One person in custody, two school lockdowns lifted after police swarm Waimate, south Canterbury

Waimate High School was one of two schools in lockdown.
Waimate High School was one of two schools in lockdown. Photo credit: Google Maps

One person is in custody after police swarmed the south Canterbury town of Waimate and placed two schools in lockdown.

It related to an ongoing incident at a property in Queen St.

Eyewitnesses earlier reported up to 12 police vehicles were headed towards the town at speed, including the Armed Offenders Squad.

Waimate High School and Waimate Main School were asking parents not to come to pick their children until the lockdown was lifted.

"As a school we have been ordered by the Police to go into lockdown due to an incident they are dealing with in the community on Queen Street. This will mean all students/staff/visitors will be required to remain in place in their rooms and on site until we have been given the order from Police to release students," Janette Packman, principal of Waimate High School, wrote on Facebook.

"We understand that this may cause you worry but please be assured that we have given clear information students and staff, and are taking all safety precautions ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the students. What we need you to do is remain calm and follow the instructions, staying away to allow the police the time and space to do their job."

Waimate Main School confirmed on Facebook the lockdown had been lifted and parents could safely pick up their children.

"Thank you very much for your patience and calmness in dealing with this situation."