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Tamworth man charged after allegedly posting threats to Australian government officials on social media

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A man has been charged after allegedly posting threats on social media last month about two Australian government officials.

In December 2020, the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit commenced an investigation after comments made about Australian parliamentary officials on social media came under notice, which were believed to have been sent from NSW.

Following extensive inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home in the Tamworth suburb of Hillvue, today, where a number of electronic devices seized for forensic examination and police also seized three cannabis plants.

A 58-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Tamworth Police Station, where he was charged with using a carriage service to menace/harass/offend and cultivate prohibited plant.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Tamworth Local Court on Monday 8 February 2021.

The Fixated Persons Investigations Unit was established in 2017 by Commissioner Mick Fuller to focus on the detection, intervention, and prevention of so-called ‘lone actor’ and ‘fixated person’ threats and grievance-fuelled violence across the state.

Anyone with information in relation to fixated persons is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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