Police News Wrap for Friday Evening – 18/12/2015

Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Friday, 18/12/2015.

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

Search for missing girl Evelyn Cameron

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 19:54 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 17-year-old, Evelyn Cameron from Moe.

Evelyn, who has recently been living in NSW, was last seen leaving an address on Henry Street on Tuesday 24 November.

Investigators believe Evelyn may be frequenting the Latrobe Valley area.

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

Evelyn is described as Caucasian, 160cm tall, solid build with blonde, fair shoulder-length hair and green eyes.

Anyone who sees Evelyn is urged to contact Moe Police Station on 5128 1100.

Creina O’Grady

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UPDATE – Unaccompanied child, Elanora

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 19:12 AEST

Police have just located the mother of a baby girl found on her own in Elanora this afternoon.

It is understood her mother was located in the vicinity of where the girl was found.

A member of the public located her around 3.20pm near the Uniting Church on Pines Lane.

Investigators are currently determining the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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LOCATED – Unaccompanied baby, Elanora

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 19:01 AEST

Police are asking the public for help to identify a baby girl found on the side of the road unaccompanied outside the Uniting Church at Elanora.

Around 3.20pm, a member of the public located the girl – thought to be between one and one-and-a-half years old – on Pines Lane, which is near the northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway.

The little girl has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital. It is unknown how long she had been on her own.

The girl is described as Caucasian in appearance with blonde colour hair. She has stitches in her brow.

The girl can walk, but it’s not clear whether she was left where she was found, nearby or if she lives near the area.

The Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit is handling the matter and the girl is currently in police care.

Anyone who has information about her identity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Have you seen missing teen Meg Saunders?

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 18:56 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a missing 15-year-old Burwood teenager.

Meg Saunders left her Burwood residence about 3.45pm yesterday and has not been seen since.

Police hold concerns for Meg’s welfare due to her age.

Meg was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, black jeans, runners and was carrying a large black handbag.

Investigators have released an image of Meg in the hope that someone recognises her.

Anyone with information is urged to call Box Hill Police Station on 8892 3200.

Leonie Johnson

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Ceremony sees 47 recruits sworn in to Service

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 17:41 AEST

Today the Queensland Police Service Academy, Townsville campus saw 47 recruits graduate in an induction ceremony attended by Commissioner Ian Stewart and Hon. Coralee O’Rourke, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, representing Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Hon. William Byrne MP.

Graduating as First Year Constables (FYC), the 47 recruits completed the 25 week Recruit Training Program. The program aims to provide recruits with a quality foundation so that they can provide excellent service to the community and ensuring their policing skills have developed to a level necessary for operational policing as First Year Constables under supervision.

Among the FYCs were four who have family currently or formerly serving in the QPS: FYC Sian Harsley whose father is Detective Chief Superintendent Cameron Harsley, FYC Glenn Hytch whose father is Detective Inspector Bob Hytch, FYC Jessica Doe whose father is retired Sergeant Vic Doe and FYC Sean Krumin whose father is retired Sergeant Alan Krumin.

Detective Chief Superintendent Cameron Harsley congratulating his daughter, FYC Sian Harsley

Detective Inspector Bob Hytch and his son, FYC Glenn Hytch

Retired Sergeant Alan Krumin and his son, FYC Sean Krumin

FYC Jessica Doe with her father, retired Sergeant Vic Doe

The FYCs originate from Australia, England, France, and Germany, and bring with them life experiences from diverse backgrounds with previous occupations including Carpenter, Real Estate Agent, Sales Assistant, Security Supervisor, Youth Worker and Registered Nurse.

Commissioner Stewart congratulated the FYCs on their graduation and announced that they would be positioned in the Brisbane, Central, Northern and Southern Regions to commence their career.

“I remember my induction ceremony well and I hope that this afternoon’s ceremony is a memory that each FYC carries with them throughout a long and successful career within the QPS,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“The role of a police officer is like no other – responsible for the safety and security of Queensland. There is no doubt that each of these new officers will experience some challenging situations, however there will also be many rewarding and humbling times.

“I wish luck to every officer in their career and feel confident that they will uphold the QPS standards of excellence and service,” Commissioner Stewart said.

Commissioner Ian Stewart presenting FYC David Bowden with the Commissioner’s Award.

