Update regarding JCTT warrant activity in Melbourne

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Victorian Police Force.

The Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team comprising officers from the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and ASIO has executed five search warrants at a number of locations across Melbourne today.

This activity was not in response to any identified threat however it was associated with the incident at Brighton on Monday (5 June 2017), specifically the supply of firearms.

Earlier this morning warrants were executed at residences at Gladstone Park, Ascot Vale and Glenroy. A number of items have been taken for further examination including an imitation firearm, computers, mobile phones and other material.

A further two search warrants were executed in West Meadows and Reservoir this afternoon.

At this time no person has been charged with any offence. A man arrested at Glenroy was released without charge.

Enquiries into this matter are continuing.

UPDATE - Friday 2300hrs

Man charged 

Members of the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team have charged a man following the execution of a number of search warrants in the northern suburbs this morning.

These warrants relate to the ongoing investigation into an incident in Brighton on Monday.

An Ascot Vale man has been charged with numerous offences including prohibited person in possession of firearm and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

The 30-year-old faced an out of sessions hearing tonight (Friday 9 June 2017) and has been remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday 10 June 2017).

UPDATE - Monday 12 June 2017 1335hrs

A  25-year-old man from Gladstone Park, Victoria has been charged by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team in Melbourne today.    It will be alleged that this man supplied a firearm used in the Brighton terrorist attack.    He has been charged with: 

·         Prohibited Person Possess Firearm, contrary to S.5 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996;

·         Possess Cartridge Ammunition without Licence or Permit, contrary to S.124 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996;

·         Unlicensed Dealer of a Category A Firearm, contrary to S.59 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996; and

·         Commit Indictable Offence whilst on Bail S. 30.b of the Bail Act 1977.

The 25-year-old is currently on remand and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday 14 June 2017

UPDATE - Tuesday 13 June 2017 1751hrs

Police from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team have charged a third man today following the alleged terrorist incident in Brighton on 5 June.

A 47-year-old Westmeadows man has been charged with a range of offences after it was alleged he helped supply a firearm used in the incident last week.

He has been charged with:  

  • Prohibited Person Possess Firearm, contrary to S.5 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996;
  • Possess Cartridge Ammunition without Licence or Permit, contrary to S.124 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996;
  • Unlicensed Dealer of a Category A Firearm, contrary to S.59 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996;

He will appear in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today.

A 25-year-old Gladstone Park man was charged yesterday and a 30-year-old Ascot Vale man was charged on 9 June in relation to the matter.

The trio’s arrest follows warrants executed by Victoria Police and the AFP in the northern suburbs on 9 June.

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