Metgasco bomb threat
METGASCO received a bomb threat at its Casino office yesterday.
According to Metgasco public relations manager Richard Shields, staff received a call about 1pm. "Tell Peter Henderson that there is a bomb in the office and we are going to blow all your heads off," the man reportedly said.
Mr Shields said earlier in the day a man had entered the office threatening staff with an umbrella.
Police subsequently issued the man with a banning notice prohibiting him from going anywhere near Metgasco's office, staff or contractors.
In response to the alleged bomb threat, Metgasco Managing Director Peter Henderson said the anti-CSG protest movement was not a peaceful one.
"Last week the Minister for Planning was spat on and jostled while attending a public meeting in Lismore and there was a threat to hurt a Metgasco worker," Mr Shields said.
"Today a Metgasco employee was threatened with assault in our office and in the last few hours there was a bomb threat."
But CSG Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Annie Kia said the group believed the bomb scare was a Metgasco hoax.
Ms Kia attended an anti-CSG protest yesterday morning outside the Metgasco compound off Johnston St alongside a group of about 20 people.
"A few remaining protesters were quite surprised when the police came to say there'd been a bomb scare at the Metgasco office," Ms Kia said.
"We don't even believe this was real ... we have noted a pattern of exaggeration and distortion coming from Metgasco's PR."