Aussie Police News Wrap for Tuesday Evening – 26/01/2016

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016.

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

Death – Girraween

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 20:20 AEST

Northern Territory Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man at a home in Girraween about 4pm this afternoon.

It is believed the man was swimming in a pool at a party when he died.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death are continuing.

Northern Territory Police

Serious crash in Sedan

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 20:18 AEST

Police are investigating a serious motorcycle crash in Sedan in the Murray Mallee earlier today.

At 4.30pm on Tuesday 26 January, Police and emergency services received reports that a motorcycle had collided with a tree on a dirt road off the Stott Highway.

The rider was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Major Crash investigators are attending the scene.

South Australia Police

Police appeal following assault – Parramatta

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 19:41 AEST

Police are appealing for information following an assault in Parramatta yesterday.

About 11.20pm (Monday 25 January 2016), a 20-year-old man was walking along Victoria Road, Parramatta, when he heard three males call out to him from a licensed venue.

A short time later, police have been told the man was knocked to the ground after being punched at the intersection of Victoria Road and Brabyn Street. He was then allegedly kicked and punched in the head and body.

The three males left the scene and were last seen walking east on Victoria Road.

The man was taken to Westmead Hospital and treated for cuts and grazes to his face.

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Charges – Illicit Drugs – Durack

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 19:39 AEST

A 21-year-old woman has been charged following a search warrant at a Durack home this afternoon.

Detective Superintendent Clint Sims said Police located a quantity of MDMA tablets, a trafficable quantity of methamphetamine and a quantity of cash allegedly derived from drug sales.

“Police will allege the woman was supplying these drugs in the Darwin area.

“We will continue to target those who seek to profit from the sale of these dangerous drugs, regardless of the time or place they wish to do their business.”

She was charged with:

Possession Schedule 1 Dangerous Drug – Trafficable quantity

Possession Schedule 2 Dangerous Drug – Commercial quantity

Supply Schedule 1 Dangerous Drug

Supply Schedule 2 Dangerous Drug – Commercial quantity

Receive property – Commission of offence

Unauthorised possession Schedule 4 substance

She was remanded in custody to appear in Darwin Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Northern Territory Police

Missing person – Katoomba

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 19:21 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man who went missing from Katoomba yesterday.

John Clover, aged 68, resides in a nursing home on Penault Street, Katoomba.

He was last seen about 11.50am (Monday 25 January 2016) near the grounds of the facility.

Police hold concerns for his welfare as Mr Clover has a number of physical illnesses which require medication.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 172cm tall, with a large build, grey hair and a moustache.

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Man charged after security guard, police officer assaulted – Sydney CBD

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 19:15 AEST

A man has been charged with multiple offences after a security guard and police officer were assaulted in Sydney’s CBD overnight.

Emergency services were called to a hotel on Pitt Street just before 2.30am (Tuesday 26 January 2016), following reports a guard had been injured after a patron was refused entry.

The 54-year-old man was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment to facial and head injuries.

Officers from Sydney City Local Area Command attended and arrested a man inside the premises.

During the arrest it’s alleged the man repeatedly kicked an officer before attempting to remove his firearm.

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Update: Search for missing swimmer Noosa North Shore

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 18:38 AEST

A body believed to be that of a 19-year-old man reported missing while swimming at Noosa North Shore on Sunday has been located this afternoon.

Around 2.30pm this afternoon police received reports that a body had been found on the beach approximately 5km south of the Teewah Beach camping area.

Police and emergency services travelled to the location and have confirmed that a man’s body has been located.

Queensland Police Service

Update 2: Suspicious death investigation, Buddina

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 17:45 AEST

Detectives investigating the suspicious death of a 33-year-old man at Buddina on Sunday have released an image of a man who may be able to assist with their investigation.

Scott Frank Williams was located deceased inside a Boorook Street unit around 1.40pm on Sunday.

Investigators would like to speak with 39-year-old Brandon John Mischewski (pictured) as part of their inquiries. It is believed he may currently be travelling with a 32-year-old woman.

He is Caucasian, about 183cm tall with a fair complexion and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged not to approach him but to contact police.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about the matter to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Two die following collision – Wagga Wagga

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 16:32 AEST

Two people have died following a collision near Wagga Wagga today.

About 12.40pm (Tuesday 26 January 2016), emergency services were called to Gregadoo Road, Gregadoo, following reports of a head-on collision between two cars.

One vehicle caught alight and the driver died at the scene. They have not been formally identified at this stage.

