Victoria Police was forced to clear pedestrians and trams from the Bourke Street Mall on Tuesday afternoon, after a suspicious package was found among tributes to victims of the recent car rampage.
A Victoria Police statement confirmed “the Bomb Response Unit” was at the scene just after 1pm (AEDT) on Tuesday afternoon.
“Police are currently at Bourke Street mall conducting safety checks at the makeshift memorial,” the Victoria Police statement read at the time.
“We can confirm that Elizabeth between Little Bourke Street and Little Collins Street is closed to all traffic and pedestrian flow whilst this takes place.”
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According to Melbourne radio station 3AW a “suspicious package” was found among the floral tribute to rampage victims.
The area was re-open just before 1:30pm after the Bomb Response Unit conducted a check of the area.
Jimmy Gargasoulas, 26, has been charged with five counts of murder after he allegedly drove into pedestrians in the Melbourne CBD 10 days ago.
Much of his alleged rampage threatened pedestrians in the Bourke Street Mall.
Six people died in the massacre, while 36 more were hospitalised. Victoria Police said nine remained in hospital, one in a critical condition.
On Tuesday morning numerous volunteers had been cleaning up the mostly floral memorial.
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