On Saturday July 23rd, at just before 2.30pm, a man climbed onto the roof of a Melbourne City Loop train and left a suspicious looking bag on top of one of the carriages.
In response to the emergency call, Police ordered the evacuation of commuters from Platforms 1 and 2 at Melbourne Central Station. Metro Trains, as a safety precaution redirected the Cranbourne, Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham, Hurstbridge and South Morang lines to bypass the city loop as police dealt with the incident.
No bomb was discovered at the scene and the ‘train surfer’, a 21 year old man, was taken into custody by Police.
Victoria Police spokesman Leading Sen-Constable Paul Turner said “The evacuation was a precaution and the area was soon deemed to be safe.”
In today’s climate, security awareness has never been more important, especially in the workplace and in places of mass gathering.
According to Australian Federal Police (AFP) reports, in the year 2013 alone, Technical and Forensic Intelligence (TFI) received 567 bomb related incident reports from the Australian policing jurisdictions, including a range of threats from telephone delivered hoax threats to the actual planting of an explosive device of material.
It is critical that people know how to correctly respond to a potential or actual threat, and that the discovery of a suspicious object or the witnessing of suspicious behaviour is reported to Police, without delay.<< BACK TO NEWS