Sydney man to face terror-related charges

A Sydney man who police allege was preparing to commit a terrorist act will face court on Christmas Day.

Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Friday morning in Caringbah.

NSW Police Detective Superintendent Michael Sheehy says the man will be charged with offences relating to membership of a terrorist group and collecting and making documents likely to facilitate a terrorist attack.

Following an investigation by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team, police will allege the Caringbah man "made numerous threats to commit acts of violence against law enforcement officers and other community leaders".

JCTT investigators seized two knives along with documentation and electronic storage devices when they searched the man's home following his arrest.

"He is posting a significant amount of material in respect of bombings, beheadings, manufacturing explosives and other material," Det Supt Sheehy told reporters on Friday.

"It is likely he was, and we'll suggest that he was, preparing to commit a terrorist act and that would have been an act of violence against law enforcement."

The man was charged with using a social media platform to distribute material which may offend, harass or menace in December 2020.

He was in custody for six months before being released in July.

Det Supt Sheehy said police and government officials had engaged with the man to "attempt to deradicalise him" but he refused to engage in a program and continued to promote Islamic State material online.

"Due to his recent escalation in his activities it was necessary for us to act today and arrest him for those offences," he said.

The man has been refused bail and will appear in a Parramatta court on Saturday.

"There is no ongoing threat to the community relating to this investigation," a police statement said.

The NSW JCTT features members of the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Crime Commission.

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