The new FYCs will be initially deployed to the following areas:

Northern Region

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Thief uses stolen credit cards in Taylors Lakes

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 17:05 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to identify a thief allegedly using stolen credit cards in Taylors Lakes.

It is believed a man stole a hand bag from Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday 11 December.

The victim’s credit cards were then used later that day at a number of retail outlets at a shopping centre in Taylors Lakes.

Police have released images of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

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Three charged after clandestine drug labs located during search warrants – Organised Crime Squad

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:40 AEST

Following extensive investigations, detectives yesterday (Thursday 17 December 2015) executed four search warrants at homes in Castlereagh, Berkshire Park, Londonderry and Claremont Meadows.

Three inactive clandestine drug laboratories were located at the homes, along with chemicals used in the alleged manufacture of prohibited drugs.

Detectives also located and seized methylamphetamine, cannabis, along with a firearm and two electronic control devices.

Crime scenes were established at the homes, and specialist officers are continuing to process the Castlereagh and Londonderry homes today (Friday 18 December 2015).

Three men – aged 40, 36 and 35 – were arrested at the homes.

The 40-year-old man was charged with manufacture large commercial quantity prohibited drug; supply large commercial quantity prohibited drug; knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime; and possess unauthorised firearm.

He was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court today.

The 35-year-old man was charged with manufacture large commercial quantity prohibited drug. He was bail refused to appear at Fairfield Local Court today.

The 36-year-old man was charged with possess prohibited drugs; supply commercial quantity prohibited drug; and supply prohibited drug (two counts).

He was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court today.

Inquiries by Strike Force Millstream detectives continue.

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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Fatal Crash – Humpty Doo

Northern Territory Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:39 AEST

A 56-year-old man has died following a single vehicle rollover on Coral Road in Humpty Doo.

Acting Commander Bob Rennie said Police received a call from a member of the public at 6:15am this morning informing them of the crash.

“Police confirmed on arrival the man had been ejected from the vehicle and had died as a result of injuries received.

“The Major Crash Unit is investigating and anyone with any information, or who may know the travel movements of this person prior to the crash is urged to contact Police on 131 444.

“This is our fifth fatality in under a week and Territory drivers need to seriously start thinking about what choices they are making when getting behind the wheel.

“We will deal with this, we will prepare reports for the coroner and we will, in all honestly, get ready for the next one.

“This is horrific for everyone involved and we desperately need to slow it down,” Acting Commander Rennie said.

The 2015 road toll now stands at 48 compared to 38 at the same time last year.

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Sexual Assault – Ngukurr – Update

Northern Territory Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:39 AEST

Detectives from the Northern Investigation Unit are calling for public assistance following the sexual assault that occurred in the Ngukurr Community on Thursday morning.

“The victim was awoken by an intruder in her room around 3:00am on 17 December,” said Detective Senior Sergeant David Richardson.

“This was a cowardly act and Police are putting all available resources into apprehending the attacker with support from the community.

“The offender is described as an aboriginal male, approximately 20 years of age, skinny build, clean shaven and had hair long enough to pull into a ponytail. He may have a fresh wound to his face that the victim inflicted during her struggle.”

Police door-knocked the community yesterday but have not had any leads. Samples taken from the scene are being analysed by Forensics.

“The offender may have left the community after the attack and Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for him.”

If sighted, this person should not be approached. Anyone who may know this person is asked to contact police immediately on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Northern Territory Police

Traffic crash and injury in custody, Everton Park

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:39 AEST

Police are investigating after a man, who allegedly stole property from a shop and made threats to harm members of the public, was injured in a traffic crash following a short pursuit on the north side this morning.

Around 11am, police attended a shop on South Pine Road at Everton Park after a 29-year-old Brisbane man, allegedly stealing merchandise, was asked to leave the premises.

It is alleged that the man subsequently made threats to staff and other members of the public, before leaving in a stolen car.

Police commenced a short pursuit of the vehicle, before disengaging after the car was observed driving dangerously.

A short time later, the car crashed into the brick fence of a home at the intersection of Elkhorn and Wallace Streets, before catching alight.

A member of the public was able to remove the man from the burning vehicle.

The driver was transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigations into the incident are continuing. Ethical Standards Command has been advised.

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Comfit image and CCTV released after attempted child abduction, believed to be linked to other incidents – Toongabbie area

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:28 AEST

Officers attached to Holroyd Local Area Command established Strike Force Thorney to investigate a reported attempted child abduction.

