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A has been charged with several firearms offences after a vehicle stop near Ballina on Saturday (March 17).

About 8.20am, police attached to Ballina Highway Patrol stopped a Ford Territory in relation to minor traffic matters on Skennars Head Road at Skennars Head.

When the officer examined the man’s licence, it was found to have expired, and the officer returned to the police vehicle to conduct further checks.

As the officer waited for other police to arrive, the 28-year-old male driver attempted to speed from the scene, but was stopped by police a short distance away.

The man was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

The officers conducted further inquiries and a loaded .32 calibre revolver located on the side of Skennars Road.

A search of the man’s nearby accommodation allegedly revealed a quantity of ammunition for the revolver and steroids.

The man was later charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, not keeping firearms safely, possessing an unregistered, unauthorised pistol in public place, possessing ammunition, dangerous driving, possessing prohibited drug and traffic offences.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday, March 18.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/


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