UPDATE: Police furious at suspected bomb hoax

UPDATE 10.44AM: A HOAX is suspected to be behind the bomb scare which tied up hours of emergency services' time and closed a busy West Ipswich shopping centre.

Police have confirmed the device, which has been taken away for more testing this morning, now appears to be have been harmless.

"If it is a prank, it's a stupid and very silly prank," Inspector McDonald said.

He confirmed that intentionally wasting police resources was a prosecutable offence.

Police have already begun reviewing CCTV footage covering the area.

"The cleaner arrived about 5.30am and it wasn't there then, so it has been placed there in that two hour period," he said.

Inspector McDonald said police wouldn't be releasing photos of the device.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER: 9.45AM: INSPECTOR Keith McDonald is on site and said "thankfully" the situation had been resolved peacefully.

The centre has been reopened with patrons and staff now allowed back in.

More to come.

 

EARLIER: 9.30AM: POLICE have sent a robot into the IGA car park to inspect a suspected bomb.

The robot appeared to inspect another area adjacent to the suspect item but police are yet to confirm whether there is an additional device.

Staff have been evacuated from the centre and the area has been cordoned off.

A witness said the device looked like a can that had been cut open and had a black wick sticking out of it.

Police and fire fighters remain on scene.

EARLIER 9.13AM: THE bomb squad has arrived on site to inspect a "suspicious device" found on the footpath between IGA and Spotlight in West Ipswich.

A cleaner alerted police to the potential danger this morning at 7.40am after coming across the device, described by police as similar in shape and size to a soft drink can.

He said the bomb squad may decide to detonate.

Staff have been evacuated and the centre has been cordoned off.

Keogh St is closed however traffic is still flowing through Brisbane St.

Police and fire fighters are on the scene. Photo: Anna Hartley.
Police and fire fighters are on the scene. Photo: Anna Hartley.

UPDATE 8.53AM: POLICE have found a bomb at a West Ipswich shopping centre.

The bomb squad have been called and police plan to detonate the device upon their arrival.

Firefighters have also arrived on scene.

Keogh St and the area surrounding the shopping centre remains blocked.


EARLIER: A SHOPPING centre in West Ipswich has been evacuated after a suspicious device was found.

The device was found near IGA West Ipswich at the Homebase shopping centre on the corner of Keogh St and Brisbane St. 

Crowds watch on as police cordon off the area. Photo: Anna Hartley.
Crowds watch on as police cordon off the area. Photo: Anna Hartley.

A cleaner alerted police to the device at about 7.40am this morning.

The area has been cordoned off and the police are waiting for the bomb squad to arrive.

More to come.



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