Police lay charges following Bellbird Hotel incident

The Bellbird Hotel, Bellbird Creek, between Orbost and Cann River on the Princes Highway. Photo: jacksshed2
The Bellbird Hotel, Bellbird Creek, between Orbost and Cann River on the Princes Highway. Photo: jacksshed2

Police have charged a 42-year-old Hampton Park man following an incident at Bellbird Hotel on the Princes Hwy near Cann River on Monday.

The man has been charged with criminal damage, unlawfully on premises, fail to stop and firearms offences, and is scheduled to appear at the Bairnsdale Magistrates Court on September 6. He has been granted bail but remains in hospital for assessment. 

The Princes Hwy was closed from Orbost to Cann River for almost 10 hours while Victorian police officers worked to coax the allegedly armed man out of the hotel. 

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