Man to face court over five-hour siege at Redbank Plains

AT THE READY: Special Emergency Response Team police officers at the scene of a siege in Redbank Plains on Saturday morning.
AT THE READY: Special Emergency Response Team police officers at the scene of a siege in Redbank Plains on Saturday morning. Rob Williams

A 31-YEAR-OLD man will face Ipswich Magistrates Court today charged with a string of offences following a five-hour siege at Redbank Plains on Saturday.

Police and heavily armed members of the Special Emergency Response Team converged on a unit block at the corner of Keidges Rd and Lillian St about 5am after reports of a disturbance.

A police spokesperson alleged the man was wielding a handgun, later confirmed to be a replica, and made threats as he barricaded himself inside the complex.

An emergency situation was declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act at 8.05am and Keidges Rd, Redbank Plains Rd, Bruce St and West St were cordoned off.

Neighbours reported on social media there had been a history of disturbances at the complex.

Police arrive at the siege scene.
Police arrive at the siege scene.

A witness, whose property backed on to the unit block, reported hearing yelling from the scene on Friday night.

"I walked past the unit about 9.30pm and there was a guy with a torch banging on the door yelling 'let me in, let me in or I'm gonna kick your door down'," he said.

SERT crews and police dogs swarmed the unit complex where the man surrendered.

The situation was resolved without further incident about 10am.

The man has been remanded in custody charged with possession of a weapon while under the influence of drugs or liquor.

He has also been charged with failing to dispose of a syringe and a bail offence.

No one was injured during the disturbance.

AT THE READY: Special Emergency Response Team police officers at the scene of a siege in Redbank Plains on Saturday morning.
AT THE READY: Special Emergency Response Team police officers at the scene of a siege in Redbank Plains on Saturday morning.


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