Device which put Mullumbimby in lockdown a confirmed bomb
UPDATE, 5.40pm: A BOMB technician brought to Mullumbimby from Sydney has rendered the explosive device safe, but police believe it was real and it will now be forensically examined.
More than 10 hours after the drama began, Tweed-Byron Police Detective Chief Inspector Luke Arthurs updated media at the scene.
"They're sworn officers attached to the bomb disposal unit in Sydney, they've got the expertise and they've got all the testing that they need to do, and they were quite satisfied," he said.
"They actually got the device and physically touched it, opened it and rendered it safe."
He said CCTV footage will continue to be examined in town to try to identify the offender.
UPDATE 12:15pm: BYRON Shire Council's offices in Station Street have been closed today following a police operation.
The council also relocated its monthly planning meeting.
At 8am this morning police advised the council to close its administration building while they investigated an incident in the Mullumbimby central business district.
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Council's works depot at Byron Bay remained operational, as did the council's administration desk at the Byron Bay Visitor Centre where staff were available to help members of the public with their enquiries.
The monthly planning meeting was relocated to the Mullumbimby Civic Centre.
General Manager, Mark Arnold, said the council offices will reopen at the direction of the police.
"I apologise for any inconvenience to our community," Mr Arnold said.
"We support the police who do a great job for our community and they will advise us when we are allowed to go back into our offices," he said.
Any questions about the incident in Mullumbimby should be directed to the NSW Police.
UPDATE, 11.15am: A POLICE operation to deal with an "improvised explosive device" found in a Mullumbimby laneway could continue all day.
Officers are treating it as a "real device" and specialist resources are coming from Sydney.
People are being urged to stay away from Mullumbimby.
UPDATE, 10am: A COMMONWEALTH Bank spokeswoman confirmed there was a live incident near the Mullumbimby branch.
"Our first priority is the safety of our people and customers, who have all been safely evacuated from the area," she said.
"Police are investigating the incident and we are cooperating with them fully.
"All other questions should be referred to the police."
UPDATE, 8.55am: A MULLUMBIMBY resident said the town was full of emergency services personnel and many streets were closed.
"Half of Burringbar St is blocked off," he said.
"I understand there is a bomb threat."
Police have set up an exclusion zone near the Commonwealth Bank.
It is understood the police operation could continue for a number of hours.
UPDATE, 8.45am: ROADS are still blocked at Mullumbimby as investigtions continue into reports of a "suspicious item".
There are two fire trucks on the scene, the police rescue and a number of police officers and firefighters.
The streets are still blocked near the council chambers at corner of Burringbar and Station Sts.
Tweed-Byron Police confirmed the investigation was ongoing and could take a number of hours.
"Police from Tweed/Byron Police District were called to Station Street at about 7.30am today after reports that a suspicious item had been found," they posted on Facebook.
"Traffic diversions are in place and police are asking people to avoid Burringbar Street and Station Street, Mullumbimby."
More to come.
Original story: BOMB disposal experts are currently undertaking an investigation after reports of an unexploded bomb and have locked down a Northern Rivers town.
Richmond Police District Inspector Darren Cloak said multiple emergency services were in Mullumbimby.
"This operation is currently in ongoing," he said.
"Mullumbimby is in lock-down and police ask people to stay clear of the area."
More to come.