Aussie Police News Wrap for Tuesday Evening – 22/12/2015

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015.

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

Serious traffic crash, Stones Corner

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 20:45 AEST

Police are investigating a serious traffic crash on Logan Road at Stones Corner this evening.

Preliminary investigations suggest around 4.30pm a 61-year-old man was attempting to cross the road when he was struck by a vehicle.

The man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition. No one else was injured in the crash.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Queensland Police Service

Search for missing girl Melinda Kaiser-Andrews

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 19:38 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 15-year-old, Melinda Kaiser-Andrews from Woodend.

Investigators believe Melinda may frequent the Hastings area and may be in the company of a 26-year-old male.

Melinda has not been seen since late November, however has been in contact with family over the phone.

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

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Melinda is described Caucasian in appearance, 160cm tall with a thin build and brown hair. It’s believed her hair may have been dyed since the photo was taken.

She has piercings to her left eye brow, right bottom lip and left side of her nose.

Anyone who sees Melinda is urged to contact Woodend Police Station on 03 5427 2610 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Sophie Jennings

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Man charged over alleged online child grooming – Parramatta

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

Following the search, a 37-year-old man was arrested and taken to Parramatta police station.

The man was charged with use carriage service to groom (under 16 years) for sex (x2) and use carriage service to send indecent material (under 16 years).

He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court on 27 January 2016.

Meanwhile, police are again urging parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with the internet.

Safe internet use – tips for parents:

• Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.

• Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.

• Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.

• Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child’s bedroom.

• Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.

• Ensure you are able to access your child’s email and randomly check the contents.

• Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a ‘caller ID’ device to identify incoming calls.

• Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.

• Enquire with your child’s school, public library, and places they frequent, to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.

• Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation

Tips for children:

• Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don’t know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.

• Never give out your personal information, including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.

• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the internet.

• Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.

• Remember that pressing ‘send’ is definite and final – you can’t get it back or take it down.

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Update – Armed robbery, Riverview

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 19:03 AEST

Police have released CCTV still images of a man that may be able to assist with their investigations into an armed robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon in Riverview.

Around 4.50pm, a man entered a supermarket on Mitchell Street and approached the counter.

He produced a knife and made demands from the male attendant for money.

The man complied and the offender fled the scene on foot with a sum of cash

The attendant wasn’t physically injured as a result of the incident.

Police are appealing to anyone who may be able to assist with their enquiries to contact them.

Queensland Police Service

Police investigate crash – Wallsend

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 18:38 AEST

No one was injured, and the house did not suffer significant structural damage.

Officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command attended and spoke with the 26-year-old male driver.

Investigations are continuing and charges are likely.

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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Group flown to safety as floodwaters rise – Timber Creek

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 18:21 AEST

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Timber Creek Police have assisted in the rescue of seven people stranded following flooding in the region.

Superintendent Stephen Heyworth from Katherine Police said a patrol from Timber Creek was flagged down by a 59-year-old male who had walked 40 kilometres to raise the alarm.

“He had left the party to find help after their car had become bogged and was able to flag down a Police vehicle on the Victoria Highway.

“The seven people left with the vehicle were women and children aged between two and 51, including one woman who was pregnant.

“Although the party had plenty of water, food was going to be an issue.

Superintendent Heyworth said a helicopter was used to transport the remaining people to Timber Creek.

“Although this incident has ended safely we urge travellers in the region to exercise extreme caution at this time.

“Rainfall has affected many access roads to communities with water up to two metres over some roads.

“If you have to travel make sure you have plenty of food and water and be prepared to wait until floodwaters subside before attempting to cross.

“If you are unsure do not attempt to cross a flooded roadway.

“Please ensure you let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return,” Superintendent Heyworth said.

Northern Territory Police

Man Arrested – Indecent Assaults – Northern Suburbs

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 17:31 AEST

NT Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in relation to a series of indecent assaults in the Northern Suburbs between November 19 and December 14.

Detective Acting Sergeant Andrew Kren of the Sex Crimes Unit said police operations conducted in the area last week identified a male person of interest.

“Subsequent enquiries have resulted in a man’s arrest today and we will allege that he was responsible for seven indecent assaults on women out walking in the early evenings and mornings around Anula,” he said.

“This arrest was the culmination of excellent work by the Sex Crimes Unit with significant assistance from support services and the Darwin Metropolitan Service Command.”

Investigations are continuing and no formal charges have yet been laid.

Northern Territory Police

UPDATE: Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force, Puppy Farm Investigation, Weapons and Drugs Offences

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 17:22 AEST

Police from the joint Queensland Police Service and RSPCA Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force have charged a man following investigations into serious animal cruelty and weapons offences in Ipswich.

Task Force Detectives and RSPCA Inspectors executed a search warrant at a Willowbank address this morning where they allegedly uncovered two firearms, drug paraphernalia and restricted medication.

They also seized four dogs and two puppies in relation to ear cropping and tail docking offences.

A 39-year-old Willowbank man has been charged with two counts unlawful possession of weapons and one count each of possession of unauthorised explosives (ammunition) and possession of drug utensils.

He is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 14.

Investigations are continuing.

The Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force urges anyone with information about animal cruelty matters including live baiting practises, whether historic or current, to come forward and assist the investigation.

Queensland Police Service

Closure of drug operation, Brisbane

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 17:03 AEST

Four people have been arrested following the closure of an eight-month drug operation conducted by North Brisbane detectives.

