Police use a target with the ABC logo on it on their shooting range – but say they don’t have it in for the national broadcaster
- South Australian police seize weapons as part of the AFP-led Operation Ironside
- Video released by SA police shows ABC logo apparently on its shooting range
- Police denied the ABC logo was a target, said the range was ‘private property’
The logo for Australia’s national broadcaster may have been used for target practice on a police shooting range.
South Australian police published a video in which the ABC logo is visible in front of an officer firing a seized machine gun as part of material released relating to Operation Ironside.
During the operation Australian and foreign agencies cooperated to arrest 224 alleged criminals on 526 charges and seize 3.7 tonnes of drugs, 104 number of weapons, $44million in cash, and assets expected to run into the millions of dollars.
The gun used in the video is believed to have been seized during SA police’s work for Operation Ironside.
The ABC logo can be clearly seen in this still from the South Australian police video, which was released in relation to the successful Operation Ironside announcement
The SA police announcement for Operation Ironside included news that the agency had prevented an alleged murder plot linked to a local bikie gang.
The officer did not directly fire at the logo, although the logo appears to be on the general target area.
The fact the ABC logo was on the SA police shooting range raised a few eyebrows.
An ABC spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the ABC is currently ‘reviewing the images’.
‘It is not a reflection on the ABC or any other business logos displayed in the video,’ SA police told Daily Mail Australia.
‘This is a supervised firing range on private property and only accessed and used by police or other limited and authorised personnel.’
‘The barrier is made out of scrap metal and used as a backing for printed paper targets.’
Police also said anything displayed on the range was intended to recreate a ‘realistic training environment’.
The SA police videos shows an officer firing the seized machine gun at targets that include the logos of the Bird in Hand Winery (above at left) and the ABC (which is to the left, out of picture)
The officer in the video was shown firing at a conventional target
The logo of South Australian winery, Bird in Hand, was also visible on the shooting range in the SA police video.
A Bird in Hand staff member told Daily Mail Australia ‘this is the first we’ve heard of it’.