Police received information that just after 5pm on Sunday 22 November 2015, two children aged five and eight years were playing in the common area of a townhouse complex on Carinya Road, Girraween.

A man approached and spoke to them, before picking up the younger girl and walking towards the road. The girl struggled and the man dropped her, before leaving the scene.

A man who may be able to assist the investigation was captured on nearby CCTV footage.

He is described as being about 180cm tall, of Caucasian appearance, with blonde/light brown hair, clean shaven, with blue eyes and fair skin.

He was seen to be wearing a dark blue hooded jumper, possibly with the word ‘GAP’ across the front, and dark pants.

Ongoing investigations have identified that the person identified in this incident may also be linked to up to six child approach incidents which have been reported between July 2014 and November 2015 in the surrounding area.

In a number of these incidents, the children approached have been playing in common areas of townhouse complexes.

A comfit image of a man who may be able to assist has been released by investigating police.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Major milestone as Brisbane QPS radio switches to GWN

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:28 AEST

All of Brisbane Region and Ipswich District police radios switched from legacy radio channels to the digital Government Wireless Network (GWN) on Wednesday.

To mark the milestone, the first live radio transmission was spoken by retiring Acting Inspector Stuart McMurtrie, the former Officer in Charge of the Radio Electronics Section.

Acting Inspector McMurtrie has been involved with the GWN project since its infancy and has been passionate about improving police communications for years.

“I would say it has been my life’s work,” Acting Inspector McMurtrie said.

“To see this major step forward, just before my age retirement, is very pleasing.”

The first operational QPS radio transmission was on June 27, 1935 from a single transmitter leased from a member of the public and located in the Sub-Inspector’s Office building at the old Police Depot in Petrie Terrace, Brisbane.

After receiving a call, officers had to find a telephone box to call the dispatcher and obtain further job details.

The GWN rollout will provide significant improvements in resource management and officer safety.

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Man charged with multiple firearms offences – Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:22 AEST

As part of their inquires, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Murphy Street at Oran Park about 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday 17 December 2015).

At the home police located and seized four firearms and firearms parts, along with a large amount of ammunition.

Detectives also seized an electronic control device, illegal fireworks, a knuckle duster and other items.

A 38-year-old man was arrested and taken to Narellan Police Station where he was charged with 15 firearms-related offences.

He was refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today (Friday 18 December 2015).

Inquiries by Strike Force Rinis continue.

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 fatal crash – Casino

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:16 AEST

Initial inquiries suggest two vehicles collided, with one vehicle splitting in two as a result of the impact.

An 18-year-old woman who was driving one of the vehicles has been taken to Lismore Base Hospital with spinal injuries. She had three passenger, all young girls, in the car at the time.

A young female died at the scene, while a second young girl was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment and remains in a critical condition.

The third passenger, an eight-year-old girl was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with minor injuries.

The elderly male driver and sole occupant of the second vehicle was not injured and has been taken to Hospital for observation.

Officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit with the assistance of local police are investigating the incident.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternate routes where possible.

This fatality is the first since Operation ‘Arrive Alive’ was launched less than 24 hours ago.

“It’s an absolute tragedy that someone so young has been lost today,” said Traffic and Highway Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.

“With the increase of traffic on the road over the holiday period I am appealing to road users to drive safely and be vigilant when travelling,” he said.

The exact ages of all those involved is yet to be determined.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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 after woman assaulted – Wahroonga

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:03 AEST

Police have been told a man jumped out of a bush next to the footpath and lunged at the woman, before pushing her to the ground.

The woman ran to her home and contacted police. She suffered scratches and scrapes to her back; however did not require treatment.

Officers attached to Kuring Gai Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations.

Police are now looking for the man responsible for the attack.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 25-years-old, 175cm tall, of slim build, with light eyes, a pale complexion, and had no visible tattoos.

The man was seen wearing a black t-shirt, knee-length black shorts, dark-coloured sneakers, and a black balaclava.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, are also urged 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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Attempted armed robbery on tram in Fitzroy

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 16:01 AEST

Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a 32-year-old man following an attempted armed robbery on a tram in Fitzroy last month.

The man boarded a tram on Brunswick Street and allegedly attempted to rob a man who was with his child about 8pm on Saturday 21 November.

