Police arrest man in Melbourne CBD after incident at intersection of Flinders and Williams streets


February 05, 2020 15:58:21

Police have arrested a man after he was reportedly seen driving erratically in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Critical Incident Response Team and local police arrested the 26-year-old man at the intersection of Flinders and William streets at about 2:00pm.

Victoria Police Superintendent Dan Trimble said police were called to the area after receiving reports of a car that had pulled up in front of a tram at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets.

He said the driver got out of the car and stood on the roof, asking for police to come and stop him.

Superintendent Trimble said the man then drove the car around the intersection before driving to the intersection of Flinders and William streets, where the man stopped, turned on his hazard lights and was arrested.

He said the man had no weapons on him but there was a backpack in the car that the bomb squad inspected and deemed safe.

Superintendent Trimble said police did not believe there were any links to terrorism.

Police set up an exclusion zone around the incident scene and have asked the public to avoid the area.

No-one was injured during the incident.

Police said the man would be interviewed shortly.

Video posted to Twitter by a passerby shows about 10 police cars blocking Flinders Street, as police officers approach a silver car.

One officer can be seen running across the intersection, and appears to be carrying a large weapon, while many of the officers are in bullet-proof vests.

In the video, one person can be seen sitting on the ground surrounded by police officers, next to the silver car.

Following the incident, trains were stopped between Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station, but services have since resumed.

Route 58 trams in both directions are being diverted via Swanston Street and St Kilda Road between Toorak Road and Flemington Road.

Yarra Trams said passengers should consider Elizabeth Street trams as an alternative.

More to come.






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February 05, 2020 14:38:18

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