Operation North Cement has focused on a syndicate allegedly involved in the distribution of cocaine, MDMA and cannabis across Brisbane.

As a result of investigations, police executed search warrants at residences in Aspley, Murarrie, Arana Hills, Scarborough and Chermside this morning.

Quantities of MDMA, cocaine, steroids, cannabis and a sum of cash was seized during the raids.

A 28-year-old Aspley man was charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs and two counts of possessing dangerous drugs. He will appear in the Brisbane Magestrates Court tomorrow morning.

A 26-year-old Geebung man was charged with eight offences including three counts of possessing dangerous drugs, two counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs and one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime and possess property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence. He is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 11.

A 34-year-old Arana Hills man was charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magestrates Court on January 12.

A 23-year-old Murarrie man was charged with two counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 20.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Ayres from North Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch said: “Operation North Concrete has successfully dismantled an organised drug trafficking syndicate that will have a significant impact of the supply of dangerous drugs in the south east corner.”

“We believe these drugs were destined for the summer party scenes within South East Queensland area and it is anticipated that the short term supply of these types of drugs has been significantly disrupted as a result of police action this morning,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Ayres said.

Queensland Police Service

Missing woman Rebecca Spiers found

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 16:53 AEST

Missing woman Rebecca Spiers has been located safe and well. Police would like to thank the public for their concern.

South Australia Police

Man charged over shooting at passing cars – Shalvey

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 16:52 AEST

It’s alleged the shots were fired by a 30-year-old man who was standing on a footpath.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police from Mount Druitt Local Area Command formed Strike Force Lerida to investigate the shooting.

Officers attached to Strike Force Lerida executed two search warrants in December 2014; one in Piccolo Way, and a second in Lethbridge Park.

At the time, police seized methyl-amphetamine, anabolic steroids, MDMA, and cannabis leaf; before charging seven people with drug-related offences.

Investigations by Strike Force Lerida continued, and today (Tuesday 22 December 2015), officers charged a 30-year-old Dean Park man with:

– Discharge firearm intend cause grievous bodily harm;

– Possess unregistered firearm-pistol;

– Possess firearm or barrel with altered/defaced I.D;

– Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority; and,

– Destroy or damage property.

He appeared before Wagga Wagga Local Court today, where bail was refused. The man is next due to appear before Mt Druitt Local Court on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

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UPDATE – Police investigate fatal collision in Farrer

ACT Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 16:39 AEST

An 82 year old Farrer woman has today succumbed to injuries sustained in last Thursday’s fatal collision on Yamba Drive, Farrer and has passed away in The Canberra Hospital.

The woman was the passenger of the vehicle driven by the 84 year old man who died at the scene.

This is the thirteenth fatality on ACT Roads.

Community Safety

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Search for missing Blackburn teenager Harley Visser

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 16:36 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Blackburn teenager Harley Visser.

Harley was last seen when he left his house on Minna Street on 16 December.

It is not known where the 15-year-old was headed and he was reported missing to police today.

Harley is described as being 160cm tall with a thin build, perceived to be of Caucasian appearance with brown straight hair, blue eyes and fair skin.

It is not known what Harley was wearing when he left home.

Police have released an image of Harley in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees the teenager is urged to contact Box Hill Police Station on 8892 3200.

Natalie Webster

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Indecent treatment, Toowoomba

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 16:02 AEST

Police have released the image of a man who may be able to assist with investigations after two teenage girls were touched inappropriately at a Toowoomba aquatic centre on Saturday December 19.

Between midday and 3.15pm, the man approached a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old girl in the outdoor pool of the complex on Herries Street and repeatedly touched them inappropriately.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, of a solid build, aged in his 30s and with a bald head. He was wearing board shorts with blue or grey squares and may have an accent.

It is thought the man arrived at the pool with two children at 11.55am and was asked to leave by security around 3.20pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been at the pool on Saturday afternoon who witnessed these incidents, or anyone who may recognise the man from the photograph, to come forward.

Queensland Police Service

Vehicle Recovery – Floodwaters – Central Desert Region

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 15:59 AEST

NT Police were called out to assist in a vehicle recovery in floodwaters near Santa Teresa yesterday.

NT Police were called out to assist in a vehicle recovery in floodwaters near Santa Teresa yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Michael Potts said that a white Toyota Troop-carrier had washed off the road about 15 kilometres west of Santa Teresa yesterday afternoon.

“On arrival Police observed the vehicle being washed downstream about 30 metres with the level of the creek about one metre over the road.

“The driver of the vehicle was from overseas and did not speak English well, so communication was conducted with the translation application on the Police iPad.

“This is a timely reminder to stay out of floodwaters this wet season.

“Don’t enter floodwaters – even water 30cm deep could sweep you off your feet.”

After heavy rain in your area:

Never try to drive, ride or walk through floodwater

Stay away from rivers, creeks and drains

Keep informed about weather patterns and weather forecasts and act on any advice

Move to higher ground if necessary.

“In this instance the driver of the vehicle managed to escape unharmed, but it might not be the case next time. Do not become a statistic this wet season and follow these common sense guidelines when it comes to flood waters,” said Senior Sergeant Potts.

Northern Territory Police

Police officer stood down, Central Region

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 15:32 AEST

A 30-year-old male constable from Central Region has today been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

The officer is subject of a disciplinary investigation concerning allegations he drove a vehicle whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit in Airlie Beach on Sunday night. The officer was off-duty at the time.

