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Fake cop shuts motorway with bomb scare

A MAN arrested for allegedly carrying highly volatile home-made bombs in his car, and fooling drivers into believing he was a police officer, will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Police invoked the Public Safety Preservation Act on Friday night after a vehicle allegedly driven by Glyn William Newton was intercepted for allegedly impersonating police about 8pm.

During a search of the vehicle, police uncovered home-made explosive devices. The Ipswich Motorway at Wacol was closed for five hours.

The bomb squad was called to perform three controlled detonations..

Ipswich District Inspector Keith McDonald said the chemical substance located in sealed canisters posed a significant threat to the public, had it ignited.

"A patrol car was heading to a job off the Warrego Highway at Dinmore when they (police) observed an unmarked vehicle heading in the opposite direction with emergency lights activated on its dash and across the rear parcel tray," he said.

Insp McDonald said officers intercepted the vehicle and also found marijuana.

"There was a quantity of explosive material contained in a number of items which were fully sealed," he said.

"This material could have ignited by friction, movement or heat."

An emergency situation was declared at10.15pm in the areas bounded by Wacol Station Rd and Wilruna St, the roundabout 50m north of Ipswich Service Road, Ipswich Motorway Service Road and the Ipswich Motorway Service Road off-ramp.

The Public Safety Preservation Act was revoked at 3.08am on Saturday following three separate controlled detonations by the bomb squad.

Newton, 30, of McDowall on Brisbane's northside, has been charged with offences including possessing dangerous drugs, manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives without authority, failure to correctly store explosives, unauthorised transport of explosives and assuming the designation or description of a police officer.

He appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody until today.

Topics:  home-made bombs, impersonating a police officer, ipswich magistrates court




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