Media Release: Joint Operation Amberd

Release Date: Saturday, May 09 2015, 11:43 AM

This is a joint media release from the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police.

A joint Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police operation has resulted in a 17-year-old being charged with terrorism offences.

As part of the Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) Operation Amberd, a search was conducted at a residence in the suburb of Greenvale.

During the search of the Greenvale premises, three items were located. These were subsequently transported to a nearby park where they were rendered safe by police during a controlled detonation.

Late yesterday, (Friday 8 May) a 17-year-old from Greenvale was charged with engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act contrary to section 101.6 of the Criminal Code(Cth) and possess things connected with a terrorist act, contrary to section 101.4 of the Criminal Code (Cth).

It will be alleged the teenager was undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Australia.

Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said the operation has contained an imminent threat to our community safety.

“What yesterday’s operation demonstrates is that we are ready. Our actions were methodical, measured and precise,” he said.

“Our counter terrorism capabilities are well tested and we will continue to work with our partner law enforcement agencies to detect and disrupt terrorism.

“I want to remind members of the public that operations and arrests such as these are about ensuring community safety.”

AFP Deputy Commissioner National Security, Mike Phelan said yesterday's arrest is a sobering reminder to all parents of the importance of being more engaged with their children.

“It is deeply troubling to police that young people in our communities are becoming so disaffected and alienated that they would consider engaging in acts such as this," Deputy Commissioner Phelan said.

Anyone with concerns about possible criminal activity should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

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