GoBookMe.com.au – Tamworth, NSW: ‘Extremist’ charged by terrorism squad for ‘threatening Australian leaders’ 

Wade John Homewood, 37, was led into the back of a police van after being arrested at his home in Tamworth in NSW's north-east on Tuesday

‘Extremist’ is arrested at his bush home and charged by the terrorism squad for threatening ‘several Australian political leaders’

  • Man arrested and charged after allegedly threatening country’s political leaders 
  • Wade John Homewood, 37, filmed being led away from Tamworth, NSW home 
  • He allegedly advocated violent acts against ‘several Australian political leaders’
  • Charged with one count of urging violence and one of advocating terrorism










A man has been arrested and charged with encouraging terrorism after allegedly threatening multiple Australian political leaders.

Footage showed Wade John Homewood, 37, being led into the back of a police van after being arrested at his home in Tamworth in NSW’s north-east on Tuesday. 

Police allege he advocated violent acts against ‘several Australian political leaders’ and used social media to urge others to carry out violent acts against groups he identified by their race, political opinion or occupation.

A NSW Police spokesman said the arrest followed a investigation by its Joint Counter Terrorism Team into online posts featuring nationalist and ‘racist, violent, extremist messaging’. 

The 37-year-old is charged with one count of urging violence against members or groups and one of advocating terrorism. 

He appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Wednesday, where he was refused bail until his next appearance on December 10.

Wade John Homewood, 37, was led into the back of a police van after being arrested at his home in Tamworth in NSW’s north-east on Tuesday

Detectives also carried out search warrants at two semi-rural blocks in the Tamworth area. 

Investigators allege they have seized electronic devices and a variety of handwritten material which will now be the subject of further forensic analysis.

Police said the investigation revealed no ongoing threat to the community. 

Police allege he advocated violent acts against 'several Australian political leaders' and used social media to urge others to carry out violent acts

Police allege he advocated violent acts against ‘several Australian political leaders’ and used social media to urge others to carry out violent acts

‘This man’s quantity of messages on online forums was of similar concern to the actual content of the messages,’ Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee alleged.

‘[They resulted in] the very real fear that it would inspire someone to commit a violent or terrorist act.’

The NSW JCTT is a collaboration between the AFP, NSW Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Crime Commission. 

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