Bomb left out­side cop shop

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The wo­man who drove from Auck­land to Mata­mata with a bomb in her car was un­aware it could be a dan­ger.

The wo­man, who did not want to be named, has come for­ward to clar­ify some of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the po­lice about how they came to get the bomb. In an ini­tial story the po­lice said the bomb was left un­der a tree be­cause the Mata­mata Po­lice sta­tion was closed when the wo­man ar­rived to drop it off.

They then called in the Auck­land-based army bomb dis­posal team for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. But the wo­man said she didn’t leave the bomb un­der the tree at all.

The wo­man said when she ap­proached the po­lice sta­tion it ap­peared closed. She called the af­ter hours num­ber and a po­lice of­fi­cer came out.

‘‘... where he looked at the de­vice and we had a brief con­ver­sa­tion and then I left. It was put on the ground dur­ing this time, in a box, but It was never at any stage ‘left’ for any­one to just find.’’

She said the bomb was brought back to Mata­mata with other items af­ter clear­ing a fam­ily house in the Auck­land area. She had no knowl­edge at the time that ‘‘it was or could be dan­ger­ous’’.

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