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Police Bomb Response Unit called to Shepparton

By Ashlea Witoslawski

UPDATE: 3pm

The Bomb Response Unit arrived on scene at about 11am to assess a PVC item found in the Nixon St car park. 

Acting Sergeant Peter Warden said the unit attained the item and undertook necessary safety precautions, including X-rays.

‘‘The device itself has now be sent down to Melbourne for forensic testing,’’ he said.

The Bomb Response Unit left the scene at about 1.45pm, with the road cleared for traffic and business operations resumed in the area.

A criminal investigation will now take place, managed by the Shepparton Criminal Investigation Unit.

Members of the public are urged to report any similar sightings and to share information about the incident by contacting Shepparton police on 5820 5777. 
 

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Police have cordoned off an area at a Nixon St car park after a suspicious item was located this morning.

Safety checks are being conducted after officers were called to the car park about 8.30am after a staff member at a nearby business discovered the item.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the Bomb Response Unit is en route to the scene and that the area has been cordoned off as a precaution.

At the scene, Acting Sergeant Peter Warden told The News that a staff member from Goulburn Valley Imaging Group noticed the suspicious package.

He said police attended and took pictures of the item and sent them to the Bomb Response Unit.

That unit is due to arrive on the scene at about 11am.

Act Sgt Warden said the Goulburn Valley Imaging Group is operating as normal.

Shepparton Search and Rescue were also on scene, dropping off sand bags as requested by the Bomb Response Unit.

The investigation is ongoing.