Aussie Police News Wrap for Sunday Evening – 27/12/2015

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015.

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

Afternoon drinkers targeted

South Australia Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 20:28 AEST

South Australia Police conducted Operation Deter Drink Driving this afternoon and caught four drink drivers and four motorists who tested positive for drugs.

Driver testing stations were set up in by police in each of the six metropolitan Local Service Areas – Eastern Adelaide, Western Adelaide, Sturt, South Coast, Elizabeth and Holden Hill – as well as Traffic Support Branch.

Between the hours of 3pm and 6pm on Sunday 27 December, 3330 alcotests were performed at the seven driver testing stations.

Four motorists recorded blood alcohol readings above the legal limit.  Three, who recorded 0.073, 0.059 and 0.064 received expiation notices, and one driver was reported for drink driving with a reading of 0.091.  That driver also received an instant loss of licence for six months and had their car impounded for 28 days.

Another motorist was issued with an expiation notice for driving while unlicensed.

Sixteen drug tests were conducted with four motorists returning a positive drug test.  In one case, a man tested positive to drug driving in South Coast LSA and was issued with a direction not to drive.  His wife then attempted to drive off, but also tested positive to drugs.

Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch, said the public should be warned that lunch time drink-driving is on police’s radar.

“In addition to the usual police operations, we will be focusing on drink driving during the day throughout the festive period – so don’t think you can evade police.”

Operation Deter Drink Driving will be conducted regularly over the coming weeks, with the highly visible static driver testing stations aiming to deter drink driving at all times.

South Australia Police

Flooding – Daly River and Katherine regions – Update #3

Northern Territory Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 19:24 AEST

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Sunday 27-Dec-2015 17:42

Evacuations from the Daly River region is completed for all people of the community that required evacuation.

The Foskey Pavilion has registered 448 people, with one more bus en route from Batchelor expected to bring the total to just under 470 evacuees. 

“A number of activities are now being planned for the evacuees, in particular the children,” Region 2 Controller Commander Bruce Porter said.

A minor flood warning has been cancelled for the Katherine River at Gorge Road as the tropical low continues on its predicted track.

“The tropical low has moved east as predicted. The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its cyclone watch, but a severe weather warning is now in place for the same area, Port Roper through to the Queensland border.

“I continue to urge everyone to exercise extreme caution on the roads and to consider the necessity of their travel plans. Anyone setting out should check the road report website through Secure NT before they set out to drive anywhere.

“The last thing we want is for anyone to become an unnecessary statistic. Your safety is our priority.”

Water levels across the Arnhem, Carpentaria and Gregory districts are being closely monitored, including the Waterhouse, McArthur and Victoria Rivers.

Police and NT Emergency Services continue to search for the 28-year-old man who went missing in floodwaters near Peppimenarti on Friday 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 . Flood information is available on 1800 500 700.

Northern Territory Police

Woman dies in Woori Yallock crash

Victoria Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 18:54 AEST

A woman in her 90s has died following a crash at Woori Yallock this afternoon.

Police believe the driver, a 75-year-old Hoddles Creek woman, was driving on Lusatia Park Road when her car veered off the road and struck a tree about 5pm..

The only other occupant in the car, a 95-year-old woman, died at the scene.

The driver has been conveyed to The Alfred Hospital.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or they can file a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.au

Lives lost

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Off duty officer charged with drink driving, Woodford

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 17:18 AEST

A 47-year-old male senior constable from Operations Support Command has been issued with a notice to appear for drink driving (0.052 per cent).

The officer was off duty at the time and driving a private vehicle when he was stopped for a random breath test in Woodford about 3.40pm on December 26.

He is scheduled to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on February 15,2016.

The officer has not been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service at this time.

The matter will be overviewed by the Ethical Standards Command.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have given an undertaking to inform the public when an officer faces criminal charges.

This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Information about the Queensland Police Service Integrity framework can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/reportsPublications/other/Documents/QPS-ESC-Integrity-Framework.pdf

Information about compliments and complaints can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm

Queensland Police Service

Serious traffic crash, Southport

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 17:08 AEST

Forensic Crash Unit Officers are investigating a crash that occurred at Southport today.

