Corrections package forces evacuation of building


Police are investigating after a building in central Dunedin had to be evacuated when a suspicious package was delivered.

Emergency services were contacted after the item was left at a Department of Corrections office building this morning.

Police said the building was evacuated as a precaution and officers cordoned off lower Stuart St from the intersection with Moray Pl down to The Fabric Store.

Otago Coastal Area Commander Inspector James Ure said the package was reported to police about 10.15am and part of the street shut off for a few hours.

Police at the scene, outside the Department of Corrections office building, in Stuart St. Photo: Christine O'Conner
Police at the scene, outside the Department of Corrections office building, in Stuart St. Photo: Christine O'Conner
In a statement tonight, police said emergency services had completed their examination.

"The package was examined by the New Zealand Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and was found to contain items that were not of any concern."

The cordons had been stood down and the building released back to occupiers.

An investigation into the circumstances of this incident is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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