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".