Back to business for Toowoomba shops after bomb scare

LACEE BUZZA

It was back to business for a Toowoomba shopping centre after a delivery truck driver stumbled across a suspicious device this morning.

Parts of Wilsonton Heights were shut down as specialist police arrived to assess the bomb-like device around 5.30am yesterday.

Areas around Tor and Hogg Street were cordoned off and shops and homes were evacuated before police declared the scene safe at 9.45am.

A Wilsonton Heights shopping centre has been given the all clear after a bomb scare this morning. Source: Supplied

A Wilsonton Heights shopping centre has been given the all clear after a bomb scare this morning. Source: Supplied

District Inspector Mike Curtin said the devise was of an explosive type nature in appearance and consisted of a chamois container, duct taped with things protruding.

“We were quite suspicious of the nature of the devise and we had to treat it accordingly,” Inspector Mike Curtin said.

“They’ve neutralised it, declared it safe and the scene has now returned to its normal processes.”

No witnesses were available for comment.

While there is no suspicion of terrorism, the scare comes after the Federal Government announced new counter terrorism legislation will be introduced in the next few weeks.

Attorney General George Brandis said in a statement yesterday that children as young as 14 could be detained as terror suspects.

The legislation will see the age of minors for which control orders can be applied dropped by two years, with current protocols restricted to those 16 and over.

“In coming weeks, the Turnbull Government will be introducing into the Parliament a fifth installment of counter-terrorism laws,” Brandis said in a statement.

“As the threat evolves so will our response to ensure that our police and security agencies have the powers they need to keep our community safe.”

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