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Crown casino evacuated after man with backpack causes panic

Patrons of Melbourne’s Crown Casino were forced to evacuate on Wednesday, after a man acting “erratically” caused panic at the casino’s first floor, local media reports.

Speaking to reporters outside the venue, Acting Commander David Clayton from Victoria Police said officers were called there around 3:30pm, with reports of a man with a backpack acting erratically.

The 55-year old male was taken into custody a shortly after the floor was evacuated, with no injuries to the public.

Acting Commander Clayton said he could not give specific details about the man's behavior as the investigation was ongoing.

There was nothing in the backpack and the man complied with police, he said.

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