Aussie Police News Wrap for Thursday Evening – 31/12/2015

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015.

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

Emergent situation, River Heads

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 20:16 AEST

An emergent situation has been declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) in River Heads this afternoon.

The PSPA was declared at around 4.20pm on Kingfisher Drive after a man, who had been making threats throughout the day was detained by police.

Just before 10am this morning, police responded to reports that a man was inside a residence armed with firearms and explosive devices.

At around 3.40pm he surrendered to police without incident.

The Explosives Ordinance Response Team have been deployed from Rockhampton to investigate the claims of explosives at the residence.

A section of Kingfisher Drive has been closed for a period of time and police ask the public to avoid the area.

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

Queensland Police Service

Have you seen the missing Highfold brothers from Gawler

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 19:03 AEST

Gawler police are seeking information from the public to help locate missing brothers, Richard and Francis Highfold both from Gawler.

Both boys have not been seen since leaving their home address in mid-December, but they could possibly be in the Elizabeth area.

Police are concerned for the welfare of the missing children given their age and they have not returned home for two weeks.

Richard (is pictured on the right ) is described as 13 years, Aboriginal, dark complexion, 155cms tall, 50kgs, slim build with short shaved black hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark blue shorts and black shoes.

Francis (left of the photo) is described as 11 years, Aboriginal, dark complexion, 140cms tall, about 40kgs, slim build with collar length brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and dark coloured shorts.

Police ask that if anyone has information relating to the current whereabouts of Richard or Francis that they please contact the police assistance line on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

South Australia Police

Police investigate suspicious grassfire in Hazelwood North

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 18:46 AEST

Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a suspicious grassfire in Hazelwood North this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the fire on Firmins Lane about 3.15pm.

A number of houses were under threat but CFA members were able to extinguish the blaze before any properties were damaged.

Several hectares of grassland were burnt during the fire.

Detectives believe the fire was deliberately lit and would like to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area.

They would also like to speak to anyone who has a dashcam and drove past the Firmins Lane area between 3pm and 3.20pm.

Anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leonie Johnson

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Affray charges, Drewvale

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 18:34 AEST

Two men have been charged with affray following a disturbance in Drewvale early this morning.

Just after 6.30am police received reports of an altercation between two groups of men in Hume and McMillan streets.

Specialist police responded to the scene after reports at least one of the men were armed with a gun, however, an extensive police search failed to locate a firearm.

A stolen vehicle was located at the scene.

A man was taken into custody after being located at the back of a residence on McMillan Street while dog squad assisted police in tracking a second man who was arrested in nearby bushland.

A 21-year-old Murrumba Downs man has been charged with one count each of affray, burglary, possessing tainted property and two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

A 21-year-old Woodend man has been charged with one count each of affray and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The pair is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court on January 4.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Queensland Police Service

Search for prisoners, Townsville to Brisbane

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 18:05 AEST

Police are continuing to search for three men who escaped from Townsville Correctional Farm at Stuart last night.

Craig Jackson, Claude Cobbo and Jacob Allen were reported missing from their rooms overnight.

At 12.40am this morning, the trio caught a taxi from Eastlake Drive, Fairfield Waters and travelled to Oliver Court, Vincent.

Officers believe the trio stole a 2009 red Kia Cerato with Queensland registration 821 SWH (pictured) from a Nathan Street address in Heatley.

The sedan has distinctive logos on both sides of the vehicle relating to a ‘Hound Dog Hairdressing’ business (pictured).

At 8.40am, the vehicle, believed to contain the three prisoners, evaded police on the Bruce Highway at Koumala.

The trio was last sighted at 2.50pm on the Bruce Highway in the Gin Gin area and is believed to be heading to Brisbane.

Claude Cobbo, 26 years old, (picture 1) is described as having a dark complexion, 173cm tall, weighs 80kg, has black hair and brown eyes, and has a diamond tattoo under his left eye and a spade tattoo under his right eye.

Jacob Allen, 26 years old, (picture 2) is described as having a medium complexion, 178cm tall, weighs 74kg, has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He has the following tattoos: cowboys logo on his neck, southern cross over the top of Qld and Flames on his right arm, spider web containing $ sign on his left land, ‘thug life’ on knuckles of right hand, and scales on his right hand.

Craig Jackson, 31 years old, (picture 3) is described as having a fair complexion, 172cm tall, weighs 88kg, has black hair and hazel eyes and is heavily tattooed.

Police are encouraging anyone who sees the trio or the vehicle not to approach them but to contact Triple

Zero (000).

Queensland Police Service

Police investigate death in Lalor

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 17:57 AEST

Police are investigating following a fatal shooting in Lalor this afternoon.

Officers were called to the residence on Huskisson Avenue after a man was shot during a drive-by shooting about 3.15pm

The man, aged in his 20s, was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with facial injuries but later died.

The death is being treated as suspicious and the Homicide Squad is en route.

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Cemetery fountain stolen from Pasadena

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 17:30 AEST

Sturt Police are seeking information from the public after a memorial fountain was stolen from the Centennial Park Cemetery at Pasadena earlier this week.

Overnight between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning this week, thieves have dismantled the three tiered copper/bronze and stolen the top two bowls.

Anyone with information the theft or the location of the fountain which is valued at several thousand dollars, is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Smithfield Plains death not suspicious

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 16:48 AEST

The death of a woman whose body was discovered at a Smithfield Plains school yesterday is not believed to be suspicious.

Just before 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 December, a member of the public contacted police after discovering the body near the corner of Peachey Road and Vincent Street.

Elizabeth CIB detectives and crime scene investigators attended the scene and a post-mortem examination was conducted today.

The woman has been identified as a 57-year-old Davoren Park woman.

Police are preparing a report for the Coroner.

