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Two men have been charged after residents at a motel reported suspicious and threatening behaviour on the weekend.

At about 8.30pm last Sunday, emergency services were called to a motel on Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, after reports two men were threatening residents with a firearm. When police arrived the two men fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, a 33-year-old man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station.

Following inquiries, a green Holden Commodore station wagon with Queensland registration was found close to the hotel with police finding a number of stolen items and a cigarette lighter shaped like a firearm.

The Queensland man was charged with goods suspected stolen in/on premises, receive etc property stolen outside NSW (x2), drive motor vehicle while licence suspended, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (x2) and affray.

He appeared in Tweed Heads Local court yesterday (Monday, 1 April, 2019) where bail was refused to reappear in the same court Monday, 13 May.

A short time later a 23-year-old man from Queensland was arrested in Jonson Street, Byron Bay and was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (x2), and possess prohibited drug (x2).

The 23-year-old man appeared in Tweed Heads Local court yesterday (Monday, 1 April, 2019) where bail was refused to reappear in the same court Monday, 13 May.

Police will allege in court the men used the car in a number of fail to pay incidents in Queensland and NSW.

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