Australian Police News Wrap for New Year’s Eve 2015


Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police between 10 PM on Thursday 31/12/2015 and 12.30PM Friday 01/01/2016 (AEST).

The following are media news items released in the past 16 hours by their respective agencies.

Man charged after female officer struck with bottle – Shalvey

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 13:50 AEST

Officers approached them and asked them to move, at which point one person reached inside the police vehicle before running into a nearby home.

Police went to the address and spoke to a group of men who began verbally abusing them.

It’s alleged a 21-year-old man threw a glass bottle at police, which struck a female Constable in the head.

The man then ran into the kitchen and allegedly resisted police as they arrested him.

The injured officer was taken to Nepean Hospital, where she received stitches for a large cut to the forehead.

The man was taken to Mt Druitt Police Station and charged with reckless wounding, affray, and resist officer in execution of duty.

He was refused bail, to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today (Friday 1 January 2016).

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Search continues for man missing following ute crash – Mid North Coast

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 13:35 AEST

About 2.30am on Saturday (26 December 2015), a white Mitsubishi utility was found on its roof off the Oxley Highway, about 25km east of Mt Seaview.

It’s believed the utility was being driven by 45-year-old John Shaw, who’d been to lunch with family in Taree, and was last seen driving home about 3.30pm Friday (25 December 2015).

No one was found in the vehicle and, despite inquiries by police, there has been no sign of Mr Shaw either at his home or at any local hospitals.

Concerns are held for Mr Shaw’s welfare, as he suffers a medical condition and is without medication.

Further inquiries and new information received from members of the public have prompted police to extend the search for Mr Shaw into the Oxley Local Area Command today (Friday 1 January 2016).

The search is being undertaken by officers attached to Mid North Coast and Oxley Local Area Commands, together with SES, in the vicinity of Myrtle Scrub Road and the Oxley Highway, Wauchope.

The appeal for public assistance also continues, with anyone with information urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers.

Mr Shaw is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 173cm tall, with a medium/fit build, and black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black shorts and white sneakers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Port Macquarie Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: 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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Motorists speed into the New Year – Operation Arrive Alive Day 14

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 13:23 AEST

With holiday makers back on the roads after New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Commander of the state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said getting early to a destination is not worth the risk of losing a life.

“Operation Arrive Alive so far has resulted in 707 more infringement notices issued for speeding offences compared to the same time last year, which is extremely disappointing,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“The current Operation Arrive Alive road toll stands at six more than at the same time last year.

“Driving over the signed speed limit is simply foolish – it’s not only your own life you’re putting at risk, but other innocent lives of motorists and road users around you.

“If you are involved in a high-speed crash, you not only risk losing your life, but if you survive, you can end up living with a debilitating life-long injury, that affects not only you, but your loved ones and the community.

“Wherever you travel to, expect to see police on the roads. We will continue to target drivers and riders who insist on breaking the law, and I make no apology for that,” he said.

Notable incidents from Day 14 of Operation Arrive Alive include:

– Just before 11.45pm (Thursday 31 December 2015), police were patrolling Greengate Road, Airds, when they stopped a vehicle displaying L-plates for a random roadside breath test. It will be alleged the driver produced a negative result; however the supervising passenger returned a positive result. The 35-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Campbelltown Police Station, where she allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.10. She was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for mid-range PCA, with a court date yet to be determined. There was also a man who refused to submit a breath test (NJSA 39:4-50.4a) and so will face charges.

– About 11.05pm (Thursday 31 December 2015), police were conducting stationary roadside breath tests on James Ruse Drive, Camellia, when they stopped a Mitsubishi Outlander. It will be alleged the 31-year-old male driver produced a positive test and was arrested, before being taken to Granville Police Station, where a breath test analysis produced a reading of 0.201. He has been charged with high-range PCA, to appear at Parramatta Local Court on 16 February 2016.

– At 1.40am (Friday 1 January 2016), a 19-year-old P1 licensed driver was stopped on the M4 Motorway at Eastern Creek and allegedly being detected speeding at 143km/h in a 100km/h zone. A roadside breath test also produced a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station, where he allegedly produced a breath test analysis reading of 0.117. He was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for mid-range PCA and a Traffic Infringement Notice for exceed speed limit over 45km/h. His court date is yet to be determined.

