Aussie Police News Wrap for Sunday Evening – 20/12/2015

Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015.

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

Missing man Shane Forrest

South Australia Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 20:34 AEST

Police are seeking assistance from the public to help locate missing 34-year-old man Shane Forrest.

Mr Forrest was last seen at his Minlaton home about 7.30am this morning, Sunday 20 december and family have concerns for his welfare.

Mr Forrest is described as Caucasian, 165cm tall, brown hair with a full face beard. He was last seen wearing a navy blue top, denim jeans and a black cap.

Police urge anyone who sees Mr Forrest or has information on his whereabouts to call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

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Grievous bodily harm and torture charges, Thabeban

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 20:12 AEST

Detectives have charged three man following their investigations into an incident at Thabeban on December 14.

Police will alleged around 1.40am the three men assaulted and tortured a 24-year-old man and women at a Sunset Drive address before dumping them on Wyllie Street.

The man sustained head injuries and paralysis of the legs while the woman received minor injuries. Both were taken to Bundaberg Hospital for treatment.

The group are believed to be known to each other.

A 25-year-old Branyan man was charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, common assault, deprivation of liberty and two counts each of torture and extortion with intent to cause detriment.  He will re-appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on January 8.

A 25-year-old Walkervale man and a 32-year-old Bundaberg North were also charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, common assault, deprivation of liberty and two counts each of torture and extortion with intent to cause detriment.

Both are scheduled to appear (via telephone link) in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow (December 21).

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Man charged over firearm, goods in custody offences following siege – Carrington

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 18:34 AEST

Two women were in the unit with the man at the time of the incident, with one leaving shortly after police arrived at the scene.

Local police, with the assistance of NSW Police Negotiators and officers from the State Protection Support Unit, spoke to the man, and about 10am, he surrendered to police.

No one was injured during the incident.

Police searched the property, where they allegedly located a shortened firearm, tablets and a crystal substance believed to be illicit drugs, and a bicycle believed to have been stolen.

All items have been seized for forensic examination.

The 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he was charged with possess shortened firearm, possess ammunition, not keep firearm safe, and goods in custody.

He was refused bail, to appear at Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Monday 21 December 2015).

Investigations continue.

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Man charged following Berwick stabbing

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 18:02 AEST

Casey Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a 32-year-old man following an alleged stabbing and car theft in Berwick last Monday.

A 41-year-old woman suffered serious stab wounds at a Strathaven Drive home about 9.30am on 14 December.

The man, of no fixed address has been charged with attempted murder, intentionally cause serious injury, aggravated burglary, assault with a weapon and theft of motor vehicle.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Leading Senior Constable Melissa Seach

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Police appeal for information following aggravated robbery – Campsie

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 17:48 AEST

Police have been told the vehicle then stopped at the intersection of Shakespeare Street, and a man left the passenger side, before walking behind the woman for a short distance.

The man pushed the woman to the ground, took her handbag, and fled the scene in the vehicle.

The woman suffered cuts to her knees, and bruising to the back of her head; however she didn’t require treatment.

Officers attached to Campsie Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

The man in the incident is described as being about 170cm tall, and possibly of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance.

The vehicle was last seen heading down Burns Street, towards Brighton Avenue.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Man charged over stabbing – Warrawee

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 17:43 AEST

Police and Ambulance Paramedics arrived to find three males, aged 16, 17 and 18, with stab wounds.

All were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where the 16-year-old boy is in a critical condition.

The two younger males are understood to be stable.

Detectives from Kuring-Gai Local Area Command commenced an investigation and a crime scene was established at the address.

About 8.50am today a 21-year-old man was arrested near Hornsby Police Station.

He was charged with three counts of wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

He was refused bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court tomorrow (Monday 21 December 2015).

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Update – Evade police, Ipswich area

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 17:41 AEST

A man and a woman have been charged following investigations into an incident that started near Ironbark last night.

Police attempted to intercept an allegedly stolen vehicle on the Brisbane Valley Highway around 10.20pm when it allegedly failed to stop.

The vehicle was tracked by Polair 2 whilst it was allegedly driven in a dangerous manner.  A man and a woman were apprehended by police on Mount Crosby Road after the successful deployment of stingers at Chuwar.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with two counts of unlicensed driving, two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, two counts of fail to stop motor vehicle, one count of drink driving UIL, one count of unlawful use of motor vehicle, one count of possess utensils or pipes etc that had been used, one count of possession of implements that was being or was to be used in relation to particular offences, one count of trespass and one count of wilful damage.

