Two charged after loaded firearm seized near Wollongong, NSW

Police have charged two men after a number of people were allegedly threatened with a firearm near Wollongong, NSW Police say.

About 11.10pm on Sunday 21 August 2016, police from Wollongong Local Area Command attended Rothery Street, Bellambi following reports a man in a blue Holden Commodore left the car and allegedly threatened the occupants of a home with a firearm.

He then allegedly left the area in a white car with another man.

A short time later, police spotted a white Ford Territory containing two men being driven nearby and directed it to stop on Memorial Drive.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located a loaded .357 revolver, ammunition and ‘Ice’ (methyl amphetamine).

A blue Holden Commodore was also located in Bellambi and was secured for forensic analysis.

Two men, aged 28 and 31, were arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station.

Both were charged with possess loaded firearm, possess unregistered firearm, and not keep firearm safely.

A 28-year-old man was refused bail and appeared at Wollongong Local Court on Monday 22 August 2016 and was remanded to reappear at the same court on Friday 26 August 2016.

A 31-year-old man was also refused bail and appeared at Wollongong Local Court on Monday 22 August 2016 and was remanded to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 5 October 2016.

Inquiries into the incident are continuing.

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