Cambridge schools lift lockdown, police locate man with BB gun

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Cambridge Schools teachers will debrief pupils this afternoon, after a youngster with a BB gun sparked a police chase this morning.

At least three schools in the city of Waikato spent an hour in lockdown, until the person was found.

Cambridge High School has canceled its mock exams for the afternoon and informed parents it will be holding an assembly to speak to students.

Cambridge Middle School has also informed parents that it will hold a special assembly.

Earlier today, police were present on Swayne Road in the town of Waikato where a report was received around 10.40am of a man in possession of a weapon.

Cambridge schools have been closed at the request of the police.

Police had asked Cambridge High School and other nearby schools and childcare centers to keep their students indoors while officers attended and worked to locate the man.

“We have just been advised by the police that the lockdown has now been lifted and students have been released from their classrooms for a short break,” Cambridge High School said in a social media post.

“We will then have an assembly for Year 9 and Year 10 pupils to explain the situation and reassure them of their safety. ‘assistance.”

Cambridge Middle School said police advised her to self-quarantine “due to an incident at a nearby school”.

Police said they would not comment further on the incident.

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