Aussie Police News Wrap for Saturday Evening – 26/12/2015

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015.

The following are media news items released in the past 24 hours by their respective agencies.

Fatal traffic crash, Mount Nebo

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 21:00 AEST

Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred at Mount Nebo this afternoon.

Initial inquiries revel that at about 12.45pm a motorcycle was travelling on Mount Nebo Road toward Mount Glorious when it appears the rider has lost control of the motorcycle and left the road.

The rider, a man in his thirties, died at the scene.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Angle-grinder sparks fire at Laura

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 20:07 AEST

A man has been fined after an angle-grinder sparked a blaze at Laura in the State’s Mid North today.

CFS and Police were called to a grass fire on a rural property on Becker Road on the outskirts of Laura about 3pm on Saturday 26 December.

Up to 200 acres of grass and reaped farmland and a four wheel drive were burnt in the fire.

It took numerous CFS and farm fire-fighting units to control the fire in the blustery conditions.

Police interviewed a Laura man and issued him with an expiation notice for $375 for using an angle-grinder without adequate access to water, extinguishers and space.

For more information on restrictions and responsibilities during the fire danger season, go to www.cfs.sa.gov.au

South Australia Police

Update: Missing man, Noosa

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 19:14 AEST

Police have located a body believed to be that of a man missing after going snorkelling in Noosa canals yesterday afternoon.

Police divers located the body around 5pm today in the vicinity of where the man had been last seen.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Flooding – Daly River and Katherine regions – Update #1

Northern Territory Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 18:38 AEST

The Daly River has reached Major flood level and the evacuation of the community is underway.

“Earlier today an evacuation order was issued for the community of just over 400 people,” Region 2 Controller Commander Bruce Porter said.

“Evacuations are being carried out in two stages – first by airlift to Batchelor and then by bus to Darwin, where the evacuees will be accommodated in the Foskey Pavilion at the Royal Darwin Showgrounds.”

The first helicopters arrived in Batchelor around 2pm and the first bus of evacuees arrived in Darwin around 4pm.

“Unfortunately the whole community cannot be evacuated today. Those who remain are staying on higher ground tonight and the evacuation will be completed tomorrow.”

A minor flood warning continues for the Katherine River at Gorge Road as the tropical low continues to produce heavy rains in the catchment area.

“We ask that at this time the privacy of the evacuees is respected and that they are allowed time to settle into their temporary accommodation,” Commander Porter said.

Weather and road conditions in the Top End continue to be wet and motorists are advised to take extra precautions on the road and to use extreme cautions when driving in flooded areas.

There is as yet no sign of the 28-year-old man who went missing in floodwaters near Peppimenarti yesterday afternoon. 

For assistance, call the Police Assistance Line 131 444 or 000 in an emergency. NTES Emergency Assistance line is 132 500.

Stay up to date on  www.securent.nt.gov.au

Latest weather updates on  www.bom.gov.au

Northern Territory Police

Update: Man charged over balcony fall, Surfers Paradise

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 17:04 AEST

Detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding the fall of a 38-year-old man from a Surfers Paradise building this morning have charged a man.

Police will allege the man fell from the sixth floor balcony of an Orchid Avenue apartment complex around 6:45am following a disturbance.

The man, a 38-year-old from Surfers Paradise, was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

A 39-year-old Surfers Paradise man has been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and he is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on January 19.

Police investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Update 2: Property damage, Kallangur

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 16:54 AEST

Police have charged a 25-year-old man following the alleged damage of a house at Kallangur yesterday afternoon.

About 2:40pm yesterday, Police received reports that shots had been fired from the address. Upon attending, police arrived to find an empty house and during a search of the property, they located a firearm and found that significant damage had been done to the home.

Police located the Kalangur man at about 10:30 am today and he was subsequently charged with one count each of wilful damage and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The man is expected to appear at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on January 11, 2016.

Queensland Police Service

Police searching for Angel Van Dort

Victoria Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 16:50 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Angel Van Dort.

