Man charged following search operation – Thornton, near Maitland

A man has been charged with multiple offences after a large-scale search operation in the state’s north which began last week.

Just before 12.45pm on Thursday 1 August, police were called to a property on Pepler Place, Thornton, after concerns for welfare for residents inside a home.

Police will allege that a man was located outside the property armed with a firearm, before he began to pour petrol over the front door, threatening to light a fire.

The man ran from police, jumping over a rear fence and fleeing into bushland.

A search operation was commenced coordinated by officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District – with assistance from the Dog Unit, PolAir, and various police resources – where bushland and numerous residences were searched, however he was unable to be located.

Following extensive inquiries, the 27-year-old man was located and arrested at a property on Cassia Way, Metford about 9.45pm yesterday (Friday 9 August 2019).

He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (personal), armed with intent to commit indictable offence, possess unauthorised firearm, and in relation to an outstanding arrest warrant.

The Metford man was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Saturday 10 August 2019).

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