South Australia Police Weekly Wrap

Bringing you up to date with news you may have missed. Starting next week, we will publish news update wraps on a daily basis for South Australia and other states.

Missing person Sophie Quinn [Sunday, 29/11/2015 06:42 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing woman, Sophie Quinn.

Sophie Quinn, 18, was last seen by her friends just before midnight Saturday 28 November in the Southern Suburbs.

Police are concerned for her welfare as she suffers from a medical condition.  

Ms Quinn is Caucasian, about 165cm tall, 60kg, medium build, brown eyes with straight black hair and a tattoo on one of her wrists. Ms Quinn was last seen wearing grey track-pants and a Micky Mouse t-shirt. 

Ms Quinn may be travelling in a red 1998 Hyundai Excel, South Australia registration WJI321.

Anyone who spots Sophie Quinn or or car or has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

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Man arrested after car-jacking at Ridleyton [Saturday, 28/11/2015 19:28 AEST]

Police have arrested man after he allegedly dragged and elderly driver out of his car at Ridleyton and stole the vehicle.

Just after 6pm, the elderly man was seated in his car at a supermarket shopping centre on South Road, when he was assaulted and dragged out of his vehicle by another man, who then drove off in his car.

A short time later a police patrol spotted the suspect driving the stolen silver Toyota Camry station wagon on Woodville Road at Findon.

The 33-year-old man from Croydon Park was arrested without incident, he is expected to be charged with aggravated robbery and refused police bail.

The owner of the car, a man in his 70’s, was conveyed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment to a cut head.

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Man critical after firearm incident at Whyalla Norrie [Saturday, 28/11/2015 17:10 AEST]

Police are investigating an incident at Whyalla Norrie this afternoon where a man was critically injured after a firearm accidentally discharged.

Police and ambulance crews were called to a house in McBryde Terrace just after 2pm, following reports of a man with a gunshot injury.

The 35-year-old man was treated at the scene and then conveyed to the Whyalla Hospital in a critical condition. He is expected to be airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Whyalla Police investigating believe the incident is not suspicious, with the man’s firearm accidentally discharging, striking him in the head.

Police have seized a .22 rifle from the premises, with enquiries continuing.

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Missing boy Richard Highfold located [Saturday, 28/11/2015 08:38 AEST]

Missing boy Richard Peter Highfold has been located safe and well. Thanks for everyone’s help.

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Missing brothers located [Saturday, 28/11/2015 08:27 AEST]

Missing brothers Joshua and Tyrell Clinch were located by Police on Friday 27 November safe and well. Thankyou to everyone for sharing our post and helping us locate them.

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Pair arrested after trying to sell stolen goods [Saturday, 28/11/2015 06:01 AEST]

A quick thinking member of the public’s timely phone call to police has lead to the arrest of two thieves overnight.

About 12.30am this morning, Sat 28 November, the member of the public noticed a man and a woman acting suspiciously near a white ute in Playford Court, Pennington.

The member of the public states the woman approached her and tried to sell her a TV. Thinking this was rather unusual behaviour at 12.30am the member of the public called police.

Police and a Dog Operations member attended the street and the pair were tracked to a nearby block of units.

Police located a 25-year-old man from Klemzig and a 23-year-old woman from Daveron Park inside the unit along with further stolen items and keys to the stolen ute. 

The duo have been charged with illegal use of motor vehicle, unlawful possession and breaching bail. They have been refused police bail and will face the Adelaide Magistrates Court Monday 1 December.

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Man arrested for lighting brush fence fire [Saturday, 28/11/2015 05:40 AEST]

Police have arrested and charged a 48-year-old man overnight following a brush fence fire being lit in Golden Grove.

Just before 3am this morning a vigilant member of the public noticed a man acting suspiciously near a brush fence on The Golden Way just before the fire occurred.

She saw the man leave the area on foot and alerted emergency services providing them with a description of the suspect.

Police and MFS quickly attended and located a man matching the description walking up the road. MFS extinguished the blaze which had started to spread to nearby trees while police arrested  the man. 

The man from Greenwith was charged with arson, and will appear Elizabeth Magistrates Court on 23 December.

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Missing woman Shirley Lawton [Friday, 27/11/2015 18:30 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing woman, Shirley Lawton.

Shirley Lawton, 79, was last seen at her home address in Henley Beach about 5.30pm today, Friday 27 November.

Police are concerned for her welfare as she suffers from a medical condition.  

Ms Lawton is elderly, caucasian appearance, about 157cm tall, medium build, blue eyes and short grey/white hair. Ms Lawton was last seen wearing a red long sleeve button up shirt with white trim on the sleeves and dark jeans.

Anyone who spots Shirley Lawton or has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

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Operation Deter Drink Driving [Friday, 27/11/2015 15:57 AEST]

Police ran one of many “pop-up” breath testing operations across city and suburban locations today, in a bid to remind drivers that lunch time drink–driving is on the radar.

Speaking from an Operation Deter Drink Driving site at Cheltenham today, Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch, says every driver knows that drink driving at any time is irresponsible and dangerous.

“We make no apology for continuing with a focus on drink driving – the more we keep the message out there with highly visible operations, the more lives we hope to save”, said Superintendent Fioravanti.

“There is consistent national evidence that highly visible random breath testing operations can result in both immediate and long term reductions in alcohol related casualty crashes.”

Studies indicate that driving over the legal limit of .05 doubles the risk of the driver being involved in a casualty crash.

In fact over the past 5 years over 20% of all drivers and riders that died in fatalities were over the legal limit of .05

The Operation was conducted over a 3 hour period with 2,495 drivers being tested and of those tested 2 were driving over the limit.  Both drivers were over .05 but under .079 therefore receiving an expiation notice for $637, loss of 4 demerit points and a driver direction notice not to drive for 6 hours.

“Some may say that only 2 being over the limit is a good result however it was 2 too many drivers that were putting themselves and other road users at risk and this is not acceptable,” he said.

“If you’re having a drink at lunchtime, make alternative transport arrangements – don’t think you can evade police.”

“If you still want to risk it,  think about the harm you can cause to innocent people on the roads and then think about the consequences on your work, social life and future if you lose your license for drink driving – there’s no respect from the community for drink drivers.”

It is also a timely reminder with the impending Christmas season involving lunches and parties.  If you intend drinking you need to plan ahead as to how you are going to get home.  Organise someone to pick you up, catch a taxi or public transport or walk – just don’t drink drive.

Operation Deter Drink Driving will be conducted regularly over the next six months, with the highly visible static breath testing stations aiming to deter drink driving at all times.

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PINERY FIRE UPDATE as at 2pm 27 November [Friday, 27/11/2015 13:51 AEST]

Nearly 90 homes have been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable as a result of the Pinery fire, it was announced today.

Impact Teams, who have finalised an assessment of the fire ground, have determined that:

87 homes were completely destroyed or significantly damaged and are uninhabitable at this time

388 farm sheds/outbuildings have been lost

93 pieces of farm machinery were destroyed

98 vehicles were destroyed

Details of the property loss were detailed at a media conference this afternoon which was addressed by the Premier Jay Weatherill, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and Country Fire Service Chief Officer Greg Nettleton.

The fire, which began about midday on Wednesday, is now 100 per cent contained, however about 200 fire fighters remain on the ground to quell any flare ups, mop up and continue to blacken the remaining fire ground – a phase in the operation which is expected to take 4-7 days.

All the roads within the Pinery fire ground are now open, however the public are asked to be mindful that emergency personnel are still working in the area and to take care on the roads. Obey reduced speed limit signs and give way to emergency vehicles.

Also detailed today:

The number of people who have died as a result of the fire remains at two.

There are no people unaccounted for.

Five people remain in a critical condition in hospital with serious burns.

90 people have sought assistance for injuries which have ranged from very minor to critical.

PIRSA has assessed more than 270 properties in the fire ground and are helping farmers and livestock owners.

More than 50,000 poultry were destroyed in the fire.

