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Raptor Squad officers arrest man in Newcastle following armed attack

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Raptor Squad officers have arrested a man in Newcastle following an investigation into an alleged armed affray last month.

About 4.40pm on Saturday 2 March, police attached to Nepean Area Command were called to an address in Cranbrook.

It followed reports a male had been threatened with a knife.

Raptor Squad officers arrested a man in Newcastle on Monday 8 April. Photo: NSW Police Force

Witnesses told officers two men had been involved in an altercation, during which one lunged at the other with a large kitchen knife before fleeing the scene.

Local police began initial inquiries, before the matter was taken over by State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad.

Then, following extensive inquiries, about 11.40am on Monday 8 April, a 25-year-old man was arrested in Bar Beach, Newcastle.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he is expected to be charged with use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence, use knife in public place – cause person to fear for safety, and affray.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Details are treated in strict confidence.

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