Police make enquires about allegation of missing items
Assistant Commissioner (Investigations) Richard Chambers:
Police are making enquiries into suggestions that an electrical cabinet from the Pike River Mine went missing in the aftermath of the 2010 disaster.
This will involve talking to the relevant people involved, as well as checking information held by Police relating to the original investigation which concluded in 2013.
We are aware of commentary about this item of equipment.
Police are however unable to speculate about the relevance of this or any other item until we have completed our enquiries and have a full understanding of its significance or otherwise.
We note however that WorkSafe has today made specific comment on this item of equipment.
It is important that Police hold all relevant information to inform future decisions.
We are therefore appealing to anyone with information which they believe is important and has not been considered by Police to come forward.
Now is the time to talk to us and tell us what you know.
This is one of the most complex investigations undertaken by Police in recent times.
Our commitment is clear - we will do all we can to provide answers to the Pike River families in an open and transparent way.