A MAN has been charged with possessing explosives with intent to injure after he was allegedly found walking around Sydney’s west with bomb making materials in his backpack.
The 18-year-old was stopped by officers from the Police Transport Command on Church Street in Parramatta about 10am on Wednesday.
While searching the man’s bag, officers allegedly located material used to manufacture an improvised explosive device, as well as stolen goods including jewellery, a mobile phone case and earphones.
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Further inquiries revealed the items had been stolen from a store in a nearby shopping centre earlier in the day.
The 18-year-old was arrested and taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with possessing explosives/gunpowder with intent to injure and going armed with intent to commit an indictable offences.
He was also charged with possessing ammunition without a licence, as well as two counts of larceny and malicious damage.
The Telopea man was remanded in custody overnight and will appear before Parramatta Local Court next Wednesday.
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