Police manhunt in connection with Regent Theater vandalism

Palmerston North Police are looking for a man in connection with the damage to the Regent on Broadway.


Palmerston North Police are looking for a man in connection with the damage to the Regent on Broadway.

Police are looking for a man in connection with an alleged explosion at the Palmerston North site, The Regent on Broadway.

The venue was damaged after a concert by tribute band The Pink Floyd Experience in May. The group said a bomb was set off in their dressing rooms in the wee hours of the morning after their May 28 concert. Thing understands that aerosol cans were set on fire and exploded.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that they were looking for a man due to damage at the site. They released a CCTV image of the man, who appears to be wearing a red jacket.

Police said the man was crossing the Regent Arcade towards King St, before entering the Regent Theater and that he may be able to help with their investigation.

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Officers were called to the theater in the early hours of Saturday, May 29 and discovered that a washroom area had suffered “superficial damage, possibly caused by an accelerator.” The damage was done around 00:50.

The chairman of the board of directors of the Regent Theater Trust, David Lea, said he was happy to turn the matter over to the police.

“We put security measures in place to prevent this from happening again in the future, but it was unique.”

He declined to comment further.

One person who answered a group phone number declined to comment.

Police would like to hear from anyone with more information. People can contact the police on 105, citing case number 210529/5028 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A post on the Pink Floyd Experience Facebook page said a bomb exploded in the locker room toilet and the production manager extinguished the blaze. No one was hurt.

A video in the post shows damage to a bathroom, with a large hole in the wall.

After the incident, the Regent stepped up his security to prevent something similar from happening.

Security at the back door has been increased and cameras have been replaced.

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