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Man arrested over NYE terror plot

A MAN behind an alleged New Year's Eve terror plot has been arrested in Melbourne's west.

The 20-year-old Werribee man was taken into custody by Victoria Police Special Operations Group just before 3pm in Werribee yesterday.

Warrants were also executed at two residential properties in Werribee and Meadow Heights, as well as a commercial property in Footscray.

Victoria Police will allege the man was planning a terrorist attack for Melbourne on New Year's Eve this year.

He is currently being interviewed in relation to the offences of Acts in Preparation to Commit a Terrorist Attack and Collecting Documents to Facilitate a Terrorist Act, contrary to the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act.

The man's arrest has not been linked to previous operational activity and police do not expect to make further arrests.

Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), which form the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, conducted the investigation into the alleged terror suspect.

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