950 sheep have had to be destroyed (a number which is expected to rise sharply).

the number of sows killed at the Wasleys Piggery has been revised down to 500.

About 200 homes remain without power.

A public meeting was held in Mallala this morning and another will be held at Kapunda this afternoon at 4pm to provide information directly to local communities.

Relief centres at the Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre, the Balaklava Racecourse and the Clare Showgrounds remain open.

While it is early in the investigations, this fire does not appear to be the work of an arsonist.

Teams of arborists will be working across the fire ground to assess trees and safety fell any that pose a danger.

A bridge assessment team will be in the area soon to check on infrastructure.

The State Emergency Relief Fund remains open and those who wish to make a donation that will go to those impacted by the fires should visit www.sa.gov.au where they can find details on how to donate.

The Bushfire Recovery Hotline can be reached on 1800 302 787.

(note: the number of sheds/outbuildings and farm machinery was amended at 2.30pm today)

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Monthly crime statistics released [Friday, 27/11/2015 12:21 AEST]

South Australia Police has released their monthly state and Local Service Area crime statistics.

State-wide the statistics over the last 12 months to the end of October show that reported offences against the person have risen 11 per cent and the total reported offences against property have risen two per cent, which has resulted in an overall rise in reported crime of three per cent.

Anyone can access the statistical information about their area here: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/crime-statistics-map

Select your area of interest by entering your postcode or suburb.

The release of these statistics, which can be found online at www.police.sa.gov.au each month, is part of a commitment to extend our communication and engagement with the community.

SAPOL statistics are compiled in compliance with nationally accepted and approved counting rules.

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Man charged with North Adelaide incidents [Friday, 27/11/2015 11:00 AEST]

An Enfield man has been arrested and charged with two offences that allegedly occurred in North Adelaide in 2005 and 2010.

The accused, 56, had previously been charged with separate offences of sexual assault and is due to appear in court today.

Detectives from the Special Crimes Investigation Branch said at that hearing in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today the accused will be charged with two further counts of assault with intent.

Police will allege the new charges relate to incidents that occurred in North Adelaide in 2005 and 2010.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or any other similar matters, are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/

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Snapshots of a century of women in policing in SA [Friday, 27/11/2015 10:30 AEST]

South Australia Police will recognise a significant milestone in history on Tuesday (1 December) with a street parade in Adelaide’s CBD celebrating a century of women in policing.

Road users are advised that rolling road closures will take place as the parade moves from Police Headquarters, 100 Angas Street at 10am around Victoria Square, and down King William St to  Government House (finishing about 11am).

The parade will feature the Band of the South Australia Police, mounted police, present and retired officers, PSOs, ASOs, historic uniforms and vehicles.

This event recognises that on December 1, 1915 South Australia Police appointed its first female officers as equals with their male counterparts. They were the first women police officers commissioned in the then British Empire and among the first in the world.

Miss Kate Cocks and Miss Annie Ross became the first women in Australia to be appointed as police constables. The newspaper advertisement for their job included the requirements that they be “capable of enduring hardship and fatigue in the execution of their duty, of good character and address, and of fair average education.”

In the early days much of the work undertaken by a handful of women police was in the nature of social work, with a report by the SA Historical Society noting that in 1923 they were involved in 43 cases including rape, murder, abortion, abandonment of children, cruelty to children, indecent assault, indecent behaviour, bigamy, idle and disorderly fortune telling, plus thefts committed by women and children.

In 1945 formal training was introduced for women police officers, with new recruits attending the Police Training Depot in Gouger St for several hours a week where they received one-on-one instructions in law, fingerprinting and ju-jitsu.

In the early 1950s women were given driving instructions for the first time at the Thebarton barracks, while the number of women police continue to grow – from 17 in 1953 to 43 by 1965.

By the early 1970s, following an overall structural review of the organisation, decisions were made to employ uniformed police women, the practice of forcing women to leave the job if they got married was abandoned, and women were encouraged to apply to roles outside the Women Police Branch.

According the book “To Walk a Fair Beat”, the first women to work as uniformed police started at Thebarton Barracks in October 1973 and were required to complete the same studies, physical education and driver training as the men.

Although trained to use a firearm, women on mixed patrols were not issued with them; however a change in policy in 1977 saw the issue of firearms to women police involved in patrol duties on their request, although they were instructed not to carry them in their handbags as this presented a security risk.

In 1979 five women participated in a cadet course at the Fort Largs Police Academy for the first time, and also that year Fay Leditschke became SAPOL’s first female Commissioned Officer.

Women now comprise 27 per cent of SAPOL’s sworn staff, up from 22 per cent a decade ago. This represents 1,264 women working across all areas of policing, including the Deputy Police Commissioner and two of the six Assistant Commissioners.

In the lead up to this anniversary, we have been speaking with police women, past and present, for a series of video snapshots reflecting on their careers and experiences.

These are their stories:

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Suspect wanted for Beaumont break in [Friday, 27/11/2015 09:00 AEST]

Police are seeking assistance to identify the man captured on CCTV.

He is wanted in connection to a break-in at Beaumont on Sunday 22 November. He entered the home and rifled through possessions, he also broke into a car at the address. 

The man then allegedly used a stolen credit card at a Semaphore business where CCTV captured an image of him.

Eastern Adelaide police are seeking any information about the identity of the pictured suspect, please contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or online at  http://sa.crimestoppers.com.au   You can remain anonymous.

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Pinery fire update [Friday, 27/11/2015 05:44 AEST]

CFS advises areas within the perimeter of the Pinery fire in the State’s Mid North continue to burn and are being attended to by CFS, MFS and Victorian resources.

Residents are advised that flare ups, as well as burning structures such as hay stacks and rural buildings, will continue to burn, producing embers and large amounts of smoke.

While a number of roads are opened to local traffic, road users need to maintain awareness of the risk of falling trees and smoke over road ways.

There are also a number of emergency service, support agency and utility vehicles that are moving throughout the area.

For further information on road closures please visit the SA Police web site at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/road-closures

Where members of the public are at immediate risk of being impacted by fire they are to ring Triple Zero and request assistance.

Stay tuned to your local radio station on a battery-powered radio for updates.

For information about bushfires, check the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

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Man arrested after police pursuit at Windsor Gardens [Friday, 27/11/2015 05:33 AEST]

A Holden Hill man will face court today following a police pursuit at Windsor Gardens overnight.

Just before 2.30am, a police patrol spotted a Holden ute travelling on North East Road at Windsor Gardens. The patrol attempted to stop the vehicle, but the male driver allegedly refused and the car was followed south-west along North East Road.

A short time later, the ute turned into Reece Ave Klemzig, where the driver stopped and ran off. Holden Hill patrols converged on the area and apprehended the man a short distance away.

The 30-year-old man from Holden Hill was arrested and charged with drive to evade police, driving unlicensed and drug driving, after he tested positive methamphetamine.

The arrested man was refused police bail and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court later today.

There was no damage or injuries in the incident.

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Man arrested after threatening bus passenger [Thursday, 26/11/2015 22:00 AEST]

A man has been arrested after threatening a person on a bus in Gepps Cross this afternoon.

Just after 3pm, on Thursday 26 November, a man was travelling on a bus along Main North Road when he was approached by another passenger.

Police will allege the passenger threatened the victim with a knife and demanded his mobile phone.

The victim refused and managed to get off the bus at the next stop.

The suspect then changed buses but with the assistance of the bus service, Police were able to track the alleged offender to Mawson Lakes.

Police dog Argus was called to the scene and managed to locate the man.

A 20-year-old man of no fixed place has been charged with attempted aggravated robbery, theft and unlawful possession.

He is expected to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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Missing woman Angela Loro found [Thursday, 26/11/2015 18:46 AEST]

Missing woman Angela Loro has been located safe and well. Police thank the public for their assistance and concern.

The high priority given by SA Police to locating missing people quickly results in 99.5 per cent of those reported missing in South Australia being located within 30 days.

