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Loaded gun stuns police in routine Downs traffic stop

Two men were charged with a range of offences by Leyburn police overnight.
Two men were charged with a range of offences by Leyburn police overnight. Trevor Veale

POLICE have uncovered a loaded gun during a traffic stop in Leyburn overnight.

At 11.15pm a 24-year-old Leyburn man was charged with carrying the loaded weapon in a public place.

The man was the passenger in a utility and had just been pig hunting when the vehicle was pulled over by police.

The loaded weapon was allegedly uncovered inside the vehicle and the man is due to face Warwick Magistrates Court on May 2.

Senior Constable Steve Gibbs of Leyburn Police said police regularly received complaints of illegal trespassing by pig hunters in the Leyburn area and warned hunters they would be pulling over hunting vehicles and searching for firearms, in accordance with the Weapons Act.

"There is a large correlation between hunting and trespassing illegally and committing offences against the Weapons Act," he said.

As well, a 48-year-old Clifton man on a probationary licence is due to front Warwick Magistrates Court in May after failing a roadside breath test.

The man was travelling on the Allora Clifton Rd last night at about 9.05pm when he was pulled over, allegedly registering a blood alcohol concentration of 0.039.

As the man's limit is 0.00 he was charged with drink driving as well as driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Warwick paramedics were called to address in Lyons St this afternoon after an assault was reported.

No one was transferred to hospital from the location and police were not notified of the incident.

Topics:  crime loaded weapon warwick crime warwick police weapons offence


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