Angel was last seen at an address on Richards Road in Melton about 11pm on 24 December.

Angel may still be wearing her school uniform which is a red based tartan pattern.

It is believed the 15-year-old may still be in the Melton area but does not have any money or a mobile phone with her.

Police and family have concerns for her welfare due to her age.

Investigators have released a photograph of Angel in the hope that someone may have information on her current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Angel is urged to contact Melton Police Station on 9747 7999

Belinda Batty

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Update: Search for missing man at Beachport

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 16:30 AEST

Police and emergency services remain at the Beachport boat ramp in the State’s south-east, searching for a man who was on board a boat when it capsized this morning.

At 8am Saturday 26 December, patrols were called to the area after a boat capsized, with two men on board.

One man was rescued, and a search immediately commenced for the second man with the police helicopter and local boats assisting.

The second man has not been located and police hold grave concerns for his welfare.

Police will remain at the scene and are asking members of the public to avoid the area.

South Australia Police

Police charge 5 people after a building site and crane were accessed at Woolloongabba

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 16:02 AEST

Police have charged five people following a trespass incident in Woolloongabba on December 24.

It will be alleged, at around 9.50pm five people gained access to a Regent Street construction site and proceeded to climb the internal stair to the tower crane, eventually gaining access to the crane cabin.

It will further be alleged on police arrival, all five were descending from the crane. Four people complied with police direction and were quickly arrested however one man began climbing back up the stairs to hide.

Just after midnight, POLAIR2 guided officers to the man who was allegedly hiding on the fifth story and on the opposite side of the building.

Officers then climbed onto the scaffolding to apprehend him.

A 19-year-old Birkdale man has been charged with trespass and unregulated high-risk activities. He is scheduled to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 14.

Two 20-year-old men, one from from Victoria Point and one from Annerley and a 19-year-old man from Sheldon have been charged with trespassing.

A 16-year-old boy will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

Queensland Police Service

Man killed in Boho crash

Victoria Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 15:51 AEST

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash in Boho this afternoon.

It is believed a white Toyota van was travelling south on the Hume Freeway about 4km north-east of Violet Town when it left the road and crashed into a tree just after 1.30pm.

There were six people in the van.

A male passenger, believe to be aged in his 50s, died at the scene.

The male driver received life-threatening injuries and has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.

A second male passenger received critical injuries and has been taken to hospital in Wangaratta by ambulance.

Three other passengers, one female and two males, also received serious injuries. They are in the process of being transported to hospital by road.

The Hume Freeway is closed south-bound at Mansfield Road. Traffic is being diverted through Benalla towards Dookie.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Lives lost:

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Flooding – Daly River and Katherine regions

Northern Territory Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 15:04 AEST

The flood situation in the Daly River region is intensifying, and the Acting Chief Minister Willem Westra van Holthe has approved an evacuation order for the community of Daly River.

There are 434 people in the community who will be evacuated to Darwin, via Wooliana School and Batchelor. The evacuation has begun today. It is expected that the evacuation will be completed on Sunday 27 December.

Local Emergency Management Committees have met per the Territory Emergency Management Plan.

“Rain is continuing to fall in the Top End as a result of the slow moving tropical low; we are also keeping a close eye on catchments in the Katherine region and McArthur River. The cyclone watch remains active between Point Roper and the Queensland border,” said Region 2 Controller Commander Bruce Porter.

“A Minor Flood Warning has been issued for the Katherine River at Gorge Road.”

Director Northern Territory Emergency Services Andrew Warton reinforced the need to exercise extreme caution around any floodwaters, including crossings, drains and pipes.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that the flooding events could last four to five days.

Missing Person

“Last night we received a report of a man missing after being swept off a crossing near Peppimenarti,” Commander Porter said.

“He was in a car that had attended to cross a floodway yesterday afternoon, the car was swept off the crossing with three people inside. Two of these people made it to safety and commenced a search for their 28-year-old companion. When they failed to find him they returned to their community and raised the alarm with authorities after 10:00pm. A search commenced at first light.

