On Monday May 29th at 9am a suspicious package was reported in Parramatta, Sydney. The discovery forced the lockdown of the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre, Argyle Street and Church Street. Local trains were delayed and buses were diverted from the area.
Upon being notified by a member of the public, Police and special operations quickly arrived on-scene. 6 police cars and a Police van were present at the location of the package on Argyle St, and a police helicopter was also seen circling.
Upon conducting a procedural investigation, Police determined the package was safe and gave the all clear. At 12pm the centre and nearby streets were re-opened, with trains and buses also resuming normal services.
Reports of suspicious packages are becoming more common in Australia. As a result, it’s important that employees are taught the correct procedure when a suspicious package is located near their workplace, to ensure the safety of themselves and members of the public.
The First 5 Minutes Team is available to provide advice and further information on security awareness and suspicious package handling.<< BACK TO NEWS