To assist with the coronial investigation, police ask anyone who saw the woman or knows of her movements in the past few days to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

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More than 750 charged with drink-driving; road toll rises to 15 – Operation Arrive Alive

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 16:46 AEST

“We continue to see road users putting themselves and others at risk. There is no excuse for speeding or drink-driving. Think before you drive and slow down when you drive,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.

A motorcycle rider died in a crash with a Toyota Hilux on Mt Darrag Road at Wyndham yesterday (Wednesday 30 December 2015).

“Speeding, fatigue, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt, or being distracted by a mobile phone are all risk factors that can lead to serious injury or even death.

“We’re charging almost 59 people a day for drink driving during this operation. It is incomprehensible that some road users continue to think that drink-driving is tolerated or accepted,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said Traffic and HWP Command officers are being supported by general duties staff to remove drivers who are over the limit from the roads.

“There will be police out throughout New Year’s Eve and into tomorrow testing motorists so don’t be one of those ‘morning after the night before’ drivers who we will no doubt stop on New Year’s Day.”

Some of the incidents reported on our roads in the past 24 hours include:

Yesterday (Wednesday 30 December 2015), a 46-year-old woman was charged with high-range PCA after she returned a result of .0272, more than five times the limit, as she was travelling on Mulgoa road in Penrith.

About 3.40pm yesterday, a 30-year-old man from Yass was detected travelling at 125km/h in a 70km/h zone. He was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and his license was suspended for six months.

About 1.50am today (Thursday 31 December 2015) 33-year-old man from East Corrimal, was stopped for a breath test on Balgownie Road, Fairy Meadow where he returned a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Corrimal Police Station where he submitted to a breath analysis which returned a reading of 0.076. As a result he was issued a field court attendance notice for low range PCA.

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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Serious crash at Monarto South

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 16:28 AEST

Police and Emergency Services crews are at the scene of a serious crash after a car collided with a tree on the South-Eastern Freeway at Monarto South.

The crash occurred just before 3.30pm with the driver currently being treated at the scene.

Police are diverting east bound traffic on the South-Eastern Freeway at Monarto South around the crash site, expect delays if driving in the area.

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Search and rescue, Main Beach

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 16:03 AEST

An air, sea and land search involving multiple agencies is currently underway for a missing surfer at Main Beach.

At 6am, a fisherman observed a male surfer become separated from his board and submerge under a wave at The Spit.

The fisherman did not see the man resurface.

A vehicle belonging to a 34-year-old Coomera man has been located in the Seaway carpark, however, the owner has not been located.

Police are currently working with family and friends to establish the man’s movements, and hold serious concerns for his welfare.

Officers are urging anyone who located a white surfboard with light green colouring to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The search involving police, water police and other agencies will continue until dusk.

Police patrols will conduct land searches throughout the night.

An aerial, sea and land search will resume at first light.

Queensland Police Service

Bushfire at Mosquito Hill

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:56 AEST

CFS advises that a serious bushfire is burning out of control at Currency Creek Fleurieu Peninsula near Mosquito Hill Road, Kokoda Road and Goolwa Road.

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

The MOSQUITO HILL fire is travelling in a Easterly direction direction towards Currency Creek. There is a risk to lives and homes.

The uncontrolled fire is burning in Stubble.

What you need to do:

Check and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan. Take shelter before the fire arrives as radiant heat can kill you well before the flames reach you

Only leave if the path is clear to a safe place

You should 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.

South Australia Police

Police investigate aggravated home invasion – Kooringal

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:55 AEST

Police have been told a short time later, three males entered the house and assaulted the 20-year-old a number of times before threatening him.

The males left the scene and officers attached to Wagga Wagga Local Area Command were notified.

Inquiries into the incident continue, and police are urging anyone with information, or any witnesses, to come forward and contact 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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Missing man Ben Townsend located

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:47 AEST

Sadly, the body of a man, believed to be that of missing Payneham man, Ben Townsend, was found today on the Yorke Peninsula.  The man’s death is not suspicious and police will be preparing a report for the Coroner.

Police wish to thank the public for their assistance and concern in this matter.

South Australia Police

Two Youths Charged – Stealing – Central Desert

Northern Territory Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:20 AEST

NT Police have arrested two youths today, aged 17 and 15, for stealing offences dating back to November in Yuendumu.

Senior Sergeant Michael Potts said Police allege the youths unlawfully entered two business premises on 5 November and stole a vehicle and other items.

“With the assistance of CCTV footage we were able to identify the offenders.

“The youths were arrested today.

“They have both been charged with:

Enter building intent to commit offence

Stealing

Damage to property

Unlawful use of motor vehicle – Reduce value by $1000

“They have both been remanded in custody to appear in the Alice Springs Youth Court on Monday 4 January 2016.”

Northern Territory Police

Police seek feedback on receipting

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:13 AEST

Victoria Police is seeking feedback from community members on the experiences and views of people who have received a receipt as part of the Receipting Proof of Concept (RPOC) evaluation.

Police and PSOs have been issuing receipts in Greater Dandenong and Moonee Valley since 30 March 2015 and in Mildura and Boroondara since 29 June 2015.

Victoria Police committed to this trial after the Equality is not the same… report found there were some perceptions in the community that police stopped some people more than others on account of their ethnicity or cultural background.

Receipts have been issued when a person is asked to provide their details in a public place but no law enforcement outcome — such as the issuing of a fine — is recorded.

The business-card style receipt includes the date, time, location and reason for the police contact, the police member’s registered number and reporting police station, as well as information about the RPOC.

Receipts aim to act as a physical record of an interaction with police or a PSO and aim to promote transparency within the community.

Acting Commander Richard Watkins said that as the receipting proof of concept was moving to the evaluation phase and invites community feedback to help inform the evaluation of receipting.

“We encourage anyone who has been issued with a receipt to give us feedback on how helpful and convenient the experience was.”

