A man who allegedly hurled abuse at a picnicking family before driving his car in circles around them has been arrested for what police say was an anti-Islam inspired attack south of Sydney.
The family had gathered at the Bulli Tops lookout before the 43-year-old man began verbally abusing them at about midday on Sunday.
The man got into his car and drove in circles around the group – which included young children – before driving away, police were later told.
When officers arrived they found the man driving around the carpark and he was stopped and arrested.
In his vehicle, police said in a statement on Monday, they found a box cutter and hammer.
Police will allege in court the alleged attack had anti-Islam overtones
The man was charged with intimidation and dangerous driving and refused bail to appear at Wollongong local court on Monday.
“There is no place for any type of intimidation, abuse or violence in New South Wales and I encourage the community to contact us to ensure every instance can be investigated,” Superintendent Chris Craner said.
Police are calling for any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.