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Bellambi firearm arrest

police 2POLICE have charged two men after a number of people were allegedly threatened with a firearm at Bellambi on Sunday.

About 11.10pm, Wollongong police attended Rothery Street, Bellambi following reports a man in a blue Holden Commodore left the car and allegedly threatened the occupants of a home with a firearm. He then allegedly left the area in a white car with another man.

A short time later, police spotted a white Ford Territory containing two men being driven nearby and directed it to stop on Memorial Drive.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly found a loaded .357 revolver, ammunition and ‘Ice’ (methyl amphetamine).

A blue Holden Commodore was also found in Bellambi and was secured for forensic analysis.

Two men, aged 28 and 31, were arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station. Both were charged with possessing a loaded firearm, possessing an unregistered firearm, and not keeping a firearm safely.

A 28-year-old man was refused bail and appeared at Wollongong Local Court where he was remanded to reappear at the same court on Friday August 26.

A 31-year-old man was also refused bail and appeared at Wollongong Local Court on Monday 22 August 2016 and was remanded to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 5 October 2016.

Inquiries into the incident are continuing.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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