The officer has been issued with a notice to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on 4 January 2016 for driving whilst under the influence of liquor.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct. This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Queensland Police Service

Officer and former officer charged – Western Region

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 15:05 AEST

The sergeant, now serving in the Northern Region, was charged with perjury and make false statement on oath.

He will appear in Armidale Local Court on Wednesday 3 February 2016. He remains on duty.

The second man, who is no longer a serving member, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, two counts of fabricate false evidence, and four counts of perjury.

He will appear also appear in Armidale Local Court on Wednesday 3 February 2016.

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Road toll on NSW roads rises to five; Police urge taking responsibility, driving to the conditions – Operation Arrive Alive

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 14:37 AEST

Major crashes: 397

Fatalities: 5

Irresponsible road use and risk-taking has claimed the lives of five people on NSW roads in four days since the start of Operation Arrive Alive, highlighting the need for road users to exercise greater caution and better judgement.

The five deaths occurred since the launch of Operation Arrive Alive, a six-week state-wide high-visibility Traffic and Highway Patrol operation focussing on reducing road trauma at 12.01am on Friday 18 December 2015. The operation will run until Tuesday 26 January 2016.

“Irresponsible use of the state’s roads continues to take its toll on the community. Road users must keep in my mind that even one single fatality impacts not just the victim, but the family, friends and the community,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.

“All available Traffic and Highway Patrol Command staff will be on our roads right throughout Christmas, New Year, and beyond, making sure that you, your passengers and other road users get to and from your destinations safely.”

“In these wet weather conditions, which are forecast to persist through Christmas Day, Boxing Day and beyond, road users should reduce speed, leave a greater distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front and not attempt to navigate flooded roads. Emergency services risk their own lives to save motorists stuck in flooded roads,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“We urge all road users to manage fatigue. Fatigue in these wet weather conditions presents an extreme risk on the road. As does speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt, or being distracted by a mobile phone.

“Traffic and HWP Command officers will be working closely with general duties staff in conducting random drug and breath testing, making sure those drivers who test positive are prosecuted off our roads.

“All available THWP officers will be on our roads for extended periods, more often, courtesy of financial support from the NSW Centre for Road Safety, who we partner with in driving down the NSW road toll.

“With the release of our Mobile Drug Testing vans, our capability in reaching back roads between country towns has never been better. Those attending Christmas functions and then driving after having consumed alcohol or used drugs will be tested and banned from driving for 24 hours, pending court action. With the support of the NSW Centre for Road Safety, we will continue to deploy these vans right across the NSW road network.

“Operationally we will have the entire Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, made up of Highway Patrol Officers, Crash Investigators, supervision and support staff all focussed on having road users ‘Arrive Alive’ this Christmas, New Year, right through to the Australia day period,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

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

Some of the incidents that occurred over the past few days include;

About 10.50pm Saturday (19 December 2015), a blue Toyota Rav4 driven by a 50-year-old woman south bound on Riverside Drive, Kiama Downs, struck a 32-year-old man who was lying in the middle of the road.

He sustained life threatening injuries and was taken to St George local hospital. He died of his injuries on Sunday evening.

About 11.45am on Monday (21 December 2015), police stopped and searched a Ford Falcon sedan for traffic matters at a service station on the Stuart Highway east of Wagga Wagga.

Police will allege that the driver, a 40-year-old man, was in possession of almost 30 grams of cannabis and 13.47 grams of a controlled substance. He was charged with possess commercial quantity of prohibited drugs and unlicensed driver. He was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today Tuesday (22 December 2015).

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Stolen credit card allegedly used at servos

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 14:35 AEST

Heidelberg Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following an appeal over the weekend to identify a man allegedly using a stolen credit card in Melbourne’s north-east.

A 31-year-old man handed himself in to police today.

The man has been charged with handle stolen goods and obtaining property by deception.

It is expected he will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 5 April 2016.

Acting Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania mission- Federation Peak

Tasmania Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 13:43 AEST

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 – 1:32 pm.

At 2.50pm yesterday the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was activated by Tasmania Police to respond to a call of assistance from a 42 year old Western Australian man. The man had been walking at Federation Peak when he dropped his backpack down a cliff. The man retrieved his pack but was unable to get back up the cliff and became stuck.

The helicopter located the man just south of Chockstone Gully at Federation Peak.

A rescue crewman was winched to the man who was then successfully winched into the helicopter. The man was uninjured and relocated to Bechervaise Plateau where he continued his walk.

The helicopter then returned to Hobart.

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National Terrorism Threat Advisory System

Tasmania Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 13:32 AEST

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 – 1:27 pm.

A new National Terrorism Threat Advisory System was introduced by the Australian Government in November 2015. The new system replaces the former National Terrorism Threat System and the Public Alert System.

This page — http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/national-terrorism-threat-advisory-system/ — was last published on December 22, 2015 by the Department of Police and Emergency Management .

Questions concerning its content can be sent by email to tasmania.police@police.tas.gov.au or by mail to GPO Box 308, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7001.

You are directed to the disclaimer and copyright notice and a Personal Information Protection statement governing the information provided.

© 2015 Department of Police & Emergency Management

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Man charged with breaching ANCOR conditions

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 13:06 AEST

A 50-year-old man from the northern suburbs was arrested and charged today with failing to comply with registrable child sex offender reporting obligations.

