Man charged after triggering emergency response in Surfers Paradise

UPDATE at March 15, 6.15 AM | A man has been charged following a police incident at a high rise apartment complex in Surfers Paradise on Wednesday.

Scores of police swooped on the Glitter Strip around 4pm on Wednesday following reports of an armed man at the Beachcomber apartment tower.

Police established a cordon around the complex and evacuated nearby residents after receiving reports the man was inside an apartment with a woman and child.


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Police said the man allegedly climbed from the balcony of the apartment onto the ledge of a unit below and damaged a window.

A 33-year-old woman and 4-year-old child managed to evacuate the apartment before police moved in and took the man into custody.

A number of replica firearms were allegedly located inside the apartment.

A 36-year-old Surfers Paradise man has been charged with unregulated high risk activity, wilful damage and contravene police banning notice.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on March 26.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER at March 14, 5:00 PM | A MAN allegedly armed with a handgun has been arrested in Surfers Paradise.

Scores of police swooped on the Glitter Strip around 4pm on Wednesday following reports of an armed man at the Beachcomber apartment tower.

Police declared an emergency situation and began clearing the Hanlan Street hotel as a precaution.

Residents and tourists were told to stay away from the area while officers responded to the incident.

Thankfully, the man was arrested without incident shortly before 5pm.

He is believed to have been armed with a handgun.

Fortunately no one was injured and the emergency declaration has since been revoked.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet clear.

FIRST at 4:30 PM | AN EMERGENCY situation has been declared in Surfers Paradise following reports of an armed man at a hotel.

Police have swooped on a hotel on Hanlan Street and are evacuating neighbouring units as a precaution.

Residents and tourists are being urged to stay away from the area.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

MORE TO COME.

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