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Alleged neighbour dispute over bird feeding leaves man dead

A man has died after an alleged dispute with a neighbour, which police say may have been over bird feeding. Police say a broom handle was used in a fight between two men on a quiet Gold Coast street on Wednesday morning, when a dispute between the two neighbours allegedly escalated.A crime scene has been…

A man has died after an alleged dispute with a neighbour, which police say may have been over bird feeding.

Police say a broom handle was used in a fight between two men on a quiet Gold Coast street on Wednesday morning, when a dispute between the two neighbours allegedly escalated.

A crime scene has been established in Whiting Street, Labrador after nearby residents found a 60-year-old man collapsed at 5.40am, after police had received reports of an assault.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the man, however he was declared dead at the scene.

A 48-year-old has been taken into custody for questioning, as police continue to appeal to nearby residents and passing motorists to come forward with any information.

Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch said the deceased and the man being questioned were neighbours.

When asked if the altercation could have been triggered by a dispute over bird feeding, he said it was “one of the theories we’re investigating.”

“It appears there has been an ongoing dispute between the two of them, that has progressed to some sort of physical confrontation,” Det Ahearn told reporters on Wednesday.

“Disputes of this nature can be complex.”

Det Ahearn said police were still speaking to witnesses and getting an exact version of events.

“We do know the deceased was leaving his house and the other gentleman was outside … There’s been some sort of discussion which became a dispute and escalated into a physical altercation,” he said.

A passing taxi driver stopped outside the house to intervene, and police say he could have been injured as part of the exchange.

“He stopped the fight,” Det Ahearn said.

While no charges have yet been laid, Det Ahearn said early indications suggested the 48-year-old had allegedly used a broom handle as part of the fight.

“It’s very concerning to see this,” he said.

“We see from time to time a neighbours dispute escalating into something more … On the face of it, it seems what’s happened here.”

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