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Guns found: Mandurah Road closed as police dog tracks down offender

A man screamed as a police dog tracked him through dense bushland after guns were found in a car near Singleton overnight.

Mandurah Police were conducting patrols when they observed a suspicious blue Ford Falcon at the intersection of Mandurah Road and Singleton Beach Road about 7:45pm.

Officers lost sight of the Ford as it sped along Mandurah Road.

About 350 metres from the intersection, the Ford crashed into a wire fence line several metres from the road.

As police arrived, they located a rear passenger, a man, in his 20’s.

He was taken into police custody.

The two front doors of the vehicle had been left open and police believed the driver and another passanger fled on foot.

Police dog Utah was deployed to search the area and picked up a scent.

Utah tracked the scent in the dark for about 200 metres through bushland bounded by Singleton Beach Road and Mandurah Road.

Utah located a man, in his 30s, hiding in the scrub.

The man was heard screaming as Utah barked and police officers moved in.

It is alleged the man resisted arrest which led to him receiving a dog bite to his leg.

He was taken to Peel Health Campus for treatment.

During a search of the vehicle, several items of interest were located including two firearms and shotgun cartridges.

After the discovery of weapons, police closed Mandurah Road in both directions between Paganoni Road and Singleton Beach Road.

They also deemed it was too dangerous for the Utah and officers to be searching the bushland in the dark for the possibly armed offender.

It’s understood a third offender has not been located.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and charges are yet to be laid.

Anyone with further information that can assist in this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at

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