“We need to determine if people feel this has enhanced their interaction with an officer or in fact if it has hindered it.”

If you have been issued with a receipt you can give feedback directly online through a short survey. The survey is accessible on the Victoria Police website and is also available in languages other than English. www.police.vic.gov.au

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House Fire – Central Desert

Northern Territory Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:10 AEST

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a house fire in Yuelamu community yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Michael Potts said that Police and the NT Fire and Rescue Service are conducting investigations into the fire.

“Authorities were alerted to the fire at about 7:15pm Wednesday 30 December and arrived to find the property fully engulfed.

“The fire was extinguished using the community fire tender and assistance from community residents.

“Nobody was injured in this incident.

“No arrests have been made at this time and enquiries are continuing.”

Northern Territory Police

Man charged with Sunbury fires

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 15:03 AEST

Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives in conjunction with Arson and Explosive Squad detectives have charged a man in relation to two bushfires lit in Sunbury on Christmas Day and Tuesday 29 December.

Police charged the man with 13 offences including reckless conduct endanger serious injury, criminal damage by fire, intentionally or recklessly cause a bushfire and light fire on a total fire ban day.

The 47-year-old Sunbury man is expected to front Broadmeadows Court later today.

Leading Senior Constable Kendra Jackson

Media Officer

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Man arrested following pursuit

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 14:22 AEST

A man has been arrested following a pursuit in the southern suburbs this afternoon.

Just before 12pm Thursday 31 December, a police patrol spotted a white Hyundai driving erratically along the Lonsdale Highway, Lonsdale.  Police activated emergency lights to pull over the car but it took off at speed.

Police pursued the Hyundai for a short time before terminating due to safety reasons. Soon after a motorcycle police patrol again spotted the car which allegedly swerved toward him, narrowly missing the officer.

The Hyundai then entered a shopping centre car park at Hallett Cove where it collided with a member of the public’s car.  The male driver dumped the Hyundai and fled on foot into nearby Balandra Street.

Police quickly set up cordons around the area and called for a Dog Operations patrol and the police helicopter (PolAir) to assist with the search for the man.

A short time later a patrol saw the man lying down in the back of a taxi trying to leave the area.  Patrols swooped on the taxi and arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly had illicit substances on his person and an amount of cash.

The man from Christie Downs is currently being spoken to by police but is expected to be charged with numerous traffic offences including drive disqualified and acts to endanger life. The man was also wanted for a warrant.

No one was injured during the incident.

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Police appeal for information following assault – Petersham

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:56 AEST

As she walked north along Croydon Street she saw a man, described as being aged in his 20’s, with a dark complexion and a stocky muscular build and carrying a white T-shirt walking close by.

He approached her from behind and used the T-shirt to cover her face while he demanded money. He struck the woman to the side of her head a number of times causing her to fall. While on the ground he kicked her a number of times and attempted to steal a black bag the woman was carrying.

The woman screamed out and a number of people came out of their houses to assist.

The man ran from the area prior to the arrival of police.

The woman was taken to RPA Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

Police would like to speak with anyone who came to the aid of the woman and has not yet spoken to police.

Anyone with information that can assist should contact police at Marrickville on 9568 9299.

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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Celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve

ACT Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:47 AEST

Celebrate safely this New Yea…

Police are encouraging New Year’s revellers to welcome 2016 in safely.

As ACT Policing is preparing for a busy night ahead, New Year’s Eve Operation Commander Superintendent Ben Cartwright said “Police will have a very visible presence throughout the evening and into the early hours of the morning ensuring responsible behaviour.”

“Police Operations will be monitoring CCTV footage of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Garema Place, and patrolling the alcohol exclusion zones and the alcohol free events. Police will be targeting anti-social behaviour and underage drinking.”

“We want people to enjoy themselves and have a good time.  We will not hesitate, however, to act if there is any sign of dangerous or anti-social behaviour.”

“We are asking people to think ahead, plan who you are going with, where you are going and importantly how you are going to get home. Last year police took 16 young people and seven adults into protective custody. We would like to see that number reduced this year,” said Superintendent Cartwright.

Safety on our roads will be a strong focus for police, with dedicated patrols targeting all drivers who disobey the road rules across the ACT. Last year, a total of 4085 random roadside breath tests were conducted by police on New Year’s Eve with 18 people returning positive results. Police issued 63 Traffic Infringement Notices.

Temporary road closures will take place on London Circuit between Northbourne Avenue and Akuna Street from 5pm until about 2am.

During the fireworks display, other road closures will be implemented on Vernon Circle between the north and south intersections with London Circuit and Commonwealth Avenue from 8.40pm to 9.30pm and also 11.40pm to 12.30am. Theatre Lane, behind the Canberra Theatre, will be closed.

The public car park at the corner of London Circuit and Constitution Avenue will be closed from midday today (December, 31).

If you are attending the New Year’s Eve celebrations in the City, visit the ACT Government’s events website to plan your night; www.events.act.gov.au

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Man charged over aggravated break and enter – Mount Austin

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:37 AEST

It will be alleged the armed man – who had broken into the premises – demanded the man’s belongings, when an altercation ensued between the pair after the 33-year-old attempted to gain hold of the bat.

The injured man was able to then run from the home, and he contacted police.

The armed man left the scene empty handed.

Officers attached to Wagga Wagga Local Area Command commenced investigations, and following inquiries, arrested a 26-year-old man in Brookes Circuit, Tolland.

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent to use corporal violence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and unrelated offences including firearm and theft charges.

He has been refused bail, to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court tomorrow (Friday 1 January 2016).

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Police investigate death in Fisher

ACT Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:37 AEST

Police investigate death in F…

ACT Policing is investigating the death of a 21-month-old boy in Fisher last night (Thursday, 30 December).

