Man charged over threats and explosives

ARSON and Explosives Squad detectives have charged a 75-year-old Apollo Bay man in relation to alleged threats against State Government employees and other non-government institutions.

Police arrested the man at Bush Rat Gully, a remote bush area near Apollo Bay, about 9:15am Tuesday and police were interviewing him yesterday.

The man allegedly made threats to State Government employees and other non-government institutions.

The man is facing charges for two counts of blackmail, one count of stalking and one count of making an explosive substance.

He faced an out of sessions court hearing Tuesday night and has been remanded in custody to appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The Colac Herald understands situation involves a man who has mental health issues and has previously undergone psychiatric assessments and who has allegedly made broad threats through email and social media.

Investigators did an extensive search of the bushland at Bush Rat Gully, a section of bush near Apollo Bay. Victoria Police Search and Rescue and Dog Squads will look for materials related to potential improvised explosive devices.

Fire and Rescue New South Wales officers assisted with the search using accelerant detection canines along with Parks Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning officers.

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