Community input appreciated
A police operation on Carrier St Monday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm.
Police had been tipped off that a white ute was carrying weapons, however, none were found.
Two passengers were released without charge and the driver was taken to Benalla Police Station for a test to determine if he was driving under the influence of drugs.
He has been released while it is determined if that is the case.
Benalla Police acting Senior Sergeant Dave Gillespie said that police received a report that a vehicle in the Benalla area was potentially carrying weapons at 1.45 pm on Monday.
‘‘Local police coordinated some patrols in relation to the vehicle, which was located in carrier St where it was intercepted,’’ Snr Sgt Gillespie said.
‘‘The three occupants of the vehicle cooperated with police and a search was undertaken where no weapons were found.
‘‘The driver of the vehicle came back to the Benalla Police Station for a drug test in relation to the driving matter.
‘‘Further tests will be conducted to discover if they were positive or negative.
‘‘He was also spoken to in relation to other traffic matters.’’
There was a lot of interest from passers-by and police are eager to inform the community that no weapons were found, and the occupants with police.
However, Snr Sgt Gillespie said if the public were ever in a position where they suspected someone might be carrying a weapon that they should report it.
‘‘We appreciate receiving information such as this as the community are our eyes and ears,’’ Snr Sgt Gillespie said.
‘‘If anybody was to be concerned at any time about things such as this please contact police or Crime Stoppers and we’ll look into it as soon as possible.’’
If anyone has any information they think the police should be aware of, phone Benalla Police on 5760 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
No weapons found: A potentially major incident on Carrier St on Monday turned out to be a false alarm.