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Shock as man armed with cleaver arrested at gunpoint

GUNPOINT ARREST: Police arrest a man, who was allegedly armed with a meat cleaver at Park Beach on Sunday afternoon.
GUNPOINT ARREST: Police arrest a man, who was allegedly armed with a meat cleaver at Park Beach on Sunday afternoon. Matt Deans

MONDAY - 10AM: A MAN armed with a meat cleaver, who was arrested by police at gunpoint at Park Beach on Sunday, allegedly told officers he had earlier been bullied by youths at a fast food outlet.

Members of the public stopped patrolling police officers, just after 4pm, to inform them a man had been seen walking with the weapon in hand.

A witness said he saw a youth wearing a dark hoodie walking at a fast pace along the footpath of Walter Morris Cl towards McDonalds with another man following close behind him and visibly brandishing a large blade that appeared to be a kitchen cleaver.

"He was carrying a meat cleaver in his right hand and appeared to be after the young bloke," the witness told The Advocate.

"I called out and the teenager took off and started running along the Pacific Hwy in the direction of town."

The older man turned around and walked quickly back towards the car wash in the alleyway behind Park Beach Rd.

Officers spotted the man walking along the footpath on Park Beach Rd, a short distance away, around 4.30pm.

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said police will allege that officers called on the man to drop the weapon at gunpoint.

"The man then allegedly dropped the cleaver and police placed him under arrest," Insp. Jameson said.

"Police allege the man claimed to be carrying the meat cleaver after being bullied by youths at a nearby fast food restaurant on Park Beach Rd," Insp. Jameson said.

The man has since been charged with armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on March 23.

A man who was seen brandishing a meat cleaver at Park Beach this afternoon is taken into custody by Coffs Harbour police at gun-point.
A man who was seen brandishing a meat cleaver at Park Beach this afternoon is taken into custody by Coffs Harbour police at gun-point. Matt Deans

 

SUNDAY - 6.00PM: A MAN, who was seen brandishing a cleaver or large blade in pursuit of a youth at Park Beach this afternoon was taken into custody by Coffs Harbour police. 

The arrest happened on Park Beach Rd around 4.20pm. 

A witness said he saw a youth wearing a dark hoodie walking at a fast pace along the footpath of Walter Morris Cl towards McDonalds with another man following behind him and visibly brandishing a large knife that appeared to be a kitchen cleaver.

"The older man in pursuit was heavyset, aged in his 50s or 60s and wore a light blue t-shirt," the witness said.

"He was carrying a meat cleaver or some sort of large blade and appeared to be after the young bloke.

"We called out and the teenager took off and started running along the Pacific Hwy in the direction of town."

The older man turned around and walked quickly towards the car wash in the alleyway behind Park Beach Rd.

Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command Police were alerted to the incident and officers took a man into custody soon afterwards.

Officers would like to speak to the youth who left the scene.

Members of the public who can assist with information should call 1800 333 000.

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