Police will allege that the man failed to report child contact in November 2015.

The man has been bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on 29 January 2016.

South Australia Police

Report for Coroner concerning woman’s death near Lismore

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 12:59 AEST

The woman has been formally identified as being 39-year-old Rachel Johnston, who was originally from Port Macquarie and more recently had been staying in the Northern Rivers area.

While investigators are still awaiting the final results of the post mortem examination, interim results indicate her death is not suspicious.

Police have been speaking with friends and relatives of the woman as part of their investigation.

They are appealing for anyone who may have seen a woman on the side of Ballina Road, near the intersection of Kadina Street, in the early hours of Wednesday 4 November 2015, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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Property offences targeted in Mount Isa

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 12:48 AEST

Mount Isa Police are currently conducting a five-week operation targeting recidivist property offenders and property related offences within the District.

Officers from the Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit, and Tactical Crime Squad commenced Operation North Mantra yesterday, and the operation will conclude on January 27, 2016.

Officer in Charge of Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Alex McBroom said the first day of the operation was a major success, with five people charged with a total of 35 offences.

A 19-year-old Mount Isa man was charged with three counts of burglary and commit indictable offence and two counts of trespass. He is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on January 11, 2016.

A 13-year-old boy was charged with one count of burglary and commit indictable offence. He is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on January 19, 2016.

An 11-year-old boy was charged with one count each of wilful damage, enter premises and commit indictable offence, and trespass. He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with eight counts of attempt enter premises with intent, five counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence, two counts of burglary and commit indictable offence, and one count each of trespass, stealing, enter dwelling with intent, and attempt enter dwelling with intent. He is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court today.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with four counts of enter premises and commit indictable offence, and one count each of burglary and commit indictable offence and attempt enter premises and commit indictable offence. He is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court today.

“All members of the community can help their local police by reporting any suspicious behaviour and improving their security. Residents can’t afford to be complacent about their home and personal security,” Detective Senior Sergeant McBroom said.

“Simple things like making sure your doors and windows are locked at all times, your vehicle is secured, and all valuables are placed out of clear sight can help to minimize the risk of being a victim of property crime.

“Car keys should be well hidden and not left in plain view, and spare keys should not be left inside your vehicle,” Detective Senior Sergeant McBroom said.

All residents are encouraged to take a few minutes to conduct a home security audit to improve their home, vehicle, and personal security. This may mean some slight home renovations to windows and doors, etc. Checking out websites such as https://www.doorsplus.com.au/store-locator/sydney-doors/ can help homeowners find the best one for their home.

https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/homeSecurity/Homesecurityauditchecklistandfactsheet.htm

For more information on crime prevention and security, go to: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/homeSecurity/default.htm

Queensland Police Service

Stratford charges have bite

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 12:26 AEST

Wellington Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged two people after a crocodile was found during the execution of a warrant in Stratford yesterday.

The pair was arrested by investigators at a property in Blackburn Street about 9.15am following an investigation into a number of thefts and burglaries from the local area and reported drug trafficking.

A 21-year-old woman from Sale was charged with use and possess a drug of dependence.

She has been bailed to appear at Sale Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

A 24-year-old Stratford man has been charged with burglary, handle stolen goods, traffick methamphetamine, possess cannabis and proceeds of crime.

He has been bailed to appear at Sale Magistrates’ Court on 29 March.

The crocodile has been handed over to Parks Victoria for re-homing.

Leading Senior Constable Melissa Seach

Media Officer

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Police appeal following aggravated indecent assault on bus – Woy Woy

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 12:12 AEST

Police have been told the man and woman started walking away from the bus stop towards Woy Woy, when the woman ran back to the bus stop and boarded a bus to Umina.

The man followed her onto the bus and sat next to the woman, where he indecently assaulted her.

About 2.10pm, the man got off the bus at Trafalgar Street near West Street, Umina Beach.

It’s believed he caught the train from Regents Park to Woy Woy earlier in the day.

Officers attached to Brisbane Water Local Area Command are investigating the incident and have released images of a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

The depicted man is of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 40s, wearing a blue button up shirt, light blue pants or jeans, black or brown lace up shoes, a brown hat, and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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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Pedestrians struck by garbage truck – Burleigh Heads

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

Police are investigating a serious traffic incident at Burleigh where a 49-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were hit by a garbage truck this morning.

Around 8.30am the couple were crossing the Gold Coast Highway, when the truck which was turning from Goodwin Terrace into the Gold Coast Highway, struck the pair.

They both received multiple injuries and have been transported to hospital where they are in a serious condition.

The Gold Coast Highway southbound remains closed at Goodwin Terrace while Forensic Crash officers conduct investigations at the scene.

Queensland Police Service

One charged, investigations continue after alleged aggravated break and enter – Lake Wyangan

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:58 AEST

Police have been told one of the men allegedly hit the 35-year-old and struck him with a stick.

The two men allegedly fled the scene with a sum of cash and a mobile phone.

An 18-year-old man who was also home at the time was not injured.

Officers from Griffith Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

The 35-year-old man was taken to Griffith Base Hospital but later released with no serious injuries.

Following inquiries, about 9.20pm, a 39-year-old man was arrested at a property in Hanwood and taken to Griffith Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated robbery.

He was refused bail to face Griffith Local Court today (Tuesday 22 December 2015).

