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Investigation Sparked After ABC Logo Found At South Australian Police Shooting Range

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Investigation Sparked After ABC Logo Found At South Australian Police Shooting Range

South Australia Police has issued a statement after a YouTube video included something a little eyebrow raising.

The state's police force was demonstrating the power of a machine gun recently obtained as part of Operation Ironside.

The taskforce has been investigating organised crime, with more than 600 officers involved in executing nearly 100 search warrants recently.

Ninety-five people were arrested in South Australia alone and authorities seized cash, ammunition and firearms. One of those firearms was a Owen machine carbine, which was used by Australian soldiers in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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Credit: SAPOL
Credit: SAPOL

They demonstrated the power of the weapon in a video that has since been scrubbed from their YouTube page. Eagle-eyed viewers were confused as to why there was an ABC logo at the shooting range.

Many asked whether police officers would use the iconic and unmistakable logo for target practice and whether that was ethical.

However, authorities have since clarified why the ABC and other local businesses are featured at the shooting range.

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A spokesperson for South Australia Police told the Sydney Morning Herald: "This is a mock firing range which is on private property and only accessed and used by police or other limited and authorised personnel. Anything on display is for the purposes of replicating a realistic training environment as we have with other training facilities.

"It is not a reflection on the ABC or any other business logos displayed in the video."

When the spokesperson was pushed for more details as to the nature of the ABC and Bird in Hand, an Adelaide Hills winery, logos, they said: "There is no firing at the ABC logo."

The ABC has launched an investigation into the video.

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While it's an interesting twist, police say Operation Ironside is the big angle here.

The Owen gun seen in the video was one of 30 weapons seized in South Australia, along with 67 vehicles, including two Lamborghinis, a Bentley and dozens of high-end luxury vehicles, including 15 Harley Davidson motorcycles, boats and jet skis.

There was also a premium wine collection discovered, $100,000 worth of Louis Vuitton accessories, property worth more than $11 million, four kilos of methamphetamine and 10,000 ecstasy tablets. They've all been confiscated by police as they continue their investigation.

Featured Image Credit: SA Police

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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