ACT Ambulance Service was called to a residence in Fisher, where a toddler had been found in a backyard swimming pool. ACT Ambulance Service transported the toddler to The Canberra Hospital.

About 7.40pm, police were called to The Canberra Hospital after the toddler could not be revived.

ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations are investigating the circumstances around the death however at this stage do not believe the death is suspicious.

Acting Superintendent Matt Craft said “unfortunately this tragic situation is a reminder that water and children can be a very dangerous combination”.

A brief will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Queenslanders urged to send in the New Year safely

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:28 AEST

Queenslanders planning to welcome the New Year at celebrations across the state are being urged to travel and party safely this evening.

Police Minister Bill Byrne says he wants the thousands who will be celebrating tonight to have a great time while respecting others.

Around 100,000 people are expected to attend celebrations at South Bank in Brisbane, while around 50,000 will welcome 2016 in Surfers Paradise.

Minister Byrne said throughout the state there would be a strong police presence at large public events and in the state’s entertainment precincts.

“We want everyone to enjoy themselves without incident tonight,” he said.

“Our message to those heading to parties and licensed venues is to see in the New Year safely. I am urging people to take responsibility for their own actions and to respect others.

“It will be a fantastic night of celebration if people make every effort not be anti-social or aggressive.

“Extra police will be on patrol to help families and those attending public events to enjoy a safe and incident-free night.

“If you are intending to drink this evening, make sure you have plans in place for a safe return home. Use public transport, take a taxi or organize a ‘dry driver’.”

Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing said those doing the wrong thing could expect to be removed from entertainment precincts.

“New Year’s is a time of a celebration and we encourage everyone to have a good time tonight,” Deputy Commissioner Pointing said.

“However, there is no place for violence or anti-social behaviour in Queensland and officers will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour.

“We know all too well how aggressive situations can escalate quickly and the consequences can be fatal.

“If you do find yourself in a confrontational situation – simply walk away. We do not want your first hours of 2016 spent in a watchhouse or hospital as a result of your actions.”

There were 636 people arrested in Queensland during celebrations last year.

Motorists are reminded a significant number of roads will be closed for New Year’s events including in and around the vicinity of South Bank in Brisbane and Surfers Paradise. For a full list of road closures visit www.131940.qld.gov.au.

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Northern Territory Emergency Service’s extraordinary volunteers continue their work

Northern Territory Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:25 AEST

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Northern Territory Emergency Service’s extraordinary volunteers continue their work

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In the week leading up to Christmas many NTES volunteers throughout the Territory were kept busy with storm damage and search operations and we were warned out for the likelihood of a tropical cyclone forming over the Christmas period.

Christmas Day saw NTES volunteers called upon to respond to storm and flood related tasks throughout communities across the Top End as the severe weather hit the Darwin region. Volunteers put their festivities aside to assist clearing fallen trees and make temporary repairs to properties with damaged roofs (their Christmas lunch was a toasted sandwich between jobs).

As the low moved south over the weekend, attention quickly focussed on the Daly and Katherine regions, with members in Daly River preparing their property and then assisting others to evacuate safely.

Katherine members were busy contacting people that had been isolated by the flood waters to ensure their safety as well as responding to local storm damage jobs.

During this period Darwin and Palmerston unit members, having assisted with the setup of the evacuation centre to receive Daly River residents, continued to serve their communities by responding to more storm damage and support tasks as they arose.

These extraordinary people continue to serve by assisting Daly River Police with surveys, animal recovery, administration and flood boat tasks, work which is expected to continue well into the next week.

In all, about 50 volunteers have been involved with the response to the flooding events.

NTES Director Andy Warton said, “The commitment and skill demonstrated by our NTES volunteers over the festive season is outstanding. The Northern Territory is a resilient community and the commitment of NTES volunteers to helping their community contributes to that resilience.”

Northern Territory Police

Search for Sheree

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:16 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing woman Sheree Hoare.

Sheree was last seen at the Sunshine Hospital in Furlong Road, Sunshine yesterday about 5pm.

The 41-year-old’s destination is not known and police have concerns for her wellbeing.

Investigators have released an image of Sheree in the hope that someone may have information on her current whereabouts.

Sheree is described as 165cm tall with a stocky build and bleached blonde shoulder length hair.

It is not known what clothing Sheree was wearing.

Anyone who sees Sheree is urged to contact Sunbury Police Station on 9744 8111.

Leading Senior Constable Kendra Jackson

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Missing man, Booval

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 13:08 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 25-year-old man reported missing from Booval.

Kasper Ellis was last seen on December 24 at Booval Train Station on South Station Road.

It is believed Kasper was planning on visiting a residence in Rocklea, however, failed to attend.

Police and family hold concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Kasper is Caucasian, around 180cm tall with a slim build, dark brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, dark shoes and a backpack.

Police are encouraging anyone who knows the whereabouts of Kasper to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

OMCG members charged under new law

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:48 AEST

Five members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club have today been charged with criminal association following two investigations, one of which resulted from a reported disturbance at North Adelaide on Sunday.

The arrests are the first charges to be laid using the new Serious Organised Crime legislation which came into force on August 6, 2015.

The men, who police allege are all members or prospective members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, were arrested this morning in a series of raids at suburban properties across Adelaide.

The legislation makes it an offence for Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members from Declared Criminal Organisations to associate in groups of three or more in public.  The Hells Angels are one of the 10 Declared Criminal Organisations under the legislation.

Police allege three of the five men associated together at the Adelaide Airport following interstate travel earlier this month, and three were together outside a licenced premises at North Adelaide on Sunday.