Police would still like to speak to a second man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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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Affray charges against OMCG participants, Varsity Lakes

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:46 AEST

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima have charged two Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang participants following an altercation in Varsity Lakes on December 14.

It is alleged that two men, a 23-year-old Finks OMCG participant and the 26-year-old former Gold Coast Finks chapter president chased another man from their car to a jetty near Lake and Varsity Parade.

A 25-year-old man, a hells Angels OMCG participant, sustained shoulder injuries after he was assaulted with baseball bats.

The two Finks participants then fled the scene in a car.

The men have been charged with affray and are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.

Detective Inspector Phil Stevens said Taskforce Maxima detectives will continue to take enforcement action against OMCG members and former members on the Gold Coast.

“Our detectives are as determined as ever to target the unlawful activities of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang participants on the Gold Coast,” Detective Inspector Stevens said.

“Police will not tolerate public acts of violence and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action against OMCGs wherever they are in order to keep the community safe.”

Queensland Police Service

Police release CCTV as investigation into fire continues – North Strathfield

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:46 AEST

Around 2am on Saturday 7 November 2015, emergency services were called to a building on Queen Street after a fire broke out in the property’s backyard.

The fire was extinguished before it caused damage to the main property but it did destroy a pergola and some furniture that was set up in the backyard.

The business was closed at the time of the fire; no staff or customers were on-site.

The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and detectives have now released CCTV of a woman who may be able to assist with inquiries.

She is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in her 40s or 50s, between 170 and 175cm tall, of medium build, with blonde hair. In the CCTV, she is wearing a dark beanie, a light-coloured t-shirt, light-coloured tracksuit pants and light-coloured sneakers.

Police are keen to hear from anyone with information that may aid the investigation.

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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Armed robbery charges, Mackay

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:37 AEST

Detectives have charged a man with armed robbery after an incident at Mackay on December 17.

It will be alleged that around 2.20am a man forced entry to the Nebo Road hotel and confronted the two female employees who were performing closing duties.

The man allegedly pointed a shorten firearm at both staff, before demanding they hand over money from the poker machines.

During the incident the man allegedly assaulted one of the women.

A 34-year-old man has been charged with one count each of of armed robbery, enter premises to commit indictable offence and sexual assault whilst armed and two counts each of deprivation of liberty and common assault.

He is due to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Queensland Police Service

Man arrested after brandishing firearm at service station – Lake Macquarie

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:33 AEST

Police attended the service station and spoke to staff, before conducting a search for the man.

A short time later, police found a white utility parked in bushland near the M1 Motorway. Upon seeing police approach, a man ran from the ute into the bush. He was arrested a short time later.

Police searched the bushland and found a replica firearm nearby.

The man, aged 33, was taken to Toronto Police Station and charged with a number of offences, including:

– Armed with intent to commit indictable offence;

– Assault;

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Four arrested in identity crime investigation – joint agency operation

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:24 AEST

The ISST established Operation Drax earlier this year to investigate the manufacture and use of false identity documents in NSW.

It will be alleged in court that fraudulent identity documents, including high quality drivers’ licences, were being made to order for use in other crimes.

About 6am on Thursday (17 December 2015), officers attached to Operation Drax executed search warrants on six properties in the Sydney suburbs of Campsie, Carlton, Waterloo, Homebush West and Parramatta.

Police seized a large number of items, including computers, hard drives, mobile phones, along with bank documents, drivers’ licences and items used in their production.

Police also seized prohibited drugs, a large quantity of cash and further identification documents.

Four men – aged 50, 44, 33 and 37 – were arrested and taken to various police stations.

The 50-year-old man Campsie man was charged with possession of equipment to make false document. He was given bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 12 January 2016.

The 44-year-old Carlton man was charged with possession of equipment to make a false document and possess prohibited drug. He was given bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 14 January 2016.

The 33-year-old Homebush West man was charged with five counts of deal with identity information and was bailed to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 19 January 2016.

The 37-year-old, also from Homebush West, was charged with five counts of deal with identity information and was given bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 19 January 2016.

A 51-year-old female Chinese national from Carlton was detained by the ABF as an illegal immigrant and later transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Facility, pending her removal from Australia.

Commander of the NSW Police Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said the arrests were the culmination of months of outstanding police work by the ISST.

“This is a great example of how law enforcement agencies collaborate to combat identity crime which can result in substantial financial and emotional distress for individual victims,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

“Identity crime is ever advancing and poses one of the greatest challenges to modern day policing.”

AFP Manager Criminal Assets, Fraud and Anti-Corruption, Commander Peter Crozier agreed that the impacts of identity crime are significant and far reaching.

“Law enforcement agencies across Australia will continue to work closely with one another and the community to ensure that offenders are uncovered and brought to account for their actions,” Commander Crozier said.

“Identity crime impacts on each and every one of us in society, on our economy and on our national security, and acts as a facilitator for transnational and serious crime.”

ABF Acting Assistant Commissioner, David Nockels, said the ABF is committed to continuing working with its law enforcement partners to combat the serious threat posed by identity crime.

“This type of criminal activity often involves international criminal networks targeting the Australian community, so it is imperative we take decisive action, either at our border entry points or within Australia,” he said.

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Police Transport Command arrest man for possession of two handguns at Mt Druitt

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 11:23 AEST

The 22-year-old man was subsequently searched and found with a handgun concealed under his shirt.

