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Train Station Evacuated After Report Of Man With Firearm

A busy Melbourne train station has been evacuated after police were called to reports of a man carrying what appeared to be a firearm.

Trains at Southern Cross Station were stopped at some platforms and passengers told to leave the area just before 6pm on Saturday evening, Victoria Police told 10 daily.

"Passengers were moved away as a precaution," police said in a statement.

A witness has told 10 daily there was a heavy police presence at the station and station staff had told them there were reports of a gun sighting.

"All I saw was a lot of police running around, crowds of people with their hands up being evacuated from platforms," Jarryd said.

"There were no shots fired from what I heard, just a lot of police telling people to evacuate the platform".

Victoria Police said they had received a report of a man at the station carrying something wrapped in black fabric which appeared to look like a firearm, but no firearm had actually been sighted.

A man who was initially assisting police with their inquiries has since been released.

"The area will continue to be patrolled but there is no perceived danger to the public and train services will resume as normal shortly," police said.

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