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Missing woman Angela Loro [Thursday, 26/11/2015 18:05 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing woman, Angela Loro.

Angela Loro, 31, was last seen at the Flinders Medical Centre at 6.30pm on Monday 23 November.

Police are concerned for her welfare as she requires medical treatment.  

Ms Loro has a tanned complexion, is about 160cm tall, 60kg, medium build, long dark brown hair and brown eyes. 

Anyone who spots Angela Loro or has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

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Missing man Samuel McFarlane found [Thursday, 26/11/2015 17:32 AEST]

Missing man Samuel McFarlane has been located safe and well.

Police thank the public for their assistance and concern. The high priority given by SA Police to locating missing people quickly results in 99.5 per cent of those reported missing in South Australia being located within 30 days.

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PINERY FIRE UPDATE – 3pm 26 November [Thursday, 26/11/2015 15:09 AEST]

The number of lives claimed by the Pinery fire remains at two, it was announced this afternoon.

SA Premier Jay Weatherill extended his condolences to the families of those killed – a 56-year-old woman from Hamley Bridge and a 69-year-old man from Pinery – on behalf of the government and wider community.

Providing an update of the situation alongside Country Fire Service Chief Officer Greg Nettleton and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, Mr Weatherill also noted that the SA Ambulance Service had treated 30 people for various injuries, with 16 of those taken to local and metropolitan hospitals. Five of those remain in a critical condition.

Mr Weatherill said the emergency is ongoing, with active fires still burning in the current perimeter and caution required.

“This morning I convened an Emergency Management Council and appointed Vince Monterola as the Recovery Coordinator,” he said. “Vince is a former CFS Chief Officer and is already working on the emergency response.”

It is expected the fire, which started north of Adelaide about midday yesterday, will continue to burn for several more days.

Interim figures are that 16 homes and 22 other significant buildings, along with dozens of vehicles and farming machinery, have been destroyed.

Crime scene investigators along with Detectives from Major Crime have examined the area where the fire is known to have started – which is on the far western edge of the fire ground.

While a final cause has not yet been established, from initial investigations, it appears the fire was not deliberately lit.

In further developments it was announced:

About 200 Country Fire Service fire fighters are on the ground using 50 appliances.

MFS continue to support the CFS with Strike Teams to help protect properties and tackle ongoing structural fires.

More than 300 personnel are expected from Victoria, with the SES setting up a base camp for them at Nuriootpa High School.

Those affected by the fires, or who have evacuated from their homes, should contact the Red Cross Register, Find, Reunite on 1800 727 077.

No people are currently reported as missing.

An emergency grant is available from the relief centres at the Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre, Balaklava Racecourse and Clare Showgrounds to assist those evacuated from their homes.

Emergency accommodation is also available via the relief centres, which have been accessed by more than 80 people so far.

The Bushfire Recovery Hotline (ph 1800 302 787) is being staffed 24/7.

PIRSA continue to evaluate stock and crops losses and help farmers with burned or injured livestock and can be contacted via the Stock Assessment Hotline on (08) 8207 7847.

For assistance with emergency fodder for livestock or to offer donations of fodder call Livestock SA on 8297 2299.

Anyone requiring advice and assistance with wildlife and pets should call 0477 055 233.

Volunteering SA/NT continue to lead the management, registration and referral of those wishing to help.

St Vincent de Paul has been appointed to manage any goods donated during this disaster and can be contacted through a donations phone hotline: (08) 8112 8777.

About 3,000 homes remain without power and accessing some critical areas is still difficult.

It was also highlighted that DPTI are working closely with emergency services to clear roads to enable access, however the aim is for residents to be able to safety access their properties.

“It is important to emphasise that the priority remains to ensure access to property does not jeopardise people’s safety,” Mr Weatherill said.

The latest information can be found on the CFS website, South Australia Police website for emergency road closures: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/road-closures and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter or via the official Emergency Services broadcasting partner, the ABC.

A community meeting has been held in Gawler and another is underway at Balaklava – providing locals with latest information

Mr Weatherill also announced the government today opened the State Emergency Relief Fund.

Those who wish to make a donation that will go to those impacted by the fires should visit www.sa.gov.au  where they can find details on how to donate.

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Missing man Samuel McFarlane [Thursday, 26/11/2015 14:18 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing man, Samuel McFarlane.

Samuel McFarlane, 34, was last seen at his parents home in South Brighton just after 3pm on Sunday 22 November.

Police are concerned for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition and requires medication. 

Mr McFarlane is Caucasian, 178cm tall, 85kg, medium build, short brown hair and a short beard. 

Anyone who spots Samuel McFarlane or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

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New National Terrorism Threat Advisory System [Thursday, 26/11/2015 12:38 AEST]

The Australian Government has introduced a new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System.

The new system replaces the former National Terrorism Threat System and the Public Alert System, merging them into a single, more understandable and meaningful system.

The new system is a scale of levels that tells the public about the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia.

The new system:

comprises a five tier, colour coded, National Terrorism Threat scale to inform the public about the level of the terrorist threat facing the nation

includes public advice on the nature of the threat

guides national preparation and planning to protect against the threat of a terrorist incident

rebalances the threat levels to reflect the current security environment that the country is facing.

The Australian Government has determined that the current threat is PROBABLE.

Whenever the Government makes a change to the National Terrorism Threat Level it will explain why there is a change.

The System will inform Australians about the likelihood of an act of terrorism occurring in Australia and enable authorities, businesses and individuals to take appropriate measures for their own safety and security as well as that of their family and friends.

The National Terrorism Threat Level also provides an indicator to government agencies enabling them to respond appropriately with national threat preparedness and response planning.

This ensures that an appropriate level of precaution and vigilance is maintained to minimise the threat of a terrorist incident.

The Australian Government regularly reviews the security environment and the Threat Level.

Information about the new system and the current level can be found at www.nationalsecurity.gov.au

Background:

The national terrorism threat level for Australia is PROBABLE. Credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies indicates that individuals or groups have developed both the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia.

We must maintain vigilance in the face of an escalating global terrorist threat that continues to affect Australia. This multifaceted threat was the reason the Commonwealth Government took the unprecedented step of raising the national terrorism threat level in September 2014.

The factors that underpinned that decision persist, and some have worsened. Those who wish to do us harm, some located here and some overseas, continue to view Australia as a legitimate target.

Where does the threat come from?

A small number of people in Australia adhere to an interpretation of Islam that is selective, violent and extreme. They are influenced by extreme messaging from terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who are active online, spreading their violent ideology and channelling persuasive propaganda to susceptible, vulnerable and easily influenced individuals.

The radicalisation and recruitment of Australians is increasing. Violent extremists are reaching out to those willing to listen and encouraging them to either join ISIL or to conduct attacks in its name. In some cases specific directions have been provided to conduct acts of terrorism here. Others, including those that are not in direct contact with violent extremists overseas, may be influenced by propaganda to undertake acts of terrorism in Australia. Those radicalised to violent extremism may display behavioural changes, develop new social networks and associations, withdraw from previous ones and promote an extremist ideology.

What are the likely targets?

Symbols of government and authorities perceived as terrorist adversaries, such as the military, police and security agencies, are often targeted by terrorists. However, indiscriminate attacks are increasing, and the risk to the general public in Australia remains.

Overseas extremists have encouraged local sympathisers and supporters to attack the public anywhere — attacks and plots in Europe and Africa in late 2015 targeting the public underscore this threat. Attacks of this nature are designed to cause injury or death and are aimed at disrupting our lives and damaging the nation by causing fear.

This is why it is important for the public to maintain a level of awareness and to report any suspicious activity immediately to authorities.

Our response

Federal, State and Territory Governments continue to focus on strengthening preventive efforts in partnership with industry, and on building Australia’s social cohesion, together with the community.