– About 7pm (Thursday 31 December 2015), police stopped a silver Nissan sedan travelling along Ashmont Avenue, Wagga Wagga for a random roadside breath and drug test. The driver allegedly produced a positive drug test result, and a search of the vehicle resulted in over 40 tablets, believed to be ecstasy, and cannabis, located. The items were seized for forensic examination. The 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, where he was charged with supply prohibited drug, two counts of possess prohibited drug, and granted bail, to appear at Wagga Local Court on 17 February 2016. Further charges are expected to be laid.

– At 2.30pm (Thursday 31 December 2015), police attempted to stop a blue Ford Falcon sedan travelling along the Pacific Highway, Cowper. It will be alleged the vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued along the highway to Ulmarra where it was terminated due to safety concerns. Following inquiries, a short time later, a man was arrested after police located him running along the same highway. The Ford was located in Ulmarra and seized. Further inquiries revealed the number place on the vehicle were allegedly stolen and the man was disqualified from driving until 2020. The 28-year-old man was taken to Grafton Police Station, where he was charged with three counts of police pursuit (not stop, drive dangerously), drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, and an unrelated offence. He has been refused bail, to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Friday 1 January 2016).

– At 11.50pm (Thursday 31 December 2015), Fairfield Police were conducting stationary roadside breath tests along the Cumberland Highway, Fairfield West. Police stopped a white Chrysler 300C, and the driver, a 33-year-old, allegedly returned a positive result. The man then drove from the scene, when a pursuit was initiated to the intersection of the Cumberland Highway and Cabramatta Road West. It will be alleged the man was involved in a minor collision with two other vehicles during the incident, which weren’t damaged. The driver was taken to Fairfield Police Station, where he provided a negative breath test analysis. He is expected to be charged with a number of offences including exceed speed limit over 45km/h, driver in a dangerous manner, negligent driving not cause death and police pursuit. No one was injured during the incident. The man’s licence has been suspended.

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

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Police praise behaviour as Queensland welcomes 2016

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 01/01/2016 13:09 AEST

Police have praised the behaviour of New Year’s revellers across the state with reported crowd numbers up while arrests were down compared to last year.

An estimated 120,000 people attended the South Bank precinct in Brisbane to join in celebrations while around 50,000 counted down to 2016 in Surfers Paradise.

There were 536 arrests at celebrations across the state, mostly for public order and drug related offences, 100 fewer than last year.

A total of 231 street and liquor infringement notices were issued throughout Queensland.

Thirty people were issued a banning notice from South Bank parklands while 12 people were banned from the Surfers Paradise precinct.

Police Minister Bill Byrne said he was pleased the vast majority of Queenslanders were well behaved and enjoyed New Year celebrations without incident.

“It is pleasing to hear that while police had a busy night across the state, the majority of celebrations were free of any major incidents,” Minister Byrne said.

“Crowd numbers were higher than last year and most revellers were well behaved. I think that is a great start to 2016 but unfortunately there were some who ignored the warnings and risked their lives and lives of others by driving while drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs.”

Commissioner Ian Stewart, Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, Police Minister Bill Byrne address the media.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating said the most disturbing outcome for police was the significant number of drug drivers arrested.

“Additional road drug testing being conducted this Christmas and New Year period has revealed a concerning number of people are getting behind the wheel of a car while affected by dangerous drugs,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“On New Year’s Eve, 61 drug drivers were arrested and more than 320 drug drivers have been arrested this Christmas period.

“Police will continue to roll-out further road drug testing programs in 2016 as we aim to reduce the number of people putting themselves and others at risk by driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

A total of 242 people died on Queensland roads in 2015, 20 more than in 2014.

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Police appeal for information following indecent assault of child – Rouse Hill

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 13:08 AEST

The child informed his mother of the incident and the matter was reported to police the following day (Thursday 31 December 2015).

Police continue to investigate the matter and would like to speak to a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

He is described as being of Indian/Sub Continental appearance.

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: 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 – Ludmilla – Update

Northern Territory Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 12:55 AEST

Northern Territory Police have arrested a man in relation to last night’s hit and run in Ludmilla in which a 37-year-old man was killed.

