70-year-old grenade brings bomb squad
A grenade handed in to Cannons Creek community police base last week was 70 years old and posed no threat, but police took no chances.
At about 9.30am on Tuesday, an Ascot Park resident walked in to the base with the grenade in a plastic bag. The office was immediately cleared of the two Neighbourhood Policing team members and two volunteers, while nearby buildings were cordoned off.
A bomb disposal team from New Zealand Defence Force came from Trentham and took the grenade, understood to be 70 years old, away to be disposed off.
Kapiti Mana Police area commander John Price says there was never any danger to anyone in the Bedford Court area, ‘‘but we treat any explosive device as a risk’’.
The public should call police to the site if anything of this nature is found, not take it to the station.
‘‘Sometimes, people might be clearing out their parents’ garage after they’ve passed away and there might be ammo or grenades brought back from World War II. Call 111, ask for police and we will call out the NZDF.’’