Bomb threat at Newtown Kmart

Kmart at New Town was today evacuated due to a bomb threat.

At about 11.30am 4 police were called to the Kmart store at Ridson Road, New Town in relation to a bomb threat received by staff.

The person who made the threat over the described as male between 20-30 years old.

The store manager made a decision to evacuate the Kmart store. Police assisted in the evacuation of the shopping complex.

Traffic control was implemented to prevent the public entering the area. A search of the store was conducted and no suspicious packages were located and the store was re-opened to the public some 30 minutes after the call was received.

Members of the Criminal Investigation Branch, will conduct an investigation into the bomb threat.

Police say the situation has been categorised by police as a hoax at this time.

While there were no previous warnings, threats or calls relating to any suspect device in this area police would like to hear from anyone who may be able to provide further assistance in being able to identify the caller.

Members of the public are requested to contact Crime Stoppers on telephone 1800 333 000 if they have any information which may identify the person(s) responsible for this disruption to the shopping complex.