“NTES and Police are continuing a search and rescue for this man.

“Water levels do come up and down very quickly in this type of situation, anyone travelling in the Top End is asked to take extra care today on the roads.”

For assistance, call the Police Assistance Line 131 444 or 000 in an emergency. NTES Emergency Assistance line is 132 500.

Stay up to date on www.securent.nt.gov.au

Latest weather updates on www.bom.gov.au

Northern Territory Police

Salisbury Park robbery arrest

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 14:04 AEST

A teenager has been arrested and police are searching for a second suspect after a robbery at Salisbury Park this morning.

Police will allege that at about 5.10am, patrols were called to Main North Road after a taxi driver reported that he had been threatened with a knife by one of two boys he was taking to Andrews Farm, before they stole cash and a mobile phone and ran off.

The victim was not injured.

Police searched the area and later located one of the boys in Elizabeth Vale.

A 17-year-old Andrews Farm boy has been charged with aggravated robbery and carry offensive weapon, and was refused bail. He will appear in the Elizabeth Youth Court on Tuesday.

Enquiries continue into the whereabouts of the second suspect who is also a teenager, and anyone with information that can assist police is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Sudden death, Murray Falls via Tully

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 13:19 AEST

Police will prepare a report for the coroner following a sudden death at Murray Falls near Tully yesterday afternoon.

Initial reports suggest a woman aged in her 20s was last seen near the lookout at the top of the falls around 2pm.

A search involving emergency services, including volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) failed to locate any sign of the woman yesterday.

The search was suspended overnight with police and SES volunteers remaining on site.

The search resumed this morning and the body of a woman was located at around 9am in the pool at the bottom of Murray Falls.

The woman is believed to be a Japanese national.

There are no suspicious circumstances.

Queensland Police Service

Police warning travelers after more motorists become flooded in far north-west of Queensland

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 13:08 AEST

An overnight downpour combined with days of heavy rains in the States far north and north-west has left 16 people stranded near Harris Creek.

The stranded motorists, which consists of one truck and three 4WDs, became isolated on the Nardoo-Burketown Road- the road which connects Normanton and Burketown- when flood waters rose quickly overnight.

The occupants of all four vehicles are currently dry and safe with planning underway to determine the best course of action to retrieve them factoring in the remote location and current weather and road conditions.

Inspector Trevor Kidd, from the Mount Isa District said motorists intending to travel in the Far North or north-west of Queensland need to be aware of the on-going wet weather and flooded rivers and roads, after several incidents of motorists having to be rescued in recent days. This has included some motorists who have ignored road closure signs.

“I urge people to re-think their travel plans during the current period of wet weather.

Anyone planning to travel needs to check with both the Bureau of Meteorology for latest rainfalls, river levels and weather warnings, as well as the Traffic and Travel site (phone or web 13 19 40 ) for latest road closure information,” Inspector Kidd advised.

Inspector Kidd said the current stranding of 16 people is a clear example of how quickly, and potentially dangerously, road conditions can change.

“While the Nardoo-Burketown Road was open when these motorists started their collective journeys, the heavy overnight rain quickly changed this and they are now isolated and stranded. The Burketown area received around 180mm of rain in a five hour period early this morning,” he said.

For futher information contact:

Bureau of Meterology – Queensland: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/?ref=hdr

Rainfall and River conditions: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/flood/

Traffic and Travel: http://131940.qld.gov.au/Home.aspx and driving in Queensland information: http://131940.qld.gov.au/Driving-in-Queensland.aspx

REMEMBER: IF IT’S FLOODED, FORGET IT

Queensland Police Service

Balcony fall, Surfers Paradise

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 13:08 AEST

Gold Coast detectives are investigating after a man fell from a Surfers Paradise high rise this morning.

Preliminary information indicates the man fell from the sixth floor balcony of an Orchid Avenue apartment complex around 6:45am.

The man, a 38-year-old from Surfers Paradise, was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Police have established a crime scene and are treating the matter as suspicious.