Governments are working closely with communities to prevent terrorism, combat terrorist propaganda online and promote early intervention programmes;

Federal, state and territory authorities have well-tested cooperative arrangements in place and have adopted appropriate security measures; and

Police and security agencies liaise closely with critical infrastructure owners and operators.

In the current environment, Australians should go about their daily business as usual, but should exercise caution and be aware of events immediately around them.

If you see, hear or become aware of something suspicious or unusual, call the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00. Every call is important and could prevent a terrorist attack in Australia.

The www.nationalsecurity.gov.au website provides further information on the current threat environment and what the government is doing to mitigate the threat of terrorism and violent extremism.

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Missing man Dung Van Dang found [Thursday, 26/11/2015 09:05 AEST]

Missing Man Dung Van Dang has been located safe and well. Police thank the public for their assistance and concern.

The high priority given by SA Police to locating missing people quickly results in 99.5 per cent of those reported missing in South Australia being located within 30 days.

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Man arrested over aggravated child exploitation material [Thursday, 26/11/2015 07:44 AEST]

Yesterday, detectives from the Special Crimes Investigation Branch arrested and charged a man for possession of aggravated child exploitation material.

Police will allege that some of the children depicted in the material are under the age of 14 years.

The 38-year-old man from the western suburbs has been bailed to appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on 7 January 2016.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

THIS IS CHILD EXPLOITATION, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually benefits child sex abusers:

·        It indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser

·        It conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse

Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.  This is not pornography.

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FIRE UPDATE as at 6.30am 26 November [Thursday, 26/11/2015 06:54 AEST]

Two people are dead, 13 hospitalised and at least three are missing as a result of a devastating bushfire north of Adelaide, it was announced this morning.

Speaking to media alongside Acting Commissioner of Police Linda Williams and Country Fire Service Chief Officer Greg Nettleton, the SA Premier Jay Weatherill confirmed that a 69-year-old man from Pinery and a 56-year-old Hamley Bridge woman had died in the blaze, which began yesterday.

At least 13 people are in hospital he said, with five of those either critical or serious. At least one of those has suffered burns to 80 per cent of their body.

An early estimate is that 16 homes have been destroyed, along with a number of outbuildings and an unknown number of vehicles and machinery. In addition a significant amount of stock and crops have been lost including a piggery with an estimated 2000 sows.

Meanwhile the fire, which has already burnt 85,000ha of grass, cropping land and scrub, is still not contained and has a 200km fire front, Mr Nettleton advised.

“This fire is not contained yet, but it has not increased in size,” he said.

A meeting of the State Emergency Committee will take place later today, with a further update to be provided to the community at that time.

Mr Weatherill urged the community to stay informed regarding the fire.

“Obviously we’re thinking of the volunteers and professional firefighters, and those who are supporting them,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to support them.

“I urge people to stay informed regarding this fire,” he said, while highlighting that such a devastating fire so early in the season was a reminder to the whole community to update their bushfire action plans.

In further developments it was announced:

The cause of the Pinery fire, which started about midday yesterday on the far western edge of the fire ground, remains unknown but is under investigation.

Areas of concern today are focused on the eastern flank of the fire, east of the Horrocks Highway.

About 70 fire fighting appliances have been deployed and more than 400 fire fighters have been involved.

There are numerous structures, haysheds, trees and vehicles still burning which will potentially cause problems once weather conditions begin to warm up again today.

Impact Teams consisting of CFS, MFS, Police and SES will be combing every area of accessible ground for a full assessment of damage.

Stock owners needing urgent assistance to locate, inspect and assess burnt livestock can call PIRSA’s Stock Assessment Hotline on (08) 8207 7847.

Two base camps being established to support 200 personnel due to arrive from Victoria today with 50 additional fight fighting appliances.

Relief centres are in place at the Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre, the Balaklava Racecourse and the Clare Showgrounds.

Details on assistance can also be gained through the Bushfire Recovery Hotline ph 1800 302 787.

Support and donations are being managed through St Vincent de Paul while Volunteering SA/NT will lead the management, registration and referral of those wishing to help.

Four schools or kindergartens are closed today – Hamley Bridge Primary School, Wasleys Primary School, Kapunda Kindergarten and Riverton Kindergarten.

More information on other school closures will be released via the Department of Education.

At least 6,000 homes remain without power and accessing some critical areas is still difficult.

Hospitals in the area including Riverton, Kapunda and Eudunda remain open.

It was also highlighted that DPTI are working closely with emergency services to clear roads to enable access, however the aim is for residents to be able to safety access their properties.

“It is important to emphasise that the priority remains to ensure access to property does not jeopardise people’s safety,” Mr Weatherill said.

The latest information can be found on the CFS website, South Australia Police website for emergency road closures: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/road-safety/road-closures and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter or  via the official Emergency Services broadcasting partner, the ABC.

SAPOL

FIRE UPDATE as at 8pm 25 November [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 20:01 AEST]

From SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Emergency Services:  

Two people are confirmed dead as a result of today’s South Australian fires, with an unconfirmed report of a third fatality, emergency services said tonight.

Details of today’s fires, including the extensive blaze at Pinery, were tonight detailed by the SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, Acting Police Commissioner Linda Williams and CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton.

The Premier said two deaths have been confirmed – with a body found in a paddock near Pinery and a body also found in a car near Hamley Bridge.

There is also an unconfirmed report of a fatality near Freeling after a car hit a tree, and at least three people helping to put out the fires have been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital suffering severe burns.

“This has been a devastating few hours for large parts of the state and unfortunately there is some time to go until we have fire fronts under control,” Mr Weatherill said.

Other information released tonight was that:

The Pinery fire started around midday and quickly stretched over a 15km fire front and affected many towns including Pinery, Mallala, Kapunda, Hamley Bridge, Tarlee and northern parts of Nuriootpa.

This fire, which is still not yet contained, moved very quickly and travelled more than 50km in four hours.

There is no known cause for this fire as yet, however it will be thoroughly investigated.

Currently there are about 70 fire fighting appliances on the ground, along with 340 volunteer firefighters who are battling an active front about 40km long between Nuriootpa and Kapunda.

The next 6-12 hours will be critical and there are many road closures in place.

An unknown number of homes and sheds have been lost, along with crop and live stock losses.

Additional fire fighting strike teams are expected from Victoria in the morning.

Relief centres are already in place at the Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre and the Balaklava Racecourse.

A bushfire recovery hotline has been established – ph 1800 302 787

One school was evacuated today and at this stage, many schools will potentially be closed tomorrow.

Information on school closures will be released via the Department of Education, and amplified via emergency services as it comes to hand.

SA Power Networks has reported power outages impacting about 15,000 people.

“For now our priority is the safety of everyone and getting the fire front under control,” Mr Weatherill said.

“If conditions allow in the next few hours we will attempt to actively place control lines in front of the fire front.

“Depending on conditions, and if they are favourable, we know there will be at least 3-4 days of work ahead of us.

“Our thoughts turn to those people affected and those volunteers working through the night to protect us.

“I urge you all to stay informed – for the latest information watch the CFS website, South Australia Police website for emergency road closures and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter or tune in to our Emergency Services broadcasting partner, the ABC for the latest information.”

SAPOL

Register Find Reunite – Pinery Fire [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 19:19 AEST]

If you are affected by the Pinery Bushfire or are concerned about someone who may be, we encourage you to visit  https://register.redcross.org.au/ .

At this site you can Register to let people know you are safe.

You can also use Find to look for people you know may be affected by the emergency.

SAPOL

Missing man Dung Van Dang [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 18:37 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing man, Dung Van Dang.

Dung Van Dang, 59, was last seen at the Flinders Medical Centre just before 6am on Wednesday 25 November.  Police are concerned for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition and requires ongoing medical treatment.  

Mr Dang is Asian, 161cm tall, 78kg, medium build, shaved head, round face and has a tanned complexion. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and a beige vest.  

Anyone who spots Dung Van Dang or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

SAPOL

Lameroo fire [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 13:56 AEST]

The CFS have issued the following Emergency Warning for a bushfire burning under Catastrophic Weather Conditions near Lameroo. Emergency road closures are in place.

