A woman has been arrested following an incident at Coles.
A woman has been arrested following an incident at Coles. John Gass

Dramatic arrest after Tweed supermarket knife threat

A WOMAN who is claimed to have threatened supermarket staff with a 15cm long bladed knife has been arrested in dramatic scenes at Wharf St, Tweed Heads this morning.

At about 7.50am Tweed Byron LAC police officers were called to Tweed Mall Coles after staff allegedly caught the woman stealing food.

Acting Inspector Jason Dowds said the 29-year-old woman, confronted by supermarket staff, threatened to stab them.

"When she was approached by staff she threatened them with a knife," he said.

"She made threats that she would stab them with it.

"After she threatened staff she jumped in a motor vehicle and decamped, but was arrested two to three hundred metres down the road."

Four police cars swarmed the vehicle parked on Wharf St.

"Once we searched her she actually had a knife in her possession," Act Ins Dowds said.

The woman, who was carrying a "six inch bladed sharp knife" is expected to be charged with stealing and armed with intent.

She remains in custody.

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