A man has been charged after Police Transport Command officers located items to make an improvised explosive device (IED) during proactive patrols in Western Sydney.
About 10am yesterday (Wednesday 22 March 2019), officers from Police Transport Command North West Sector were patrolling at Parramatta, when they stopped and spoke to a man on Church Street.
During a subsequent search of the man and his backpack, police located items which were consistent with the manufacture of an IED.
Officers also located jewellery, a mobile phone case, and earphones. Further inquiries revealed the items had been stolen from a store in a nearby shopping centre earlier in the day.
The 18-year-old man was arrested and taken to Parramatta Police Station.
He was charged with possess explosive/gunpowder with intent to injure, armed with intent to commit indictable offence, possess ammunition without licence, two counts of larceny, and malicious damage.
The Telopea man was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at the same court next Wednesday (29 May 2019).
Inquiries are continuing.