The men charged are:

A  27-year-old from Henley Beach South who is charged with two counts of being present with two or more Criminal Organisation participants

A 23-year-old from Golden Grove who is charged with one count of being present with two or more Criminal Organisation participants

A 27-year-old from Glenelg who is charged with one count of being present with two or more Criminal Organisation participants and one count of Unlawful Possession

A 29-year-old from Burton who is charged with one count of being present with two or more Criminal Organisation participants, one count of cultivating cannabis,  one count of possessing a prescription drug and one count of possessing a  prohibited weapon

A 29-year-old from Ingle Farm who is charged with one count of being present with two or more Criminal Organisation participants

Police bail has been refused, and the men are due to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Assistant Commissioner Linda Fellows said that police have been reasonable in the application of the new legislation, however there are consequences for those who disregard the law.

“The alleged circumstances of this offending is exactly what these new laws were designed to prevent, which is criminals coming together in public places where they create a risk to public safety,” she said.

“We are talking about people who are willing to commit serious assaults, intimidate people in our community with fear and be involved in unlawful drug distribution.”

“Where they disregard the law, police will ensure there are consequences to those actions to ensure the safety of the wider community.”

South Australia Police

Operation New Year’s Eve 2015

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:38 AEST

Operation New Year’s Eve 2015 gets underway at 3pm today to help manage the biggest party night of the year.

SA Police are urging revellers to think ahead to get the most out of the evening.

“Police will have a highly visible presence at our major community events and metropolitan transit systems to help ensure public safety, but everyone must take responsibility for their own behaviour,” says Assistant Commissioner Bronwyn Killmier, the police commander in charge of the Operation.

“Anti-social behaviour, or disorderly behaviour due to excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs will not be tolerated; police will move in quickly, so think before you try and spoil the party.”

“Don’t start the New Year with police when you could be spending it with your friends.”

“Consider your personal safety – excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs will alter the way you see your environment, making you more vulnerable to sexual or physical assault or theft.”

“Work out how you’re getting home well ahead of going out, so you’re not stranded or find yourself in a vulnerable situation.

“If you’re planning to drive home the morning after, be aware anything you ingested can still have an impact on how safe you are on the road and you will be detected in random driver testing.”

Road safety remains a major focus and those who choose to drink/drug drive can expect to be detected.

Assistant Commissioner Killmier says the 12 days of the Christmas/New Year is a dangerous time on the roads.

”Last year, nine people lost their lives in eight crashes, and 35 people were seriously injured in 30 crashes between 23 December and 3 January.

“Distraction, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, speeding and not wearing seat belts can all have tragic outcomes when mixed with driving.

“There’s never an excuse to drink/ drug drive – any driver who still thinks they can chance it is completely out of step with the community.

“Drink/drug drivers must consider the consequences of killing or injuring someone as well as the impact on work and social life if they lose their licence.

“Every driver knows not to drink/drug drive, speed, or use their phone driving. There are simply no excuses for not doing the right thing on the road.”

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Robbery at Modbury

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:17 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen an incident that occurred in Modbury early this morning.

Just before 3am Thursday 31 December the victim was approached on Reservoir Road by a group of up to five young males of aboriginal appearance who stole his wallet and mobile phone after he was allegedly threatened with a knife. The group was last seen walking west on Smart Road. A member of the public came to the victim’s aid but left before police arrival.

Investigators wish to speak with the person who came to the assistance of the victim and anyone else who witnessed the incident or has information that may lead to the identity of the suspect.

The victim was not physically injured.

Please contact Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au with any information that may assist the investigation.

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Christmas break-in at Port Augusta

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:17 AEST

Thousands of dollars worth of electronics, property and jewellery were stolen during a break-in at a Port Augusta home at Christmas.

A relative of the occupant, who was on holiday, attended the Abernethy Avenue home at 11am on Christmas Day and the house was secure.  When she returned at 2pm on Saturday 26 December, she found the house had been broken into and ransacked.

Televisions, mobile phones, laptops, gaming consoles, jewellery and defence medals were among the items stolen from the house.

Investigators have released photos of some of the unique items of jewellery, including a sapphire pendant, an Egyptian gold pendant and a Maralinga Defence Service Medal.

Anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity between 11am on Christmas Day and 2pm Boxing Day, or who has any information about the stolen property, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

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Child Abuse Material – Man Charged – Alice Springs

Northern Territory Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:13 AEST

Detectives from the Southern Child Abuse Taskforce have charged a 56-year-old male in relation to possession of child abuse material in Alice Springs yesterday.

The male was arrested on 30 December and charged with:

Possess child abuse material x 2

Distribute child abuse material

Use carriage to make child pornography available

He has been remanded in custody and will appear in the Alice Springs Court today.

Northern Territory Police

Assault on Paramedic – Alice Springs

Northern Territory Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:13 AEST

NT Police are continuing their search for a 47-year-old male for the assault of a 25-year-old female paramedic at a town camp in Alice Springs this morning.

Detective Superintendent Travis Wurst said that NT Police have been searching for the offender since about 4:00am.

“Assaulting an ambulance officer who was trying to do her job of helping people is a serious matter. We are searching for the offender, who is known to the Police ,” said Superintendent Wurst.

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Deceased man now identified – Clyde

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 12:11 AEST

Police from Rosehill and Flemington Local Area Command’s attended and retrieved the man’s body, which was taken to Glebe Morgue.

Officers released a description of the man, with detailed information about his tattoos, in the hope someone would be able to identify him.

Earlier today (Thursday 31 December 2015), a man told police that due to the description provided, he believed the body was that of one of his friends.

He has since been positively identified as a 27-year-old Auburn man.

Investigators have not yet been able to determine how the man died, however a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted next week.

Rosehill Police have urged anyone with information about the man’s death to come forward.

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and all calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

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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Warrant for the arrest of Anthony Sayasane

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 11:45 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Anthony Sayasane.

A warrant has been issued for the 25-year-old’s arrest for breaching a community corrections order.

Sayasane is known to frequent the Dandenong, Ringwood and St Kilda areas.

