A bomb threat forced the closure of the Chilliwack Law Courts on May 28 for the fourth time in 2018. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

A bomb threat forced the closure of the Chilliwack Law Courts on May 28 for the fourth time in 2018. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

UPDATE: Yet another bomb threat at the Chilliwack Law Courts

Fourth such case since Feb. 27; charges pending for the April 24 ‘swatting’ incident

Yet another bomb threat closed the Chilliwack Law Courts and blocked off streets around Five Corners on Monday.

This is the fourth such case of so-called “swatting” this year since the first on Feb. 27.

• READ MORE: RCMP look for suspect vehicle after explosives disposal unit called to Chilliwack courthouse

There was one on April 10 and on on April 24 as well.

• READ MORE: Bomb threat empties Chilliwack courthouse – again

These incidents may always be false alarms, but law enforcement officials have to take them seriously.

The threats lead to the closure of all six courtrooms, accused have to be removed from cells and taken to another location, and all staff are forced to leave the building.

The Lower Mainland Police Dog Service is called in, and staff cannot return to the courthouse until the dog service gives the all clear.

Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail said the police did make an arrest and are forwarding a recommendation of charges to the B.C. Prosecution Service for the April 24 incident.

No one has yet been charged and he added that there was still some ongoing investigation underway on the file.


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