The Fitzroy North man was charged with attempted armed robbery, threat to inflict serious injury, assault with a weapon and other related offences and appeared at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court.

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Latest crime statistics released by SAPOL

South Australia Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 15:47 AEST

South Australia Police has released their monthly state and Local Service Area crime statistics. Check out your area via the link below.

State-wide the statistics over the last 12 months to the end of November show that reported offences against the person have risen nine per cent and the total reported offences against property have risen three per cent, which has resulted in an overall rise in reported crime of three per cent.

Anyone can access the statistical information about their area here: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/about-us/crime-statistics-map

Select your area of interest by entering your postcode or suburb.

The release of these statistics, which can be found online at www.police.sa.gov.au  each month, is part of a commitment to extend our communication and engagement with the community.

SAPOL statistics are compiled in compliance with nationally accepted and approved counting rules.

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Two arrested for drug trafficking in Renmark

South Australia Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 15:37 AEST

Acting on a tip from the public, Berri CIB detectives searched a Renmark address this morning and seized drugs and cash.

Detectives, with the assistance of Police Dog Kira and her handler, searched a Renmark property on Friday 18 December and allegedly located 11.5 grams of methamphetamine, 12 ecstasy pills, cannabis plants and an amount of cash.

A woman and a man, both aged 21 from Renmark, were arrested and charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and cultivation of cannabis.

They were both refused police bail and will appear in the Berri Magistrates Court today.

Anyone with information about the manufacture or sale of illicit drugs is encouraged to report it anonymously on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au 

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Police appeal for information following aggravated break and enter – West Kempsey

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 14:35 AEST

The male attempted to speak to the 61-year-old woman, before he assaulted her and demanded property.

The woman complied and handed over cash and two silver bracelets, and the male left the scene.

Officers attached to Mid North Coast Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

Detectives would like to speak to the male involved in the incident.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of slim build, about 160cm tall, and was wearing a dark-grey hoodie, dark tracksuit pants and socks.

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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Two men arrested for online offences against children, Gold Coast

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 14:24 AEST

Gold Coast child protection detectives have arrested two men as part of separate investigations into child exploitation material (CEM) and online offences against minors.

In conjunction with Taskforce Argos, Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) officers yesterday charged a 36-year-old Southport man after detectives executed a search warrant at an address there in relation to the production of child exploitation material (CEM).

He was charged with one count of making CEM and is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on January 13.

In an unrelated investigation, Gold Coast CPIU detectives in a joint operation with Inala detectives executed a search warrant at an Oxley address and seized and examined numerous electronic devices.

A 20-year-old Oxley man was charged with one count of Using the Internet to Procure a child and will appear in a Brisbane court.

Queensland’s young people need to be aware of the dangers of ‘sexting’ and talking to strangers online.

Gold Coast CPIU Acting Inspector Greg Aubort said parents should find what their children are doing on the internet.

“Often our young people can get caught up in the moment and swap explicit images of each other completely unaware of the criminal offence of creating and distributing this type of material,” Detective Acting Inspector Aubort said.

“Often they’re also unaware of exactly who they are talking – having simply ‘befriended’ a stranger online that might seek to draw them in for less than innocent reasons.”

Child exploitation material by definition can include imagery such as cartoons or written words that describes or depicts a child under 16 years in a sexual context or subjected to abuse.

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Police are currently searching for missing man Jeremy Gilleard

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 14:19 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 69-year-old Melbourne East man Jeremy Gilleard.

Police have been told Jeremy was to be picked up from a venue on Bourke Street about 10.30am but was not there and has not been seen since.

Police and Jeremy’s family have concerns for his welfare due to his age and current weather conditions.

He also suffers from a medical condition that requires daily medication.

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

Jeremy is described as Caucasian, 170cm tall with a medium build.

He was wearing a straw hat, sunglasses, dark striped polo shirt and grey cargo shorts.

Anyone who sees Jeremy is urged to contact Melbourne East police station on 9637 1100.

Leading Senior Constable Melissa Seach

Media Officer

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Missing woman from Wyoming located safe and well

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 14:12 AEST

Police were contacted, and officers attached to Brisbane Water Local Area Command commenced searching for her.

Following inquiries, the woman was located in Mona Vale about 12.30pm today (Friday 18 December 2015), safe and well.

Police thank the public and media for their assistance.

