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Filmmakers Cause Police Emergency In Australia

Filmmakers shooting a late-night hostage scene in Melbourne sparked a full scale police emergency after a passerby mistook the scene as a crime in progress.

The concerned woman rushed to a local police station to report the crime after spotting a man pointing a gun at the head of a man on his knees.

Police responded with their special task force, cordoned off an apartment building and blocked streets: "Police went to the apartment block on Canning St and saw a man pointing a firearm at the head of another," police said in a statement. "The area was cordoned off the area and even the critical incident response team was called in to arrest those involved."

However, it was only when officers saw the filming equipment that they realised it was all an act.

Four men in their 20s have been arrested and are likely to be charged with creating a public nuisance.

"They hadn't notified any persons what they were doing down here today, there were no permits, they hadn't had the courtesy to notify even the security within the premises here", Senior Sergeant Stephen Cooper said of the incident. "It's likely to put an end to their film careers for the time-being."

November 6, 2008 |




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