Detectives have spoken to a number of people in relation to the incident and are appealing for anyone who was in the Orchid Avenue entertainment precinct between 5:00am and 6:45am this morning to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Update: Property damage, Kallangur

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 12:27 AEST

A 25-year-old man is assisting police with inquiries in relation to damage to property at a Kallangur address yesterday afternoon.

The man was taken into custody this morning without incident.

About 2:40pm yesterday, Police received reports that shots had been fired from the address. Upon attending, police arrived to find an empty house and during a search of the property, they located a firearm and found that significant damage had been done to the home.

Police investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Search continues for missing man, Noosa

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 11:56 AEST

The search continues in Noosa canals for a man missing after going snorkeling yesterday afternoon.

The search resumed today after a land, water and air based search failed to locate the man yesterday.

Water police continue to patrol canals in the vicinity of Noosa Road and Witta Circuit, as well as Lions Park. Local police are also conducting on-going patrols in the area.

Police divers are enroute and expected to join the search early this afternoon.

The 25-year-old Korean man had been with a group of friends in Lions Park when they all entered the water to go snorkeling around 12.30pm yesterday.

He was last seen wearing a black wetsuit top and sky-blue board shorts.

Police are asking anyone who has seen the man or has any information about his whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Suspicious house fire, Chinchilla

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 11:37 AEST

Police are investigating a fire that occurred at Chinchilla this morning.

At around 2.45am police were called to a house fire on Windmill Road.

Initial investigations suggest the fire was deliberately lit.

There were two men in the house at the time but no one was hurt as a result of the fire.

Police have declared the location a crime scene and detectives and scientific officers are investigating. The interior of the house was destroyed.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspicious in the area this morning to contact them.

Queensland Police Service

Body located in Carrum Downs

Victoria Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 10:48 AEST

Police will prepare a report for the coroner after the body of a woman was located in a car in Carrum Downs this morning.

The body is believed to be that of missing Mount Eliza woman Andrea Els.

Her body was located in a car park on Hall Road about 8am.

Andrea was reported missing to police about 10am on Christmas eve.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The matter is not being treated as suspicious.

Sergeant Anthoula Moutis

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Search for missing man at Beachport

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 10:17 AEST

Police and emergency services are currently at the Beachport boat ramp in the State’s south-east, where a boat has capsized with two men on board.

At 8am, patrols were called to the area after a boat was seen capsized in the water.

One man has been rescued, and a search is underway for a second man with the police helicopter and local boats assisting.

Please avoid the area if possible.

South Australia Police

Christmas Road Safety Campaign – Day 3

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 10:06 AEST

The Christmas Road Safety Campaign rolls on with Day 3 of the campaign finishing at midnight last night.

The campaign commenced at 12.01am Wednesday, December 23 and concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Among the results was a driver allegedly detected with a reading of 0.292% in Bargara yesterday.

During the Christmas Holiday Period, Queensland Police will enforce high risk road user behaviour including the fatal five: speeding, fatigue, impaired driving (drink and drug), failure to wear a seat belt and distraction/inattention in a concerted effort to minimise road trauma.

Queensland Police Service

Serious assault, Bongaree

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 08:56 AEST

Police are investigating after two men were injured during a disturbance at a Bongaree residence overnight.

Officers were called to the Emu Walk address around 1.15am following reports two men had been injured.

Upon arrival officers located one man with a laceration to his leg and another with a serious head wound.

The man with the head injury was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital whilst the second man was taken to the Caboolture Hospital.

Investigations into the circumstances surround the incident continue with a crime scene being established at the address.

Queensland Police Service

Fire at Port Adelaide

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 08:12 AEST

Police and MFS crews are currently at the scene of a fire on St. Vincent Street in Port Adelaide.

At 6.25am, emergency services were called to the business after reports of a fire.

There are no reports of injuries at this stage, but traffic is closed on St. Vincent Street between Fisher and Baker Streets.

Please avoid the area if possible.