The passenger of the second vehicle, an 88-year-old man, also died at the scene. The male driver, of unknown age, was taken to Wagga Rural Referral Hospital. His injuries are not known.

Officers from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command are investigating the circumstance surrounding the crash.

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Coldstream impound

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 16:22 AEST

A Bayswater woman was arrested and her car impounded in Coldstream last night.

Police in the area responded to a report of a Subaru station wagon travelling east and swerving all over Maroondah Highway about 6.30pm.

The car was intercepted on Maroondah Highway and the driver was breath tested.

She returned a positive reading and was and arrested for being found drunk in a public place.

The woman was taken to a police station for an evidentiary breath test where she returned a reading of 0.256.

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Police charge escapee – Nowra

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 15:39 AEST

Police have charged an escapee who was arrested yesterday after allegedly stealing a car that crashed into a service station at Nowra.

Just before 2pm (Monday 25 January 2016), a minimum security inmate, a 43-year-old man, allegedly escaped from the South Coast Correctional Facility where he was working on the grounds.

The man allegedly stole a black Mercedes Eco van from a nearby car park on Old Southern Road, Nowra.

A short time later, officers from Southern Region Traffic and Highway Patrol Command responded to reports that the van was on the Princes Highway, South Nowra.

Police attended the location and saw the Mercedes.

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Media Release: Cocaine in chocolate seized at Sydney Airport

Australian Federal Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 15:24 AEST

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force.

A 27-year-old Malaysian man has appeared before the Parramatta Local Court today, charged with importing approximately 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in boxes of chocolate.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the man when he arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from the United Arab Emirates yesterday (25 January).

The officers examined the man’s bags which contained four boxes of chocolates and a container of alcohol. When the officers opened the boxes they uncovered pellets inside, with initial testing confirming the pellets were positive for cocaine. Further testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The matter was subsequently referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation.

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Boy dies following Willaura crash

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 14:53 AEST

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating following a fatal crash in Willaura this afternoon.

It’s believed a vehicle was travelling north along Mafeking Road when it left the road and struck tree about 12.17pm.

A teenage boy, believed to be a front seat passenger, died at the scene.

The female driver was conveyed to Ararat Hospital with serious injuries.

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

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Man charged over outstanding warrants after alleged pursuit near Taree

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 14:45 AEST

A Queensland man has been charged in relation to outstanding warrants following an alleged pursuit near Taree yesterday morning.

About 8.45am (Monday 25 January 2016), Manning Great Lakes Highway Patrol officers initiated a pursuit with a black Holden Cruze on the Pacific Highway at Coopernook.

Checks revealed the vehicle had been stolen from a home in Queensland earlier this month. The number plates had also been reported stolen during a separate incident.

The pursuit reached speeds of up to 210km/h and was terminated a short time later.

Shortly after 9am, officers again sighted the vehicle on the Pacific Highway, Cundletown, and engaged in a brief pursuit with the vehicle, which was again terminated due to high speeds.

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Police remind motorists to think about tomorrow and drive to the conditions – Operation Arrive Alive

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 14:15 AEST

Traffic and Highway Patrol police are continuing to see irresponsible motorists putting lives at risk, with 21 drink driving charges being laid on day four of Operation Arrive Alive.

The road safety campaign which commenced on Friday 18 December 2015 will continue through until midnight tonight and the double demerit period remains in place until then for all speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone use and helmet offences.

Police are reminding drivers to take care on the roads today as Australia Day celebrations get into full swing, and wet weather conditions expected across parts of the state.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said people planning on drinking today, should abstain from driving and organise alternative transport methods.

“Police will continue to target drink drivers today with thousands of extra police out in force on the roads,” Acting Assistance Commissioner Smith said.

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Burglary with violence, Everton Park

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 14:14 AEST

Police are appealing for assistance to locate a man they believe could assist with investigations into a burglary with violence this morning at Everton Park.

Initial investigations indicate that around 6.25am, a man forced entry into a unit on Buller Street when he was seen by a woman who alerted a male occupant, who was inside a bedroom.

When the man confronted him, he attempted to steal a handbag.

In an effort to stop him from taking the handbag, a physical altercation ensued between the two men.

The man from the unit sustained minor injuries to his jaw and arm, before managing to push the other man out.

After being locked outside, the man caused further damage to the front door before leaving on foot on South Pine Road without any property.

The man is described as being Caucasian in appearance and aged in his 30s, with a slim build and brown eyes. He is also believed to be approximately 170cm tall.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Police particularly want to speak with a group of people who were believed to be exercising on South Pine Road shortly after 6.30am.

