3 men arrested after arming themselves with katanas, kukri in coffee shop dispute at Upper Cross Street

Three men, aged between 22 and 35 were arrested for being in possession of scheduled weapons without a lawful purpose.

The police said in a statement that they were alerted to a case of persons armed with weapons at a coffee shop along Upper Cross Street on Sept 27 at about 4am.

Preliminary investigations revealed that two groups of men were having a dispute at the said coffee shop.

Subsequently, one of the groups - consisting of three men - left but allegedly returned armed with weapons and confronted the other group.

Officers established the identities of the three men and arrested them on the same day.

Three katanas and a kukri were seized as case exhibits.

The three men will be charged in court on Friday (Sept 29) with possession of scheduled weapon under Section 7(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958.

The offence carries a jail term of up to five years and at least six strokes of the cane.