A 25-year-old man is being questioned and charges are expected to be laid later today or tomorrow morning. A second occupant of the vehicle is assisting Police with their inquiries.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Henrys from Major Crime said that investigations were continuing and Police are speaking to witnesses.

“In particular we’d like to speak with a 23-year-old male by the first name of Dylan, who we believe was the third occupant of the vehicle, and we urge him to contact Police on 131 444 or to attend his local Police Station,” he said.

“2015 was a horror year on our roads with 49 deaths, and it is very disappointing that some people simply aren’t getting the message. Don’t take unnecessary risks; and if you don’t care about yourself, think about the impact your decisions can have on other people including your family and friends.”

Northern Territory Police

Serious crash at Hectorville

South Australia Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 12:16 AEST

Police and emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash at Hectorville.

About 11.10am on 1 January, a car collided with Stobie pole at the intersection of Montacute Road and Hectorville Road and rolled onto its roof. The crash also brought down power lines.

The driver of the car, who was the only occupant, sustained serious injuries.

SA Power Networks are at the scene to repair the power lines.

Traffic officers at the scene are diverting traffic and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Montacute Road is blocked for westbound traffic at Hectorville Road, with detours in place.

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Motorcycle rider seriously injured in crash near Maitland

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 12:04 AEST

The 36-year-old male motorcycle rider was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

The 62-year-old male driver of the utility was not injured, but was taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

A crime scene was established at the location and an investigation into the incident is underway.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or events leading up to the incident is urged to contact police.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: 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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257 people killed on Victorian roads in 2015

Victoria Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 11:53 AEST

The number of people killed on Victorian roads has increased for the second year in a row.

A total of 257 people were killed on roads across the state, eight more deaths than in 2014.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the consecutive increase in the number of lives lost should be a wakeup call to all Victorians.

“Thousands of people across the state had their lives permanently changed by road trauma in 2015 and thousands more will share the same fate this year unless we change,” he said.

“All road users need to make good choices while they are travelling and ensure their friends and family do the same.

“If you see a loved one taking a risk, don’t stay quiet, speak up because you might just save their life.

“Our goal of zero lives lost and zero serious injuries can only be achieved by a whole of community effort.”

Analysis of the lives lost in 2015 shows: (data compared to 2014)

• There were 257 fatalities resulting from 236 fatal collisions

• Pedestrian deaths decreased from 44 in 2014 to 32 in 2015 (down 27.3 per cent)

• There were 129 deaths in metropolitan Melbourne, up from 126 in 2014 (up 2.4 per cent)

• There were 128 deaths in country Victoria, up from 123 in 2014 (up 3.3 per cent)

• Males accounted for the majority of those killed (186 compared with 71 females killed)

• The 40-49 year old age bracket saw the biggest increase in lives lost on our roads with 39 killed in 2015 compared to 23 last year (An increase of 69.6 per cent)

• October recorded the most fatalities with 28, while September had the least with 14

• 127 of those killed were drivers, 12 more than in 2014

• Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in road trauma accounting for 11.6 per cent of lives lost (29 v 30 in 2014) despite only accounting for about four per cent of road users

• The number of deaths involving heavy vehicles decreased by 17.9 per cent to 46 compared to 56 in 2015.

• The number of older road users (aged 80+) remained steady but the number of 70-79 year olds killed increased from 18 to 24.

Ben Radisich

Victoria Police Media Unit


Please note: The figures released today are provisional only and subject to change as some deaths may be removed or added for a number of reasons. The Road Fatality Review Panel will meet in January and final figures for 2015 will be available on 1 February, 2015.

Victorian road toll

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New Year’s Eve crowds on best behaviour

Victoria Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 11:41 AEST

Police have been working around the clock across the state to help Victorians welcome in the New Year safely.

Uniform and plain clothes police were deployed to cities, towns and coastlines last night to monitor public order and crowd behaviour.

As part of police operations across the state, there were 126 people arrested, including 65 for being drunk in a public place.

Only two people were arrested in the Melbourne CBD, including one for drunk in a public place.

As part of the New Year’s Eve blitz across the state there were:

• 65 arrests for drunk

• 16 drink drive offences from more than 5400 breath tests

• 558 licensed premises visits

• one banning notice issued.

Last New Year’s Eve (2014) police arrested 184 people including 104 for drunk. There were also 120 reported assaults, 28 drink drivers and one banning notice issued.

Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he was pleased to see that the vast majority of people celebrated responsibly.

“It was great to see people out and about having fun and enjoying the festivities safely and respectfully,” he said.

“There were a small number of people who did the wrong thing but they were dealt with by police throughout the night.

“There have been a number of complaints about the use of illegal fireworks and I want to reassure the community that we will investigate these incidents fully.

“Not only are illegal fireworks dangerous to those using them but they also have the potential to spark devastating bushfires.

“There were more than 50 incidents overnight believed to have been caused by illegal fireworks.

“This is extremely disappointing, particularly given the high fire danger conditions yesterday.

“I encourage anyone who has any information about the sale or use of illegal fireworks to call Crime Stoppers.”

Victoria Police Media Unit

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Update: Search and rescue, Main Beach

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 01/01/2016 11:04 AEST

Police and other agencies are continuing their air, sea and land search for missing surfer 34-year-old Joshua Dixon at Main Beach today.

Today’s search involves a rescue helicopter, beach patrols, and water police and other agencies on jet boats and jet skis.

A leg rope was located at 5.30am this morning 200m south of the Seaway, however, it is still unclear as to whether it belongs to Joshua’s surfboard.

His white and green surfboard has not been recovered.

Officers began searching for the Upper Coomera man yesterday after a fisherman saw him go under a wave and not resurface at around 6am at The Spit.

A vehicle belonging to a 34-year-old Upper Coomera man was located in the Seaway carpark yesterday.

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Christmas Road Safety Campaign – Day 9

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 01/01/2016 10:28 AEST

Police are continuing to urge motorists to consider the fatal five before driving after a large amount of drink and drug drivers were detected in Queensland overnight.

A 31-year-old Daisy Hill man was riding his motorcycle along Paradise Road, Slacks Creek at 6.30pm last night when it collided with a vehicle near Meaking Road.

The rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

One motorist was detected travelling 167km in a 110km zone on the Bruce Highway through Landsborough, and another motorist was caught driving under the influence after recording a positive result of 0.280% in Bamaga.

Police are reminding motorists that they will be out in force over the Christmas holidays targeting the fatal five: speeding, fatigue, impaired driving (drink and drug), failure to wear a seat belt and distraction/inattention.

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Taxi driver critical following Epping hit-run

Victoria Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 10:10 AEST

Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are investigating a hit-run collision in Epping overnight that has left a taxi driver with critical injuries.

Police have been told that a red Holden Commodore sedan was seen travelling north on Epping Road, approaching Castlemaine Lane, when it crossed onto the other side of the road and collided head-on with a taxi at about 1.20am.

The two male occupants of the offending vehicle ran from the scene without offering assistance to the taxi driver.

The taxi driver, a 35-year-old man, was trapped in the vehicle for some time. He was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with life-threatening injuries where he remains in a serious condition.

Detectives are looking to speak to two men, both believed to be aged in their 20s and of South Eastern European appearance, in relation to the incident.

One of the men was wearing a white t-shirt and may have chest and facial injuries. The other man was wearing a black t-shirt.

The offending vehicle had false registration plates. Detectives are making enquiries with the registered owner.

Police spoke to a number of witnesses at the scene, but are urging anyone else who may have been in the area and seen anything to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

Cath Allen

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Traffic results from Operation New Year’s Eve

South Australia Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 09:05 AEST

As a part of Operation New Year’s Eve, a state-wide traffic operation was in force over the New Year’s period between 7pm on Thursday 31 December and 7am on Friday 1 January.

During the operation, Police conducted just over 7300 alcohol driver tests throughout the state as well as 248 drug tests.

Of those tested, there were 40 who returned a positive alcohol result and 32 with positive drug results.

While a high number of tests were conducted throughout the state, Police are disappointed that a number of drivers still chose to place themselves and other road users at risk.

As part of the operation, there were 4 arrests, 18 reports and 72 expiations were issued. There were also 28 people who had their licence immediately suspended and 23 vehicles were impounded.

Some of the readings returned were:

A 32-year-old man from Amata returned a reading 0.285 when tested in Port Augusta;

A 57-year-old man returned a reading of 0.204 in North Haven;

A 45-year-old man from Mount Gambier returned a reading of 0.199;

A 58-year-old man from the Northern Territory returned a reading of 0.159.

