Sus­pi­cious pack­age a false alarm

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EMILY FORD

A sus­pi­cious par­cel which prompted an evac­u­a­tion at the New Zealand mail de­pot at Auck­land Air­port turned out to be a false alarm.

The evac­u­a­tions and police pre­cau­tions meant some brief de­lays for com­muters go­ing to the air­port as roads were closed on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 10.

A NZ Post spokes­woman said the pack­age had been lo­cated at the in­ter­na­tional mail cen­tre.

Staff at the mail cen­tre on Lau­rence Stevens Drive had alerted police around 7am, Se­nior Sergeant Rachel Dol­heguy of Auck­land Air­port police said.

There was noth­ing of sus­pi­cion in the pack­age and staff were able to go back to work, she said.

Police could not yet con­firm what was in the pack­age and inquiries were on­go­ing.The Fire Ser­vice, Am­bu­lance and the De­fence Force had helped at the scene as well.

A sec­tion of Tom Pearce Drive had been closed in both di­rec­tions and af­fected com­muter traf­fic to the air­port’s do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal, Dol­heguy said. How­ever, there had been no dis­rup­tion to any flights and the roads were re­opened by 11am with the air­port back to busi­ness as usual.

It was stan­dard pro­to­col to evac­u­ate the build­ing un­til the pack­age was as­sessed, the NZ Post spokes­woman said.

‘‘All staff are safe and emer­gency ser­vices are at the scene.’’

EMILY FORD

Police, the Fire Ser­vice, Am­bu­lance, and the De­fence Force were called to a sus­pi­cious pack­age at Auck­land Air­port’s mail cen­tre.

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