Armed police in Merivale

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Armed police have been spotted in Merivale, Tauranga, this morning.

Two SunLive readers have messaged us this morning to say there are armed police on Fraser Street, near Merivale and the road is closed.

"My husband just texted to say he got detoured by armed police at Merivale shops."

Another reader says there are "police everywhere, mainly down Esk Street".

Diversions are in place and it appears people are being turned around by Yatton Park, according to a third reader.

A police spokesperson sys police are conducting a "pre-planned search warrants this morning".

"AOS are assisting as a precaution."

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