Queensland Police Service

Rock Throwing – Palmerston

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 13:45 AEST

Northern Territory Police are again reminding Territorians of the Dangers of rock-throwing following a spate of complaints from across the Territory since the New Year.

Territory Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said Police were last night directed to Temple Terrace near the Palmerston Shopping Centre by CCTV operators who had observed a group of youths throwing rocks.

“Members attended and spoke to three youths aged 13, 10 and eight, who all admitted involvement in rock throwing,” she said.

The eight-year-old was released, the 10-year-old was given a written warning and the 13-year-old arrested.

“Luckily there were no reports of damage.

“Police are getting reports at least every second night of rock throwing somewhere in the Territory. It’s a dangerous practice and people have died interstate in the past.

“There are better ways to spend your night that don’t involve pelting rocks at moving cars or buildings,” Superintendent Jorgensen said.

Anyone who witnesses instances of rock throwing is urged to contact Police as soon as they can on 131 444.

Northern Territory Police

Update 2: Threatening violence charges, Garbutt

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 13:29 AEST

A man and a woman have been charged with various offences following an incident at a Garbutt residence last night which led to an emergency situation being declared.

The declaration was made under the Public Safety Preservation Act after officers attended the Lancaster Street house where a man and a woman allegedly threatened police with knives around 5.30pm.

The matter was resolved around 8.40pm when the man and woman were arrested.

Two children inside the house at the time were unharmed.

A 23-year-old man was charged with eight counts of serious assault police, three counts of threatening violence, two counts each of going armed so as to cause fear and endangering children by exposure and one count of wilful damage.

A 23-year-old woman was charged with three counts of threatening violence, two counts each of serious assault police, going armed so as to cause fear, endangering children by exposure and one count of wilful damage.

The pair appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court this morning where they were remanded in custody to reappear on February 17.

Queensland Police Service

Arrest made following Braybrook shooting

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 13:00 AEST

Armed Crime Squad detectives have arrested a Braybrook man after a man was shot in the leg in Braybrook this morning.

Emergency services were called to a residential property on McLennan Street shortly before 7.30am.

The victim, a 32-year-old Point Cook man, was taken to hospital with non- life threatening injuries.

The 26-year-old Braybrook man is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Anyone with information about the shooting incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Media opportunity – Suspicious death, Buddina

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 12:20 AEST

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Off duty policeman caught drink driving – Scoresby

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 12:12 AEST

A Victoria Police Leading Senior Constable has been detected drink driving in Scoresby last week.

The off duty male officer from a specialist department returned a positive reading when he was intercepted during a booze bus operation on Ferntree Gully Road shortly before 9.15pm on 19 January.

A subsequent evidentiary breath test returned a reading of 0.057 per cent.

He has been issued with a penalty notice for drink driving and has lost 10 demerit points.

Professional Standards Command has been notified as per standard procedure.

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Update, death investigation, Buddina

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 12:08 AEST

Police are investigating the death of a man at Buddina on January 24 are appealing for two men who may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Police attended an address at Boorook Street about 1.40pm after it was reported that a man was deceased.

A 33-year-old Mount Coolum man was located deceased inside the unit.

Forensic examinations yesterday led police to believe that there are possibly suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Police are appealing for two men who were in the area, one who has already spoken to police, to please contact them for further follow up inquiries.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Water Police ramp up Lake Eildon operation

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:59 AEST

Water Police officers have been conducting Operation Rampstop at Lake Eildon since Saturday in an effort to enforce boat safety.

In the past three days, member have checked more than 120 vessels and identified 50 offences relating to wearing or carrying personal flotation devices, speeding in close proximity of other vessels and/or swimmers and several other safety equipment offences.

Acting Sergeant Ben Penrose said the operation was a multi-faceted approach to keeping Lake Eildon safe for the community to enjoy.

“Lake Eildon is one of the busiest inland waterways in Victoria, so it’s really important for us to make sure everyone is enjoying it safely,” A/Sgt Penrose said.

“There’s always a lot going on out on the lake, with boats, jet-skis, water skiers and swimmers all sharing the same space.

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Man charged over alleged home invasion, assault – Moruya

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:51 AEST

A man has been charged over an alleged assault during a home invasion on the state’s Far South Coast overnight.

Just before 12.30am (Tuesday 26 January 2016), a man forced entry to a home on Hawdon Street at Moruya and confronted the occupant, a 69-year-old man.

It’s alleged the man assaulted the occupant with a metal pipe, before forcing him and his grandson to leave the house with him.

