A controversial trial designed to prevent knife crime on the Gold Coast has resulted in charges for nine unrelated offences including drug possession and breach of bail.
Queensland Police have the power to randomly stop and scan people using wands in the coast’s safe night precincts under new laws that are now active.
The trial began over the weekend with 116 people scanned over three 12-hour periods between 6pm and 6am from Friday to Sunday.
One person was found with a screwdriver and another was caught with a knife.
“While this is a prevention strategy and the intent for us is not to get arrests as such, we are finding that we are actually identifying other offences through conducting the scanning activities,” Acting Chief Superintendent…