Bomb de­liv­ered to po­lice

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Bomb squad ex­perts were called to Mata­mata af­ter an old mil­i­tary prac­tice bomb had been left out­side the po­lice sta­tion, un­der a tree.

Waikato po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Greg Foster said the de­vice was dis­cov­ered in the garage of a home in He­lensville, Auck­land.

A lo­cal woman then drove it from her par­ents’ Auck­land home back to Mata­mata.

‘‘She has put it un­der a tree out­side the sta­tion, which would have been closed at the time.’’

The woman then phoned the po­lice North­ern Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­tre to alert them the item was there, he said.

It was wrapped in news­pa­per and left in­side a card­board box.

‘‘If some­one does find a bomb they should leave it where it is, clear the area and call 111. ’’

The in­ert head of the air force prac­tice bomb was be­lieved to be an es­ti­mated 20 to 30 years old.

Of­fi­cers at the sta­tion pho­tographed the de­vice and sent it to the Auck­land­based army bomb dis­posal team for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘On ad­vice from the de­fence force, po­lice re­moved it and took it to the rear carpark of po­lice sta­tion as not to in­con­ve­nience the public.’’

The dis­posal team ar­rived mid Mon­day morn­ing and took the de­vice back to Auck­land with them, where it was dis­posed of.

Foster con­firmed there was no risk to the public. Foster said the dis­cov­ery of old bombs was quite com­mon.

A num­ber of bombs had been found be­neath houses around the Whanga­paroa area of Auck­land, near the RNZAF Base.

He says if some­one does find a bomb they should leave it where it is, clear the area and call 111.

An old mil­i­tary prac­tice bomb was left out­side the Mata­mata po­lice sta­tion ear­lier this week.

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