Police have released an image of Sayasane in the hope that someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Sayasane 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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Missing Scotts Head man located

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 11:38 AEST

Police were alerted when he failed to return home and could not be located or contacted.

Concerns were held for his welfare and officers from Mid North Coast Local Area Command have been conducting extensive searches for him.

Following inquiries, the man was located in Darwin.

Police wish to thank the public and media for their assistance.

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Man stabbed during alleged neighbour dispute – Goulburn

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 11:07 AEST

During the incident, the younger man allegedly stabbed the older man a number of times.

Police and Ambulance Paramedics were called to the location and the injured man was treated at the scene before being taken to Goulburn Hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police arrested the younger man and he was taken to Goulburn Police Station where he was charged with wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm as well as aggravated break and enter and resist arrest.

He was refused bail and will appear in Goulburn Local Court today (Thursday 31 December 2015).

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Woman wanted over credit card theft

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 10:51 AEST

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help identify a woman wanted for questioning over the theft of a credit card.

The credit card was stolen from Brighton about 9.30am on Wednesday 9 December.  That morning, the woman was captured on CCTV using the credit card at Mitchell Park and Marion to purchase cigarettes, alcohol and car speakers.

The woman was driving a blue Holden sedan with a rear spoiler, tinted windows, mag wheels and a tow ball.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has information that may lead to her identity is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

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House fire at Village Drive, Kingston

Tasmania Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 10:48 AEST

Thursday, 31 December 2015 – 10:42 am.

Kingston CIB detectives are investigating a suspicious fire at a retirement village at Kingston in the state’s south overnight.

An elderly couple were lucky to escape uninjured from their home in Village Drive.

The fire was discovered by members of the public who raised the alarm. Two male youths were seen in the area.

A 15 year old male youth and a 17 year old male youth are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around 1.40am should call Kingston CIB on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Christmas Road Safety Campaign – Day 8

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 10:28 AEST

Speeding motorists continue to be a concern for police following the release of statistics from day 8 of the Christmas Road Safety campaign.

Police are continuing to remind motorists to obey speed limits after a motorcycle was detected driving at 151km in 80km zone on Tomewin-Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin.

Over the Christmas Holidays, Police are enforcing 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.

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Trio charged after highway patrol officers assaulted – Blacktown

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 10:27 AEST

Police had issued infringements notices to a 17-year-old provisional licence holder who had allegedly exceeded his passenger restrictions.

It will be alleged the driver threw the infringement notices away, before immediately assaulting the officer. As the police officer attempted to arrest the driver, it will be alleged the three occupants of the Toyota Tarago assaulted the male senior constable.

Further altercations occurred with other officers who came to their colleague’s aid.

The male passengers, aged 18 and 16, were also arrested.

All three were taken to Blacktown Police Station where they continue to assist with inquiries.

The three male senior constables were taken to Blacktown Hospital for precautionary medical checks. They have since been discharged from hospital and continue to recover at home.

One male senior constable has a broken nose. Two other male senior constables have sprained wrists/hands

The 17-year-old was charged with affray, assault police occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police and resist arrest. He was also issued an infringement notice for not complying with conditions of his provisional licence.

He was conditionally bailed and will appear in children’s court on 21 January 2016.

The 16-year-old and 18-year-old were charged with charged with affray, assault police and resist arrest.

The 16-year-old was conditionally bailed and will appear in children’s court on 21 January 2016. The 18-year-old was conditionally bailed and will appear in Blacktown Local Court on 20 January 2016

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Drug Seizure at Falls Festival

Tasmania Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 10:15 AEST

Thursday, 31 December 2015 – 10:01 am.

Two women from Warrane have been charged with Trafficking and a further woman and man have been charged with possession, following suspicious activity at the Falls Festival yesterday.

On Wednesday 30 December 2015 at approximately 3.00pm, police on site at Falls Festival were made aware of people acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the security check point at the main entrance to the Festival.

Police attended and spoke with the people involved and visited their camp site within the Festival where a quantity of MDMA (ecstasy) pills was located.  Three people were subsequently arrested and removed from the site for further investigation.

As the result of those investigations the following charges have been laid:

23yo Warrane woman charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and sell a controlled drug;

29yo Warrane woman charged with trafficking in a controlled substance;

22yo Warrane woman charged with possess a controlled drug; and

A 24yo Midway Point man will be summonsed for possessing a controlled drug.

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Search for missing Frankston girl Sha’arn Winslett

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 09:43 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 13-year-old, Sha’arn Winslett from Frankston.

Sha’arn was last seen at her residence in Frankston on 25 December and has not been seen since.

Investigators believe Sha’arn may frequent the Frankston and Carrum Downs areas.

Police and Sha’arn’s family have concerns for her welfare and have released a photograph in the hope that someone may have information on her current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Sha’arn is urged to contact Frankston Police Station on 9784 5555.

Creina O’Grady

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Bushfire arrest in Sunbury

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 09:31 AEST

Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives in conjunction with Arson and Explosive Squad detectives have arrested a man in relation to two bushfires.

It is believed one of the fires was lit on Christmas Day at Williams Rise and the other on 29 December at Racecourse Road, both in Sunbury.

Investigators arrested a 47-year-old man from Sunbury this morning.

He is currently in custody assisting with enquiries. He is expected to be charged with bushfire related offences.

Sergeant Anthoula Moutis

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Launceston woman to face court high range drink driving

Tasmania Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 08:58 AEST

Thursday, 31 December 2015 – 8:42 am.

A Launceston woman will face court in the New Year after allegedly recording a breath alcohol level of 0.228 yesterday. The 40 year old Prospect Vale woman was detected by police after members of the public alerted them to the manner of the woman’s driving.

Police will allege that the woman’s breath alcohol level was 0.228.

The woman was immediately disqualified from driving and bailed to appear at the Launceston Magistrates Court in the New Year.