He has also been charged on an unrelated matters with three counts of trespass, two counts of enter premises with intent to commit indicatable offence, five counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence by break and one count each of wilful damage and unlicensed driving.

He is expected to appear at the Ipswich Magistrates Count on Monday (December 21).

A 28-year-old Booval woman has been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and is due to appear at the Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 20.

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Missing girl, Caboolture

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 16:01 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a 15-year-old girl reported missing from Caboolture.

The girl (pictured) was last seen at around 10.55pm on December 11 on Matthew Terrace in Caboolture.

Police and family hold concerns for her welfare, as she has not made contact with family or been seen since.

She is described as Pacific Islander in appearance, approximately 165 centimetres tall, with a slim build and long dark hair.

If anyone has seen the girl or may have information as to her whereabouts, police urge them to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Southern suburbs man arrested for sex offences

South Australia Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 15:41 AEST

A man from Adelaide’s southern suburbs will appear in court tomorrow, after he was arrested this morning for numerous charges including, sexual assault and failing to comply with a sex offender reporting obligations.

Detectives from the Special Crimes Investigation Branch this morning arrested the 29-year-old man and charged him with sexual assault, three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, unlawful threats and five counts of breaching child sex offender reporting obligations.

It will be alleged that the man committed the offences between late January and May 2015.

The arrested man has been refused bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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Alcohol, speed and licence issues keep police busy, Day Two – Operation Arrive Alive

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 14:49 AEST

Significant incidents on Day 2 of Operation Arrive Alive were:

Macquarie Fields Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers stopped two drivers in the space of an hour yesterday (Saturday 19 December 2015); allegedly well-over the 0.05 limit.

Just before 4pm, officers stopped a car on Camden Valley Way for a Random Breath Test. The 55-year-old driver allegedly failed the roadside test and returned a breath analysis sample of 0.288. His licence was suspended and he was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for high-range drink-driving to appear before Picton Local Court on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

At 4.45pm, officers were called to Menangle Road after a driver allegedly attempted to make a u-turn and struck a bollard. Concerned residents secured the keys from the ignition before police arrived. The 59-year-old man allegedly failed the roadside breath test and later returned a breath analysis sample of 0.256. His licence was suspended and he was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for high-range drink-driving to appear before Campbelltown Local Court on Friday 1 January 2016.

Just before 5pm (Saturday 19 December 2015), officers from Blacktown Traffic and Highway Patrol Command allegedly detected a red Mitsubishi sedan on Abbott Road at Seven Hills travelling at 141km/h. The road is a sign posted 60km/h zone. The driver was stopped and produced a class P1 driver’s licence. The driver was issued infringement notices for exceed speed limit greater than 45km/h and not display P plates. His licence was suspended on the spot and the registration of the Mitsubishi cancelled for a period of 3 months and the number plates seized.

About 6.45pm (Saturday 19 December 2015), Chifley Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers stopped a car on William Street at Bathurst. The 19-year-old driver informed police that he was the holder of a learner licence and that no other persons in the car held a driver’s licence. Checks revealed the driver had previously been issued infringement notices 4 times for the same offence. The man was issued with a traffic infringement notice for not display L plates and a Field Court Attendance Notice for drive whilst unaccompanied. His licence was suspended and confiscated on the spot.

About 9.20pm (Saturday 19 December 2015), officers from Manning Great Lakes Traffic and Highway Patrol allegedly detected a white Toyota Kluger SUV travelling at 127km/h on the Pacific Highway at Nabiac. The 21-year-old learner – who’s licence is limited to 90km/h – was issued with a traffic infringement notice for exceed speed greater than 30km/h and had his licence suspended and confiscated.

Just after 11pm (Saturday 19 December 2015), officers from Sutherland Local Area Command were on Cremona Road at Como, dealing with a nearby incident when a silver-coloured Holden Commodore slowly drove past. Police will allege that as the car went by, the driver was watching the police officers and struck a parked car. The 42-year-old man driving the Holden was arrested after failing a roadside breath test. He was taken to Sutherland Police Station where he allegedly returned a mid-range breath sample reading of 0.146. The man was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice to appear before Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 21 January 2016.

