Man Arrested Within 2 Hours For Causing Public Alarm After Leaving Bag Unattended At Mrt Station

The Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for an offence of Public Nuisance under the Penal Code after he had left a bag unattended at Hougang MRT station, triggering a temporary closure of the MRT station.

On 2 April 2017 at 2.45pm, the Police were alerted to a case of an unattended bag at the train platform of Hougang MRT station. The bag was later established to contain only household items.

Officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division and Public Transport Security Command, with the assistance of SBS Transit, quickly traced the owner of the bag and he was arrested at Hougang MRT at about 4.35 pm. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had intentionally left his bag inside Hougang MRT station while he ran an errand. Police investigations are still ongoing.

The Police treat all security threats seriously and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who intentionally cause public alarm.

The Police would also like to remind the public not to leave personal belongings unattended and to report any suspicious items or behaviour to the MRT staff or the Police immediately. We commend the staff of SBS Transit for their vigilance in handling this incident.

Source: Singapore Police Force

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