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Update – incident in Avonhead

The incident in Beatrice Place, Avonhead has been resolved, with one person in custody. No injuries are reported.

Enquiries are ongoing and there will continue to be a Police presence, including cordons, in the area.

‘Police would like to thank the residents of Beatrice Place and the surrounding area for their patience while we worked to resolve this matter safely,’ said Superintendent Lane Todd, Canterbury Metro Area Commander.

‘I’d also like to acknowledge the work of Police staff in attendance, including the Police Negotiation Team who worked for over eight hours to achieve this negotiated resolution safely for all parties.’

Earlier – 8.57pm this evening

Police are responding to an incident at a residential address on Beatrice Place, Avonhead following reports that indicated concern for a person’s welfare.

The person is reported to have a firearm and Police negotiators are in dialogue with them.

They are understood to be alone in the address.

Locals are advised to avoid the area while police work to resolve the situation safely and cordons are in place at the scene.

Some nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution.

‘We know this will be unsettling for the community and appreciate those following Police instruction while staff respond to the situation.’

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