Initial inquires reveal at 11.25am a man was riding a bicycle on the incorrect side of Nind Street in a westerly direction. A car has turned from High Street left into Nind Street and collided with the cyclist.

The cyclist remains in the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Missing man Ben Townsend

South Australia Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 14:59 AEST

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing Payneham man, Ben Townsend.

Ben Townsend, 39, was last seen at an address on Raglan Avenue, South Plympton on Sunday 20 December. Police and his family have concerns for his welfare.

Mr. Townsend is Caucasian, 190cm tall, 85kg, with a medium build, short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He may be driving a green/black Ford Maverick 4WD, registration VGP542 and may be in the Yorke Peninsula area.

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

South Australia Police

PSPA Act declaration following freight train derailment north of Julia Creek

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 14:13 AEST

A freight train transporting approximately 200,000 litres of sulfuric acid derailed around 10.20am this morning approximately 20kms east of Julia Creek.

Police have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act to assist emergency services manage the scene, which includes minor leakage of sulfuric acid and spillage of diesel fuel.

The emergency declaration, which was enacted at 11.35am, covers a two kilometre exclusion zone around the crash site.

The Flinders Highway is closed in both directions between Julia Creek and Richmond.

The locomotion is on its side and all 26 carriages have derailed. It is believed the three men on the train sustained minor injuries and have been transported to hospital.

It is anticipated that the exclusion zone will be in place until at least late this afternoon.

Queensland Police Service

Warrant for Joshua Hagen

Victoria Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 13:37 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Joshua Hagen.

A warrant has been issued for the 30-year-old’s arrest in relation to drug-related offences and charges of failing to answer bail.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a fair complexion, about 180cm tall, short brown hair and brown eyes.

It is believed Joshua may frequent the Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Moe areas.

An image of Joshua has been released in an attempt to locate him.

Pic to come

Anyone with information is urged to contact Dandenong Police Safe Suburbs Taskforce on 9767 1132 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Acting Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman

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Update: Stranded motorists in far north-west of Queensland rescued (Harris Creek)

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 13:10 AEST

Ten people stranded by flood waters at Harris Creek were airlifted to safety yesterday afternoon, with another seven motorists opting to stay with their vehicles.

Authorities initially thought 16 people, travelling in a number of vehicles, had become stranded on the Nardoo – Burketown Road after torrential rainfall early yesterday morning. This number however was revised to 17.

A rescue helicopter travelled to the remote location around 5.45pm yesterday and transported 10 people, including a number of children, to Burketown.

The remaining seven people-all adults, and with adequate supplies of food and water- have decided to wait with their vehicles until the waters subside and the road is passable.

Mount Isa District Inspector Trevor Kidd reiterated what he said yesterday reminding motorists intending to travel in the Far North or north-west of Queensland to be aware of the on-going wet weather and flooded rivers and roads.

“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.

Bureau of Meteorology – 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

Monitor local radio stations for updated information.

REMEMBER: IF IT’S FLOODED, FORGET IT

Queensland Police Service

Man charged over theft from safes, Townsville

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 12:39 AEST

Townsville detectives investigating the theft of cash from safes during three recent break and enters yesterday charged a 29-year-old man.

Police will allege that money was stolen during the break-in of a sandwich shop at a Thuringowa shopping centre on December 16, and money again stolen from a safe during the break-in of a marine business at Currajong on December 18.

Police will also allege that an apartment located in Second Avenue, Railway Estate sustained significant damage after a blaze was lit during a break-in on December 23. Property was also stolen from the home safe.

A 29-year-old Townsville man has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Date charged with one count of arson and two counts each of enter premises and commit indictable offence and one counts of enter dwelling with intent.

Queensland Police Service

Man missing from The Gap located safe and well in Cardwell

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 12:39 AEST

A 42-year-old man missing from The Gap since Boxing Day was this morning located safe and well in Cardwell.

Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance

Queensland Police Service

Missing girl, Bundamba

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 12:39 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 13-year-old girl reported missing from a Bundamba.

The girl was last seen at a Bundamba home around 8.30am on Saturday. December 26.

Police investigations indicate the girl was seen around 10am that day at the Woodridge Railway Station.

She is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 160cms tall with a fair complexion, long blonde hair and a proportionate build.

She was last seen wearing a black singlet top, short black shorts and black sandshoes.

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

Queensland Police Service

Flooding – Daly River and Katherine regions – Update #2

Northern Territory Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 11:59 AEST

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The Daly River has reached major flood level and the evacuation of the community is continuing today as waters continue to rise in the region.

“With the help of several commercial helicopter companies, we hope to get everyone out of Naiuyu today,” Region 2 Controller Commander Bruce Porter said.

“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.”

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. The river is still below the minor flood level.

“There is no current threat of flooding to Katherine township,” Commander Porter said.

“That said, there are some very wet roads out there and water levels can change very quickly. 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. I urge everyone to consider their travel plans and check the road report website through Secure NT before they set out to drive anywhere. We had several reports yesterday of stranded motorists in the region and the last thing we want is for anyone to become an unnecessary statistic. Your safety is our priority.”

Water levels across the Arnhem and Carpentaria districts are being closely monitored, including the Waterhouse and McArthur Rivers.

A cyclone watch remains in place for the area extending from Port Roper to the Queensland border.

Police and NT Emergency Services continue to search for 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 . Flood information is available on 1800 500 700.

Northern Territory Police

Missing man – urgent appeal for public assistance

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 11:17 AEST

Police are appealing for urgent public assistance to help locate 42-year-old Bryce Harriman who has travelled from Brisbane to Cardwell, and may be possibly be heading to Cairns.

Mr. Harriman was last seen at The Gap on Boxing Day morning with police enquiries revealing he caught a plane to Townsville arriving at 10.40am that same morning.

Mr. Harriman is believed to have spent last night in Cardwell. His current means of travel is unknown.

Police and family have serious concerns for Mr. Harriman’s wellbeing with officers urging anyone who may have seen him or has any information in relation to his current whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Mr. Harriman is travelling with a large green ‘swag’ and may travel to bush or outback locations.

Mr. Harriman is described as Caucasian, 175cms tall with a proportionate build, short dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Queensland Police Service

Witness appeal following fatal crash

Victoria Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 11:15 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash in Boho yesterday afternoon.

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.

Investigators would like to speak to the occupants of a green Toyota Hilux twin cab ute who may have witnessed the crash.

There were six people in the van.

A 64-year-old Warrnambool man, who was a passenger, died at the scene.

The male driver was taken to hospital by air ambulance and is now in a stable condition.

A second male passenger is in a stable condition after being taken to hospital in Wangaratta by ambulance.

Three other passengers, one female and two males, also received serious injuries and are in a stable condition.

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.

Belinda Batty

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Christmas Road Safety Campaign – Day 4

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 10:08 AEST

Two people have died on Day 4 of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign which finished 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 other results was a car detected travelling 146km/h in a 70 zone on Nicklin Way in Warana.

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

Boat stolen from Gawler South

South Australia Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 09:22 AEST

Gawler Police are investigating the theft of a 16-foot Clayton Runabout boat that was stolen from a house in Gawler South overnight.

Sometime between 7pm yesterday and 5am today, the boat which has an identification number of NY130S was taken from the property. It was on a trailer with South Australian registration of YDE076.

The boat is white with a blue canopy and has a 90-horsepower Johnson motor.

Anyone who sees either the boat or trailer is asked to call the Police Assistance Line on 131444, or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Giralang

ACT Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 09:12 AEST

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two men involved in an armed robbery in Giralang on Saturday (December 19).

About 5.15am, a taxi driver was parked in the air pump bay at the 7-Eleven petrol station in Giralang.