Just before 2am (Sunday 20 December 2015), Surry Hills Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were conducting stationary Random Breath Testing on Anzac Parade at Moore Park. Officers allegedly saw a blue Holden Viva sedan stop just before the site and the driver and front passenger swap seats. The original driver of the car was arrested when he allegedly failed a roadside breath test. He later returned a breath analysis sample of 0.144. A 23-year-old man had his licence suspended and was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for mid-range drink-driving. He will appear before a court at a later date.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley stated that it is timely to remind drivers that if you drink and drive or speed these holidays your chances of being stopped are very high.

“Learner drivers also need to be aware that they must abide by their licence conditions and not have any alcohol or drugs in their system. The person supervising the learner also must not have drugs in their system and remain under the legal limit of 0.05.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

As part of Operation Arrive Alive, double demerit points will apply for speeding, mobile phone use, seatbelt and helmet use. Double demerits will apply from 24 December 2015 to January 3 2016 and from 22 January 2016 to 26 January 2016 inclusive.

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Arrest following incidents at Vermont South and Surrey Hills

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 14:30 AEST

Whitehorse Crime Investigation Unit detectives will travel to New South Wales to interview a man in relation to shooting incidents in Surrey Hills in May and Vermont South in August.

Police received calls through Triple Zero (000) reporting an altercation between three carloads of youths in a shopping centre car park on Burwood Highway, Vermont South, about 9.20pm on Wednesday 19 August.

A short time later, a 19-year-old Cheltenham man was dropped off at the Knox Private Hospital suffering a gunshot wound to his upper body.

He was critically injured and remains permanently disabled as a result of his injuries

The second incident occurred in Surrey Hills on 25 May.

Investigators have been told that a dispute erupted between two groups of people in Amiens Street about 8.30am.

During the argument it’s alleged a man produced a firearm and fired it at another man.

The shot missed the man, but hit the window of a nearby house and fence.

The 24-year-old man was arrested today in Coffs Harbour as a result of a joint effort between Victoria and New South Wales police.

Detectives are expected to apply for the man’s extradition in Coffs Harbour on Monday.

Belinda Batty

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Roadwise: morning after regrets

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 14:01 AEST

A 39-year-old man has learnt the hard way that you shouldn’t drive the morning after a night of partying.

Rosebud police members pulled over the Carlton man at a random breath test site on Dundas Street about 12.05pm today as part of the Victoria Police Roadwise enforcement campaign.

The man was breath tested and allegedly returned a reading of 0.241 per cent.

He is expected to be charged on summons with driving under the influence and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol.

His licence was immediately suspended and his vehicle was impounded.

Victoria Police is currently saturating the state’s roads as part of Operation Roadwise.

Police are asking everyone to be smart on the roads, by slowing down, not drinking or taking drugs, turning off their mobile phones, using their seatbelts and taking regular breaks.

The operation runs from 13 December 2015 to 3 January 2016

Leonie Johnson

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Man arrested following Berwick stabbing

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 13:41 AEST

Casey Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a man following an alleged stabbing and car theft in Berwick last Monday.

A 41-year-old woman suffered serious stab wounds at a Strathaven Drive home about 9.30am on 14 December.

The man has then attended an unrelated address in nearby Earlsfield Drive where a car was stolen.

No one was injured at the Earlsfield Drive address.

The 32-year-old man was arrested today in Eumemmerring and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Belinda Batty

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Suspicious grassfire in Yinnar South

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 12:51 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses after a grassfire in Yinnar South earlier today.

The fire started along Walshs Road near Jumbuk Road around 10.45am.

Grass along the road and in a nearby paddock was burnt before the fire was extinguished by Country Fire Authority personnel.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the blaze remains unknown but is being treated as suspicious.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Aggravated burglary in Mickleham

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 12:30 AEST

Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a serious assault during an aggravated burglary in Mickleham yesterday morning.

Investigators have been told that two unknown men have entered the Muskwood Drive home about 2am.

One of the occupants of the house, a 25-year-old man, returned home about 2am and was attacked by the two intruders just after walking in the door.

The man was dragged outside where he was assaulted and then taken to the garage where he was again assaulted, possibly with a weapon, and left there unconscious.

