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Russell Vale weapons arrest

Police carA MAN has been charged after he was allegedly found in possession of a loaded firearm and weapons including knuckle dusters and a samurai sword at Russell Vale.

About 12.45pm on Tuesday, Wollongong police received information about a 28-year-old man acting suspiciously outside a home on Palmyra Avenue, Thirroul.

A short time later at about 1.15pm, police stopped a silver Ford Ranger on York Road, Russell Vale.

Police  spoke to the 28-year-old driver, before searching him and the vehicle.

During the search, they allegedly found and seized a loaded pistol, weapon silencer, handcuffs, cable tie restraints, and other weapons including knuckle dusters, numerous knives, a samurai sword and martial arts nunchucks.

The man was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with six offences, including possessing a loaded firearm and knife in a public place. He was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.

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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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