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Have you seen this mini loader?

South Australia Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 13:00 AEST

Police are investigating the theft of a mini loader, attachments and trailer from an Old Noarlunga business early this morning – do you have any information that might assist?

Entry was gained to the Main South Rd business about 3am when a gate padlock was cut.

Stolen was a green 2007 ‘Kanga’ Mini Loader G524 and attachments (Serial No. 107786) on trailer (SA registration: YHU243). 

If anyone has any information about this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on free-call 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/  All information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.   If you know the current whereabouts of the stolen property, please call police on

131 444

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Kurt Stone Wanted

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 12:29 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Kurt Stone.

A warrant has been issued for the 39-year-old’s arrest after he failed to appear at court to face assault charges.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a fair complexion, 175cm tall, brown hair and brown eyes.

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

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Kurt Stone Wanted (2)

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 12:29 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Kurt Stone.

A warrant has been issued for the 39-year-old’s arrest after he failed to appear at court to face assault charges.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a fair complexion, 175cm tall, brown hair and brown eyes.

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

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Man charged over alleged child grooming offences – Strike Force Trawler

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 12:25 AEST

As a result, police conducted covert investigations and assumed the identity of a 13-year-old girl to communicate with the man via social media.

During the conversations it’s alleged the man repeatedly made sexually explicit remarks regarding the sexual exploitation of young children.

Following subsequent inquiries, detectives attended a home on Kissing Point Road at Ermington about 9.30am yesterday (Thursday 17 December 2015).

A 52-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age; and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16 years.

He was given strict conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 20 January 2016.

After his arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at the home where they seized a computer, mobile phone and a number of electronic storage devices.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing CEIU investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit and police in NSW work closely with their law enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Meanwhile, 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.

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 appeal after child approached – Urunga, near Coffs Harbour

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 12:15 AEST

Police have been told an unknown man sitting nearby on the boardwalk, spoke to the girl and asked to take a photograph.

The girl said no and the man left the area.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist them.

He is described as being an older male with short grey hair, wearing shorts, t-shirt and blue thongs and had a medium sized black and white camera around his neck.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man stabbed-Shoalhaven

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 12:12 AEST

Officers found the man had stab wounds on his back and cuts to his neck and arms.

He was taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital for treatment; he is in a serious condition.

Police have been told the man had been arguing with another male outside a home at the location, shortly before he was found on the roadside.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with any information in relation to the stabbing to contact Crime Stoppers or Nowra Police Station on 4421 9699.

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 appeal for information following serious injury crash – Eastern Creek

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 11:45 AEST

The 23-year-old driver of the Toyota was uninjured. His 17-year-old passenger suffered head and leg injuries.

A 25-year-old man that was seated in the parked car also suffered a number of injuries.

The injured pair was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Officers attached to the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit assessed the scene and continue to make inquiries.

They would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the events leading up to the incident.

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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Pair arrested over serious offences – Gold Coast

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 11:04 AEST

A man and a woman have been arrested over a number of serious offences on the Gold Coast in the early hours of this morning.

Around 5.15am police were conducting street checks on a man and a woman in a car on the Esplanade at Paradise Point when it was discovered the 43-year-old man was wanted for questioning by police.

At this time the pair became violent with the woman grabbing at a police radio from an officer and attempting to take another officer’s gun.

The couple drove off in the car and struck a tree before reversing and hitting the side of the police vehicle. The car continued travelling south along Bayview Street.

The car was observed to travel into Huon Avenue at Runaway Bay before the pair ran into a nearby residence.

Police entered the residence and located the couple hiding inside the house where they were arrested. The occupants of the house did not know the couple.

No one was injured during the incident.

Investigations are continuing.

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Fatal – Mataranka

Northern Territory Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 10:06 AEST

The Northern Territory road toll now stands at 47 following the death of a female pedestrian on the Stuart Highway north of Mataranka this morning.

Police were called to the scene at 5:00am where the victim was located on the road.

The driver of the vehicle is assisting Police with their enquiries.

“The southbound lane of Stuart Highway is closed 5km north of Mataranka and traffic diversions are in place,” said Commander Bruce Porter. “Motorists are asked to please avoid the area if possible and obey all traffic directions.”

The road toll for the same time last year was 38.

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Man charged following alleged fail-to-stop trail bike collision – Central Coast

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 09:59 AEST

The boy was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with skull and facial injuries.