Launceston Police Sergeant Melinda Horan said that the alleged behaviour of the woman was of concern to police, as well as the members of the public who called to report it.

“Given the high level of publicity being given to the road safety message this Christmas and New Year, it is very disappointing,” Sergeant Horan said.

“We would like to thank the members of the public who contacted police, and of course police welcome any information such as this which ultimately helps keep the roads safe for others.”

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Serious assault police charges, Bagara

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 08:37 AEST

Police have charged a man with grievous bodily harm after a police officer suffered serious leg injuries in Bargara overnight.

Police will allege that just before 10pm they were called to a licensed premises on Bauer Street in relation to a disorderly male patron.

Police will further allege that when they attempted to arrest the man he became violent and a struggle has ensued between the man and police.

A male police officer suffered a broken leg during the struggle.

A 44-year-old Elliot Heads man has been charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm, fail to leave licenced premises, drunk or disorderly in licenced premises, assault police and obstruct police.  He is expected to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

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Fatal crash – Far South Coast

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 08:36 AEST

Police from Far South Coast Local Area Command believe that an east-bound motorcyclist and west-bound Toyota Hilux collided head on.

As a result of the collision the male motorcycle rider came off his bike.

Although first aid was rendered at the scene, the rider could not be revived.

The driver of the Hilux stopped at the scene and has been spoken to by police.

The 68-year-old man was taken to Pambula District Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Whilst local police and officers from the Crash Investigation Unit continued with their investigation, a crime scene was established and the road was closed in both directions.

The road has since been re-opened.

Police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner outlining the full circumstances surrounding the crash.

Investigators have urged anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward and contact police.

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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Operation Crossroads – 31 December 2015 update

Tasmania Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 08:15 AEST

Thursday, 31 December 2015 – 8:08 am.

Operation Crossroads – State wide enforcement activities to date (accumulative):

State wide traffic enforcement activities

2015

Random drug & alcohol tests to date

16,067

Motorists charged with drink driving offences to date

63

Motorists who returned positive oral fluid tests to date

32

Total Infringement notices issued to date

1297

Infringement notices issued for speeding offences

841

Infringement notices issued for inattentive driving

92

Infringement notices issued for mobile phone use

55

Infringement notices issued for seat belt offences

84

There were no significant reportable incidents overnight.

A small number of motorists still refuse to make common sense decisions when it comes to alcohol and driving.  Remember, if you take the risk you will get caught.

Fortunately the number of motorists detected speeding is around 300 less than this time last year.  Tasmania Police wants to see that number continue to decrease significantly to make our roads safer for everyone.

Tasmania Police has attended 26 serious motor vehicle crashes during Operation Crossroads to date, two less than the same time last year.  These incidents have life changing effects on the people involved and significant effects throughout the community.

Remember, don’t speed, don’t mix alcohol and drugs with driving, wear your seatbelt, pay attention and if you are feeling tired pull over and take a break.

With the increased number of motorists on the road at this time of year, please be polite and consider other road users. If you are travelling slower than the posted speed limit keep an eye on the traffic flow behind you and allow other vehicles to pass whenever it is safe to do so.

If you feel like you are being held up by a larger, slower vehicle, take a deep breath and be patient. Show some consideration and don’t take any unnecessary risks.

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Trio arrested after officers assaulted – Blacktown

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 07:16 AEST

Police had issued infringements notices to a 17-year-old provisional licence holder who had allegedly exceeded his passenger restrictions.

It will be alleged the driver threw the infringement notices at police before he was arrested,

As the driver was being arrested, it will be alleged the three occupants of the Toyota Tarago assaulted the male senior constable.

Further altercations occurred with other officers who came to their colleague’s aid.

The male passengers, aged 18 and 16, were also arrested.

All three were taken to Blacktown Police Station where they continue to assist with inquiries.

The three male senior constables were taken to Blacktown Hospital for precautionary medical checks.

One of them is being assessed for suspected facial fractures. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

Inquiries are continuing.

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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Woman’s body found in Smithfield Plains

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 07:01 AEST

Elizabeth Police are continuing their investigation into the discovery of a woman’s body at Smithfield Plains yesterday evening.

Just before 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 December, a member of the public contacted police after discovering the body near the corner of Peachey Road and Vincent Street.

Elizabeth CIB and Crime Scene Investigators attended the scene yesterday evening and will return to the scene today to continue their investigation.

While the cause of death is not yet known, Police are treating the death as suspicious at this stage and are awaiting the outcome of a post mortem examination that is expected to be held today.

Anyone who may have any information that can assist the investigators is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Suspicious fires Elizabeth Grove

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 07:01 AEST

Police are investigating three fires that started at Elizabeth Grove early this morning.

Just before 5am Thursday 31 December Police were called to Argent Street after a home owner saw rubbish was alight in his front yard and it was spreading toward nearby trees.

Police and MFS crews attended and quickly put out the fire but a short time later were called to two more fires, a second on Argent Street and another on nearby Porton Street.

MFS extinguished the fires which had burnt small areas of grass and police searched the area. Police are treating the fires as suspicious and investigations are continuing.

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the Elizabeth Grove area this morning is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

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House Fire, Upper Kedron

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 06:33 AEST

A woman has been charged with arson following a house fire in Upper Kedron overnight.

It will be alleged at about 9.50pm the woman set fire to the garage of the house in which she is a tenant.

The garage has been damaged by the fire however no one has been physically injured.

The woman was arrested shortly after at the house.

A 46-year-old Upper Kedron woman has been charged with one count of arson and is due to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

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Trio hailed heros after two hour rescue at Blairgowrie surf beach

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 06:11 AEST

Three men were in the water for nearly two hours while rescuing a swimmer in rough seas off Blairgowrie surf beach yesterday.

Police have been told the Hampton Park man entered the water, near the Hughes Road surf beach, while his wife set up their belongings about 4.15pm.

