Wanted Brit ‘armed with CROSSBOW’ flees Australia on jet ski – and kept going for 90 miles

“Anyone who thinks they can either enter or leave Australia through the region without detection should think again”

Jo Crooks, Australian Border Force

The unnamed man was apparently found on mudflats just a few miles from the Papua New Guinea mainland.

According to ABC news, Queensland police said the man was carrying a crossbow throughout his journey but may have abandoned it shortly before his arrest.

An Australian Federal Police spokesperson said: “This arrest sends a strong message to would-be fugitives – our reach across Australia is second to none.”

Speaking to the Guardian, Jock O’Keeffe from Queensland Police said: “He gave it a red-hot go.

“It’s a bit unusual to try and get from Pundsand Bay all the way to PNG. He stuck out like the proverbial.”

Jo Crooks, of the Australian Border Force (ABF), said: “We have the ability to detect a range of border threats, including suspicious movements through the region.

“Anyone who thinks they can either enter or leave Australia through the region without detection should think again.”

The Brit was taken to Thursday Island, and remains in the custody of Queensland police ahead of extradition to Western Australia.

He is set to face one count of possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell supply (methylamphetamine) and possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property when he appears at Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday.

According to court records, he has already pleaded guilty to both charges.

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