He was approached by one male holding a shotgun and a second who had a knife. They made demands for cash and cigarettes, which the taxi driver complied with handing over a small sum of cash and cigarettes.

The male offenders fled on foot and were last seen heading southwest on Atalumba Close.

One male offender is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 165cm (5’5”) tall. He was wearing a plain black jumper, black/blue pants and had his face covered with a black coloured cloth.

The second male offender was also Caucasian in appearance, approximately 165cm (5’5”) tall. He was wearing a plain black jumper, black/blue pants and had his face covered with a black coloured cloth.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Please quote reference 5896918. Information can be provided anonymously.

We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Community Safety

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Update: missing girl, Richlands

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 08:22 AEST

Police are continuing to appeal for public assistance to help locate a 15-year-old girl missing from Richlands since December 22.

The girl (pictured) was last seen around 10am on December 22 at a residence on Formigoni Street.

There have been unconfirmed sightings of the girl in the Woodridge area but police and family hold concerns for her welfare, as she has not made contact with family since.

She is described as African in appearance, approximately 175cm tall, with a proportionate build and shoulder length black hair.

She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, maroon trousers, black shoes and carrying a black handbag.

Anyone who may have seen the girl or has any knowledge of her whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Suspicious death investigation, Tewantin

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 07:20 AEST

Detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man at Tewantin overnight.

Around 1am police were called to Ernest Street following reports a person was lying on the roadway.

Upon arrival a 21-year-old man was found with injuries to his chest.  He was transported to hospital but died on arrival.

A crime scene has been declared on Ernest Street whilst examinations are conducted at the scene.

Police are asking anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

There is no further information available at this time.

Queensland Police Service

Woman wanted over brazen theft

Victoria Police on Sunday, 27/12/2015 06:33 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance following the theft of a woman’s purse in South Yarra last month.

Investigators have been told the woman was at a supermarket on Toorak Road when her purse was allegedly stolen at about 8.45pm on 25 November.

It is believed that shortly afterwards the female offender made three fraudulent transactions with the victim’s debit card at supermarket in Chapel Street, South Yarra.

Police have released images of a woman in the hope it will assist in identifying her.

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they can identify the woman is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Lee Thomson

Media Officer

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Fatal traffic crash, Gayndah

Queensland Police Service on Sunday, 27/12/2015 03:19 AEST

Police are investigating after a two vehicle traffic crash claimed a man’s life at Gayndah yesterday afternoon.

Initial investigations indicate the crash occurred around 5pm when two vehicles travelling in opposite directions collided on the Burnett Highway.

The male driver of one of the vehicles, a 26-year-old Alexandra Headland man, died at the scene.

The female driver the other vehicle, a 35-year-old Mudgeeraba woman received non-life threatening injuries.

The highway was closed whilst the Forensic Crash Unit conducted examinations at the scene.

Queensland Police Service

Police investigate unit fire at Blair Athol

South Australia Police on Saturday, 26/12/2015 23:37 AEST

Fire cause investigators will attend the scene of a unit fire at Blair Athol.

The fire started about 10pm on Saturday 26 December in a unit on Florence Avenue, Blair Athol.  MFS crews managed to reach two occupants who were trapped on an upstairs balcony with a ladder.  There were no injuries.

The fire caused damage to at least one unit in the block, with others expected to be damaged by smoke and water.

Holden Hill CIB detectives are investigating.  The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Fire cause investigators are expected to attend the scene in the morning to try to determine the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

South Australia Police

Armed robbery, Mermaid Waters

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 26/12/2015 23:31 AEST

A woman has been charged following an armed robbery at a fast food shop at Mermaid Waters this evening.

It will be alleged just after 8pm a women entered the Karbunya Street business whilst wearing a mask and produced a knife demanding money from staff.

A second staff member used a sign to push the woman out of the store. She rode off on a bicycle empty handed.

No one was physically harmed during the incident.

A woman was detained by members of the public a short distance away until police arrived.

A 30-year-old Mermaid Waters woman has been charged with armed robbery and is expected to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on December 28.

Queensland Police Service

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