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Police charge man with knife offences

A MAN has been charged by police for wielding a knife in public and detaining a man during an incident in Wollongong on Thursday.

Between 2.30pm and 3pm, emergency services received reports that a man was threatening people with a knife while walking along Crown Street.

Wollongong police attended and were told the man had gotten into the back seat of a Holden Commodore. The armed man allegedly threatened the driver with the knife, demanding he drive him to his home in West Wollongong. The driver stopped a short time later and refused to take him any further.

The man then continued to threaten people with the knife while again walking along Crown Street.

Police went to a home on the Princes Highway, West Wollongong, a short time later and spoke to a 26-year-old man, who allegedly fought officers and resisted arrest before being subdued. He was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with wielding a knife in public place; detaining a person for advantage; resisting police; and a number of other offences.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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