4 March 2019

Fake bomb shuts down Batemans Bay CBD

| Ian Campbell
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Photo: Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush Properties, via The Beagle.

Monday in Batemans Bay got tipped upside down with the police bomb squad from Sydney flown in by helicopter to deal with a suspicious package.

Just before 9 am this morning, staff at an Orient Street business noticed an unattended bag and alerted local police.

The surrounding area was cleared as a precaution and an exclusion zone put in place, shutting a section of the CBD down. Local traffic diversions were put in place.

Photo: Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush Properties, via The Beagle.

The area was reopened and declared safe by the bomb squad at around 1 pm.

Speaking with Nine Newspapers, Sgt Mark Dudley said nothing dangerous was found and he suggested it was a deliberate hoax for unknown reasons.

He says a clock, battery, and wires were uncovered along with a note that said boom.

“It’s [the bag] been handed back to local police for further investigation,” he says.

Anyone with information about the fake bomb threat is asked to contact Crime Stoppers – 1800 333 000.

Photo: Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush Properties, via The Beagle.

Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.

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