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Bomb-sniffing dogs clear Richmond provincial court after threat

It took six hours, but the all clear was finally given early Thursday evening at the Richmond provincial courthouse on Elmbridge way, near Minoru Boulevard and Westminster Highway.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said that after a threat was anonymously phoned in via 911 on Thursday, around 1 p.m., the Richmond provincial court house was evacuated.

The roads around the courthouse were closed while three Lower Mainland police service dogs and their handlers cleared the building.

Many media had gathered at the courthouse to cover the sentencing of convicted child sex predator Christopher Neil, who was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m.

Richmond RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said the threat was made by phone directly to the RCMP about the courthouse, and it was of a serious enough nature that Mounties elected to clear the building.

Ashton was not aware of the nature of the threat, or whether it might have involved a bomb.

Nothing was found and Richmond Serious Crimes unit continues to investigate to determine where the call originated from.

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