19 Jan 2017

Man charged over rest home bomb threat

1:04 pm on 19 January 2017

A man has been arrested and charged over a hoax bomb threat made to a Whangarei rest home.

The police said 29 elderly residents of the Shalom Rest Home had to be evacuated on Saturday, after a call was received claiming there was a bomb under the property.

The property was searched and no bomb was found.

The police said a 50-year-old man was arrested late yesterday afternoon and charged with threatening to cause harm.

The man was expected to appear in the Whangarei District Court this morning.