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Police and fire service were called to a false alarm at the Dunedin District Court building this morning after a sprinkler was tampered with.
Senior sergeant Steve Larking, of Dunedin, said someone inside the High St building damaged the sprinkler, causing it to activate. The alarm sounded at 9.51am.
When asked if it was damaged by someone in a holding cell, Snr Sgt Larking declined to comment.
Proceedings at the court were held up as the building was cleaned up.
Three fire engines, a police car and a police van were at the scene.