VIDEO: Warwick CBD brown snake in police custody
UPDATE: The brown snake at the heart of today's dramatic CBD capture is confirmed to have been put in the hands of Warwick police (figuratively).
A spokeswoman from the Southern Downs Regional Council said it took two police officers and a council worker to stand guard over the snake in its cardboard box.
"Council were notified earlier today of the presence of a brown snake in the Warwick CBD near the
Palmerin and Grafton Street intersection," she said.
"Council's Team Leader Parks & Garden attended and was eventually able to catch the snake and
place it in a secured cardboard.
"The Officer took this action as he was concerned with the safety of onlookers due to the delay in the arrival of snake catcher from Toowoomba as no local snake catchers were able to be contacted.
"The council officer, together with two police officers monitored the captured snake until the snake
catcher arrived and took it away.
READ THE FULL STORY OF TODAY'S DRAMATIC CAPTURE BELOW
12.30PM: Wielding nothing but a broom and cardboard box, Southern Downs Regional Council worker David Webster captured one of the world's deadliest creatures in the Warwick CBD.
The brown snake was first spotted on the corner of Palmerin and Grafton Sts just before noon today.
A witness said she was shopping when she saw it emerge then hide in a garden bed outside Mussels.
"We waited to see what it was doing," she said.
"Then it just crossed the road at the traffic lights."
From then, a crowd gathered to see what the skittish snake was up to, all keeping a few metres safe distance.
David Webster received the call to take action, and that he did.
"I don't usually do this sort of thing," Mr Webster said.
"But a snake catcher was going to take too long ."
Members of the public lent a hand, some moving the box while Mr Webster guided the brown snake with the broom.
Time and time again, when the snake looked ready to enter the box, it slid underneath and the plight began again.
At 12.25pm the snake finally went into the box, and as quick as a flash it was taped up with masking tape and a round of applause erupted.
And hopefully there's a council worker with a pay rise coming his way.
EARLIER: A brown snake has just been seen crossing the road in the Warwick CBD.
Lisa Rose posted the above photo 10 minutes ago on the corner of Palmerin and Grafton Sts.
Another member of the public called the Daily News office to alert us to the slithery creature.
It's believed a crowd has also congregated near where the snake was last seen.