A man has been arrested after he was allegedly acting suspiciously armed with a knife outside a Newcastle shopping centre last night.
Police spoke with the 32-year-old-man outside a shopping centre at Coolamin Road in Waratah after they were alerted of his behaviour by a concerned member of the public.
It will be alleged they located a large knife, a face-covering mask and gloves.
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The man was placed under arrest and charged with armed with intent to commit indictable offence, possess means of disguising face with intent to commit indictable offence, and custody of a knife in a public place.
He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.
Inquiries are continuing.