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Dig for stillborn bodies at controversial sect headquarters

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<p>Investigators raided two properties linked to the Twelve Tribes cult yesterday.</p>

Police are digging for bodies at the headquarters of a controversial sect in New South Wales, where it is believed stillborn babies may be buried.

Investigators raided two properties linked to the Twelve Tribes cult yesterday, A Current Affair revealed last night.

Today, officers are at Peppercorn Creek Farm in Picton are searching for a potential grave site of stillborn babies.

NSW Police are digging for possible grave sites at the headquarters of a cult.

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They are also searching a remote property in Bigga owned by the alleged cult.

"The planned police operation is continuing at Picton and Bigga today," a NSW Police spokeswoman told nine.com.au.

"Detectives from Blue Mountains Police Area Command are executing crime scene warrants at the property as part of ongoing inquiries under Strike Force Nanegai.

Investigators raided two properties linked to the Twelve Tribes cult yesterday.Officers are at Peppercorn Creek Farm in Pictor are searching for a potential grave site of stillborn babies.

"No one has been arrested and no further information is available at this stage."

In an A Current Affair interview with one of the sect's former leaders, Chen Czarnecki (formerly Scott Czarnecki) called the group "highly controlling".

He also claimed Twelve Tribes severely disciplined children, something he agreed with until he had his own offspring.

Mr Czarnecki confirmed to A Current Affair that Twelve Tribes members were discouraged from seeking outside medical help, even in cases of serious illness.

"I know of a girl who almost died. And by the time they got her there (to hospital) and they got her blood transfusion, she was nearly gone," he said.

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"There were babies that were stillborn. There were babies that struggled to live, definitely, the whole gamut.

"And some of those things probably would have been preventable.

"That reluctance is dangerous. It takes you too close to the line. But that's how we did it, we were all in."

NSW Police are expected to provide an update when their investigation has concluded.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/twelve-tribes-cult-nsw-police-search-for-bodies-of-stillborn-babies-at-picton-bigga/5c1e9d2f-cb35-498d-9eeb-f9adb160f707

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