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Sutherland Local Area Command

Man Charged After Bomb Hoaxes – Sydney’s South & Blue Mountains

A man has been arrested and charged after making threats against schools across Sydney’s south and Blue Mountains areas over the last 24 hours.

Police will allege the 44-year-old Sutherland man engaged in making threatening hoax phone calls to a number of schools across Sydney claiming there was a device in the school grounds.

The man allegedly made a call to a primary school in Sutherland yesterday before ringing eight schools today including:

  • A primary school on Merriwa Street, Katoomba
  • A primary school on Falls Road, Wentworth Falls
  • A primary school on the Great Western Highway, Lawson
  • A primary school on the Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook
  • A primary school on Acacia Avenue, Kirrawee
  • A primary school in Miranda
  • A primary school in Taren Point and a primary school in Jamberoo.

Police were called to the schools and staff evacuated students as a precaution while each school was searched with police even calling in the services of a bomb dog at one of the schools.

Thorough searches of the schools were conducted with nothing suspicious located before Police allowed staff and students to return to their classrooms.

Police will also allege the 44-year-old man contacted a care facility today before making a hoax call to the emergency services line.

Following extensive investigations by Police, about 3:30pm the man was found outside a shopping centre on The Kingsway at Miranda where he was arrested and taken to Sutherland Police Station.

He was charged with 10 counts of using a carriage service for hoax/threat, one count of making a false call to an emergency services number and breach of bail.

The man was refused bail and is expected to appear at Sutherland Local Court tomorrow.

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