Ax, hammer and knives seized from popular Gold Coast sights
An ax, hammer, knives and shivs were seized during a metal detection test at two popular tourist hot spots on the Gold Coast.
A teenager is among the latest defendants after he was apparently caught with concealed weapons when he was arrested and taken away on Thursday evening.
Police reportedly found a small meat grinder and shiv, as well as drugs, in the possession of the 16-year-old.
The 12-month trial, to tackle the rise in knife-related crime, allows police in two Gold Coast Safe Night constituencies to randomly use a metal detector wand to search people.
It is now its fourth weekend of operation and police have so far “misplaced” more than 330 people.
There have been eight arrests for gun-related offenses, including the teenager Thursday who was the first and only minor to be charged, Gold Coast District Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said.
“This kid was here in Surfers Paradise and he had in his possession a meat cleaver type knife secreted in a bag on his person… which is quite concerning for us,” said Superintendent Wildman.
“In the short time that we conducted the trial, we identified eight knives and we located a hammer, an ax and two shivs.”
The “ wanding ” trial allowed police to make further arrests, including the violation of bail orders, Superintendent Wildman said.
Overall, there were 334 searches involving 200 adults and 114 minors, he said.
This led to police detecting 35 additional offenses in a range of areas, including drug and bail related offenses,
Said Superintendent Wildman.
The trial is taking place only in the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach Safe Night neighborhoods, the entertainment and tourism hubs of the Gold Coast.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said there were no immediate plans to extend the trial beyond the Gold Coast, although that is a possibility after the completion of this pilot program.
“These are extraordinary powers, we have to test them, we have to make them perfect first,” he said.
“So obviously at the end of the trial we’ll see where we can go from there.”
The announcement came two days after the teenager was arrested near the Cavill Ave tram stop in the heart of Surfers Paradise around 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
Released body-worn camera footage shows the boy acting in surprise, when police inform him that the wand has detected metal.
“You have a pretty big knife in your pocket,” the officer asks the teenager rhetorically.
It was also reportedly discovered that he had a homemade shiv.
The teenager is handcuffed and taken to a nearby police station.
The 16-year-old boy from Redland Bay has been charged with Possession of a Knife in a Public Place, Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Utensils.
The 12-month trial allowing police to arrest random people and “ ring ” them in a prescribed area without a warrant began on the first weekend in May.