Police to consider CTV charges

Last updated 17:52 10/12/2012
INVESTIGATION: Superintendent Gary Knowles says police will consider CTV charges.

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Police have launched an investigation into the findings of a royal commission of inquiry into the Canterbury Television building collapse, but it is too early to say if charges will be laid.

Canterbury district commander Superintendent Gary Knowles said the first step was to review the report, which police received today, then come up with "a game plan".

He said a police team would be set up.

The team will be headed by South Island Detective Superintendent Peter Read, and Detective Inspector Dave Long, of Christchurch police, would oversee the investigation, he said.

"The first step will be reading the report and assessing what it says. We will form a team and look at the evidence available and go from there," Knowles said.

He said police would seek a legal opinion from the Crown on whether any charges could be considered against those named in the report as playing a part in key failures leading up to the building's collapse.

"Once we've read the report we will look at what we are going to do regarding any outcomes," Knowles said.

"We have to be satisfied it reaches the criminal threshold."

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