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Police responding to alleged bomb threat on Willis St

Part of Willis St has been closed due to a what has been reported as a bomb threat made on a bus.

 

Photo: The Wellington App / Caitlin F.

The incident has led to 36 bus services being affected, according to Metlink’s website.

-The Wellington App

Wellington city street closed after threat

 

One of Wellington’s main streets is closed due to a threat made on a bus, say police.

Willis St in Wellington is closed after a threat on a bus. Photo: RNZ

Police are at the scene in Willis St, which has been cordoned off between Lambton Quay and Mercer St.

One bus has been stopped and its passengers are no longer on board.

Other buses full of commuters in central Wellington are being stopped, as police respond to the threat.

Police said they were trying to figure out the validity of the threat that was reported at about 5.20pm.

Police are speaking to the person believed to have made the threat and are not looking for anyone else in relation to the matter.

People are asked to avoid the area while police continue with enquiries.

Shortly after the alarm was raised, Wellington City Council media spokesperson Richard MacLean said there was confusion in some central city streets because of the threat response.

“There’s a lot of chaos going because the buses are being trapped, and people are stuck. There’s quite a lot of gridlock going on,” said Mr MacLean.

“There’s clearly something very serious happening. Lots of people are having to take detours.”

Police tape was blocking both ends of the street, and people and vehicles were being diverted, he said.

-RNZ