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A popular Pink Floyd tribute band said in a Facebook post on August 30 there could be a ‘bomber on the loose' after an alleged bomb exploded while on tour around New Zealand at Regent Theatre on Broadway Avenue in Palmerston North on May 28.
The band claims a bomb reportedly was set off and exploded in their dressing room during the early hours of the following morning after their gig performance.
Initial indications report the bomb exploding at around 1am. Police were called to the scene at the Regent about twenty minutes later, finding a toilet area in the building which sustained ‘superficial damage' likely caused by an accelerant.
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A statement posted to the band's Pink Floyd Experience Facebook page details and subjects why authorities have kept the incident quiet from media attention.
“On our recent New Zealand tour after our performance at the Regent, while we were loading out, a bomb was detonated in the dressing room toilets. Our production manager put the fire out,” the statement said.
“Why has this been kept quiet? [We] wonder if the people of Palmerston North know there is a bomber on the loose in their city? [The] local Council [said] this was the third one of these bombings in [the city].”
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Video footage was posted in the statement showing the aftermath and damage due to the explosion.
A fire reportedly started in a bin in the room with a toilet. It had to be put out by the band's production manager prior to authorities arriving at the scene.
The Regent was not open to the public, and nobody was injured.
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Questions circulated as to why Police hid the investigation under the covers for around three months without making it public to gather more information surrounding the incident.
Manawatū Police released a statement the following day after the post was made by the band and said they had been actively investigating the incident since it happened. They'd shut down claims made some more bombings or explosions occurred in the city at the time.
“The matter remains under investigation, and Police are following a number of lines of enquiry,” the statement affirmed.
“Police are aware of commentary on social media indicating there have been other similar incidents, however, this is the only active investigation of this type within the Manawatū area.”
“We are interested to hear from anyone who witnessed anything which might assist our enquiries.”
A file number was provided in the Police statement after concerns were made from the band that an investigation was not continuing.
Information can be given to Police through 105, quoting file number 210529/5028. Alternatively, get in touch with Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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