Bomb scares at mall

2010-06-02 00:00

THE police will show no mercy to lunatics who will stop at nothing to disrupt preparations for the 2010 World Cup and instil fear about the tournament, KwaZulu-Natal police warned yesterday.

The warning comes after two bomb scares at the Liberty Midlands Mall on Monday and yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said that in both instances the police received a report that there was a bomb at Pick n Pay at the mall.

She said that on Monday staff members at the mall received a phone call from an anonymous caller saying there was a bomb in the supermarket.

The police explosives unit was dispatched to the store, but found nothing during a search.

Yesterday morning the employees received another call and again the explosives unit was dispatched and the area was evacuated.

Shops near Pick n Pay were closed while the police combed the area for the bomb.

“In both instances the police did a complete sweep of the building and came out empty- handed,” said Jeevan.

“We take these prank calls very seriously because reaction means utilising state resources.

“Failing to react might put people’s lives at risk because some calls might be genuine.

“For that reason anyone who is involved in making these calls will be severely dealt with by a court of law,” said Jeevan.

She called on people in all public places to be vigilant and report any suspicious-looking packages.

The general manager of KwaZulu-Natal Pick n Pay, Wim Theron, said they had followed the procedures they have in place when the alarm was raised about the bomb.

The procedures include immediate evacuation of people from the store and notifying the SA Police Force.

He said trading at Pick n Pay resumed only after the police had combed the store for the bomb.

“The safety and security of our customers comes first and we treat every threat received with the utmost seriousness,” he said.

Police are investigating a case of false bomb threat.



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