presence in Papakura's West and Duke streets with armed officers targeting two addresses in the area.

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A large police presence in Papakura’s West and Duke streets with armed officers targeting two addresses in the area.

At least 25 police cars and armed officers were seen in the area.

Local resident Paul Foley said the police helicopter had been circling over the area for a couple of hours. When he returned home at 1pm police had set up road spikes across West St.

He said just after 2pm a man was seen being taken away in handcuffs. But police said no-one has been arrested at this stage. 

In a statement police said they were in West St because of a person who was wanted for arrest.

“Police received information before 1pm that the individual may be in that area. Staff at the scene are armed as a precaution.

“The matter is ongoing and we have no further information at this stage.”