Police will allege that a second handgun was discovered in the man’s backpack. Both weapons had magazines and ammunition.

Officers also located a knife, a balaclava and a quantity of cannabis.

The man was arrested and conveyed to Mt Druitt Police Station where he was later charged by investigators with possess unauthorised pistol x 2, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, acquire firearm without permit to acquire x 2, not keep firearm safely and possess prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court today.

The weapons will be forensically examined following which further charges may be laid.

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Police raid a home after historical group sexual assault in 2012 – Hazelbrook

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 10:58 AEST

A teenage girl has told police she attended a party on Landseer Road, Hazelbrook, on the Friday 26 October 2012.

The girl, who was 15-years-old at the time, was approached by four male teens, who all allegedly sexually and indecently assaulted her.

As a result of the allegation, an investigation was commenced.

Inquiries led detectives from the Blue Mountains Local Area Command and the State Crime Command Sex Crime Squad to execute a warrant at the home on Landseer Road, Hazelbrook at 9.30am today (Tuesday 22 December 2015).

The warrant is currently underway at the location. No arrests have been made at this time.

Blue Mountains Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Dietmar Almer, investigations continue, police are appealing for anyone that has information about it, to come forward.

“If you are a victim, witness, or have information about this incident – or any other matter – you can make a report these confidentially to police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“We will continue to thoroughly investigate all avenues of inquiry and will follow up on information received.

“I can assure all victims of sexual assault that no matter how old an assault, police will thoroughly investigate the allegations and treat the victims with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” said D/Insp Almer.

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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Media Release: Four arrested in identity crime investigation – joint agency operation

Australian Federal Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 10:45 AEST

Four people were arrested during raids on six Sydney properties last week as part of a joint agency investigation into alleged identity crime offences.

The Identity Security Strike Team (ISST) is a joint agency strike force into serious and organised identity crime and comprises the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Border Force.

The ISST established Operation Drax earlier this year to investigate the manufacture and use of false identity documents in NSW.

It will be alleged in court that fraudulent identity documents, including high quality drivers’ licences, were being made to order for use in other crimes.

About 6am on Thursday (17 December 2015), officers attached to Operation Drax executed search warrants on six properties in the Sydney suburbs of Campsie, Carlton, Waterloo, Homebush West and Parramatta.

Police seized a large number of items, including computers, hard drives, mobile phones, along with bank documents, drivers’ licences and items used in their production.

Police also seized prohibited drugs, a large quantity of cash and further identification documents.

Four men – aged 50, 44, 33 and 37 – were arrested and taken to various police stations.

The 50-year-old man Campsie man was charged with possession of equipment to make false document. He was given bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 12 January 2016.

The 44-year-old Carlton man was charged with possession of equipment to make a false document and possess prohibited drug. He was given bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 14 January 2016.

The 33-year-old Homebush West man was charged with five counts of deal with identity information and was bailed to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 19 January 2016.

The 37-year-old, also from Homebush West, was charged with five counts of deal with identity information and was given bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 19 January 2016.

A 51-year-old female Chinese national from Carlton was detained by the ABF as an illegal immigrant and later transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Facility, pending her removal from Australia.

Commander of the NSW Police Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said the arrests were the culmination of months of outstanding police work by the ISST.

“This is a great example of how law enforcement agencies collaborate to combat identity crime which can result in substantial financial and emotional distress for individual victims,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

“Identity crime is ever advancing and poses one of the greatest challenges to modern day policing.”

AFP Manager Criminal Assets, Fraud and Anti-Corruption, Commander Peter Crozier agreed that the impacts of identity crime are significant and far reaching.

“Law enforcement agencies across Australia will continue to work closely with one another and the community to ensure that offenders are uncovered and brought to account for their actions,” Commander Crozier said.

“Identity crime impacts on each and every one of us in society, on our economy and on our national security, and acts as a facilitator for transnational and serious crime.”

ABF Acting Assistant Commissioner, David Nockels, said the ABF is committed to continuing working with its law enforcement partners to combat the serious threat posed by identity crime.

“This type of criminal activity often involves international criminal networks targeting the Australian community, so it is imperative we take decisive action, either at our border entry points or within Australia,” he said.

Vision is available on request from NSW Police Force Media.

Media enquiries:

NSW Police Force: (02) 8835 8339

Australian Federal Police: (02) 6131 6333

Australia Border Force: (02) 6264 2244

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Three men charged after drugs found in hotel stairwell – Wagga Wagga

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 10:39 AEST

Officers seized the bags and an investigation was commenced.

Detectives attended a hotel room and spoke to a 47-year-old man. On searching the room amphetamine and a glass pipe were seized.

The man was issued a field court attendance notice for possess prohibited drug and possession of equipment to administer.

He will attend Wagga Wagga Local Court next year (Thursday 3 February 2016).

While at the location a car drove into the car park, officers spoke to the driver who was subjected to a Roadside Drug Test (RDT), which indicated a positive result.

The man was arrested and his car was searched. Police allegedly located 3.5g of amphetamine and an electronic control device.

The 34-year-old was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, where he underwent a secondary drug test with an alleged positive result.

He was charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, two traffic related offences and was refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Tuesday 22 December 2015).

While speaking to the man in the car, officers saw another man leave a hotel room, they stopped and spoke to him.

Police searched the hotel room and seized 85g of amphetamine, with an estimated street value of over $30,000, over 3g of heroin, an electronic control device, knives and counterfeit notes.

