Rocky homeless man's 'suspicious item' triggers police investigation
A HOMELESS man who left a "suspicious looking" plastic bag outside of Rockhampton's Court House has sent police rushing to investigate its contents.
Police donning search gloves prodded inside the plastic bag after they were alerted by the Court House's security.
But amid heightened alert where a bomb squad was called to the Old Court House Friday last week, the item turned out to be non-suspicious, a Queensland Police spokeswoman says.
Rockhampton Police invoked the Public Safety Preservation Act during last week's ordeal where they shut down parts of East St to carry out an assessment of a backpack left outside the court.
The backpack reportedly belonged to a lawyer.
Despite declining to reveal the suspicious contents of the bag from today's incident, the QPS spokeswoman said its owner had had been located.
UPDATE 2.55PM: A MORNING Bulletin reporter at the scene has confirmed police are in the foyer of the court house.
The police appear to be inspecting an item with a court house security guard.
The reporter said two police officers are at the security check-in desk inside the court house and have put an item about the size of a small handbag, into a black plastic bag.
The court house has not been evacuated.
BREAKING 2.40PM: POLICE are responding to an incident at the Rockhampton Court House following reports of a man with a 'suspicious item'.
Initial information suggests watch house staff called for police crews to attend urgently after a man was spotted 'acting strangely' inside the court house and in possession of a 'suspicious item'.
Police crews arrived on scene and reportedly located a 'suspicious item' however the man was no longer at the scene.
It is unclear at this stage what the item is.