A bag and canister similar to those mislaid by police.
Dunedin police are appealing for help finding a bag
containing tear gas that was mislaid by a staff member on
"This is a rare event and our main concern is for the safety
of members of the public," Dunedin-Clutha Area Commander
Inspector Greg Sparrow said today.
Police said the black bag contained a gas cannister and a
small number of shotgun-like gas cartridges.
The canister is aluminium and clearly marked in blue writing
with the words CS. It does not pose a risk to anyone unless
it is opened.
The five missing cartridges look similar to shotgun rounds
and should also not be tampered with.
"That's why we are keen to locate this bag and its contents
as soon as possible. Our main concern is that someone finds
the canister or the gas cartridges and doesn't know what's in
them and tampers with them."
The bag was mislaid by a police staff member during an
incident in Dunedin on Thursday. Although the police had
carried out extensive inquiries the bag and its contents had
not been found.
An internal investigation is under way to determine how the
bag was lost ande to ensure it did not happen again.
"If anyone has located the bag or its contents, they can
return to Dunedin Police, no questions asked.
"Alternatively, if anyone has information about the
equipment's whereabouts, they can pass the information on to
Dunedin Police or anonymously through CrimeStoppers," Insp