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Balgownie shooting charge

police 2A MAN has been charged over a public place shooting in Balgownie yesterday.

Just after 7am on Sunday, a 29-year-old man went to a home on Meadow Street and threw a small incendiary device onto the driveway. He then retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and fired a shot in the air before driving from the scene.

About 7.30am the same day, police discovered the vehicle on Florence Street, Fairy Meadow. It had crashed in to a fence. A sawn off rifle and ammunition were found in the vehicle and seized. Following inquiries, about 12.25pm, police arrested the 29-year-old man in Rann Street, Fairy Meadow.
He was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with seven offences including firing a weapon in public place; firing a weapon in a manner likely to injure a person; possessing an unregistered firearm; using an unregistered firearm; possession of a loaded firearm in public place; intimidation; and driving in a manner dangerous.

About Mick Roberts

A 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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