He remained in hospital for a number of days before being released.

Officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were told the male rider did not stop at the scene to render assistance.

Specialist investigators from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit attended and commenced investigations, including a public appeal.

About 1.50pm yesterday (Thursday 17 December 2015), officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command attended a home on Hutton Road, The Entrance North, and arrested a 34-year-old man.

He was taken to Wyong police station where he was charged with a number of offences including, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, not give particulars to injured person, and use unregistered vehicle.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Wyong Local Court today (Friday 18 December 2015).

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Helicopter Missions – Waterfall Valley and Tinderbox Cliffs

Tasmania Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 09:45 AEST

Friday, 18 December 2015 – 2:31 am.

On 17 December 2015 at approximately 8.30pm the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend Waterfall Valley in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park for a bushwalker who was suffering from a medical condition.

The helicopter flew to the location and treated the 57 year old man at the scene before transporting him to Hobart.

Whilst travelling back to Hobart the helicopter was re-tasked an incident at Piersons Point near Tinderbox in the south of the State.

A 19 year old man had fallen approximately 10 metres down a cliff face whilst fishing in the area.

Paramedics were taken to the man via police vessels where he was stabilised at the scene.

The helicopter attended the location and winched the man from the area. He was transported to the RHH suffering multiple fractures.

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Helicopter Mission South Coast Track

Tasmania Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 09:36 AEST

Thursday, 17 December 2015 – 9:28 pm.

On Thursday 17 December at approximately 5.00pm the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend Deadman’s Bay on the South Coast for an injured bushwalker.

The 57 year old man from Hobart sustained a leg injury whilst transiting the Ironbound Range.

The helicopter flew to the location and transported the man to Hobart.

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Sunshine Coast motorists urged to drive safe these holidays

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 09:11 AEST

More than 100 drink and drug drivers have been caught on the Sunshine Coast in the past fortnight as police ramp up enforcement activities over the holiday period.

In an ongoing commitment to save lives and reduce trauma on our roads, Sunshine Coast police will be targeting drivers ignoring the Fatal Five – speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, not wearing a seatbelt and distraction.

Eleven people have died in traffic crashes across the district so far this year.

Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said one death on our roads was one death too many.

“Informing family that their loved one has unexpectedly died in a traffic crash is a very difficult task for our officers, particularly at this time of the year,” Superintendent Johnson said.

“We want to do everything we can to avoid having further tragedies on our roads and we are asking the community to obey the road rules and drive responsibly.”

Superintendent Johnson said more than 100 drivers had been detected driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs as part of traffic operation on the Sunshine Coast in the past two weeks.

“It is very concerning to see more than 70 drink drivers and 30 drug drivers on our roads in the lead up to Christmas,” he said.

“Getting being the wheel while affected by alcohol or drugs is not acceptable and not only endangers the driver and their passengers but also every other road user.

“Our message to those willing to undertake such risky road behaviour is that you will be caught.”

Sunshine Coast police are urging everyone to take responsibility for road safety by following the below directions:

• Drive responsibly – concentrate, be patient and drive to conditions

• Be alert – take rest breaks to ensure you are not too tired to drive.

• Do not speed

• Wear a seatbelt or helmet.

• Do not mix alcohol or drugs and driving.

• Do get distracted while driving – do not use your mobile phone.

• Encourage those driving, your family and friends to adopt safe driving practices.

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Missing elderly woman – Central Coast

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 08:46 AEST

Mrs Tregoning left her home in a 2007 red Toyota Camry (NSW registration: AQ 35 KY). She has not been seen since.

Mrs Tregoning is described as being around 160cm tall, 75-80 kg in weight, with grey / blonde hair.

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is encouraged to contact Gosford Police Station on (02) 4323 5599.

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

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Man arrested on firearm charges

South Australia Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 07:57 AEST

Police arrested a man yesterday after he was found in possession of illegal firearms in the State’s north-west.

Just after 4pm on Thursday 17 December, police stopped a Holden Commodore sedan on the Kadina – Bute Road at Willamulka and spoke with the driver. 

Police searched the car after checks revealed the man was subject to a firearms prohibition order and located 2 rifles and a shotgun. 

Further enquiries revealed one of the rifles was stolen from a Reynella address in 1994. 