Police were alerted and officers from Far South Coast Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

The 69-year-old man was taken to Moruya Hospital for treatment to facial and leg injuries.

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Police investigate death of animals – Diamond Creek

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:47 AEST

Police are investigating after a kangaroo and a rabbit were located dead in Diamond Creek this morning.

Police received reports of a decapitated kangaroo at a picnic area to the side of the Diamond Creek Walking Trail about 8.20am.

On arrival, police located the head of the kangaroo on a barbecue plate, while the body was located about 60m away.

A skinned rabbit was also located in the adjacent children’s playground, near the intersection of Campbell and Watkins Streets.

Diamond Creek police are investigating and would like to hear from anyone who has used the track from yesterday evening to this morning and whether they saw the dead animals there at the time.

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Serious assault police, Cairns

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:42 AEST

Police have charged four people after a police officer was injured during an arrest earlier this morning.

Around 1.45am, police were responding to a fight at the corner of Shields and Grafton Streets in Cairns between a number of people.

As police were attempting to break up the fight, a man was being handcuffed and it will be alleged that he has bitten a male Acting Sergeant on his finger.

It will be further alleged that the group then turned on police and attempted to assault a number of officers, causing the officers to use OC spray.

Two men and two women were taken into custody without further incident.

The 49-year-old officer will be required to undergo disease testing.

A 31-year-old Mossman man has been charged with one count each of serious assault police by biting, obstruct police and public nuisance.

He was due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today.

A 22-year-old woman from Mossman has been charged with two counts of obstruct police and one count of public nuisance.

A 48-year-old woman from Parramatta Park has been charged with one count each of obstruct police and public nuisance.

A 19-year-old Edmonton man has been charged with one count each of obstruct police and public nuisance.

They are all due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on February 11.

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Police investigate Braybrook shooting

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:34 AEST

Police are investigating after a man was shot in the leg in Braybrook this morning.

Emergency services were called to a residential property on McLennan Street shortly before 7.30am.

It’s believed three men were involved in an altercation at the property when one of them was shot in the leg.

The other two men then left the area and the victim was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Armed Crime Taskforce are investigating the incident.

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Body located in Fitzroy North

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:22 AEST

Police will prepare a report for the coroner after the body of a man was located near Merri Creek in Fitzroy North yesterday.

The body is believed to be that of missing Coburg man Karl Von Bamberger.

The body was located near Holden Street about midday.

Karl was reported missing to police last Wednesday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Australian Police Medal awarded to six of Service’s finest

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:11 AEST

Commissioner Ian Stewart today welcomed the announcement of the six recipients of the Australian Police Medal (APM) from the QPS ranks who have been nationally honoured for this distinguished service.

The QPS APM recipients share a vast and diverse career history between them, having served over Queensland in a number of roles.

Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless, State Crime Command; Chief Superintendent Martin Mickelson, South Eastern Region; Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy, Brisbane Region; Inspector Jo-Anne Henderson, Brisbane Region; Sergeant Linda Smith, South Eastern Region; and Senior Constable Neale McShane, Northern Region, will be presented their APM at an upcoming ceremony.

Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless

State Crime Command

Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless is recognised for his leadership and excellence in organisational improvement, change management, and operational planning. Since graduating from the QPS Academy in September 1986, he has served with distinction in a range of police appointments, including in the roles of District Inspector, Regional Crime Coordinator, District Officer and Detective Chief Superintendent. Assistant Commissioner Carless is recognised for his commitment to organisational and cultural change management following the ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ report into police corruption and was chosen as the ‘Change Champion’ for the Central Region to implement the changes from the QPS restructure. Assistant Commissioner Carless has studied and worked with police in New Zealand, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and New Scotland Yard and is acknowledged as a leader who implements change.

Chief Superintendent Martin Mickelson

South Eastern Region

Chief Superintendent Martin Mickelson has demonstrated skill and expertise in many policing areas throughout his career that commenced in 1979, with particular emphasis on criminal investigations and intelligence, where he has led a number of significant change initiatives. Following a secondment to the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence in Canberra, Chief Superintendent Mickelson was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Queensland Police Intelligence Network which significantly improved the intelligence product delivered to operational officers. He later went on to play an integral role in the development and implementation of Telephone Interception capabilities to the QPS, a capability that now plays a crucial role in the investigation of major crime throughout Queensland. Chief Superintendent Mickelson is recognised for his commitment, dedication and as a strong leader who can implement change and foster innovation in a diverse and dynamic policing environment.

Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy

Brisbane Region

Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy has demonstrated outstanding dedication, commitment and leadership during his nearly 30 years with the QPS. His commitment, skill and expertise in operational policing practices, organisational improvement and professional development have contributed to his effectiveness in key positions in both operational and corporate sections of the QPS. His professionalism, leadership abilities, strategic planning skills, and commitment to training and development of police officers epitomise the pursuit of excellence and have contributed to the enhancement of ethical standards, discipline and professional practice of the QPS. Chief Superintendent Chelepy has served the community in Queensland in a broad range of operational responsibilities, and he is recognised for his leadership and strategic planning skills and commitment to ongoing education, training and development of police officers. Chief Superintendent Chelepy is acknowledged as a leader who can implement change and his approach to his own professional development and the encouragement of police officers to seek out higher education and development opportunities are indicative of his commitment to continuous improvement.

Inspector Jo-Anne Henderson

Brisbane Region

Inspector Jo-Anne Henderson has served the QPS and the community with distinction for the past 24 years since graduating from the Academy in 1991. During her career she has worked in a variety of operational, training and corporate positions in both non-commissioned and commissioned roles. Inspector Henderson has contributed significantly by way of outstanding leadership and efficiency in management of projects and initiatives that have benefited the QPS and the community. Inspector Henderson was responsible for the Child Safety Coordination Unit, State Crime Operations Command, providing strategic and policy advice on child protection and youth justice issues to the QPS Child Safety Director and Commissioner and the provision of specialist forensic interviewing of children training state-wide for six years. The work required significant leadership, strategic direction and excellence in change management skills.

Sergeant Linda Smith

South Eastern Region

Sergeant Linda Smith graduated from the Academy in 1991 and is recognised for her dedication to General Duties policing and for her success and commitment to the Police Prosecution Corps. Sergeant Smith has served with distinction in a range of police appointments during her career including lengthy postings to isolated communities. She is acknowledged for her service to the community of Queensland through her dedication to policing in rural communities. Sergeant Smith was instrumental in the establishment of the Longreach Police Prosecution Corps, a role which she undertook whilst maintaining her substantive position as Officer in Charge of Muttaburra Police Station. As a part of this role she liaised extensively with other government agencies and external service providers in ensuring the delivery of quality outcomes to the community. She has made significant improvements to policing strategies and the delivery of services to the broader community.

Senior Constable Neale McShane

Northern Region

Senior Constable Neale McShane was sworn in to the QPS in June 1995 after serving in the Victorian Police for 19 years. Senior Constable McShane has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his career with the QPS and is recognised for his leadership and excellence in operational policing and community engagement. He has served his entire career with the QPS in the Northern Region with distinction in a range of police appointments where he has displayed commitment and skill in operational policing and has sought to enhance service delivery based on policing priorities and community needs and expectations. He is highly respected by the people of Birdsville and the surrounding communities. This respect is further highlighted by the high esteem in which he is held by police from South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, which all boarder the Birdsville Division.

Commissioner Stewart acknowledged the dedication of each of the APM recipients.

“These APM recipients come from varied careers but each displays the desired and exemplary attributes of a QPS officer,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“I would like to congratulate and give my own personal thanks to each of the officers and also that on behalf of the Service.”

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Investigation into disappearance of Beaumont children continues 50 years on

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 11:09 AEST

SA Police believe there is still a window of opportunity to discover what happened to the Beaumont children who disappeared from Glenelg 50 years ago today, but concede that window is shrinking due to the passage of time.

Detective Superintendent Des Bray, the officer in charge of the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, said the police inquiry into the disappearance of Jane, 9, Arnna, 7 and Grant, 4, on 26 January 1966 has continued unabated over the decades and will continue as an active investigation.

“Over the last two years we’ve had more than 160 reports to Crime Stoppers regarding this matter,” he said. “Plus there have been letters and emails and calls direct to Major Crime.

“Each piece of information is reviewed, assessed and followed up where appropriate. This is a case which has never reached the point where there are no leads to follow, despite the passage of time. There is always something happening.

“We know that the next phone call or fresh piece of credible information could provide us with what we need to bring these children home to their parents.”

Recent information has led to officers from Major Crime making inquiries in country SA in relation to suggestions of another a man, who is now deceased, as having an involvement. Whether or not he was involved has yet to be determined.

Detective Superintendent Bray said that man is simply one of hundreds nominated over the decades as potentially being responsible for the disappearance of the children.

“In relation to each, police investigate in a bid to definitely rule the person in, or out, of the inquiry,” he said.

