School lockdown: Army says sorry for alarm caused

The drama during the Brisbane schools lockdown. Picture: Channel 7
The drama during the Brisbane schools lockdown. Picture: Channel 7

THE Australian Defence Force has apologised after one of its own was caught by police running with a replica gun in Brisbane's south on Wednesday.

His sighting caused such alarm that schools in the area went into lockdown.

Police have charged a man who was running with a replica gun.

The Australian Defence Force confirmed the 26-year-old Rochedale South man, who is due to appear in Holland Park Magistrates Court on December 9 charged with public nuisance, is an Australian Army member.

"The member was wearing a military uniform and carrying a training aid which resembled a replica weapon.  The member was not carrying weapons or ammunition," a Defence spokesperson said.

"The member was conducting a routine individual physical training exercise in a public area, and was unaware of the disruption the training activity had caused.

"Defence apologises for the concern or disruption this incident has caused and extends its appreciation to the Brisbane community for their ongoing support."

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