Cordons lifted after armed police operation

Armed police were reported to be seen in the area.

Cordons in place at a major intersection in Tauranga have now been lifted

Western Bay of Plenty Police were conducting a planned operation, near the junction of Fraser Street and 15th Ave, Tauranga.

"Cordons were in place, diverting traffic through side streets around this intersection," says a police spokesperson.

"The road is now open."

Traffic in the area was reported to be building, and there may still be some delays.

People are advised to expect delays or avoid the area if possible.

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