Bomb scare closes court
A bomb threat sparked the evacuation of Waita¯ kere District Court in Auckland.
Senior Sergeant Jesse Mowat said the court received a telephone message that indicated a bomb was at the premises, about 8am on November 3.
‘‘Court staff did the right thing [and] got everybody evacuated from the building,’’ he said.
Police completed a systematic sweep of the building to check for any bombs, he said.
No bomb was found, he said.
The building was cleared for about 4 hours.
‘‘All threats of that nature we take very seriously. And we treat them as real until we can prove otherwise.
‘‘On this occasion we found no evidence of a bomb.’’
The threat took up a lot of people’s time, he said.
‘‘But everybody’s safety is paramount and we have to check them [threats] out.’’
Court staff were among about 30 people forced to wait across the road from the building in Henderson.
Ministry of Justice security officers were also keeping people away from the building. However, vehicle traffic flow was not disrupted.
A dog explosive detection unit could be seen at the court. Waita¯ kere District Court reopened about midday on the same day.
The Waita¯kere District Court was shut for about four hours on November 3.