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Edge Hill, Cairns: State school locked down amidst ’emerging incident’ – as public are urged to avoid the area

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A primary school has been locked down as police declare an emergency situation after reports of gunshots being heard in the area.

Emergency services were called to a property on Collin Avenue in Edge Hill, Cairns, about 1pm on Thursday where they located a two vehicle collision.

Police believe one person fired shots at another before taking off on foot, triggering an emergency situation to be enforced by 2pm.

Locals have been urged to avoid the area or ‘stay inside with their doors and windows locked’. 

Edge Hill State School was placed into lockdown shortly after as parents were sent a text assuring ‘all of our students and staff are safe and well’.

A state school has been placed into lockdown and an exclusion zone established after reports of gunshots in Edge Hill in Cairns on Thursday afternoon (pictured)

A state school has been placed into lockdown and an exclusion zone established after reports of gunshots in Edge Hill in Cairns on Thursday afternoon (pictured)

Students spent about an hour in lockdown at the Edge Hill State School (pictured) before their parents were cleared to pick them up at about 3pm

Students spent about an hour in lockdown at the Edge Hill State School (pictured) before their parents were cleared to pick them up at about 3pm

Parents were allowed to pick up their children from Pease Street about an hour later after the lockdown was eased.

A heavy police presence remains at the scene, including the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

An 500m exclusion zone surrounding the scene remains in place with all roads leading to Collin Avenue now blocked off by police vehicles. 

More to come. 



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