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Chainsaw-Wielding Man Sends School Into Lockdown

Police have arrested a man who sent a school into lockdown after being spotted with a chainsaw.

St Helena college -- in Eltham North, 30 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD -- was placed in lockdown after the man was seen nearby, said to be holding a chainsaw, on Friday afternoon around 1pm.

The man has now moved away from the campus and is said to be in a nearby property, where police are negotiating with him.

Police were called to Eltham North, in Melbourne's outer suburbs, on Friday.

"Police were called to Parry Road Eltham North about 1pm this afternoon after reports that a man was in the street with a chainsaw," a Victoria Police spokesperson told 10 daily.

"Police attended the scene and the man went to a nearby address. Officers are currently attempting to negotiate with the man who no longer has the chainsaw with him."

A heavy police presence swarmed the area, including a helicopter overhead.

Calls to the school went unanswered on Friday afternoon. The Victorian Department of Education and Training has been contacted for comment.

Around 3.30pm, police advised that a man had been taken into custody.

"Police have arrested a man in Eltham following reports he was observed allegedly with a chainsaw on Parry Road about 1pm. No one was injured during the incident," a police spokesperson said.

"The man was arrested at an address on Parry Road without further incident and will be taken to hospital for assessment."