Update: Rossland court evacuated

Police and fire crews blocked off roads in Rossland after a threat was called in to the Rossland courthouse.

Police and fire crews blocked off the roads surrounding the Rossland courthouse after a threat was called in on Thursday afternoon.

Police and fire crews blocked off roads in Rossland after a threat was called in to the Rossland courthouse.

This is the second evacuation from a threat in the past six months at the Rossland court.

Crown Counsel got a call in Nelson at around 2 p.m. Thursday from an unknown male caller, said police. The caller stated that   there was a bomb at the courthouse, they said.

Staff Sgt. Dan Seibel, from Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, said that as court in Rossland was in session, RCMP determined that the threat was directed at the Rossland Provincial Courthouse.

Trail RCMP was notified and members immediately responded.

“The courthouse was safely evacuated, including the prisoners in custody,” Seibel said. in a release, adding that Trail emegency health serveice and fire department were notified and surrounded the scene at a safe distance.

B.C. Sheriffs and Trail RCMP members teamed up and a search of building was conducted with negative results. B.C. Sheriffs transported the five prisoners back to Trail detachment.

Arrangements were later made between the Justice of the Peace, Crown Counsel and defense counsel regarding release/remand of the prisoners. The court house had to be  closed for the rest of the day.

Trail RCMP are continuing their investigation into this criminal offence.

A similar bomb threat was made in October, which also involved the Rossland Provincial Courthouse. The previous occurrence, along with yesterday’s offence, will be reviewed for persons of interest, say police.

If anyone has information regarding who is responsible for this occurrence,  RCMP ask that they call the Trail RCMP at 250-364-2566 or CRIMESTOPPERS  at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 

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