A police operation has concluded safely after a device was located in state’s north yesterday.
Police were called to Station Street, Mullumbimby about 7.30am (Thursday 19 September 2019), after reports a suspicious item was located by a shop owner.
Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District attended and located the device, which appeared to be an improvised explosive device (IED).
Specialist resources were called to the scene, and an exclusion zone was established with surrounding streets closed to the public.
Following an examination by officers from the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit, the device was deemed safe. Their inquiries revealed the device did not have the capacity to detonate.
The exclusion zone was lifted, and the area is now open to the public.
Local detectives have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
As their inquiries continue, the device will undergo forensic examinations.
There is currently no known threat to public safety, and police continue to urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.