Bombs, ammo and 39 guns found in Sydney home of alleged doomsday prepper

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Bombs, ammo and 39 guns found in Sydney home of alleged doomsday prepper

By Fergus Hunter and Sarah McPhee
Updated

A cache of guns and explosives discovered on the north-western outskirts of Sydney risked becoming a “catastrophic event” said police, who arrested an alleged doomsday prepper over the haul.

Investigators seized 39 guns, seven improvised explosive devices, pipe bombs, thousands of rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, 250 kilograms of explosive chemical ammonium nitrate, silencers and a range of other weapons and chemicals.

Police seized 39 guns, improvised explosive devices and a range of bomb-making equipment at a property in north-west Sydney.

Police seized 39 guns, improvised explosive devices and a range of bomb-making equipment at a property in north-west Sydney. Credit:Police Media

NSW Police Detective Superintendent John Watson, drug and firearms squad commander, said the scale of the arsenal at the rural Kurrajong property was “alarming”.

“There is no doubt in our minds this matter posed a significant risk to this individual, his family but also the community at large,” Superintendent Watson said.

“The potential for a catastrophic event has been averted through the seizure and arrest of this particular person.”

He said NSW Police had not made a seizure like this previously, uncovering advanced detonation equipment.

Homemade and professionally manufactured were seized at the property.

Homemade and professionally manufactured were seized at the property. Credit:Police Media

Restricted literature on weapons manufacturing was also seized by police at the property.

Simon Mitchell Clay, 42, was arrested and charged with six offences, including possession of more than three unregistered firearms including a prohibited pistol, manufacturing firearms without licence or permit, and three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon without permit.

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Living alone at the property, Mr Clay was manufacturing weapons at the property and amassing the weapons stockpile for some time, police allege.

Police indicated the arrest was not terrorism-related but rather the alleged acts of a doomsday prepper.

An investigation was launched this month in response to information about the manufacturing and importation of illegal firearms in NSW.

The major operation to seize the weapons on Wednesday was aided by officers from the bomb disposal unit, chemical operations team and other specialists.

Mr Clay made no application for bail in Penrith Local Court on Thursday and it was formally refused. However, he is expected to apply for bail on December 1 before the case returns to court in January.

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