Com­mu­nity in­put ap­pre­ci­ated

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Simon Rup­pert

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.

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No weapons found: A po­ten­tially ma­jor in­ci­dent on Car­rier St on Mon­day turned out to be a false alarm.

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