Bomb scare at Levin courthouse

Last updated 16:52 13/02/2013

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Levin's courthouse was evacuated after a bomb threat this afternoon.

Police confirmed a threat had been made in a phone call by a female saying the bomb was due to ''go off'' at 1:15pm.

The courthouse and surrounding area was evacuated and road cordons established around the block as a precaution.

About 10 police officers were at the scene.

Sergeant Martin Bull said a thorough search of the courthouse building had found nothing and it was reopened about 2pm.

Opposite the courthouse, at the Horowhenua Motor Company, staff member Trish Squirrell said they were alerted to the bomb scare by a member of the public.

''With us being just across the road, it's always in the back of your mind if it could be the real thing,'' she said.

''As the police were blocking off the roads, they came and told us to stay inside and not go near any of our glass windows in case there was an explosion.''

Ms Squirrell said it was ''something a bit different'' for a typical Wednesday afternoon. ''It's something you can see happening in Auckland or Wellington but, really, who would want to blow up the Levin courthouse?''

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