The intruders, who are perceived as being Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, stole mobile phones and the victim’s car keys before leaving on foot.

A second resident of the house, a 27-year-old man, was asleep on the couch during the entire incident.

The victim was taken to hospital with significant facial injuries where he remains in a stable condition.

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Police appeal for information after eight suspicious fires – Sefton

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 10:37 AEST

At two other homes in the street cars were found to be on fire in carports. The fourth fire was detected in nearby Rodd Street, where a car in a carport was alight.

All the fires were extinguished by Fire & Rescue NSW and no one was injured.

Shortly before 5am today multiple fires were again reported to emergency services.

Fires were again detected at two homes in Rose Street with two cars and a garbage bin damaged.

The eighth blaze was detected in Wallace Street which left a car in a driveway damaged. Again all the fires were extinguished by fire fighters with no reports of injury.

Police from Bankstown Local Area Command continue with their investigation into the cause of the eight suspicious fires and are appealing to the public for assistance.

Investigators have been told that several residents were alerted to the fires by an unknown male.

This person knocked on several front doors and left after advising residents their cars were on fire.

Crime scene examiners will attend each fire today and search for forensic evidence. Police will also conduct a canvas of nearby homes in an effort to identify the male.

Anyone with information about the cause of the fires is urged to contact Bankstown Police or Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Teen charged with alleged attempted robbery with axe – Clareville

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 10:34 AEST

During a struggle the teen was hit in the ribs with the axe.

The teen fled the store and was chased by the man who caught him in Riverview Parade.

Officers from Northern Beaches Local Area Command were called to the incident and arrested the teen.

The teen was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital by NSW Ambulance Paramedics for treatment of bruised ribs.

On his return from hospital, officers charged the 16-year old boy with assault with intent to rob armed with an offensive weapon.

The teen was refused bail to appear before a children’s court today (Sunday 20 December 2015).

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Appeal for public assistance: ATM break and enters, Mackay

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 09:50 AEST

Police have released CCTV still images of three men that may be able to assist with investigations into the attempted break and enter of two automatic teller machines (ATM) in Mackay.

The first incident occurred around 11.30pm Friday night inside a Bucasia Road shopping center in Mount Pleasant.

Three men used a large power tool in to attempt to gain entry to a standalone ATM. The men were reportedly disturbed by cleaners and left the scene empty handed.

Then just after 4am Saturday morning three men broke into a grocery store on Downie Avenue, Bucasia and again used a large power tool to attempt to break into a second standalone ATM. The men were again unsuccessful in gaining entry to the ATM and left the scene in a white tray back utility (pictured).

Police believe that the incidents are linked.

Anyone who may recognise the men or vehicle pictured or has any information that may assist with investigations is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Armed robbery, Durack

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 08:20 AEST

Detectives are investigating the armed robbery of a service station in Durack last night.

Initial investigations indicate that just past 8.30pm, a man entered a service station on Blunder Road and approached the front counter.

He then produced a knife and threatened the attendant behind the counter, making demands for money.

The attendant complied and the man fled the scene on foot with a sum of cash. He was last seen running into a park on the corner of Blunder Road and Inala Avenue.

Nobody was physically injured during this incident.

The man is described as being around 175cm tall and of Pacific Islander appearance. At the time of the incident he was seen to be wearing a light blue shirt, blue shorts and white shoes.

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Grievous bodily harm charge, Gatton

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 07:29 AEST

Police have charged a man following an incident in Gatton early yesterday morning.

Police will alleged around 2.20am the man was involved in a physical altercation with a 25-year-old man outside a hotel on Railway Street.

The victim was knocked unconscious and suffered head injuries as a result of the incident. He was taken to Gatton Hospital for treatment.

It is believed that the men were known to each other.

A 19-year-old Elanora man was charged with assault grievous bodily harm whilst adversely affected.

He is scheduled to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on December 21.

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Firearms, cash and drugs seized in Melton South

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 07:02 AEST

Police arrested two men and seized firearms, conducted energy devices, ammunition, drugs and cash with help from a retiring police dog in Melton South this morning.

Melton police were patrolling on Exford Road when they observed an alleged stolen vehicle about 1.35am.

Members lost sight of the vehicle but then discovered it parked in the middle of Lachlan Road a short time later.

