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Australian neo-Nazi Tom Sewell charged by counter-terrorism police

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<span>Photograph: Erik Anderson/AAP</span>
Photograph: Erik Anderson/AAP

Australian neo-Nazi Tom Sewell has been charged by police in Victoria over an alleged armed robbery earlier this month.

On Friday, counter-terrorism police arrested two men – 28-year-old Sewell and another 22-year-old – and executed search warrants in Eildon Parade in the Melbourne suburb of Rowville.

In a statement, police said the arrests followed an investigation into an alleged armed robbery that occurred in Taggerty on Saturday 8 May.

Sewell was subsequently charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft, criminal damage, affray with face covering, affray, assault with weapon, violent disorder, common law assault and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

He was remanded to appear in Melbourne magistrates court on 2 August, Victoria police said. The 22-year-old “was released pending further inquiries”.

The arrests are in relation to an alleged violent armed robbery in the Cathedral Range state park last Saturday.

Sewell is one of the leaders of the National Socialist Network, an outwardly neo-Nazi group that has been the subject of a number of police raids in recent months.