Police charge man after suspicious item found at Hunter defence facility

A man has been charged after a suspicious item was located in the Hunter yesterday.

About 1.40pm (Wednesday 30 September 2020), officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were called to a defence facility at Williamtown after a suspicious item was located.

An exclusion zone was established and with the assistance of specialist resources, the scene was declared safe about 4pm.

Officers launched an investigation into the incident and following extensive inquiries, a 60-year-old man was arrested at a Lake Macquarie home later that afternoon.

He was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with leave/send substance/article create false belief of danger.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 19 October 2020.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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