The 47-year-old was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, and charged with supply prohibited drug x2, and possess counterfeit money.

He was refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Tuesday 22 December 2015).

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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Police investigate sexual assault at Greensborough

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 10:31 AEST

Diamond Creek Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) are hoping to identify a man following a sexual assault in Greensborough on Sunday.

Police have been told an 11-year-old boy went into a toilet at a cinema on Main Street about 4.30pm.

It is believed the boy was standing at the urinal when he was approached by an unknown man and sexually assaulted.

The offender then fled the scene and the boy ran out to his mother who raised the alarm.

The man is described as being aged between 40 and 60 years old.

He was wearing a hooded jumper which was pulled tight covering his head and his pants were down around his ankles.

Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone that may have been in the toilet at the time of the incident.

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

Leading Senior Constable Melissa Seach

Media Officer

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Police warn of drink-driving operation tomorrow

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 09:51 AEST

The second ‘pop-up’ breath testing operation to be conducted by the SA Police this festive season will take place across the city tomorrow.

Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch, said police were warning the community that in addition to the usual operations, lunch time drink-driving is on the radar.

“While every police officer across the state can – and does – breath test motorists, tomorrow there will be major testing operations conducted in every Local Service Area across metropolitan Adelaide,” he said.

“We aren’t making a secret of this campaign. We want drivers to know we will be out there, so the message is clear that we will be out to catch those who don’t do the right thing.”

The first ‘pop-up’ testing station in the campaign occurred at the end of last month, with 2,495 drivers tested over a three-hour period.

Two of those drivers were over the 0.05 limit, but under 0.079, which meant they received an expiation notice for $637, loss of four demerit points and a driver direction notice not to drive for six hours.

“Two is still two-too many,” Superintendent Fioravanti said. “I’m asking the community not to put themselves and other road users at risk.

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

For more information about what is a standard drink and drink-driving laws, please visit the Motor Accident Commission website: http://www.mac.sa.gov.au/standard-drink

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

South Australia Police

Armed robbery, Riverview

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 09:15 AEST

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon in Riverview.

Around 4.50pm, a man entered a supermarket on Mitchell Street and approached the counter.

He produced a knife and made demands from the male attendant for money.

The man complied and the offender fled the scene on foot with a sum of cash

The attendant wasn’t physically injured as a result of the incident.

Police are seeking a man who is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 175cms tall with a solid build.

He was last seen wearing a purple t-shirt, dark shorts, a black hat and was wearing white sunglasses with black lenses.

Police are appealing to anyone who may be able to assist with their enquiries to contact them.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Supporting families over the festive season

Tasmania Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 08:50 AEST

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 – 8:42 am.

The festive season is a time where we spend more time with family and Tasmania Police recognises that this can sometimes place extra pressure on family life.

Members of the public are encouraged to be mindful of the pressures a busy Christmas and New Year period can have.

People should contact police should they require any assistance, including advice, which may stop an argument or incident occurring.

Attending family violence incidents is an increasing part of the daily workload for officers as more victims find the courage to come forward and report.

Our role in helping victims come forward cannot be underestimated – quite often Police are the only people the victim will reveal their story to. Listening to them is much a part of the response as anything else.

Family violence is unacceptable. If you hear, see or know of someone who is a victim of violence – stand up and speak out.

Together we must show that we won’t tolerate family violence.

Family violence incidents can be reported to the Family Violence Response and Referral Line by calling 1800 633 937, or by calling Triple Zero (000) in emergency situations.

If you’re a man and your behaviour is causing problems for your relationships or family, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491. The Men’s Referral Service provides anonymous and confidential counselling, information and referrals to help men stop using violence and controlling behaviour.

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Update: Man located, Keperra

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 08:38 AEST

The 52-year-old man reported missing from Keperra on Sunday, December 20 has been located safely this morning.

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

Queensland Police Service

Update: Shooting incident, Merrimac

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 08:38 AEST

Police would like to speak to a man they believe can assist with investigations into a shooting incident last month in Merrimac

Initial inquiries reveal that at about 3:40pm on December 6, a car was stationary in a carpark on Gooding Drive when second car stopped in the carpark.

A man has got out of the second car and approached the other vehicle before firing several shots into the car. He then got back into the car and drove off.

A 24-year-old man who was the passenger of the vehicle received non-life threatening leg injuries.

Anthony Soong, 23-years-old, is described as being Asian in appearance and around 170cm tall, with a medium build. He has short dark brown hair and a distinctive tattoo of Asian characters on his neck.

If anybody has any information which could lead to the whereabouts of Mr Soong, they should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police urge community members to not approach this man, as it is believed that he could be armed.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Drug charges, Helensvale

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 08:18 AEST

Officers from the Gold Coast Rapid Action and Patrol Squad have charged two men with drug offences yesterday afternoon in Helensvale.

It will be alleged that approximately 405 grams of ice amphetamines was found hidden in a vehicle while officers were conducting stationary random breath testing on Monterey Keys Drive about 5pm.

The drugs are reported to be worth approximately $260,000.

Acting Inspector Mat Kelly from the Gold Coast RAP said: “This is another example of how policing drink driving and other traffic offences can lead to the discovery of significant criminal matters.”

A 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, both from Sydney, have been charged with one count of possess dangerous drugs.

