Police seek man over bomb hoax

GRAFTON police are looking for a malicious caller after a man on Monday night reported a hoax bomb scare on the express train from Grafton to Sydney.

Police said the caller rang the railway company and told them he'd overhead two passengers discussing blowing up the train.

Police were contacted and the train was stopped at 9.20pm in Kungala, halfway between Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

The train was held-up for an hour while police travelled to Kungala and interviewed the two people that were implicated in the bomb threat.

Sergeant Chris Tuite said the pair, who boarded the train at Grafton, denied talking about the train blowing up.

Police searched the pair's luggage. Finding nothing of interest, the train and the two passengers were allowed to resume their journey to Sydney.

Sgt Tuite said the railway company had followed protocols by calling police and stopping the train immediately.

Sgt Tuite said police were now treating the call as a hoax. He said it was possible the anonymous caller had something against the two people implicated and the caller could face charges if caught.

“If we were to find out who it was that placed the call we would certainly consider charging them with public nuisance,” he said.



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