Gold Coast man charged over airport bomb scare

UPDATE at 7:00 AM | A GOLD COAST man has been charged following dramatic scenes at both Brisbane Airport’s International terminal and in Surfers Paradise.

Police have confirmed, the 50-year-old is facing a raft of charges, including contravening a domestic violence order and stalking with a weapon.

It’s alleged he was holding a large knife as he ran at a woman who he knows in the airport terminal food court around 9pm on Saturday.


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“Police will allege when they arrived they also located a suspicious device and proceeded to evacuate the area,” Queensland Police confirmed in a statement on Sunday morning.

“An exclusion zone was declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act as specialist police examined the device and deemed it to be non-suspicious.”

The exclusion zone was revoked at 11pm.

Around an hour later, a second exclusion zone was declared at the Bruce Bishop Carpark in Surfers Paradise, as it was feared the man’s vehicle was parked in the area and could have contained explosive devices.

The all clear was eventually given and the exclusion zone was revoked at 1.45am.

The Surfers Paradise local will front Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on Monday also charged with stealing, serious assault police, making a false statement which can be inferred that there is a plan to damage or destroy a commonwealth air navigation facility, bomb hoax, and common assault.

UPDATE at 2:00 AM | AN EMERGENCY Situation declared in Surfers Paradise on Saturday night has been revoked.

The Queensland Police Service confirmed the declaration, made under the Public Safety and Preservation Act, was lifted at 1:40 AM.

Police swooped on Surfers about 9pm after a vehicle, thought to be connected to a man who triggered an emergency situation at Brisbane Airport, was found in the Bruce Bishop Carpark.

An exclusion zone was established around the carpark and surrounding hotels, bars and establishments were evacuated while police waited for the bomb squad to arrive and examine the vehicle.

The all clear was given and the emergency situation revoked at 1:40am after specialist police spent an hour combing through the carpark.

The huge police response was triggered after a man allegedly pulled out a knife at the Brisbane International Airport and claimed to have explosives following what police say was a “domestic violence related situation”.

“We believe this man may well live down there (on the Gold Coast) and certainly, because of his demeanour, we have made a decision that we are going to check everything,” police said on Saturday night.

“While we suspect nothing will be likely found in the vehicle (on the Gold Coast), we are going to make sure we examine it to make sure it is safe.”

UPDATE AT 12:50 AM | AN Emergency Situation declared in Surfers Paradise is connected to an earlier incident at Brisbane Airport, police have confirmed.

Police said the man at the centre of the emergency situation at Brisbane Airport is believed to live on the Gold Coast.

Speaking to media outside the International Terminal late on Saturday night, police confirmed specialist officers were examining a vehicle that may be connected to the man at the Bruce Bishop Carpark in Surfers Paradise.

“We believe this man may well live down there (on the Gold Coast) and certainly, because of his demeanour, we have made a decision that we are going to check everything,” police said.

“While we suspect nothing will be likely found in the vehicle (on the Gold Coast), we are going to make sure we examine it to make sure it is safe.”

The bomb squad arrived at the Bruce Bishop Carpark in the heart of Surfers Paradise shortly before 12.30 AM.

Police first swooped on the carpark about 9pm, shortly after emergency services were called to the Brisbane Airport.

It’s understood a man produced a knife in the International Terminal and claimed to have explosives following a “domestic violence-related incident”.

He was eventually arrested and was last night being questioned by police at a Brisbane police station.

While dealing with the incident in Brisbane, officers established an exclusion zone around the carpark in Surfers Paradise and began evacuating neighbouring hotels, bars and establishments about 10pm.

Police said the incidents were related to domestic violence, not terrorism.

“We believe this is a domestic related-incident. There is absolutely no evidence to indicate that this is related to terrorism,” police said.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast

UPDATE AT 11:30 PM | POLICE have declared an emergency situation in Surfers Paradise amid reports of a bomb threat.

In a statement at 10:49 PM, the Queensland Police Service said an emergency situation had been declared at the Bruce Bishop Carpark under the Public Safety Preservation Act.

Police have established an exclusion zone surrounding the carpark and have evacuated nearby hotels, bars and establishments.

PHOTO: © myGC

PHOTO: © myGC

The exclusion zone is bound by the Gold Coast Highway in the west, Cavil Avenue to the east, Surfers Paradise Boulevard to the north and Clifford Street to the south.

The Island Bar, situated directly behind the Bruce Bishop Carpark, was evacuated about 10pm.

Photo: Supplied/Hayden Welsh

PHOTO: © myGC

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear.

Officers first swooped on the Bruce Bishop Carpark about 9pm before establishing an exclusion zone around the area.

At the same time, police declared an emergency situation at Brisbane Airport after a man was seen brandishing a knife and claiming to have explosives.

That situation has since been resolved, with police taking a man into custody shortly before 10pm.

EARLIER AT 10:30 PM | EMERGENCY services have saturated the heart of Surfers Paradise amid reports of a bomb threat.

Dozens of police have surrounded the Bruce Bishop Carpark on Remembrance Drive, while The Island Bar and surrounding establishments have been evacuated.

Officers first swooped on the Bruce Bishop Carpark about 9pm before establishing an exclusion zone around the area.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known.

“Police just told us all to leave the area as its unsafe,” one man told myGC.

“At first we were told to move well away from Bruce Bishop Carpark but now they’re widening the evacuation area.”

Members of the public are being urged to stay away from the area.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

Photo: Supplied/Hayden Welsh

Photo: Supplied/Hayden Welsh

Source: Supplied/Anita Louise

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