Russian link to hotel 'bomb' call

Last updated 08:10 06/03/2014
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The Bolton Hotel and two other central Wellington buildings were cordoned off after a bomb threat was called in to the hotel today.

Bolton Hotel bomb scare
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A police officer directs traffic around the area affected by the bomb threat.

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A phoned-in bomb threat that cleared central Wellington offices is thought to have come from a Russian number.

The Bolton Hotel and surrounding buildings on Bolton St and The Terrace, including the Reserve Bank, were evacuated yesterday afternoon, sending workers and guests for a cold and wet wait on the street.

The scare was kicked off at 12.45pm when a caller said a bomb had been left in the Bolton Hotel air conditioning vent between the third and fourth floor, senior sergeant Justin Rakena said.

A specialised bomb squad with dog searched the hotel.

No bomb was found.

The Dominion Post understands the bomb scare call originated in Russia.

This was still to be confirmed.

Enquiries were continuing.

It was not clear why the hotel - which often accommodates celebrities, dignitaries, and politicians- was targeted.

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