A 45-year-old of no fixed address was charged with breaching a prohibition order, hinder police, unlawful possession and breach of bail. 

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

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Police looking for two drivers following pursuits overnight

South Australia Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 07:06 AEST

Police were involved in two pursuits overnight in the north-eastern and western suburbs.

The first occurred at Ingle Farm just after 1am when patrols spotted a white Nissan Skyline, registration S570AGZ on Montague Road and tried to pull it over for a routine traffic stop. 

The driver refused and brief pursuit ensued until the car was lost after turning into Emerald Drive.  

The Nissan was located a short time later abandoned in Bergan Avenue and a search failed to locate the driver.   

Then just after 1.30am, police spotted a stolen blue Hyundai sedan, registration number S171AZI on Meakin Terrace at Seaton. 

Patrols attempted to stop the car but the driver took off and was pursued along Trimmer Parade, Frederick Road and Old Port Road before police terminated due to safety concerns.  

Police enquiries are continuing and if anyone has any information about either of the pursuits or spots the stolen Hyundai, they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at   http://sa.cimestoppers.com.au

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Man charged after drugs (‘ice’), cash, and cars seized – Central Coast

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 06:38 AEST

Officers searched the vehicle and allegedly located over 500 grams of drugs believed to be methylamphetamine (‘ice’), and nearly $10,000 cash. The drugs and car were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.

The driver, a 30-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station.

Following his arrest, officers executed a search warrant at a home on Monash Avenue, Gledswood Hills, where two further cars, more drugs, and other items were seized.

All seized items will undergo forensic analysis.

The 30-year-old man was charged with supply greater than commercial quantity of drugs, possess prohibited drugs (x4), and knowingly deal in proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail and will appear at Gosford Local Court today (Friday 18 December 2015).

Superintendent Daniel Sullivan, Commander of Brisbane Water Local Area Command, said that the arrest is part of the ongoing efforts of the Command to disrupt the supply of drugs on the Central Coast.

“Yesterday’s operation was a significant step in stemming the supply of ice on the Central Coast.

“Our officers did a great job by taking a large quantity of potentially harmful drugs off the streets.

“We are doing all we can to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs on the Central Coast but we can’t do it alone. If you have any information on the manufacture or supply of illegal drugs, please contact us via Crime Stoppers,” Supt Sullivan said.

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Police investigate sexual assault in Flemington

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 05:37 AEST

Detectives from Fawkner Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted in Flemington earlier this month.

Police have been told the 45-year-old woman was doing some washing in a shared laundry area in a large apartment building on Racecourse Road on Sunday 6 December.

At around 5pm, a man walked into the laundry and sexually assaulted the woman.

The woman yelled out for help, and after a person in the building nearby heard her cries and responded, the offender fled.

Investigators have released a FACE image of a man they believe can assist them with their enquiries.

The man is believed to be in his early 20s, of African appearance, approximately 180cm tall with a thin build and short dreadlocks just below his ears.

He was wearing a red t-shirt and black tracksuit pants and spoke with an accent.

Anyone who has information about the incident or the man’s identity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Cath Allen

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$100,000 reward announced into 2012 disappearance of Cranebrook woman – Strike Force Bardsley

New South Wales Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 05:12 AEST

Cheryl Ardler, who would now be 44, was last seen in an alley way near a bus stop on Geenhalg Road, Cranebrook, in early December 2012. She was living in the area at the time.

Cheryl was reported missing by family members in early 2013, following concerns for her welfare, as her disappearance was out of character.

Detectives from Penrith Local Area Command formed Strike Force Bardsley to investigate her disappearance.

An inquest into Cheryl’s death is scheduled to take place at Glebe Coroners Court in March 2016.

Following recent investigations, police now believe the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are suspicious.

As part of those investigations, detectives – with the assistance of the Dog Unit – have conducted searches of properties in Cranebrook, and recently in Villawood.

Cheryl is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, about 159cm tall, with a slim build.

Penrith Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Grant Healey, said Cheryl’s disappearance was out of character.

“Recent inquiries have lead police to believe that the circumstances surrounding Cheryl’s disappearance are suspicious,” Detective Inspector Healey said.

“Detectives, with the assistance of the Dog Unit, have searched properties in Cranebrook, and more recently in Villawood, as part of their investigations.

“Cheryl’s family are desperate to find out what happened to her.

