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Police find man carrying ‘bomb materials’ in his backpack near packed Westfield Parramatta in Sydney

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Man, 18, ‘carrying BOMB materials in his backpack’ is found just a few hundred metres from a packed Sydney Westfield

  • Man, 18, faces court after allegedly caught carrying bomb materials in backpack
  • Was searched by police during routine patrol in Parramatta in western Sydney
  • Items allegedly stolen from nearby Parramatta Westfield also found in search

An 18-year-old man is behind bars after he was allegedly caught carrying materials for a bomb in his backpack near a busy shopping centre in western Sydney.

Police from the transport unit stopped the man during a routine patrol on Church Street in Parramatta on Wednesday morning.

‘During a subsequent search of the man and his backpack, police located items which were consistent with the manufacture of an IED,’ a NSW Police statement said.

A man was allegedly caught carrying materials for a bomb in his backpack not far from Westfield Parramatta (pictured) in Sydney’s west

Police also found jewellery, a mobile phone case, and earphones that were allegedly stolen from nearby Parramatta Westfield earlier in the day.

The Telopea man was charged with possessing an explosive/gunpowder with intent to injure, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, possessing ammunition without a licence, two counts of larceny and malicious damage.

Samuel James Wayne Griffiths appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday afternoon, where he was refused bail to reappear in the same court on May 29. 



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