6 Jul 2016

Man in custody after Mangere call-out

8:27 pm on 6 July 2016

A man has been taken into custody after a street in South Auckland was evacuated due to a possible bomb threat, police say.

A 200m cordon was put up around Henwood Road in Mangere this morning after police were told by mental health professionals about the possibility of home-made explosives at a property.

Residents and the nearby Kingsford Primary School were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The armed offenders and bomb squads were sent to the scene, and a robot was used to examine the property for any explosives.

Inspector Kerry Watson told reporters a 20-year-old man was arrested without incident at a business address in Papakura about 2pm.

The man was now being assessed by medical experts.

The police said later that no explosive devices were found during the search of the property.

The address had been cleared, and residents were free to return home.

Police attend the scene of a cordon at Mangere.

Police cordoned off the property in Mangere and evacuated some nearby residents. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

A police specialist search group arrives at the property at the centre of the cordon on Henwood Road in Mangere

A specialist search team arrives at the property at the centre of the cordon. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farelly

A man wearing protective gear heads towards the property at the centre of the cordon.

A man wearing what appears to be protective gear heads towards the property at the centre of the cordon. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farelly

Residents wait to be allowed back to their homes.

Residents wait to be allowed back to their homes. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farelly

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Photo: RNZ /Claire Eastham-Farrelly