Bomb scare at Christchurch police station

MARTIN VAN BEYNEN AND BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 14:13 23/07/2014
Christchurch police station evacuated
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BOMB SCARE: Christchurch central police station has been evacuated after a bomb scare.

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A person who received a suspicious package took it to the Christchurch police station today - causing the station and nearby businesses to be evacuated.

Inspector Peter Cooper said a member of the public received the package in the mail and took it to the police station about 11am.

Officers examined the package in an interview room and found some wires that "they weren't sure where they were going or where they were connected", Cooper said.

The front section of the station and several neighbouring business were evacuated and St Asaph St was closed to traffic.

The bomb disposal unit was called and used a robot to confirm the package was not a bomb, Cooper said.

Cordons had been lifted, he said.

Emergency 111 calls were still answered during the 1.5 hours the station was closed.

Honda Cars Customer care manager Vaughan Fairbairn said his business had been evacuated.

Customers had been trying to pick up their cars, but could not because of the "inconvenient" scare, he said.

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