Schiller Road, Trowbridge Road and Bews South Road are closed to all traffic.

CFS advises that an extremely dangerous bushfire is burning out of control at Coonalpyn Road near Airport Road Lameroo.

This Bushfire Emergency Warning Message is in place for the following area(s) Trowbridge Road, Allenby Road, Drought Road and Lameroo South Road.

The LAMEROO fire is travelling in a South Easterly direction and may impact Trowbridge Road, Allenby Road, Drought Road and Lameroo South Road within the next two hours. There is a risk to lives and property.

People in these areas are in danger.

* Act immediately. Follow your Bushfire Survival Plan

* Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot, it is too late and the roads will not be safe.

* Take shelter in a building and actively defend it. Shelter before the fire arrives as radiant heat can kill you well before the flames reach you.

* If the building catches fire and the conditions inside become

 unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.

* After the fire front has passed, check your immediate area and extinguish anything burning.

In addition the following areas may be impacted by the fire Ngarkat National Park.

People in these areas should check and follow their Bushfire Survival Plan. If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the path is clear before conditions become too dangerous.

Do not enter this area as the roads may not be safe.

Homes that are situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, and that are prepared to the highest level and actively defended, may provide safety.

Stay tuned to your local radio station on a battery-powered radio for updates.

For information about bushfires, check the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

SAPOL

Northern Expressway closure due to Penfield fire [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 13:26 AEST]

Motorists are asked to avoid the Northern Expressway due to a fire burning at Penfield.  The Northern Expressway is closed for southbound traffic.  Traffic is being diverted onto Curtis Road.

CFS have issued the following message:

The CFS advises that a fire at PENFIELD is causing smoke to be visible in the Northern Expressway area.

This Bushfire Advice Message is in place for the following areas Penfield and Virginia.

While this fire does not present any threat to people in the Penfield and Virginia area(s), people in the affected area are advised to close all doors and windows and stay indoors if you suffer from any respiratory or cardiac conditions.

Road users are advised to use caution on the roads as smoke may reduce visibility.

Stay tuned to your local radio station on a battery-powered radio for updates.

For information about bushfires, check the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

SAPOL

Aggravated robbery – Adelaide [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 13:26 AEST]

Police are investigating an incident where a man demanded money from staff at a boutique in Rundle Place, Adelaide.

Around 1.30pm on Sunday, 22 November 2015, the man entered the boutique and threatened staff with a knife. He then ran from the store heading east on Grenfell Street.

The man is described as Caucasian, 25 years old, 179cm tall, slim build, medium to dark brown short hair, full dark beard and fair complexion.

Anyone with information that may assist police or who was in the vicinity and witnessed the incident is urged to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report on-line at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

You can remain anonymous.

SAPOL

Pinery fire [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 12:16 AEST]

The CFS have issued the following Emergency Warning for a bushfire burning under Catastrophic Weather Conditions at Pinery, between Mallala and Balaklava.  The fire will be visible from the National Highway, but is burning away from the highway, and drivers are asked to take care in the area.

The CFS advises that an extremely dangerous bushfire is burning out of control at Pinery in the Grace Plains area in the Mid North near Tiller Road, Hallion Road , Nairn Road, Broster Road, Marshman Road and Collins Road.

This Bushfire Emergency Warning Message is in place for the following area(s) Mallala.

The PINERY fire is travelling in a South Easterly direction towards Mallala. There is a risk to lives and property.

If you are in this area you are in danger. Act immediately. Follow your Bushfire Survival Plan.

Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot, it is too late and the roads will not be safe.

Take shelter in a building and actively defend it. Shelter before the fire arrives as radiant heat can kill you well before the flames reach you.

If the building catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.

After the fire front has passed, check your immediate area and extinguish anything burning.

Stay tuned to your local radio station on a battery-powered radio for updates.

For information about bushfires, check the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

SAPOL

Willunga properties searched in historic murder case [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 10:12 AEST]

Two properties at Willunga will today come under close police scrutiny in the search for evidence connected with the disappearance and suspected murder of Dale McCauley in 1998.

Officers with the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch recently completed an extensive ‘cold case review’ of the disappearance of Mr McCauley and as a result are pursuing lines of inquiry.

Detective Superintendent Des Bray, the officer in charge of Major Crime, today confirmed that police are searching two properties – including the former Willunga home of Mr McCauley – for fresh evidence.

“This investigation is progressing very well,” he said. “The review has identified additional investigational opportunities which we believe will help us solve this case.”

In addition to a search of Mr McCauley’s home on Quarry Rd, Willunga, police from Water Operations will search a dam at a nearby property.

Mr McCauley, 44, was reported missing to police on 16 February 1998, however he was last seen alive about a month earlier.

His truck, passport and akubra hat – which friends said he would never leave home without – were found at his Willunga address, however a search of his property, and the surrounding district, at the time failed to find any trace of him.

Prior to his disappearance in January 1998, Mr McCauley had only recently returned from Yuendumu, a remote aboriginal settlement in the Northern Territory, where he had run an art centre.

A man he knew from Yuendumu was staying with him at the time of his disappearance and the two men were joint owners of a 41ft yacht they had purchased months earlier when they were both working in the desert.

In addition to searching the properties, police today made a public appeal for assistance to find a vehicle of interest in the case – a 1982 red Holden Gemini sedan with expired plates URL-407 (pictured).

“We know this vehicle was sold by the last registered owner in 2009 to an unknown man in the Elizabeth area – either for parts of wrecking,” Dtv Supt Bray said.

“This vehicle may still be in a yard in the Elizabeth area and we are asking that anyone who knows of its whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“We are also appealing to a person who rang Crime Stoppers earlier this month about this case to get in touch again. That person provided valuable information.

“Investigators would ask that person to ring again to speak directly with a detective from Major Crime about this investigation and we remind that person their identity can remain confidential.”

Mr McCauley’s disappearance was one of 54 unsolved matters in which rewards were offered by the government in March this year.

There is a $200,000 reward connected with the case for anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of Mr McCauley.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/   You can remain anonymous.

SAPOL

Car crashes into house at Munno Para West [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 09:10 AEST]

A drunk driver was reported after she crashed her car into a house at Munno Para West this morning.

At about 12.30am, police and emergency services were called to Olive Grove, Munno Para West following reports a car had crashed into the front of a house.

Thankfully the occupants of the house were not injured but there was significant damage to the home. SES attended and secured the house. 

The driver, a 35-year-old woman from Munno Para West, was uninjured. However, she has been reported for aggravated drive without due care, drive disqualified and drink driving, after she recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.206.  She will appear in court at a later date.

SAPOL

Traffic restrictions after car collides with Stobie pole [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 06:09 AEST]

Traffic restrictions will apply all morning, and possibly most of the day, after a car collided with a Stobie pole on North Terrace, Hackney early this morning.  Restrictions apply between Payneham Road and Hackney Road.

The male driver was taken to hospital with only minor injuries after his car collided with the Stobie pole, knocking it out of the ground and tearing down power lines, about 2.45am on Wednesday 25 November.

Police have managed to open up two lanes for westbound traffic (heading towards the city) during peak hour this morning.  The road is closed to all eastbound traffic, heading out of the city.  

Police will then open up a lane in each direction at 9.30am.

SA Power Networks crews are expecting to be working for most of the day to replace the Stobie pole, so traffic restrictions may continue into the afternoon.

SAPOL

Suspicious house fire at Underdale [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 05:59 AEST]

Sturt Police are investigating a suspicious fire at an Underdale house last night.

Police and fire crews were called to reports of an explosion and smoke coming from a house on Henley Beach Road at Underdale about 11.30pm on Tuesday 24 November.

When emergency crews arrived, the house was well alight and the roof subsequently collapsed.

Fortunately, there was no one inside at the time of the fire.  The house has been vacant for several years and has no power or gas.

