Operation Appleby investigators arrest Bankstown man

A Bankstown man was arrested today by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) Sydney as part of the ongoing Operation Appleby investigation into the alleged planning of a terrorist attack in Australia.

A 24-year-old Bankstown man was arrested outside his home this morning and is in the process of being charged with one count of conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act, contrary to section 101.6, by virtue of section 11.5, of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.

This alleged offence is related to material that was seized during search warrants conducted by Operation Appleby investigators in December 2014. There is no new threat to the community as part of today’s activity.

It will be alleged in court the man was one of a number of people – who have been previously charged regarding this matter - involved in formulating documents connected with preparations to facilitate, assist or engage a person to undertake a terrorist act.

Today’s arrest reiterates the commitment of the JCTT Sydney in undertaking long-term and complex investigations, even after operational activity has been carried out to disrupt potential terrorist acts.

The JCTT Sydney conducted disruption activity in this matter in September and December 2014 to ensure the safety of the community at the time, and has continued to examine the evidence gathered as part of ongoing investigations into potential criminal offences.

Today’s activities will bring the total number of people charged by the JCTT Sydney in relation to Operation Appleby to 15 since September 2014.

Police continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see or hear to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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