“We have dozens of ‘persons of interest’ in this matter – including some of the country’s most infamous paedophiles – who we have not been able to conclusively rule in or out.

“The person who did this could be any one of those – or someone who still has not yet come to our attention. We have even had those who have made false confessions to others.”

He said despite the passage of time, Major Crime investigators had not given up.

“Along with old fashioned police work, we would need a little bit of luck to solve this,” he said, “but just because something is hard doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.

“The community and families rightly expect us to solve every homicide and recover the remains of every victim – and if we don’t that’s completely unacceptable to us.

“I believe there is still an opportunity to get a result in this case, but that window of opportunity is shrinking. As long as there’s hope, we’ll keep trying very hard.”

A reward of $1 million has been offered by the State Government in connection with the case, and Detective Superintendent Bray said he would love for it to be paid out.

“I would urge anyone with fresh information in connection with this matter to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online ( https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/ ).”

South Australia Police

Man charged after Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 10:31 AEST

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team has charged an 18-year-old man with three counts of collecting document likely to facilitate terrorist acts.

The Guildford man was arrested late yesterday and has been bail refused.

The man was the subject of a Firearm Prohibition Order served on Wednesday January 13 at which time a number of items were seized.

The man will appear in Parramatta Bail Court via video link today, January 26 2016.

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Car fire at Craigmore

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 10:26 AEST

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at Craigmore that caused extensive damage to a car this morning.

At 4.30am, police and fire crews were called to a house in Lomalinda Drive, after reports that a Ford sedan was on fire.

MFS officers extinguished the blaze, and anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Media Release: Man charged after Joint Counter Terrorism Team operation

Australian Federal Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 10:20 AEST

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the NSW Police.

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team has charged an 18-year-old man with three counts of collecting document likely to facilitate terrorist acts.

The Guildford man was arrested late yesterday (Monday 25 January) and has been bail refused.

The man was the subject of a Firearm Prohibition Order served on Wednesday January 13 at which time a number of items were seized.

The man will appear in Parramatta Bail Court via video link today, January 26 2016.

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Police looking for watch thieves

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 09:34 AEST

Police need your help to identify a man and woman who allegedly stole a watch from a store in Adelaide last Wednesday.

Just after 12.30pm on Wednesday 20 January, the woman distracted staff at JR Duty Free on King William Street, while the man forced open a glass cabinet and removed a gold Longines analogue watch valued at over $5,000.

The man is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, aged in his mid-20s, about 184cm tall, slim build, facial stubble and black curly hair. He was wearing a white short sleeve shirt with dark cross hatch patterns, blue denim shorts, sneakers and a red NY baseball cap.

His female accomplice is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in her early 20s, about 172cm tall, slim build, fair complexion and black hair up in a bun. She was wearing a black singlet, denim shorts, sneakers and carrying a large purple handbag with grey straps.

If anyone recognises either of these two or has any information that may assist police, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at http://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Two arrested after guard assaulted – Sydney CBD

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 09:12 AEST

Two men are assisting with inquiries after a security guard was seriously injured during a fight at an inner-city licensed premises.

About 3am today (Tuesday 26 January 2016), emergency services were called to the bar at the intersection of Pitt and Liverpool Street.

Inquiries at the scene indicated two men, both in their early 20s, were stopped from entering a part of the bar due to potential overcrowding issues.

A scuffle has broken out and a short time later the security guard was punched.

He has fallen to the floor and emergency services were called.

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Police officers recognised with Australia Police Medal

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 08:30 AEST

Three South Australia Police officers have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Awards.

As recipients of the Australian Police medal, the awards recognise their distinguished service.

Constable Sharynne Grant

Constable Sharynne Grant joined South Australia Police in 1975 and worked in a range of operational areas before becoming a Victim Contact Officer in 2004.

For the past 20 years she has been committed to providing outstanding services to victims of crime and persons affected by trauma. She brings to the role a passion for service to victims and an empathy for them that goes beyond mere words of comfort. She has created special bonds, particularly with vulnerable victims, and made herself available, at work and in her own time, providing practical and emotional support to families and victims of crime.

Constable Grant’s knowledge of procedures, processes, and services to victims and her commitment to assisting has been invaluable to investigators.

In 2009 Constable Grant was nominated for the South Australia Police Officer of the Year award. She has also been awarded life membership by Victim Support Services and was recently recognised as SAPOL’s longest ever serving female officer.

Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins

Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins joined South Australia Police in 1978 and after graduating, he worked in general patrols until 1985 when he joined the Criminal Investigation Branch.

In 1988 Detective Inspector Hutchins began his first secondment to (the then) Major Crime Squad and over the subsequent years has spent much of his career in various roles with the Major Crime Investigation Branch.

His dedication and commitment to high-level criminal investigations is regarded as exceptional. He has professionally managed investigations and personnel, achieving excellent outcomes for victims of crime and has been involved in the professional development of investigators.

He has fostered outstanding collaborative relationships with victims, and with internal and external agencies, particularly the Crown Solicitors Office and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Highly respected amongst peers, external colleagues, subordinates, victims and members of the community, Detective Inspector Hutchins has provided an exceptional level of service to the development and policing of criminal investigations within South Australia.

Chief Superintendent Douglas Barr

Chief Superintendent Douglas Barr joined South Australia Police in 1976, serving in general postings before becoming a detective and making a significant contribution in several investigation areas.

Promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2008, he was appointed Officer in Charge of State Intelligence Branch before returning to the criminal justice area as Officer in Charge of Prosecution Services Branch (PSB).

He has overseen a restructure of PSB that included the establishment of the Special Prosecution Unit, incorporating the prosecuting solicitor pilot program to handle complex matters aimed at reducing workload stress on existing police prosecutors.

Throughout his career, and particularly during his current tenure with PSB, Chief Superintendent Barr has displayed outstanding commitment, personal drive and leadership.

He has been a driver for improved service delivery outcomes in SAPOL and has implemented many changes all aimed at improving how SAPOL does business in the criminal justice sector. His drive for increased professionalism and efficiency has seen positive outcomes.

South Australia Police

Man shot in southern suburbs

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 08:17 AEST

Police are investigating an incident in the southern suburbs where a man has been shot in the early hours of this morning.

Just after 5am, police were called to Noarlunga Hospital after a man had arrived there with several gunshot wounds to his body. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

He is believed to have been injured somewhere in the Aberfoyle Park or Happy Valley area.

Detectives from South Coast Criminal Investigation Branch are making enquiries into the matter, and anyone who may have seen or heard suspicious activity in these areas is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

South Australia Police

Media Release: Former Commissioner among AFP officers recognised in Australia Day Honours List

Australian Federal Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 07:38 AEST

Former AFP Commissioner Tony Negus has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his distinguished service to the organisation, and is recognised alongside three officers for their significant community contribution.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin congratulated his predecessor and recognised his 32-year contribution to the organisation.

“Among his many contributions to the AFP, Tony Negus was Commissioner at a time when the foreign fighter risk was evolving, guiding the agency in the development of our capabilities to deal with this emerging threat,” Commissioner Colvin said.

Superintendent Mark McIntyre, Federal Agent Yvonne Crozier and Detective Sergeant Greg McLeod have also been awarded Australian Policing Medals for their services to law enforcement.

Recognised for their many achievements, two of the officers made outstanding contributions to Operation Arew – the AFP’s response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

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Missing person Tanya Knibbs found

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 06:59 AEST

Missing person Tanya Knibbs has been found overnight safe and well. Police would like to thank the public for their concern.

South Australia Police

Man injured in Haymarket balcony fall

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 06:53 AEST

A man was seriously injured after falling from a balcony in Haymarket today (Tuesday 26 January 2016)

About 3am, emergency services were called to the apartment block on Quay Street after reports a man had fallen.

When they arrived, emergency services had to climb over a wall in the complex to reach the injured man

Specialist police rescue personnel had to be called for to extricate the man, who is believed to be in his forties.

He was assessed on site by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment to suspected leg and head injuries.

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Fatal Traffic Crash, Greenmount

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 06:19 AEST

Forensic Crash Unit officers continue to investigate a single vehicle traffic crash that occurred on the Darling Downs on January 19.

Initial investigations indicate that at about 2pm a vehicle was travelling south on the New England Highway when the vehicle has left the road and hit a road sign.

The driver, a man in his eighties was air lifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital on the 19th however he has died last night, Monday 25th

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

NSW Police officers honoured in Australia Day Awards

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 05:50 AEST

  • Detective Inspector Caroline O’Hare
  • Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Waterman

  • Chief Superintendent Peter Gillam.

In addition to the APM recipients, Ms Diane Elphinstone will receive a Public Service Medal for her contributions to law enforcement in New South Wales.

A summary of this year’s recipients is below.

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Motorcyclist suffers critical injuries in crash – Emu Plains

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 05:46 AEST

A man is in a critical condition after crashing his motorcycle in Emu Plains overnight.

