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Man in court after Palmerston North mahunt

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/07/2016

The man arrested following a two-day armed police manhunt in Palmerston North is due to appear in court.

Caleb Kovaleski, 25, handed himself in to police on Friday after allegedly fleeing from officers and being holed up in the suburb of Cloverlea for more than 24 hours.

Police said a gun was found at the property where Kovaleski was hiding, but did not provide further details.

He is due to appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Saturday morning facing firearms-related charges.

Asked about further possible charges, police said their investigation was still in its very early stages.

During the hunt for Kovaleski, two schools were locked down and some residents were unable to return to their homes in the cordon.

The cordon was lifted on Friday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Kovaleski's adoptive father Jim Antcliff urged his son to end the stand-off peacefully.

"I love you son, we all love you ... please come out peacefully this time," he said in an interview with Maori Television.

Kovaleski was wanted for arrest on a number of driving and dishonesty charges, police said.

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