A tackle box owned by a forgetful fisherman was recently responsible for a major police operation and the evacuation of law courts and the NSW Rugby League headquarters in central Sydney. The “suspicious package” left in Phillip Street, outside the NSW Leagues Club, led to the bomb squad, police rescue and sniffer dogs rushing to the scene after receiving an emergency call from a member of the public who noticed the box resting among a row of parked motorcycles.
Some buildings were evacuated in the area, including the Queens Square tower housing courtrooms for the NSW Supreme Court and the Federal Court. Phillip Street was closed to vehicles and pedestrians while the tackle box was inspected by a bomb squad officer.
Police are yet to establish who the tackle box belongs to and will continue their investigations.
“It was examined and found to be items consistent with fishing,” Inspector Pat Morris said.
The street was reopened and police left the scene a short time later.