Just after 10pm (Monday 25 January 2016) a 29-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when he crashed into a retaining wall on Jamieson Street.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Westmead Hospital where he underwent surgery.

He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command are investigating the full circumstances of the crash and would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident and have not yet spoken to police.

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Fatal traffic crash, Burleigh

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 01:57 AEST

Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred at Burleigh yesterday afternoon.

Initial investigations indicate at about 4.30pm a man was crossing West Burleigh Road from the vicinity of Bunyip Street when he was hit by vehicle travelling west along West Burleigh Road.

A local man in his seventies was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he later died.

Investigations are continuing

Queensland Police Service

Man charged following serious crash – Kingsgrove

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 01:19 AEST

Drive recklessly/furiously/speed/manner dangerous – 1st offence (x3)

Drive with high range PCA – 1st offence

Negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm) – 1st offence

Drive, licence suspended under s66 Fines Act

Use unregistered vehicle

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Police issue warning for motorists due to localised flooding – South-west Sydney

New South Wales Police on Tuesday, 26/01/2016 00:34 AEST

Police would like to warn motorist travelling through Sydney’s south-west tonight of local flash flooding that is causing hazardous driving conditions.

Some local streets through Claymore, Macquarie Fields, Campbelltown and Ingleburn have been temporarily closed, or are being closely watched by police as the rain continues to fall.

Motorists are reminded not to drive through floodwater, and should avoid the area where possible.

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Update – Fatal traffic crash, Westcourt

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/01/2016 23:46 AEST

A man injured in a traffic crash at Westcourt this morning has since died.

Initial investigations indicate the man was crossing Brown Street around 8.25am when he was struck by a car.

The man, aged in his 70s, was taken to Cairns Base Hospital but later died.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Woman arrested after serious assault at Woodville Gardens

South Australia Police on Monday, 25/01/2016 23:18 AEST

Detectives from Western Adelaide have arrested a woman following a serious assault at Woodville Gardens earlier today.

Just before 4pm, police were called to a house on Hanson Road after a woman stabbed another with a bottle during an altercation.

The victim, who is known to the accused, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police then attended a nearby property where the woman was arrested.

The 40-year-old from Woodville North has been charged with aggravated assault cause harm and has been bailed to appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on 15 March.

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Police investigate attempted armed robbery on state’s Central Coast

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/01/2016 22:35 AEST

Police are appealing for information following an attempted armed robbery in Niagara Park, on the state’s Central Coast, last night.

About 9.40pm (Sunday 24 January 2016), three men were seen acting suspiciously near a tavern on Washington Avenue.

A security guard at the premises found the men behind a door of the building, one armed with a firearm and one with a sword, before they fled the scene.

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

The men are all described as being about 20-years-old; with one wearing a grey hooded- jumper and dark pants; and the other two wearing a dark hooded-jumpers and pants.

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Police investigate after fatal pedestrian collision – Lismore

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/01/2016 22:31 AEST

Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in Goonellabah, Lismore, this afternoon.

Just before 12.10pm (Monday 25 January 2016), a 92-year-old woman got off a bus on Cambridge Drive, and started to cross the road.

At the same time, a Subaru Outback station wagon was travelling west along the same road, when the woman and car collided.

Ambulance Paramedics assisted the woman at the scene and she was taken to Lismore Hospital; however, she died a short time later.

The 40-year-old female driver of the Subaru was uninjured and taken to Lismore Hospital for mandatory testing.

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Update – Emergent declaration, Garbutt (Townsville)

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/01/2016 22:09 AEST

Police have revoked an emergency situation declared at Garbutt earlier this evening.

The declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act was made at 7.20pm and was revoked at 8.40pm.

A man and a woman have been arrested without incident.

Two children at the house at the time are unharmed and are currently being cared for.

No one was injured with investigations into the incident continuing.

Queensland Police Service

Emergent declaration, Garbutt (Townsville)

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/01/2016 21:19 AEST

Police have declared an emergency under the Public Safety Preservation Act at Garbutt this evening following an incident at a house.

Police attended an address at Lancaster Street around 5.30pm when a man and a woman armed themselves and refused police entry to the residence.

There are two young children at the residence however no threats have been made towards them.

An emergent declaration was made at 7.20pm and encompasses an area including Ramsay, Dearness, Halifax and Douglas Streets, including Harold Philip Park.

Police have established a cordon around the residence with police negotiators on the scene.

There is no further information at this time.

Queensland Police Service

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