Tuesday-morning bomb threat at St. John’s Magistrates Court turns out to be a hoax

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Workers at the St. John’s Magistrates Court received quite a scare onTuesday morning, March 26, when someone reported that a bombhad been planted in the building.

After receiving the bomb threat, the staff, attorneys, and otherresidents immediately evacuated the building and gathered outsidethe Knuckle Block premises.

A source tells REAL News that an on-duty government securityofficer received the anonymous telephone call sometime after 8 a.m.,ahead of the court’s start time of 9 a.m.

The Police were notified and a number of officers, including fromthe senior rank, converged on the scene, as the building was sweptfor explosive devices.

No bomb was discovered inside and work resumed, as normal.Our news correspondent, George Wehner, was on the scene and filedthis report.

That building has been a bone of contention between Rural Westresidents and the Government since the court was placed there.The building was constructed to be a community centre for theRural West constituency, but residents are yet to make use of it asthe court was placed there over four years ago.

A source says that this is the first time, to their knowledge, that sucha threat has been made on the lower court.