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Police lay multiple charges after alleged armed robberies

UPDATE 11AM: TWO Ipswich men have now been charged following investigations into string of violent armed offences in Toowoomba.

Just after 11pm on Friday night, police responded to reports of four armed men who had allegedly gained entry to an address in Drayton.

At about 11.30pm officers were called to a home in Newtown following reports of four allegedly armed men attempting to gain entry to the house.

On failing to gain entry, one of the men allegedly discharged a firearm before they left in a sedan.

A 31-year-old Leichhardt man has been charged with attempted enter dwelling with intent at night, acts intended to maim/disfigure/disable, burglary and commit indictable offence and possessing dangerous drugs.

A 30-year-old North Booval man has been charged with attempted enter dwelling with intent at night, acts intended to maim/disfigure/disable and burglary and commit indictable offence.

Both men are due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday, January 23.

Investigations are continuing.

Police on Charlotte Court in Leichhardt on Saturday morning.
Police on Charlotte Court in Leichhardt on Saturday morning. Rob Williams

SATURDAY 5.40PM: POLICE believe two men arrested by heavily armed specialist officers in Ipswich are behind a string of violent armed offences in Toowoomba overnight.

Investigations are continuing with two men working with police in relation to two burglaries with violence in Drayton and Newtown after 11pm.

Four men stormed a Drayton home about 11pm Friday while armed with a weapon.

Police were called but the men were not located.

About 30 minutes later, officers were called to a Newtown property with a second report of four armed men attempting to force their way into a suburban home.

Police said when they failed to get inside, one of the men fired a gun into the Greenwattle St home before the group fled in a sedan.

It is understood two shots were fired, hitting the front of the home which fronts the busy Greenwattle St home.

Nearby residents reported hearing "large bangs" in a quiet suburban street before police swarmed on the area.
In a social media post, a Newtown resident reported a large police presence in Greenwattle St late Friday night.

"Two large bangs were heard in the area beforehand," the resident wrote on Toowoomba Crime Alerts and Discussions, before calling for any more information.

Another nearby resident said two gunshots had pierced a front sliding door of a home, and spoke of the concern for their three children.

The group had fled the area headed east towards the Leichhardt area outside Ipswich.

Police suspected the men were inside a unit and declared and emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act at 5.30am Saturday.

One man was arrested at the scene.

A second emergent situation was declared in North Booval where another man was arrested.

Both remain in police custody and are assisting with investigations.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE 2.20PM: POLICE are speaking with four people following two burglaries in the Darling Downs area overnight.

Three people were taken into custody at a Leichhardt address and a further person was taken into custody at a North Booval address.

It comes after police shut down two suburban Ipswich streets this morning and a public safety preservation declaration was made at Leichhardt shortly after 4.30am.

UPDATE 11.50AM: POLICE this morning closed two Ipswich streets following an incident involving a firearm in Toowoomba over night.

A number people are in custody after emergency services swarmed on streets in Leichhardt and North Booval.

A public safety preservation declaration was made in Leichhardt shortly after 4.30am.

Police say the arrests are related to an incident involving armed offenders in Toowoomba.

A Chrysler car was towed from a home at North Booval shortly after 12pm.

David St and North Booval and Charlotte St at Leichhardt were closed but have since re-opened.

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services are on scene of an incident at Leichhardt where a public safety preservation declaration has been made.

Police ask people to avoid the vicinity of Charlotte St.

Police, Queensland Ambulance and fire services are all on scene.

More to come.

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