A fright for shoppers at Waratah Village last night, with a man getting around wearing a mask and armed with a large knife.
Police were called to the shopping centre at around 9:45pm, following reports of a man acting suspiciously.
Officers spoke with the 32 year old, allegedly finding a knife, a face-covering mask and gloves.
He was arrested aand charged with armed with intent to commit indictable offence, possess means of disguising face with intent to commit indictable offence, and custody of a knife in a public place.
He's off to Newcastle Local Court today.