Police pinpoint hoax bomb call

Police have pinpointed this morning's hoax bomb threat in Balclutha to a phone booth outside a popular restaurant in the town.

The 111 call, which resulted in the Balclutha District Court being cleared, was made at 10.04am from the public phone outside the Highway Diner, in Clyde St.

The voice was described as a male, possibly in his 20s.  

Police interrupted the sitting by Judge John Macdonald to evacuate the central Balclutha building at 10.25am.

A large crowd of lawyers, defendants and the public gathered outside while police searched the property and cordoned off a part of Paisley St.

Police cleared the site at 10.55am with no sign of any bomb found and court resumed as normal. They have now asked for the public's help in tracing who made the call.

"We would especially like to hear from anyone who saw the Highway Diner phone booth being used this morning around 10.00am," police said in a statement.


Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter