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Man charged over alleged Batemans Bay bomb hoax

Ian Campbell 10 July 2019

March 4 Batemans Bay bomb hoax. Photo: Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush Properties, via The Beagle.

Remember the bomb hoax in Batemans Bay earlier this year? Perhaps you were caught up in it. A weird day that saw the normally calm routine of the seaside town tipped upside down.

Following an ongoing investigation, police announced a breakthrough this afternoon with a local man arrested.

As reported by Region Media at the time, shortly after 8.30 am on Monday, March 4, police were alerted to a suspicious package in the garden bed of a shopping centre on Orient Street.

March 4 Batemans Bay bomb hoax. Photo: Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush Properties, via The Beagle.

Officers from South Coast Police District immediately cordoned off and evacuated the area. The bomb squad from Sydney was flown in by helicopter and rendered what was described at the time as an ‘unattended bag’ safe.

The item was seized and forensically examined.

Speaking with the Bay Post on March 4, Sgt Mark Dudley said nothing dangerous was found in the bag, he suggested at the time that it appeared to be a deliberate hoax for unknown reasons.

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

March 4 Batemans Bay bomb hoax. Photo: Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush Properties, via The Beagle.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives attended a Batemans Bay home yesterday (July 9), and spoke with a 32-year-old man.

He was issued with a Future Court Attendance notice for the offence of ‘leave an article with intent to cause alarm’. He is due to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, July 22.

Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.


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