Police attended a near-by address and spoke to two men in the drive-way, approximately 300 metres from the alleged stolen vehicle.

A K9 unit then attended and searched the area.

The police dog and its handler located three firearms, two conducted energy devices, ammunition, balaclavas, drugs and cash in a garden bed near-by.

The pair, a 25-yerar-old St Albans man and a 24-year-old Melton West man, was arrested and taken back to Melton Police Station.

Both are currently in custody, assisting police with their enquiries.

It is expected they will be charged and face court later today.

The police dog involved in the arrest is set to retire shortly with this being its last job with Victoria Police.

Kelly Grindley

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Youth arrested following pursuit

South Australia Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 06:51 AEST

Police have arrested a teenager following a short pursuit in the western suburbs early this morning.

Sometime between 10pm Saturday 19 and 12.45am Sunday 20 December the victim’s car was stolen from his home at Queenstown.

Just before 1am, patrols spotted the stolen car driving in the back streets of Henley Beach. Police activated emergency lights to stop the car but it took off at speed away from them. The car was dumped near the Grange Jetty and the suspects fled, running up the beach.  

Patrols searched the area and located a 16-year-old Port Adelaide boy who was arrested for a number of traffic offences. The boy was granted police bail and will appear at the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on 28 January.

It is believed there was more than one youth in the stolen car and police enquiries are continuing in relation to the other suspects.

Anybody with information regarding the stolen car is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Charges: Assault, Indooroopilly

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 06:48 AEST

A 22-year-old man has been charged over an alleged assault yesterday at an Indooroopilly shopping centre.

It will be alleged that just after 5.00pm, two security guards were assaulted after they confronted a man allegedly acting suspiciously in a carpark area of the shopping centre.

The male security guards received minor injuries.

The 22-year-old Logan Central man has been charged with four counts of serious assault person performing lawful duty. He is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Investigations are continuing.

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Body located on beach – Codrington

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 06:42 AEST

The body of a man has been located on a beach at Codrington.

The man, who is yet to be formally identified but believed to be the man who went missing after his boat overturned yesterday afternoon, was discovered about 1.45am approximately 3km east of where the boat overturned.

Two men were in the boat when it overturned about 5.30pm, with one of them swimming to shore to raise the alarm.

The vessel was located and secured by Coast Guard.

Police will now prepare a report for the Coroner.

Kelly Grindley

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Fatal collision in Lake Boga

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 05:21 AEST

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision in Lake Boga.

It is believed a sedan was travelling south on the Murray Valley Highway when it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a Ford van about 2.10am.

The sedan then crashed into a Mitsubishi single-cab ute before bursting into flames.

The driver of the sedan, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.

The driver of the Ford van, a 42-year-old man, was taken to Kerang Hospital with non life threatening injuries. He will be airlifted to a hospital in the Melbourne.

There were two male occupants, both from Swan Hill, in the Mitsubishi single-cab ute.

The 32-year-old driver and 38-year-old passenger were both taken to Swan Hill Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Lives lost

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Police raid Kings Cross clubs over alleged cocaine supply – Strike Force Dickson/Larkhill

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 04:48 AEST

Earlier this year, police from Kings Cross Local Area Command formed Strike Force Dickson and Strike Force Larkhill to investigate the supply of cocaine by the clubs’ staff to clientele.

This culminated in the execution of simultaneous search warrants at the businesses, which are both located on Darlinghurst Road, about 11pm (Saturday 19 December 2015).

More than 90 police were involved in the raids, including specialist officers from the Operations Support Group and Dog Squad.

Officers were joined in this operation by compliance inspectors from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR).

Police served 72-hour closure orders on the licensees of both premises, which will take place from 2am today (Sunday 20 December 2015) until 2am on Wednesday (23 December 2015).

NSW Police and OLGR will be applying for a long-term closure order on both premises.

Two women and a man were arrested during the raids and taken to Kings Cross Police Station.

A 31-year-old Randwick woman was charged with the ongoing supply of prohibited drug; supply prohibited drug (nine counts). She was bail refused to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Sunday 20 December 2015).

A 39-year-old Point Clare woman was charged with supply prohibited drug and was given conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 5 January 2016.

