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Police say 'mystery' helicopters part of training exercise

UPDATE 10.15AM

A ROUTINE training exercise has led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Bundaberg man after alleged suspicious behaviour was detected from the sky.


With two police choppers flying the skies above Bundaberg for the past few days, Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Glenn Cameron said support from Polair1 lead ground crews to a Kensington address.


"On the evening of the 19th of October police arrested a 33-year-old male for a number of offences including stealing and dangerous operation of a vehicle, this arrest was with the support of Polair1," he said.


Det Act Snr Sgt Cameron said after what appeared to be suspicions activity was detected from the Polair1 crew, local police were coordinated on the ground and attended the Kensington address, which led to the arrest of the alleged offender.


The man was charged with a number of offences including six counts of stealing, dangerous operation of a vehicle, possessing dangerous drugs, failing to stop a vehicle and driving without a licence.


Jamie Gene Huth was listed to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Tuesday but did not apply for bail.
 

UPDATE 9.30AM

QUEENSLAND Police have confirmed the two police choppers flying across Bundaberg the past few days were here for a training exercise.

The training was to prepare for the upcoming cyclone season.

A Queensland Police spokesman said the fact that the Community Cabinet was being held in Bundaberg enabled them to act as additional security but that was not their priority.

The spokesman said the police wanted to familiarise themselves with a non-metropolitan region.

YESTERDAY

IT'S the mystery that has gripped the Bundaberg community for the past few days.

Bewildering some and angering others, choppers have been seen and heard across the Bundaberg skyline since Saturday.

Before you jump to conclusions and think it's Bronwyn Bishop looking for a parking spot, think again.

The NewsMail understands that it was a training exercise unrelated to the Community Cabinet.

Because it coincided with the Community Cabinet being held in Bundaberg over the weekend many thought it was simply extra security.

The NewsMail has been inundated with calls, emails from residents demanding to know what was going on.

The NewsMail continues to investigate.

Helicopter over Bundaberg. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
Helicopter over Bundaberg. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

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