A Reuters photo published Sunday showed a car in what police described as a “precautionary stop” outside Melbourne’s airport being towed away, along with an array of items missing from the vehicle and the parked motorhome in which it was held.
Reuters photographs published Sunday show a car in what police described as a “precautionary stop” outside Melbourne’s airport being towed away, along with an array of items missing from the vehicle and the parked motorhome in which it was held.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not immediately respond to questions about the photo.
A police spokesman told Reuters the photo was inaccurate.
“There was an unauthorised force observed by the driver of the vehicle, police were contacted and removed the vehicle,” the spokesman said.“While both the police force and the vehicle were acting in accordance with road safety legislation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not condone unauthorised road and traffic safety stops and immediately commenced an investigation.” Advertisement
The department had issued a warning to international travellers due to Sydney airport issuing a “please indicate” notice, it said.
“If you are not in compliance with our advice, the necessary ground force measures will be used,” the notice, posted by Australian airport authorities, said.
Police and the ministry did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
Reuters reported last month that the Ministry of Immigration had rescinded the visa of a man after he failed to respond to a tip-off that he was a wanted man in Australia.
Police last week issued a missing person’s alert to Wollongong resident Cate Blanchett, in light of the late-August death of her Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef expedition mate Glyn Davis.
Davis’ body washed up on a reef of his as Queensland beaches opened under cooler ocean temperatures.
A fire broke out early on Wednesday morning on board Davis’ vessel, the Freedom, located outside the zone of the historic reef shark infested western beach.
Three rescue boats were scrambled from Queensland, Sydney and Perth.
“A rescue has been successful,” police said, referring to the three boats getting on board to pull Davis from the water.“Initial reports suggest that none of the three boats were pulled into the water so emergency services may need to re-apart emergency services staff from across the regional area to help get emergency crews on the beach to assist in this rescue.”
The search continues.
Davis, the father of two, was part of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and had hoped to raise nearly A$700,000 ($480,000) to help conserve the world’s largest coral reef system.
He and Blanchett were part of a global effort to build and maintain the festival which now takes place every August.
Davis’ body was first found on July 10 in between currents and the mainland.