Bomb scare closes court

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY

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.

STUFF

The Waita¯kere Dis­trict Court was shut for about four hours on Novem­ber 3.

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