The fire is believed to have started in a front room of the house.  Fire cause investigators will attend the scene this morning to conduct an investigation and try to establish a cause.

Police ask anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area last night to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

Police would also like information on anyone seen in or around the house in recent weeks.

SAPOL

Two charged with arson after grass fire [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 05:37 AEST]

Two people were arrested following a deliberately lit scrub fire at Noarlunga Centre overnight.

Police and MFS fire crews responded to the grass fire adjacent to the Noarlunga Interchange, near Burgess Road, Noarlunga Centre just after 12.45am on Wednesday 25 November.  The fire burnt a small area of scrubland before being extinguished by fire crews.

Police searched the area and located two suspects nearby, who matched the description of two people seen fleeing the scene by a security guard.  

A 18-year-old Hallett Cove man and a 14-year-old boy from Angle Park were both arrested and charged with arson.  Both were bailed with strict conditions to appear in court on 6 and 7 January. 

With warm weather today, police are reminding members of the public of the dangers of bushfires and ask them to be vigilant. Police patrols, as a part of Operation Nomad, will target bush fire prone areas throughout the state.

 Anyone who sees suspicious activity in fire danger areas is asked to call the police attendance line on 131 444.

SAPOL

White Ribbon Day [Wednesday, 25/11/2015 05:37 AEST]

Today marks White Ribbon Day, a campaign focussed on the need to end violence against women.

This year, South Australia Police (SAPOL) is reinforcing the message that violence against women is unacceptable by asking everyone in the community to always speak out about domestic violence.

As Acting Commissioner Linda Williams explains violence against women is a serious problem in Australian society.

“Never stay silent about domestic abuse. Statistics show that in this country one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner, and one in three women over the age of 15 reporting physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives,” she said.

“We know that domestic and family violence against women is the major cause of homelessness for women and their children.

“Domestic violence is a crime committed by people from all walks of life. It is a serious crime and will not be tolerated by police and we will hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

SAPOL can issue Police Interim Intervention Orders which provide immediate protection and safety for victims. These are immediately enforceable, cover firearms, and may require the accused person to immediately vacate the home address or return items of personal property belonging to the protected person.

SAPOL provides timely contact, support and referral for assistance to domestic violence victims where patrols have arrested or reported the offender, irrespective of the level of risk. Across the state police work with other agencies such as Families SA, Housing, Corrections, Education, Health, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services, Victim Support Service and local domestic violence services to provide a collaborative response to domestic violence victims.

Whether it’s physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse, domestic violence is a deliberate act and is rarely an isolated event.   Over time, the violence tends to increase in frequency and severity. 

“Tackling domestic violence is not just a police responsibility. It is your responsibility. Do you know of someone involved in a violent domestic relationship? Call police immediately.  Help police put an end to domestic violence,” the Acting Commissioner said.

Since commencing in Australia in 2003, White Ribbon Day has become the largest male-led campaign aimed at preventing male violence against women. It engages men to actively oppose violence against women and promote a culture of non-violence and respect within all types of relationships.

Wearing a white ribbon on White Ribbon Day represents the wearer’s pledge to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. The day also raises awareness of the positive role that men can play in bringing an end to violence against women.

Read more about White Ribbon Day at www.whiteribbonday.org.au

SAPOL

Man charged with indecent assault [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 14:53 AEST]

A 46-year-old man from Adelaide’s northern suburbs has been arrested by police and charged with indecent assault.

His arrest  follows an investigation by detectives from the South Australia Police Anti-Corruption Branch.

He was granted bail and is expected to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Friday 18 December.

SAPOL

Man charged with unlawful sexual intercourse [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 14:20 AEST]

A 68-year-old man arrested in Queensland yesterday by detectives from the SA Police Special Crimes Investigation Branch is expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with unlawful sexual intercourse.

SA Police successfully applied for extradition in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

It will be alleged the accused, who is now a resident of Western Australia, had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in SA between 2003 and 2004.

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SAPOL

Missing girl Britnie Lockyer [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 14:20 AEST]

Re-post: Britnie Lockyer is still missing and today we will be reposting a public appeal for assistance to locate her … please ‘share’ and help us locate this teenage girl. Britnie is 16 years old and is a frequent missing person.

Police are concerned for her welfare as she is considered at risk. She is young, vulnerable and her safety is our paramount concern. We are asking public help to locate her but negative, unhelpful posts on this thread will be deleted. Those that post abuse will be banned from commenting. Thanks for your interest.

Britnie resides at Noarlunga Downs and was last seen at a bus stop on Diagonal Road at Oaklands Park at 4.45pm on Monday 19 October. Extensive inquiries have been made with her friends, to no avail.

Britnie Lockyer is Caucasian, 157cm tall, with a slim build, fair complexion, hazel eyes and straight brown hair below shoulder length with a centre-part. When last seen, she was wearing a white jumper and jeans.

Anyone who spots Britnie Lockyer or has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

SAPOL

Stolen Gemini ute [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 12:28 AEST]

Police are investigating the theft of a unique Gemini ute at Reid, near Gawler.

The ‘rolling shell’ of the blue 1976 Holden Gemini utility, the only one of its type in the state, was taken from a shed where it was being restored. The car, with no engine or gearbox, would have required a car trailer for its removal. It was bearing registration plates WCR413.

Anyone who has information regarding the car is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

SAPOL

Missing man Benjamin Davies [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 09:32 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing man, Benjamin Davies.

Mr Davies, 21, was last seen at his Murray Bridge address on Monday 16 November.  Police are concerned for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Mr Davies is Caucasian, 175cm tall, 70kg, with light brown hair.  It is believed he may be in the Salisbury or Elizabeth area.

Anyone who spots Benjamin Davies or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

SAPOL

Missing teen Holly Dunn found [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 05:46 AEST]

Missing teen, Holly Dunn, was located safe and well last night in Alice Springs.

The high priority given by SA Police to locating missing people quickly results in 99.5 per cent of those reported missing in South Australia being located within 30 days.

SAPOL

Two youths arrested after pursuit in stolen car [Tuesday, 24/11/2015 05:35 AEST]

Two youths were arrested following a police pursuit of a stolen car overnight.  The same blue Ford Falcon sedan had been involved in a brief police pursuit the previous night, however, it had been terminated for safety reasons.

Police spotted the stolen car about 12.30am on Tuesday 24 November on Upper Sturt Road, Upper Sturt and a pursuit commenced.  The vehicle travelled down to Belair Road and turned left onto Cross Road, where it really began to accelerate.

Police had set up road spikes on Cross Road, near the railway crossing near Victoria Avenue, and successfully spiked the car’s tyres.  The vehicle continued across Goodwood Road before coming to a stop.  The female driver attempted to flee, but was caught by patrols immediately.

The male passenger ran into a nearby residential area.  Police set up cordons and caught the suspect a short time later when he popped up right in front of a patrol on a cordon point.

The driver, a 17-year-old girl from Exeter, was arrested and charged with illegal use, two counts of aggravated police pursuit, drive unlicensed and other traffic offences.  She was bailed to appear in the Adelaide Youth Court at a later date.

The passenger, a 17-year-old boy from Mile End, was arrested and charged with illegal use, unlawful possession of stolen bankcards and fail to truly answer.  He was refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Youth Court today.

The vehicle was reported stolen from a Semaphore address overnight on Tuesday 17 November.

There were no injuries or damage sustained in either pursuit.

SAPOL

Missing brothers Joshua and Tyrelle Clinch [Monday, 23/11/2015 16:56 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate two young missing brothers, Joshua and Tyrelle Clinch.

Joshua Clinch, 12, was last seen at Elizabeth about 10pm on October 26.  Tyrelle Clinch, 11, has been missing from a Salisbury address since 23 October.

Both boys are Aboriginal, about 150cm tall, with slim builds, brown eyes and light brown hair.  Tyrelle often wears a red baseball cap.

