Melbourne: 2 cruise ships evacuated after sniffer dogs detect something suspicious…

20 November 2015

 

Passengers to be allowed back on board boats following Melbourne bomb scare evacuation

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Passengers that were stranded for four hours after a bomb scare at Melbourne’s Station Pier will shortly be able to go back on board after a cruise ship and passenger ferry were evacuated.

The Victorian Bomb Response Unit conducted safety checks at the pier after sniffer dogs picked up a suspicious smell at 12.15pm, but deemed the area safe at around 4.15pm.

A witness on the ground, Joshua Brooker, told Daily Mail Australia the two ships that had been evacuated were the Spirit of Tasmania and the Noordam, which is a cruise ship run by Holland America.

A Victorian Police spokeswoman said ‘everything has been cleared’, and clarified that an earlier tweet published by the service about a ‘suspicious package’ being found was in fact incorrect.

The tweet has since been deleted.

Station Pier now declared safe after cruise ships evacuated earlier in bomb squad drama.

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Police spokeswoman: ‘The bomb response squad is on the way.’

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Two cruise ships at Melbourne’s Station Pier have been evacuated after sniffer dogs picked up a suspicious smell.

Police say no suspicious object has been found but the sniffer dogs responded to the scent while on a routine patrol at the pier, Melbourne’s main passenger shipping terminal.

‘We have evacuated two cruise ships while we are conducting a safety check and the bomb response squad is on the way,’ a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

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‘We have evacuated two cruise ships while we are conducting a safety check and the bomb response squad is on the way,’ a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Police were called to the pier about 12.15pm on Friday.

Shadie Farah, who works at the D’Lish Fish takeaway shop at the pier, said police told him explosives had been found.

‘The cops have blocked everything off. They told us that explosives have been found on one of the boats,’ Mr Farah told AAP.

‘There are heaps of people. They’ve stopped the trams and everything’s blocked off.’

Two cruise ships in Melbourne evacuated as bomb squad investigate suspicious smell

Two cruise ships in Melbourne evacuated as bomb squad investigate suspicious smell:

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The Victoria Police Bomb Squad is en route to Station Pier in Melbourne after sniffer dogs picked up a suspicious smell.

Police said they are yet to find any suspicious object, however the sniffer dogs responded to the scent during a routine patrol.

“We have evacuated two cruise ships while we are conducting a safety check and the bomb response squad is on the way,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

This is a breaking news article. More information will be added as it comes to hand.

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/11/20/13/26/two-cruise-ships-evacuated-as-bomb-squad-investigate-suspicious-smell#wXzgSwODuGuu0Thm.99

BREAKING: Two cruise ships in evacuated after sniffer dogs detect something suspicious; bomb squad called

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Police evacuating two cruise ships at Station Pier, Port Melbourne after sniffer dogs smelled something suspicious.

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UPDATE: Bomb Squad en-route after sniffer dogs smelled something suspicious at Station Pier.

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