Update: 07:53 pm: Officers wearing bulletproof vests can be seen lying on the ground lying near a sign that the man has erected a sign with a series of demands and is holding police at bay
The handwritten banner seems to say: ‘Police release Batty Archibald CCC Report’. Police confirmed to the ABC it is a hostage situation, but no other information is available.
The Tactical Response Group have made the trek from Perth to the town which is about 170km south west of the capital city. WA Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said police sealed off an area in Bunbury known as Koombana Bay on Thursday evening.
‘Members of the tactical response group are on the site and they are dealing with the situation,’ he said. Earlier media reports suggested the man may have explosives strapped to his body, but Mr Kinnison would not confirm if explosives or other substances were involved.
He asked the public to avoid the area until further notice. Images taken by reporters at the scene show a man wearing a black hooded top and a figure in the background, sitting. Mr Dinnison said it’s unclear what sparked the hostage situation. Dog squad officers are also at the scene.
Sydney: An explosive strapped man on Thursday entered an Australian park and is reportedly taking many people hostage. Police have cordoned off the park in Burbury, Western Australia.
Emergency services are at the scene near the corner of Koombana Drive, the main thoroughfare into the town, and Blair Street. Officers wearing bulletproof vests can be seen lying on the ground near the scene, in footage taken by Australian media.