A 23-year-old Lethbridge Park man was charged with supply prohibited drug (three counts), and was given bail to also appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 5 January 2016.

There were an estimated 200 patrons inside the clubs at the time of the operation, but all were escorted from the premises without incident.

Inquiries by strike force detectives continue and further arrests are expected.

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Roadwise: Impound in Toongabbie

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 04:41 AEST

A man has lost his car after he was allegedly caught doing 191km/h by police near the Toongabbie township.

Heyfield police were performing traffic duties as part of Operation Roadwise when they detected a Holden Clubsport R8 speeding north along Traralgon Maffra Road about 8.15pm last night.

Police intercepted the vehicle and spoke to the male driver.

The car was immediately impounded for 30 days under the hoon legislation.

The 46 year old Traralgon man is expected to be charged on summons with speed dangerous.

Victoria Police is currently saturating the state’s roads as part of Operation Roadwise.

Police are asking everyone to be smart on the roads, by slowing down, not drinking or taking drugs, turning off their mobile phones, using their seatbelts and taking regular breaks.

The operation runs from 13 December 2015 to 3 January 2016

Kelly Grindley

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Evade police, Ipswich area

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 20/12/2015 03:44 AEST

Two men are assisting police with enquiries following an incident late last night that started in near Ironbark.

At around 10.20pm, police attempted to intercept a vehicle, believed to have been stolen, travelling on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Ironbark.

After evading police, Polair2 began to monitor the vehicle as it travelled into the Brassall area.

In Brassall, a male passenger left the vehicle which continued to be driven into Ipswich without him.

It was then driven in a dangerous manner back to Brassall where the man returned to the vehicle.  They then travelled through the streets of Brassall, Dinmore, North Ipswich and Mount Crosby.

Police deployed tyre deflation devices near Chuwar which were successful in slowing the vehicle.

The vehicle finally came to a stop in a driveway on Mount Crosby Road and two men were apprehended by police.

There is no further information available at this stage.  Investigations are continuing.

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Search for missing teenager Kobe Hughes

Victoria Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 03:10 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a missing Frankston teenager Kobe Hughes.

The 14-year-old was last seen by his family walking along Meerlu Street about 8.50pm last night and has not been seen since.

Police and Kobe’s family hold concerns for his welfare due to his age.

Investigators have released a photo of Kobe in the hope that someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Kobe is described as being 180-cm tall, medium build with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, tan-coloured shorts and a black cap

Anyone who sees the teenager is urged to contact Frankston Police Station on 9784 5555.

Kelly Grindley

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Store attendant stabbed during attempted armed robbery – Chippendale

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 20/12/2015 02:10 AEST

The man confronted the attendant, a 35-year-old man, before threatening him with the knife and demanding money.

The attendant struggled with the man before he was stabbed in the shoulder.

Emergency services were alerted and he was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police from Redfern Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

An investigation is underway in an attempt to identify and locate the man involved and police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers of Redfern Police on 02 8303 5199.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Teen approached – Warwick Farm

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 19/12/2015 22:56 AEST

The girl walked away, and the man drove from the scene.

Officers attached to Liverpool Local Area Command attended and commenced inquiries.

As investigations continue, police would like to speak to the man involved.

He is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, with brown hair in a ‘mullet’ style, and of large build.

The vehicle in the incident is described as being a silver sedan, possibly a Subaru.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including;

– Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

– Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.

– Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

– Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.

– Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

– If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.

– If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Update: Fatal traffic crash, Gympie

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 19/12/2015 22:54 AEST

A man has passed away in hospital tonight following a serious traffic crash at Chatsworth this afternoon.

Initial investigations suggest around 1.30pm a tanker and car travelling in the opposite direction have collided on the Bruce Highway.

The driver of the vehicle, a 52-year-old interstate man, was transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital but passed away tonight as a result of his injuries.

The Highway was closed in both direction for several hours but has since re-opened.

Forensic Crash Unit continues to investigate.

Queensland Police Service

Man charged following grass fire at Epping

Victoria Police on Saturday, 19/12/2015 21:28 AEST

Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man in relation to this afternoons grass fire in Epping.

The fire took place in grassland along the Hume Freeway and Cooper Street about 10.15am, no one was injured in the blazes.

The 34-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged with reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury and commit an indictable offence whilst on bail.

He has been remanded to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

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