NSW terror squad arrest man at Sydney Airport over New Year’s Eve threat

A man has been charged with making threats towards New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney.

The 40-year-old was arrested by the NSW Police Force Terrorism Investigation Squad at Sydney International Airport yesterday after arriving on a flight from London.

Officers acted on a tip-off from the public, with the man allegedly making threats via an online blog.


A search warrant was then conducted a home in Chippendale, in inner Sydney, and an inner western Sydney storage facility where items including documents and hard drives were seized.

The man was charged with ‘Documents containing threats contrary to Section 31 Crimes Act 1900 concerning online blogs’.

He was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Catherine Burn APM said all threats are taken seriously.

“Investigations into this matter so far indicate this was an isolated incident.

“As a consequence, we are confident that there are no current or specific threats to New Years Eve and, while we ask people to remain vigilant, people should enjoy the celebrations.

“The community should be also reassured that we will take swift action to ensure the ongoing safety of the public,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.