Alistair Brightman

Man pulls out machete in Tweed food court

A MACHETE was pulled out when a fight almost broke out at Tweed City Shopping Centre yesterday.

Witnesses said a scuffle between a number of men escalated very quickly in the food court.

Tasmanian tourist Janine Ralph said she thought she saw someone get stabbed.

"I was sitting in the food court," she said.

"These two young guys got into a fight and smacked each other and one got out a knife."

"Four security guards came and took one away and the other ran off."

Despite the alleged stabbing Ms Ralph said she "didn't see too much gore."

"It was pretty crowded, there was a lot of people about," she said.

She described the men as being in their early 20s.

Tweed Police duty officer Darren Steel confirmed the altercation.

"There was a man holding a machete," he said.

"When security staff approached him, he dropped the knife and ran."

One of the other men was escorted off the premises by security staff, but he left before police arrived.

"Inquires are still continuing and police would like to speak to all the men involved," Inspector Steel said.

Although the man did not use the weapon to hurt anyone, he can still be charged for possess a knife in a public place.

As for Ms Ralph, it was an odd event to happen on holiday.

"This woman came up (to me afterwards) and said what's happening to this world?" she said.



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