A man holds a knife to his chest at Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland.
A man holds a knife to his chest at Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland.

Bloodied man with knife surrenders as police dog moves in

A MAN who held a knife to his chest in the middle of a popular Alexandra Headland park has surrendered after a hour and a half stand-off.

The shirtless man man dropped his knife and was surrounded by police officers and police dogs at Nelson Park, off Okinja Rd, about 3.55pm.

Paramedics followed them in quicky to attend to the bloodied man.

He has then carried away on stretcher and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police talk to a man at Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland.
Police talk to a man at Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland.

About 200 people watched the drama unfold from nearby streets, hotel balconies and a caravan park

Witnesses said the man was walking around the park, knife held at his chest, with at least two police officers talking to him.

Other officers were telling crowds to keep back.

All entries to the park were blocked during the situation.

A man holding a knife to his chest at Nelson Park.
A man holding a knife to his chest at Nelson Park. Kate Bracken

The park, which includes a playground, was cleared out shortly after police arrived about 2.30pm.

It's believed the man had cut himself.

For 24-hour help, call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14. Beyond Blue 1300 224636 or SANE Australia 1800 18 SANE (7263).


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