Pistol, passport man refused bail
A BILAMBIL Heights man was refused bail after Tweed Heads Police seized a pistol and quantity of ammunition from him at the weekend.
About 9.45am on Saturday police responded to reports of a man acting suspiciously in the car park of a South Tweed Heads store.
When police arrived in the area they saw a man loading items into a utility.
The 30-year-old man was stopped and searched with police alleging they found a replica pistol and ammunition.
He was also found to have several passports.
He was charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing ammunition, larceny and four counts of goods in custody.
The man appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday; and was refused bail.
He will reappear in the same court on March 7.
Tweed Byron Crime Manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said information from the public was vital in the arrest.
“This arrest came as a result of a member of the public noticing suspicious activity and immediately reporting it to the police.
“Police acted swiftly, an arrest was made and a man is now before the courts facing several serious charges.
“I urge anyone who sees illegal or suspicious activity to report it to police immediately,” Det Insp Diehm said.