Update 18 June: Less than two weeks after this article was written central Hamilton was again sealed off, due to another bomb threat. A suspicious package was left at the ANZ bank on Ward Street West. On the same day, threats closed down the Work and Income Offices in Nelson.
of Hamilton city centre was sealed off for 5 hours this afternoon, causing traffic chaos as police dealt with a suspicious package left “very close” to the Claudelands bridge.
Police sealed off an area around Bryce Street, which includes the ASB and IRD offices. People in the area said the package was found on the IRD premises.
An “alarming noise” was heard as bomb squad officers blew up the package, which has been left in the foyer of the Inland Revenue building. Staff had previously been evacuated from buildings in the surrounding area.
Earlier news reports confirmed the package was had been placed in the IRD’s building and police were examining CCTV recordings to find out who’d placed it there. The package was eventually destroyed in a controlled explosion and its contents taken away for analysis.
Police Senior Sergeant Pete van de Wetering said at about 7.30pm, the bomb disposal personnel, also referred to as defence personnel, had destroyed the bag using a robot.
“We will be closely examining what remains of the contents of the bag and the bag itself and also taking a good look at CCTV footage of the building, both inside and out.” source
Authorities will been keen to downplay the incident, perhaps mindful of the shooting murders of two female staff at another government office: Ashburton’s Work and Income (WINZ) in September of last year.
The ‘Ashburton shootings’ were called the New Zealand equivalent of the Sydney Siege, but they went largely unnoticed by the world’s media.
Watch the news video here http://vimeo.com/104979145
On September 1st last year a 48 year old man walked into a government office and shot two workers to death and seriously injured a third. The deceased were Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland, Lindy Curtis was seriously wounded.
Now an independent review has exposed flaws in the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) safety and security measures. It appears that there wasn’t much of a security protocol in place, it developed on an ad-hoc basis over time, and a similar incident could occur again… read on
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