Woman charged after threatening bus passengers with a syringe

A woman has been charged after she terrified passengers on a bus in Tamworth by allegedly threatening them with a broken bottle and syringe.

Police said that they had been investigating a number of thefts worth more than $3500 from seven stores within the Tamworth CBD yesterday.

“About 2pm, passengers on a bus confronted a 27-year-old woman over the thefts; she then allegedly threatened them – and the bus driver –with a syringe and broken bottle,” NSW police said in a statement.


“A member of the public followed the woman when she left the bus and alerted police, who arrested her nearby in Denne Street, West Tamworth.”

Police say no one was injured and the items alleged to have been stolen have since been recovered.

The woman has been charged with eight counts of shoplifting, use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, common assault, possess prescribed restricted substance, custody of knife in public place, and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen.

She appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday and was bail refused to reappear at the same court on Monday 8 January 2018.