“A $100,000 reward is now in place for information about Cheryl Ardler’s disappearance. We are hoping that the reward will prompt anyone with information about her disappearance to come forward,” Det Insp Healey said.

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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Grievous bodily harm charge, Rockhampton

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 04:01 AEST

Detectives have charged a man following an alleged assault on East Street in Rockhampton overnight.

Police will allege at around 11:30pm the man assaulted a 53-year-old man outside a licenced venue, causing him to fall the ground, resulting in multiple fractures to his wrist.

A 29-year-old man from North Mackay has been charged with one count of grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

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Serious assault police, Helensvale

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 03:23 AEST

Police have charged a woman following an incident in Helensvale overnight.

At around 10:20pm officers attended a residence in Corinda Place following reports of a disturbance.

It will be alleged as officers were taking a woman into custody a male officer sustained a cut to his arm from a kitchen knife.

The officer was subsequently transported to Pindara Hospital for treatment of a laceration to his forearm.

A 20-year-old Helensvale woman has been charged with one count of serious assault police causing bodily harm whilst armed.

She is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

Queensland Police Service

Stealing, Arana Hills

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 01:41 AEST

Police are investigating following a stealing incident at a bottle shop on Patricks Road in Arana Hills overnight.

Initial investigations suggest at around 9:00pm a man entered the business and demanded money from two staff members.

The staff members complied with the man’s demands, handing over a sum of cash before the man fled the scene on foot.

No one was physically injured during the incident.

The man is described as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance, approximately 178cm tall, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, with a flannelette shirt covering his face.

Investigations are continuing.

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Theft of orange Mazda in North Melbourne

Victoria Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 01:09 AEST

Police are appealing for public help following the theft of a bright orange Mazda Coupe in North Melbourne last night.

Investigators have been told the 36-year-old owner parked his Mazda RX7 Coupe in the centre parking bays on Capel Place, near Victoria Street, about 7.30pm while he went out for dinner near-by.

The Keilor Downs man returned to Capel Place about 10pm and discovered his car had been stolen.

Police have released the below image of the stolen Mazda RX7 Coupe with registration – ACC 928.

The vehicle is valued at approximately $35,000.

Keilor Downs police are investigating the theft and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Kelly Grindley

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Serious traffic crash, Witheren

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 18/12/2015 00:18 AEST

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating following a serious traffic crash on Beechmont Road in Witheren this morning.

Initial investigations suggest at around 10:00am a car was travelling south along Beechmont Road when it collided with a motorcycle travelling in a northerly direction. A second motorcycle travelling north has also collided with the vehicles.

A 57-year-old man from Robina and a 48-year-old man from Hope Island suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries and were transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The driver of the car was not injured during the crash.

Investigations are continuing.

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Man arrested following Northern suburbs pursuit

South Australia Police on Friday, 18/12/2015 00:16 AEST

A man has been arrested following a pursuit in the northern suburbs this evening.

Just after 10.30pm on Thursday 17 December, police spotted a car driving erratically on Montague Road. Checks revealed that the car’s registration was expired.  

Police activated emergency lights attempting to stop the car however the driver refused to pull over and short pursuit ensued. The police helicopter (Polair) was quick to respond and took over the pursuit from the air tracking the car to Mitchell Avenue, Para Hills, where it was dumped and the driver made a run for it.  

Unfortunately for the 19-year-old driver, Polair directed patrols on the ground to his location and he was arrested without incident.

The man from Valley View is currently being interviewed by police and is expected to be charged with a number of offences including engaging in a police pursuit.

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Police investigate fatal crash – Glenorie

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 17/12/2015 22:55 AEST

The driver, a man believed to be aged in his 20s, died at the scene.

No one else was injured during the incident.

A crime scene was established by officers from The Hills Local Area Command and investigations into the crash are continuing.

Police urge anyone who witnessed the crash and have not yet provided statements to police 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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Missing Rowville Teen

Victoria Police on Thursday, 17/12/2015 22:26 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing teen Jack Barfoot.

The 15-year-old was last seen Monday morning around 9am when he left his home in Rowville.

Police have concerns due to the age of Jack.

Jack is Caucasian, with fair skin, brown hair and blue eyes.

The below image of Jack has been released.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Triple Zero (000) or Rowville Police Station on 9764 0996.

Sergeant Anthoula Moutis

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