Police called to berry minor incident at Barney Point
POLICE responding to reports of an armed person at Barney Point have briefly detained and released a man after determining he was just grabbing a quick bite to eat.
Officers were called to a unit complex on O'Connell St, opposite Yaralla Sports Club, after receiving reports of a man walking around on the footpath "waving a pole with a knife strapped to it".
Three units, including a police wagon, were sent to the complex, arriving shortly before midday and detaining and disarming the man.
After a brief chat with officers, he was released without charge after they accepted his explanation he had been cutting down berries from a nearby tree.
"He was just hot", a police spokeswoman said of reports the man wasn't wearing a shirt at the time.
The Observer is unable to confirm reports the officers involved had berry disarming personalities.