Anyone who spots Joshua or Tyrelle or has information on their whereabouts is urged to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

SAPOL

Missing teen Holly Dunn may be in NT [Monday, 23/11/2015 15:55 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing teenager, Holly Dunn, who may have travelled to the Northern Territory.

Holly Dunn, 16, was reported missing from her Ascot Park address on 19 November.  It is believed that she is with a man aged in his 30s and possibly travelling in the Northern Territory in a 2003 beige Toyota Landcruiser, registration S995AIU.  Police and her family are concerned for her welfare.

Holly Dunn is Caucasian, 173cm tall, with a slim build.  The image of Holly pictured is about two months old and she now has a shaved head with one long section of light brown hair that hangs in her face.  She often wears a dark green baseball cap backwards and may be wearing dark rimmed prescription glasses.

Anyone who spots Holly Dunn, the beige Landcruiser, or has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

SAPOL

Wanted Child Sex Offender – located [Monday, 23/11/2015 14:44 AEST]

A registered child sex offender wanted by police has been located.

The 76-year-old man has been remanded in custody and will appear in court in Victoria today where South Australia Police will seek his extradition for breaching parole.

There are currently no outstanding registered child sex offenders. ( https://www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/crime-prevention-and-security/wanted-child-sex-offenders )

The wanted child sex offenders list provides information about registered child sex offenders who have:

         failed to report to the police as required; or

         provided false or misleading information to the police; and

         their whereabouts are unknown.

Information published on this site complies with Section 66F of the Child Sex Offenders Registration Act 2006.

If you know or have seen one of the wanted child sex offenders listed and can provide any information contact:

* South Australia Police 131 444

* Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

SAPOL

Schoolies report card wrap up [Monday, 23/11/2015 13:02 AEST]

Police are pleased with the behaviour of the students who attended 2015 Schoolies Festival over the weekend.

In total, 240 people have had some contact with police over the past three days either by arrest, report, expiation notice or defect notice, compared with 243 in 2014.   

“Overall, police are pleased with the behaviour of the school leavers attending this year’s Schoolies Festival,” Inspector Gus Sickerdick, the Operations Manager of the Hills Fleurieu Local Service Area, said today.

“The Festival is about students celebrating their last year of school with friends and we are here to help make that as safe as possible without illicit drugs. 

“It was disappointing that despite prior warnings there are still people trying to sell illicit drugs, with four non-schoolies arrested for trafficking offences.

“Police issued 121 fines for drinking or possessing alcohol in a dry zone, which indicates that alcohol is a contributing factor to behavioural problems.

“However, despite this, the majority of school leavers made the right choice about their behaviour, those that made the wrong choice, have worn the consequences.”

The 240 police contacts included 27 arrests and 121 general expiation notices which mainly related to behaviour. 

An 18-year-old man from Renmark was reported for offensive behaviour and cruelty to animals after he allegedly dismembered a turtle at Goolwa.

“Now that many schoolies will be travelling home today I ask them to make the right choice and ensure they are rested or have a parent or friend drive them, obey the road rules, and return home safely,” Inspector Sickerdick added.

Police, who have had a strong road safety focus, during the weekend’s events, were also pleased to report that not a single driver was detected drink-driving. Three drivers did return positive readings for drugs, and they will be subject to further penalties at the completion of forensic testing.

SAPOL

Man charged with money laundering [Monday, 23/11/2015 10:50 AEST]

An Adelaide man has been charged with multiple counts of theft and money laundering following a lengthy major fraud investigation by South Australia Police.

As a result of the investigation, Detectives from the Major Fraud Investigation Section on Saturday arrested and charged a 52-year-old man with theft, receiving and money laundering in excess of $400,000 over a four year period.

The incident is linked to the arrest last Friday where a woman was charged with five counts of money laundering. 

The arrested man was released on bail and will also appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 5 February.

SAPOL

Schoolies report card – Night 3 [Monday, 23/11/2015 06:33 AEST]

Police report a smaller Sunday night gathering at the Schoolies Festival at Victor Harbor with the majority of the crowd well behaved.

Police made five arrests overnight for street offences. Three of those arrests were schoolies, while two non-school leavers were detained.

Inspector Gus Sickerdick Operations Manager of the Hills said, “Traditionally Sunday is the quieter night of the festival.  Overall, police are pleased with the behaviour of the crowd with a small minority coming to the notice of police for anti-social behaviour.”

Police also issued 30 fines for breach of the dry zone in Victor Harbor.

There were no major incidents overnight.

Police wish to remind everyone to please drive carefully as they leave Victor Harbor to head home.  Don’t take risks when driving and please be patient on the busy Victor Harbor to Adelaide Road.

SAPOL

Four girls arrested over city robbery [Monday, 23/11/2015 05:53 AEST]

Four girls, one as young as 12-years-old, have been arrested after two women were robbed of money last night in the city.

Just after midnight two women were walking along North Terrace near Morphett Street when they were approached by the four teenage girls. One of the suspects, a 12-year-old girl allegedly produced a screwdriver threatened the women and demanded money.

The two victims handed over a total of $70 cash and the four suspects left on foot.

A search of the city by Adelaide patrols located the four girls near the corner of Rundle Mall and Pulteney Street.

The girls were searched and most of the money was recovered.

The girls aged 12, 13, 14 and 15-years old all from the northern suburbs, were all arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.

They have all been refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Youth Court later today.

The two women were not physically injured in the incident.

SAPOL

Three men charged with drug trafficking [Sunday, 22/11/2015 20:56 AEST]

Three men have been arrested for drug trafficking after an investigation by Berri detectives.

At 7.50pm on Saturday 21 November, police stopped two men in a car on the Sturt Highway in Blanchetown. During a search they located 15 grams of what police will allege is methamphetamine.

A 25-year-old man from Loxton was charged with 35 counts of trafficking in a controlled drug, while a 31-year-old man from Renmark was charged with 49 counts of trafficking in a controlled drug.

Further enquiries led to the arrest of a 48-year-old man from Berri. He was charged with 49 counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and a further three charges of selling drugs in a school zone.

The allegations of the sale of drugs in a school zone do not involve anyone from the school.

Two men will appear in the Berri Magistrates Court on Monday 23 November, while a third man will appear in court in January 2016.

Police will continue to target the manufacture, distribution and sale of methamphetamine throughout the state.

Anyone with information about the manufacture, possession and sale of illegal drugs is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at  https://sa.crimestoppers.com.a u

SAPOL

Missing woman Bonny Clarke locted [Sunday, 22/11/2015 15:43 AEST]

Missing woman Bonny Clarke has been located safe. Thanks to everyone for your assistance.

SAPOL

Update: Woman charged over five Millicent fires [Sunday, 22/11/2015 15:32 AEST]

 Police have charged a Millicent woman following a number of fires in Millicent in the past few weeks.

Just before 11pm on Saturday 21 November, police and fire crews were called to a house fire on English Drive.

Fortunately the fire was quickly extinguished before it could take hold and only caused minimal damage.

Investigation by Millicent Police has led to the arrest of a 61-year-old woman.

She has been charged with 5 counts of arson. Police will allege these charges relate to last night’s incident as well as other fires that have occurred throughout Millicent since 12 October in Giddings Street, Hart Street and English Drive.

She has been refused police bail and will appear in the Mt Gambier Magistrates Court tomorrow. 

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Armed man robs city shop [Sunday, 22/11/2015 14:02 AEST]

Eastern Adelaide Police are currently searching the CBD after a man armed with a knife robbed a shop in the city.

Just after 1.30pm, the man described as aged about mid’s 20’s, with a full beard and wearing dark clothing, a black baseball cap and having numerous tattoos on both arms, threatened staff at a small boutique in Rundle Place and stole cash from the shop’s till.

He was last seen walking towards Grenfell Street. There were no injuries.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Missing woman Bonny Clarke [Sunday, 22/11/2015 10:00 AEST]

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing woman Bonny Clarke from Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

Ms Clarke is 52-years-old and described as Caucasian, 162cms, 55kgs, with a slim build, brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. She is believed to be wearing a black jumper with orange stripes, black jeans and a dark blue ugg boots.

