Buskers “gun bag” sparks major police response on Melbourne trains

HEAVILY armed police have swarmed a Melbourne train station this morning after a busker’s bag inadvertently sparked a major police response.

Police were called to Flagstaff Station around 8.30am after reports a man had been carrying a firearm bag.

Officers evacuated the train station and forced passengers off trains, causing major delays for the peak morning train run, before searching the area.


It was quickly deemed safe with officers realising it was in fact a busker on his way to perform in the CBD who happened to be carrying a sports duffel bag that apparently looks “nothing like” a gun bag.

“He was a local busker who was there to play an instrument in town,” Inspector Jacob Bugeja told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

“There was a bag that the person was carrying and he had his tools to busk with him.”

The man was apparently doing breathing exercises on the train when he aroused suspicion.

Police spoke to him about 20 minutes later in the city to confirm he did not have a weapon.

“Police have reviewed CCTV footage in relation to the earlier incident at Flagstaff today. No offence was detected and there will be no further police action,” Victoria Police said on Twitter.