Third man arrested re north and eastern suburb explosions

Detectives from the Arson and Explosives Squad have arrested a third man as part of their ongoing investigation into a series of explosions in the north and eastern suburbs in July.

It is alleged eight devices were detonated on 4 July between 7 and 9.45pm in suburbs including Northcote, Ivanhoe, Heidelberg Heights, Kew and Kew East.

No injuries were reported to police; however, a vehicle was significantly damaged, and a number of rubbish bins and letterboxes were destroyed by the blasts.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a Bellfield address yesterday, and a 19-year-old Bellfield man was taken into custody earlier today.

A 30-year-old Bellfield man and a 27-year-old Bundoora man were previously arrested and charged by investigators from the Arson and Explosives Squad on Thursday 15 July.

All three men have now been charged with eight counts each of cause explosion likely to endanger life, reckless conduct endanger life, and reckless conduct endanger serious injury.

Despite the arrests, investigators believe other parties were involved in the incidents and are appealing to the public to assist in identifying them.

It is also believed a number of images and videos were circulated on social media following the incidents and detective are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or have copies of the content.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents, or who may have seen social posts regarding the incidents online is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

The 19-year-old Bellfield man is expected to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon

The other two men were remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for committal mention on 7 October 2021.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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