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Police find a man with bomb material in his backpack near packed Westfield Parramatta in Sydney


The 18-year-old man, who carries BOMB materials in his backpack, is only a few hundred meters from a crowded Sydney Westfield

  • The 18-year-old man is brought to justice after allegedly being caught carrying bomb material in his backpack
  • Was searched by the police during a routine patrol in Parramatta in western Sydney
  • Items allegedly stolen from nearby Parramatta Westfield were also found on the search
  • Charged with a series of crimes and bail refused to appear in court again next week

An 18-year-old man sits behind bars after allegedly being caught carrying bomb material in his backpack near a busy shopping center in western Sydney.

Officials from the NSW Police Public Transport Unit stopped the man on Wednesday morning during a routine patrol on Church Street in Parramatta.

"During a subsequent search of the man and his backpack, the police found items that were compatible with making an IED," the NSW police said.

A man was allegedly caught carrying bomb material in his backpack near Westfield Parramatta (pictured) in Sydney's west

The police also found jewelry, a phone case, and headphones that were allegedly stolen from nearby Parramatta Westfield earlier in the day.

The Telopea man was accused of possessing an intentional explosive / gunpowder armed with the intention of committing an offense, having unlicensed ammunition, two theft counts and malicious damage.

Samuel James Wayne Griffiths, 18, appeared before the Parramatta District Court on Wednesday afternoon, where he was bailed out, before appearing before the same court on May 29.

A police spokeswoman said the incident was not being treated as terrorist.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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