Man had machete and sword in public for "cultural reasons"

CULTURAL reasons were cited as one man's explanation for carrying a machete and sword around Tweed City Shopping Centre .

About 12.30pm Tuesday, police officer found the 39-year-old with both weapons sheathed outside the busy shopping centre.

A NSW Police Force spokesman said the man claimed he was in possession of the weapons for cultural reasons.

He was given an infringement notice for possessing a weapon in a public place, and fined $550.

The spokesman said no threats had been reported.

The machete and sword were confiscated and police were "satisfied there was nothing suspicious or untoward". 



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