South Australia Police

Police investigate fatal collision in Calwell

ACT Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 07:45 AEST

ACT Policing is investigating a two-vehicle collision in Calwell this morning (Friday 25 December) in which a female driver has died.

About 11.00am, police responded to a report of a collision on Outtrim Avenue, Calwell. ACT Ambulance Service attended and transported the female driver to The Canberra Hospital, where she later died. 

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision.

The driver and three passengers of the second vehicle received medical treatment. 

While police are noting this as the 14th fatality on Canberra’s roads this year, a determination is yet to be made as to whether this was a road fatality or the result of an unrelated medical condition. This will be a matter for the coroner.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident and have not yet spoken to police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via https://act.crimestoppers.com.au .

Community Safety

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Serious traffic crash, Drewvale

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 07:23 AEST

Police are investigating after a single vehicle traffic crash at Drewvale left one man with life threatening injuries.

Initial investigations indicate around 2am the car the man was driving along Macquarie Way left the roadway and crashed into a tree.

The driver and sole occupant was trapped in the vehicle before being freed.

He was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

The Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

Queensland Police Service

Aggravated robbery at Salisbury Park

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 06:51 AEST

Police are at the scene of a robbery in Salisbury Park, where a taxi driver was threatened with a knife and had money and his mobile phone stolen.

At 5.10am, patrols were called to Main North Road after the victim had reported he had been robbed by two men that he was driving to Andrews Farm.

He was not injured.

The two suspects were of African appearance, aged in their early 20s with one of the men wearing a hooded jumper.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Staying afloat with Operation River Safe

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 06:31 AEST

Did you know the River Murray is the third longest navigable river in the world, after the Amazon and Nile? The mighty Murray spans three states, and over the next two weeks of summer South Australia Police will again be out-and-about watching over those making the most of our piece of the river.

Starting today (26 December) police from the Water Operations Unit will conduct Operation River Safe, an annual campaign focused on promoting safe boating practices on the River Murray.

Superintendent James Blandford, the officer in charge of the Murray Mallee Local Service Area – through which the river winds – says the region experiences a significant boost in visitors each year.

“The river is a wonderful place to visit during the summer holidays, but we want to make sure everyone gets home safe,” he said.

“In particular we ask that people remember to wear their life-jackets – no matter how relaxed everyone is feeling, safety should come first.

“And secondly I want to emphasise that police will be out testing vessel operators for alcohol and illicit drugs – so just don’t drink and drive!”

Police will target vessel operators, observers and water skiers during the operation to detect breaches of the Harbours and Navigation Act. For vessel operators that means, as on land, a blood alcohol limit of 0.05 applies.

With jet skis accounting for a high percentage of water related breaches, police will also be keeping a close eye on those who use these personal watercraft.

“Remember, anyone who operates a vessel with an engine in South Australia, including a personal watercraft, needs a boat operator’s licence,” Supt Blandford said.

“The recreational vessel operator—the ‘skipper’—and the registered owner are both responsible for passenger safety and for ensuring that the vessel is seaworthy.

“And that begins before you go out on the water – make sure your vessel has all the necessary equipment and meets all regulatory requirements.

“Then we can all have a fun and safe time on the river.”

This year the operation will cover stretches of the river from Renmark to Murray Bridge, finishing up with police focusing on those attending the Sounds on the River concert in Mannum on 16 January.

*If in doubt about the rules, the South Australian recreational boating safety handbook is published by the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) and is available as a PDF online: https://www.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/11701/MR_160_SA_Boating_Handbook_lowres.pdf

South Australia Police

Attempted armed robbery, Inala

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 04:40 AEST

Police are investigating after a man armed with a knife attempted to rob an Inala service station late last night.

Around 11pm a man entered the Freeman Road business and produced a knife before reaching across the counter towards the male attendant with his other hand.

The attendant stepped back out of reach at which point the armed man left the business empty handed.

The attendant was not physically injured.

The man is described as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance, 180cm tall and was wearing a black cap, red jacket, light coloured shorts, and sneakers.

Queensland Police Service

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