A MAN has appeared in court after allegedly threatening bus passengers with a replica gun on a trip from Byron Bay to Ballina on Wednesday night.
The Northern Star yesterday reported that at least one of the passengers secretly phoned police to alert them to the situation on the bus.
Police intercepted the bus as it arrived at the Tamar St bus interchange in Ballina about 6pm.
Last night police said a 20-year-old man from Sydney boarded the bus about 5.25pm in Byron Bay, allegedly armed with a replica pistol.
Police allege that he produced the replica gun, threat- ened two people and indicated to a third person he had a fire- arm down his pants.
The man was arrested and charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing an unauthorised fire- arm, using intimidation/violence and having goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen.
He was refused bail and appeared in Ballina Local Court yesterday.
In a separate incident, police searched a home in Oak Ave, Casino, yesterday morning and seized a loaded semi-automatic Beretta pistol and a quantity of cannabis.
A man, 20, a woman, 34 and a girl, 16, were all arrested.
The man has been charged with various offences, including possession of an unauthorised pistol and possession of ammunition without holding a licence, permit or authority.
He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today. The 34-year-old woman and 16-year-old girl were charged with possessing a prohibited drug.
They were granted bail and the woman will appear before Lismore Local Court on April 3, while the 16-year-old will appear in Casino Children's Court on April 18.