BOMB HOAX AT LO­CAL HO­TEL

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD

“THERE’S a bomb un­der the ho­tel – it’s go­ing to go off at 7 o’clock.”

They are the chill­ing words Childers Sergeant Ge­off Fay re­calls hear­ing from an anony­mous caller from a public phone in Mary­bor­ough on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The time was 5.20pm and there was only an hour and 40 min­utes un­til the bomb was re­port­edly to det­o­nate un­der­neath the Ap­ple Tree Creek Ho­tel.

The ho­tel was full of pa­trons who rolled in about 5pm af­ter the Con­sol­i­dated Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion 2015 Rebel FM Pigs Arse Poker Run.

Sgt Fay said po­lice sprang into ac­tion.

“We had to evac­u­ate the whole ho­tel, close the high­way and do a search of the ho­tel by 7pm,” he said.

A bomb tech­ni­cian was called in from Bund­aberg and scoured the build­ing, but Sgt Fay said no bomb was found.

“We did a ba­sic search of the ho­tel be­fore 7 o’clock. We couldn’t find any sus­pi­cious items,” he said.

Sgt Fay said they had no other op­tions.

“We sat back at 7pm and waited,” he said.

As the time ticked over to 7pm there was si­lence.

“Noth­ing hap­pened,” Sgt Fay said.

He said they con­tin­ued to wait.

“For pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons we waited un­til about 7.30pm,” he said.

“Then when it was deemed safe, we let ev­ery­one back in, we let the pa­trons back into the ho­tel and re­opened the high­way.”

Sgt Fay said some de­cided to head home but oth­ers stayed on and went back into the ho­tel.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the hoax con­tin­ues.

“It was made from a public phone, which makes it more dif­fi­cult,” Sgt Fay said.

“But we’ve got cer­tain things we’re fol­low­ing up to try and iden­tify who made the call.”

If you were near Boys Ave in Mary­bor­ough about 5.20pm on Satur­day or have any in­for­ma­tion that may help po­lice, phone Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

PRE­CAU­TION­ARY MEA­SURES: The Ap­ple Tree Creek Ho­tel was evac­u­ated due to a bomb hoax on the week­end.

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