POLICE: NSW police highway patrol car helped in the manhunt.
POLICE: NSW police highway patrol car helped in the manhunt. Trevor Veale

Guns and drugs found in stolen car in dramatic pursuit

FOUR people have been arrested after an extensive manhunt involving a police helicopter found a gun and other weapons in a stolen car in Kingscliff overnight.

After Tweed Byron Police District officers noticed a stolen Ford Focus parked in the carpark of a hotel on Marine Parade about 5pm yesterday, the officers went inside the hotel to speak to patrons before a number of people allegedly dispersed.

During a search of the Ford, police allegedly located and seized several items, including a firearm, a machete, knives and prohibited drugs.

With the assistance of detectives, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers and Queensland POLAIR, two men, both aged 26, were arrested in another vehicle at a nearby shopping centre a short time later.

A third man, aged 24, and a 21-year-old woman were arrested in Pearl Street.

One of the men, aged 26, was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for the offence of custody of knife in public place.

The woman was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for possess prohibited weapon and will both appear in court at a later date.

The two men, aged 24 and 26, were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The 24-year-old man was charged for stealing the car, possessing an unregistered firearm and a knife, as well as drug possession.

The 26-year-old man was charged with possessing a firearm.

Both men were refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today .



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