Charges considered after bomb scare

A patrol car is parked in front of the former adult entertainment venue where the package was...
A patrol car is parked in front of the former adult entertainment venue where the package was discovered by a member of the public. Photo: Gregor Richardson

Police are deciding whether to charge the person behind a suspicious package which closed down part of central Dunedin.

Army bomb experts flew down from Christchurch on Friday after the package was spotted taped to a wall of former entertainment venue Diamond Lounge in Moray Pl about 12.40pm.

A remote-controlled robot was used to detonate it about 5.10pm.

The incident forced the evacuation of nearby buildings including Countdown supermarket, which reopened about 6.15pm.

Police said today investigations had confirmed the package was not an explosive device.

"We have identified and interviewed the person responsible for placing the package in Moray Place.

"From what our investigation has established to date, we can assure the community that there was no danger to members of the public."

Police would determine whether there was any "criminal liability" as the investigation continued.


 

 

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