They are expected to appear before the Southport Magistrates Court later this morning.

Queensland Police Service

Man charged with murder – Tamworth

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 08:13 AEST

Investigations led police to arrest a 45-year-old man at Dubbo yesterday (Monday 21 December 2015).

Detectives attended a home on Yulong Street shortly before 7.30pm where they arrested the man and conveyed him to Dubbo Police Station where he was interviewed.

He was then charged with murder.

He was refused bail and will appear in Dubbo Local Court today (Tuesday 22 December 2015).

Inquiries continue.

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Police dog wins at hide and seek – man arrested at Semaphore

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 07:08 AEST

Western Adelaide Police have arrested a man who was carrying a pair of bolt cutters, after he was found hiding in a rear yard at Semaphore.

Just before 3am, a police patrol spotted a man riding a bike without a helmet. They went to speak to the man who was wearing a backpack, but he dumped the bike and jumped a fence on Semaphore Road.

The local police patrols set up cordons in the area and police dog Buster was called in to search for the man.

A short time later, Buster found the man’s backpack in a rear yard which contained a pair of bolt cutters.

Then a few minutes later, Buster discovered the man who was also wearing gloves, hiding in the same yard.

The 27-year-old man form Alberton was arrested and charged with being unlawfully on premises, going equipped to commit and offence and breaching his bail.

He was refused police bail and will appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court later today.

South Australia Police

Serious crash at Mosquito Hill

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 06:45 AEST

Police are investigating a serious crash at Mosquito Hill just south of Mount Compass early this morning.

About 1.15am on Tuesday 22 December police and emergency services responded to reports of a car hitting a tree on Goolwa Road.

The driver, a 44-year-old woman from Morphett Vale, received serious injuries and was airlifted to the Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition. She was the sole occupant of the car.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the white Subaru sedan just prior, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

UPDATE Missing boy, Caboolture

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 06:13 AEST

A 13-year-old boy reported missing from Caboolture on December 19 has been located overnight.

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

Queensland Police Service

UPDATE Missing teenage boy, Bongaree

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 06:02 AEST

A 15-year-old reported missing from Bongaree has been found safe and well earlier this morning.

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

Queensland Police Service

Clow Street carjacking

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 05:07 AEST

Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a carjacking in Dandenong on Friday 4 December.

Investigators have been told that a man was driving along Robinson Street when an unknown male stepped into the middle of the road at the intersection of Clow Street at about 7.30pm.

The 21-year-old driver of the Toyota Vienta was forced to stop.

The man then stole the driver’s car keys out of the ignition through the driver’s side window while yelling at the victim to get out of the car.

As the victim complied, the offender got into the car and threatened the 27-year-old male passenger.

The passenger attempted to get out of the car and fell on to the road as the offender drove away.

The gold sedan, registration number OYI 304, has not been located.

The offender is perceived to be Maori in appearance, aged in his 20s with a medium build, short black hair and wearing an orange singlet at the time of the incident.

Detectives have released a FACE image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Investigators are urging anyone with any information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Lee Thomson

Media Officer

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House fire, Redbank Plains

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 02:29 AEST

Police are investigating a house fire that occurred overnight in Redbank Plains.

Emergency services were called to a house on Rice Road around 6.20pm after reports of a man fire in a room.

On arrival, the fire was put out and a 65-year-old man was taken to hospital where he is in a critical condition.

No one else was injured as a result of the fire.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Police investigate three house fires across Sydney overnight

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 22/12/2015 02:20 AEST

On arrival officers spoke with a number of occupants who fled the home managing to escape uninjured.

Officers also assisted in the evacuation of neighbouring properties while the fire was extinguished.

A crime scene has now been established by police from Rosehill Local Area Command who will conduct further inquiries to determine the cause of the blaze.

Shortly after, about 11.50pm, the alarm was raised for a second house fire at Marshall Road, Telopea.

On arrival officers found the home well alight. No occupants were inside at the time, and no evacuations were necessary.

A crime scene has been established and Rosehill Police will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

About 11.45pm a third house fire was reported on Dorrit Way, Ambarvale, where emergency services were called to a house fire.

On arrival officers found a father and his two teenage children outside the premises who had managed to escape uninjured.

One of the bedrooms has been damaged by the fire which police are not treating as suspicious.

Officers from Campbelltown will conduct a full investigation.

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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Renewed appeal – Missing man, Keperra

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 21/12/2015 23:25 AEST

Police are renewing their appeal for public assistance to help locate a 52-year-old man reported missing from Keperra yesterday morning.

Michael John Bennett (pictured), was last seen at a residence in Keperra around 9am, yesterday. It is believed that Mr Bennett wondered off from this location and may be on foot.

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

Mr Bennett is described as Caucasian, proportionate build, tanned complexion, approximately 168cm tall, short sandy grey hair, full beard and has a tattoo on his left shoulder and legs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, polo shirt and running shoes.

Police are asking anyone who sees Mr Bennett to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Missing teenage boy, Bongaree

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 21/12/2015 22:34 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Bongaree since December 18.

The boy, aged 15-years-old, was last seen at a Kangaroo Avenue address at around 6.30pm.

Police and his family hold concerns for his welfare has he has not been seen since.

He is described as being about 170cm tall and of Caucasian appearance. He has a slim build, blue eyes and blonde shoulder-length hair.

Police urge anyone who may have seen this boy, or who may have any information which could assist in locating him, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

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