A short time later the woman noticed she couldn’t see her husband in the water and raised the alarm.

The 56-year-old man was then sighted about 500m off shore in rough conditions, drifting further out to sea.

Three men aged in their 20s, from Kew, Armadale and Rosebud West, entered the water on two boards and with a flotation device in an attempt to rescue the man.

The trio caught up to the man about 600m out and managed to get him onto a board, tackling rough seas for nearly two hours before courageously bringing him to shore.

Local police were on scene together with ambulance paramedics who attended to the man before he was taken to hospital, suffering from the cold.

Leading Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman

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House Fire, Kallangur

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 06:02 AEST

Detectives investigating a house fire at Kallangur yesterday have charged a man.

It will be alleged that at about 6pm the man set fire to the loungeroom of the house before leaving the Rosenlund residence.

The man is a tenant of the house and was located by police shortly after in Rosenlund Street.

A 26-year-old Kallangur man is due to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

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Theft of Porsche

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 05:21 AEST

Box Hill Divisional Tasking Unit police are investigating the theft a Porsche from a premises in Doncaster East on 22 December.

It is believed the vehicle was taken from the driveway of a residential address in Dalkeith Court at around 3am after the offender has stolen the vehicles spare key at an earlier date.

Investigators are searching for the white Porsche Panamera GTS, with the number plate “ZOUKY”, valued at around $350,000.

Police have released an image of the vehicle in the hope that someone has seen it.

Pic to come

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Police investigate Footscray burglary

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 04:29 AEST

Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information following a burglary in Footscray earlier this month.

The burglary occurred at a pharmacy on Paisley Street, Footscray about 2am on 6 December.

The business was broken into when the offender smashed the front window with a rock and a number of medicinal products were allegedly stolen.

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to and are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the man or has further information regarding the burglaries.

Pic to come

Anyone who has any information about the incident or who saw any suspicious activity near the unit block is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Natalie Webster

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Police investigate Braybrook burglary

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 04:29 AEST

Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information following a burglary in Braybrook earlier this month.

The burglary occurred at an amusement centre on Ballarat Road, Braybrook about 7.20pm on 19 December.

An alleged offender broke into the property and ransacked an office, stealing credit cards.

The cards were later used to make purchases in the western suburbs and Melbourne CBD.

Investigators have released images of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the burglaries.

Pic to come

Police are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the man or has further information regarding the burglaries.

Anyone who has any information about the incident or who saw any suspicious activity near the unit block is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Natalie Webster

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Police investigate after serious collision – St Marys

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 03:20 AEST

On arrival officers found a green utility and a semi-trailer at collided head on, with the utility coming to rest under the bulbar of the truck.

The driver of the utility, a man, was trapped before being released and was taken by road to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

The male driver of the truck was uninjured he was taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

A crime scene has been established and is being examined by specialist forensic officers.

An investigation is under way and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision and have not yet spoke to police to make contact.

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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Missing Man, Boulia

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 30/12/2015 23:50 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing in Western Queensland.

Andrew King has not contacted family since Tuesday December 23. He had travelled from the Beaudesert area to Darwin in a Mitsubishi Triton in mid-December and contacted family on the 23rd from Darwin saying he would return home in time for Christmas.

At about 5pm today the vehicle he was driving has been located near Boulia on a property in the vicinity of Warenda Creek off the Kennedy highway. The vehicle had been bogged however Mr King was not with the vehicle.

Family and police are concerned for Mr King and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Photos of Mr King and the actual vehicle he had been travelling in have been released. The vehicle has a small four wheeler in the back which has also been recovered and is shown in the picture.

Police urge anyone who has seen Mr King or the vehicle travelling between Darwin and Boulia or has any other information to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Deceased unable to be identified – Rosehill

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 30/12/2015 23:44 AEST

Police from Rosehill Local Area Command assisted by officers from Flemington attended and retrieved the man’s body which was taken to the Glebe morgue.

At this time investigators have been unable to identify the man who is described as being in his mid 30s with a dark complexion.

He was wearing dark coloured shorts with ‘addidas’ in red written along the left leg and a dark coloured t-shirt with ‘Everlast’ in white written across the chest.

The man had several tattoo’s including ‘J.D’ on his right hand, a tribal tattoo on his left arm and possibly the letters ‘BAZ….SHEAF’ in an old English font on the left side of his chest.

Investigators have not been able to determine how the man died however a post mortem examination will be conducted.

Investigators also conducted a canvas of the local area but have been unable to locate any witnesses.

Rosehill Police have urged anyone with information that might identify the man to come forward immediately.

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and all calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

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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New Year’s Eve: Fireworks exclusion zones, Brisbane River

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 30/12/2015 21:54 AEST

Brisbane Water Police are reminding boaties of the firework exclusion zones for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Brisbane River.

Between 8.15/8.30pm until 8.40pm on Thursday, and then from 12 midnight, until 12.10am, boats will be prohibited between the Goodwill Bridge and the Victoria Bridge, as well as opposite Eagle Street.

Water police will be enforcing these exclusions zones and ask that all mariners, in the New Year’s spirit, adhere to police direction and remain out of these areas as required.

More information on the Brisbane River firework exclusion zones, including coordinates for vessels, can be found at the Maritime Safety Queensland website at: https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/brisbane-notices-to-mariners/resource/f21eb9b6-7ea8-47a7-9c69-5896e344cc46

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Body located at Smithfield Plains

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 30/12/2015 21:15 AEST

Elizabeth Police are currently investigating the discovery of a body at Smithfield Plains.

Just before 5.30pm a member of the public reported seeing a deceased person at the corner of Peachey Road and Vincent Street.

Elizabeth CIB and Crime Scene Investigators have attended and are examining the circumstances surrounding the death, which is currently being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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