Man arrested over violent rightwing extremist threats on social media | Australia news

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A man in Newcastle, New South Wales, has been arrested and charged over threats of violence posted on social media connected to rightwing extremist views.

Cormac Rothsey, a 43-year-old man from Hamilton, near Newcastle in New South Wales, was arrested on Thursday as part of a NSW joint counter-terrorism investigation with the Australian federal police into rightwing extremist ideology online.

“Investigators located a number of concerning posts with rightwing extremist views on social media earlier this week and commenced inquiries,” an AFP spokesperson said.

Rothsey was arrested near Cleary and Beaumont streets in Hamilton at around 5pm on Thursday after threats of violence were posted. Following his arrest, Rothsey was searched and his mobile phone was seized for forensic examination.

He was charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass, or offend and was refused bail ahead of an appearance in the Newcastle local court on Friday.

The AFP has urged anyone with information about extremist activity or threats to contact the national security hotline on 1800 123 400.

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