There were chaotic scenes in Melbourne this afternoon after a major police operation forced parts of the CBD into lockdown.
Just before 2.00pm, officers were alerted to a man seen driving erratically along Flinders Street.
It took just five minutes for the Critical Incident Response Team and local police to swarm the scene and take the 26-year-old man into custody.
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During the incident, an exclusion zone was set up and public transport halted with people and motorists told to avoid the area.
“Due to an incident at Flinders and Williams Streets, a number of streets have been closed and public transport will be affected. We are asking everyone to avoid the area.” Victoria Police wrote on social media at the time.
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Superintendent Dan Trimble told reporters that the bomb squad was called in to check a backpack that was found in the man’s vehicle, which was later deemed safe.
He also revealed that the incident may have been mental health related and confirmed that it does not appear to be terror related.
“He had no weapons on him, there was no members of the public or police injured, and I can assure the public that police will be out making sure the city is safe. At this stage there is no relation to anything counter terrorism wise.”
The man remains in custody and is expected to be interviewed this afternoon.
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