UPDATE @ 11.30 AM | PARTS of Mullimbimby are in lock down following the discovery of an improvised explosive device in the normally quiet northern NSW town.
A pedestrian is understood to have found the suspicious package in a laneway behind the Commonwealth Bank and alerted police.
Officers confirmed they were called to Station Street just after 7.30am and have since established an exclusion zone in the area.
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A number of buildings have also been evacuated as a precaution, as Polair, Police Rescue and the Bomb Disposal Unit work to diffuse the device.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe told Seven there is no need for the public to be alarmed.
“We don’t have any threats towards any organistion, any building or any indivudal,” Detective Inspector Kehoe said.
“We’re satisfied with the precautions we’ve put in place to ensure community safety, but it may be an operation that will extend for some hours and we encourage people to avoid the area.”
Traffic diversions are in place, with motorists being urged to steer clear of Burringbar Street and Station Street in Mullumbimby.
EARLIER @ 10.45 AM | A major police operation is currently underway in Mullumbimby, following the discovery of a suspicious device in the northern NSW town.
Officers were called to Station Street at about 7.30am on Thursday after a member of the public came across the suspicious item near a bank.
It’s understood a number of buildings in the area have been evacuated, with a 200m exclusion zone in place.
The Tweed/Byron Police District confirmed they were responding to the unfolding situation and urged people to avoid the area.
“Traffic diversions are also in place, with police asking people to avoid Burringbar Street and Station Street, Mullumbimby,” they wrote on Facebook.
The bomb disposal unit is on scene investigating.