UPDATE April 7 2018 11.30am | Two men are now in custody, following a cross-border Police pursuit that saw heavily-armed Police storm a sleepy Gold Coast Hinterland town.
The chase began in Murwillumbah, just west of Tweed Heads, around 1.30pm on Friday.
Eagle-eyed officers spotted a silver Mazda 6 sedan parked in Dorothy Street, with stolen number plates.
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They then saw four males run from the home and get in the vehicle.
A pursuit was initiated when the Mazda driver failed to stop, and continued west on Numinbah Road towards the Queensland-NSW border.
When it crossed the border NSWP officers terminated the pursuit.
Their counterparts in Queensland took over, and monitored the car as it travelled through the Gold Coast hinterland.
The car was dumped at Purling Brook Falls and the men tried to get away, but two were arrested.
A 31-year-old Cudgen man was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a weapon.
A 22-year-old Murwillumbah man has been charged with one count of unlawful use of motor vehicle.
Both were refused bail to appear at Southport Magistrates Court today.
Two men remain at large.
EARLIER April 6 2018 5pm | Springbrook locals and day-trippers are being turned away from the mountain town, as heavily-armed Police search the dense bushland for three people.
The trio was in a car that was being pursued by NSW Police earlier today, but crossed the border into Queensland and was dumped at the entrance to the trail for the popular Purling Brook Falls.
Police have confirmed they have one person in custody and don’t believe the others are armed.
Road blocks are in place preventing people from entering or leaving Springbrook, as Police take every precaution as part of heightened security measures surrounding the Commonwealth Games.
One driver told myGC that she had waited for two hours at the base of Pine Creek Road, but was told she could not go home as there was a “situation” unfolding.
Another person has described being confronted by armed Police as he and friends walked out of the popular picturesque trail, around 3.30pm.
“As we were walking out of (the trail) they had guns pointed at us with riot shields,” Jacob told myGC.
He explained that they could hear a helicopter flying overhead when they arrived just after midday, but thought nothing of it.
“There were search check points leaving the area and then a second check point with road spikes,” he added.
Police insist there is no immediate threat to locals or tourists.