An armed man is believed to have taken two children hostage
Police said they were searching for a blue Toyota Surf SUV
being driven by a man with a female passenger and two young
The man is believed to be armed.
TV3 reported the man had taken two children hostage.
"Certainly people shouldn't approach the car,''
Thames-Coromandel Senior Sergeant Graham Shields said.
"Every single police officer we've got in the Coromandel and
Hauraki area is out searching for this car right now.''
Inspector Dana McDonald said concerns were raised about the
car in Cambridge about 2.20pm.
"We've had an unconfirmed report of the vehicle in the Waihi
area and Police from across the Waikato are working with Bay
of Plenty colleagues to try and locate it,'' Ms McDonald
"If members of the public sight the vehicle they are asked
not to approach the vehicle but to ring 111 immediately.''