Wellington Scoop

Bomb scare causes evacuation of Central Police Station; man arrested

A man was arrested tonight after Wellington’s Central Police Station was evacuated because of a bomb scare.

News from NZ Police at 5.45pm
A 44-year-old man is in custody after an item of concern was located in the foyer of Wellington Central Police Station this afternoon. The police station and a number of other buildings in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

The NZDF Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended and have rendered the item safe using a series of small, controlled explosions.

Cordons have been lifted and occupants have been allowed back into buildings.

Police thank the public for their patience while emergency services responded to the incident, particularly those in buildings that were evacuated.

Investigations are ongoing including further examination of the item and the scene.

The front counter will be closed while this is completed and the scene is cleared.

All other policing functions will be operating as normal.

Police first reported at 3.47pm that they were “responding to an incident.”

They said their building was being evacuated as a precaution, but policing functions in Wellington would continue as normal.

Then at 4.15 they said that neighbouring buildings were being evacuated as well.

At 4.30 a Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team had arrived. It started a series of small, controlled detonations. Police warned that the sound from these was likely to be heard in the surrounding area.

Cordons remained in place as the bomb disposal team did its work.

Because of the alarm, Victoria Street was blocked in the vicinity of the Central Police Station. The result: sudden traffic congestion.

However by 5.30, Victoria Street was reopened and cordons were lifted.

During the same period, Willis Street between Karo Drive and Vivian Street was down to two lanes while repairs were made to a trolley-bus wire support pole that was damaged in a truck crash this morning.

Motorists were told to expect delays.