Family and police have concerns for Ms Clarke’s welfare as she suffers from a serious medical condition.

If you have seen or know of Ms Clarke’s whereabouts, please contact the police assistance line on 131 444 or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Schoolies report card – Night 2 [Sunday, 22/11/2015 08:38 AEST]

Police report a large crowd attended the Schoolies Festival at Victor Harbor, with the Saturday night activities always being the most popular among the school leavers.

Police made a total of 14 arrests overnight, mainly for behavioural type offences.  Four of those arrests were schoolies, while a further 10 non-school leavers were also detained.

Two more non- school leavers were charged with drug trafficking after they were found in possession of 25 ecstasy tablets.  The men aged 19 and 20-years-old, both from Saddleworth in the State’s Mid-North, were arrested after they were allegedly attempting to sell the illicit drugs in the main street of Victor Harbor.  

Inspector Gus Sickerick  Operations Manager  of the Hills Fleurieu Police says, “Again the school leavers were the better behaved overnight and it’s a small minority of the large group that come under police attention.  We are asking everyone to stay safe, look after each other and don’t drink to excess.  If any schoolies are heading home today, please drive very carefully, make sure you are well rested or arrange a parent or friend to collect you.”

Police also issued 35 fines for breach of the alcohol dry zone in Victor Harbor.

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Located: Mark Moffatt [Sunday, 22/11/2015 06:19 AEST]

For information of the public missing man Mark Moffatt has been located safe and well. Thanks to everyone for your assistance and concern in the matter.

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Driver arrested after crash at Aldinga [Sunday, 22/11/2015 05:49 AEST]

A man has escaped serious injury after his Holden ute crashed and rolled at high speed overnight at Aldinga.

Just after 1.30am a South Coast Police patrol spotted a Commodore ute travelling in the opposite direction at high speed on Old Coach Road at Aldinga.

The ute wasn’t pursued due to safety reasons but shortly after a member of the public reported the car had crashed and rolled a short distance away, ending up on it’s roof.

On police arrival the cabin of the ute was empty and search commenced for the driver who was possibly injured.  

A police dog patrol was called in to assist, with patrols also attending the driver’s home address at Aldinga Beach.

Nearly two hours later the male driver was located at his home. 

The 40-year-old man was arrested for driving at speed and manner dangerous to the public and fail to truly answer questions.   He was taken to the Noarlunga Hospital for treatment to minor injuries sustained in the crash.

Police will wait the results of a blood alcohol test taken at hospital before laying any further driving charges.

He will be bailed to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court at a later date.

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Missing man Mark Moffatt [Saturday, 21/11/2015 14:51 AEST]

Police need your help to locate missing Morphett Vale man Mark Crawford Moffatt, who was last seen at his home address at 11am today.

Mr Moffatt is 51-years-old, Caucasian, 190cm tall, slim build, short brown hair (balding) and has green eyes.  He was wearing a black, white and teal horizontal striped polo shirt.

Mr Moffatt is believed to be driving a silver Ford Falcon station wagon, registration number WSY-123.

Police have concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Anyone who sees Mr Moffatt or his car is asked to contact the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444.

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Man arrested in connection with dangerous drug (25i – NBOME) [Saturday, 21/11/2015 11:01 AEST]

Riverland Police have arrested a Barmera man in connection with the seizure of a dangerous illicit hallucinogenic drug.

Yesterday Berri CIB Detectives search a Barmera house allegedly locating about 80ml of E 25i-NBOME – being sold under the street name Liquid Acid.  Police also found a quantity of ecstasy tablets.

The 26-year-old man was charged with trafficking a large quantity of controlled drug, trafficking a controlled drug, and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

Police are very concerned this is the second seizure of this dangerous illicit drug E 25i-NBOME or liquid acid in the Riverland in the last month.

The arrested man has been refused police bail and will appear in the Berri Magistrates Court on Monday.

Anyone with information on any illicit drugs is asked contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Additional information from Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA):

Illicit drug use can cause a range of adverse effects including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, collapse and convulsions, unpredictable behaviour, psychosis, and even death. There are also a range of social, legal, financial and emotional problems that may be associated with drug use.

25I-NBOMe in particular is highly potent and can cause hallucinations, psychosis, and extreme aggression.

There is no quality control over the contents of illicit drugs. The actual quantity of active drug can vary due to poor quality control, increasing risk of toxicity. They often contain substances different from what is claimed to be in the preparations as well as contaminants. These can change the effect of the drugs on the body and increase risk.

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) provides a range of treatment services across South Australia for people with alcohol and/or other drug problems. SA Health also funds a range of non-government agencies to provide treatment services at various locations across the state, and coordinates a program that supports GPs to provide treatment for drug dependent clients. Therapies available for users of illicit drugs include counselling, support groups, withdrawal support, and residential and non-residential rehabilitation care.

Anyone concerned about their drug use can contact the Alcohol and Drug Information Service can be contacted on 1300 13 1340 between 8:30am – 10pm seven days a week for counselling advice and support.

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Appeal for witnesses to attempt robbery at Hectorville [Saturday, 21/11/2015 09:58 AEST]

Eastern Adelaide CIB Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward, after a man was arrested for an attempt robbery at a Hectorville service station last month.

Police will allege just before 10.30pm on Tuesday 20 October, the man armed with a knife threatened a console operator at a service station on Montacute Road before fleeing empty handed. The suspect, a 22-year-old man from Salisbury East was located nearby and arrested.

Police investigators believe a number of people may have witnessed the incident or were in the service station at the time of the attempt robbery. If you recall the incident or able to assist, please contact Crimestoppers on 1800 000 333 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/

The arrested man was charged with attempted aggravated robbery and bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 12 January 2016.

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Schoolies report card – Night 1 [Saturday, 21/11/2015 08:14 AEST]

Police working at Victor Harbor as part of the Schoolies weekend were generally very pleased with the large group of teenagers that attended the first night of the festival, however four people were arrested for drug trafficking overnight.

Police made a total of eight arrests, with only two of those being school leavers.

Two men were arrested for drug trafficking after police allegedly found them in possession of more than 200 ecstasy tables in a Victor Harbor motel room. A 22-year-old man from Aberfoyle Park and a 21-year-old man from Huntfield Heights were also in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. They were both charged with trafficking a controlled drug.

Police also arrested and charged a 20- year-old man from Penola after he was allegedly found in possession of 52 ecstasy tablets near Warland Reserve at Victor Harbor.

And a school leaver was arrested after police found him possession of 10 ecstasy tablets at Victor Harbor yesterday afternoon. The 18-year-old man from Clarence Gardens was also charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

Inspector Gus Sickerdick Operations Manager of the Hills Fleurieu Police Local Service Area said, “While the majority of school leavers were really well behaved and are enjoying the festival, we were disappointed that despite prior warnings there are still a few people here at schoolies trying to sell illicit drugs. This Festival is about students celebrating their last year of school with their friends and we are here to make that as safe as possible without illicit drugs and with a visible police presence.”

Police also wish to remind anyone attending the Schoolies festival of the dry zone areas that cover most the Victor Harbor township, after 36 ‘on the spot fines’ were issued for drinking or possession of alcohol in the dry zone.

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Man arrested over break-in at Gawler South [Saturday, 21/11/2015 05:33 AEST]

 An Evanston Park has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a business premises at Gawler South overnight.

Just after 12.30am Gawler police were patrolling the Gawler south area, when they heard an alarm coming for a car accessories shop on Adelaide Road.

A check of the premises revealed a rear door of the shop had been forced open. A further search located a man hiding under a car inside the grounds, in possession of items stolen from the shop, plus a screw driver, a pair of pliers and a torch.

The 33-year-old man was arrested and charged with serious criminal trespass, theft, going equipped to commit an offence and providing false details to police.

He is expected to be remanded in custody to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday.

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