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Update: Emergent situation, River Heads

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 01/01/2016 06:52 AEST

Police have charged a man following an emergent situation in Kingfisher Drive, River Heads yesterday afternoon.

A 31-year-old River Heads man has been charged with one count each of possess weapon, possess explosive, possess dangerous drug and possess utensils.

He is expected to appear at the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 28.

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Police pleased with start to 2016

South Australia Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 06:39 AEST

South Australia Police are pleased with the behaviour of crowds throughout the state at the beginning of 2016 with a number of large crowds monitored, particularly in the metropolitan area.

Over 45,000 people attended the T20 cricket at Adelaide Oval, with many patrons staying near the Riverbank precinct for the midnight fireworks.

Before the New Year’s festivities commenced, police issued warnings that anti-social and disorderly behaviour would not be tolerated, and a highly visible police presence would be utilised at the major community events and on public transport.

Assistant Commissioner Bronwyn Killmier, the police commander in charge of Operation New Year’s Eve 2015, says that while the majority of revellers behaved themselves, there were still some who chose to behave irresponsibly. It was disappointing to see many young people among the arrests during the night including a 14-year-old in possession of home-made weapons.

“It was good to see most people out enjoying themselves and acting responsibly. There were some who did not, and many offences involved alcohol or drugs,” said Assistant Commissioner Killmier.

Country areas reported lower than usual crowd numbers with little problems.

There were 75 arrests, 13 people were reported and 196 expiation notices issued for offences including possession of drugs, possessing or consuming alcohol in a dry zone and behavioural offences.

In the previous year 122 people were arrested and a further 49 people were reported with the majority of these apprehensions for behavioural offences. A total of 307 expiation notices were also issued last New Year’s Eve.

A state-wide traffic operation was also conducted, with 49 drivers detected under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sadly one man died in a crash on the South Eastern Freeway at Monarto South yesterday afternoon. The 46-year-old Parafield Gardens man passed away after his car collided with a tree just before 3.30pm.

Major Crash are investigating if he suffered a medical episode prior to the collision.

In separate incidents, a 14-year-old West Beach boy was arrested after two home-made weapons were found in his possession at Semaphore.

CFS crews battled large grass fires at Mosquito Hill and Tooperang.

A man was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries when setting off fireworks in the Murray Mallee area with several small fires caused by fireworks, particularly in country areas.

There was a house fire on Hampstead Road at Broadview, with the cause still being investigated. Luckily no one was home at the time of the fire.

A 26-year-old woman was rescued by officers from Water Operations Unit and surf lifesavers after she ran into trouble while swimming at Glenelg. Police were alerted to the woman in trouble at 2.40am and initial reports suggest that the woman may have been affected by alcohol.

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Passenger injured in drink driving incident

South Australia Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 06:39 AEST

A drink driver was caught in Robe yesterday evening after his passenger sustained serious injuries.

Just before 6.30pm Thursday 31 December Police and Paramedics were called to the Esplanade following reports that a ute with two passengers unrestrained in the rear tray had crashed and one of the passengers was injured.

Paramedics took a 17-year-old male passenger to the Mount Gambier Hospital where he was found to have a skull fracture and internal bleeding. The teen’s injuries are serious but non-life threatening; he will be conveyed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for further treatment.

Police spoke to the 17-year-old driver who was submitted to a breath test. The teen from Tantanoola was reported for drink driving after a positive reading of 0.138 was recorded and issued a six month loss of licence.

He will appear at the Millicent Magistrates Court at a later date.

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Appeal for witnesses following Bulleen hit-run

Victoria Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 05:41 AEST

Nunawading Highway Patrol is appealing for witnesses after a woman was clipped by a motorbike in Bulleen overnight.

The incident occurred on Thompsons Road near Kenneth Street as the rider allegedly sped past New Year crowds on the road, just after midnight.

The rider appears to have clipped a woman who received serious injuries.

She was taken to the Alfred for treatment.

Police were alerted to the incident by a motorist in a white Subaru, who flagged them down as they were pulled to the side of the road.

Investigators would like to speak to this motorist in the hope they can assist the investigation.

A highway patrol unit noticed the bike, shortly before the collision, travelling at speed on the Eastern Freeway.

They activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the rider over however the solo speed off from the unit.

The members did not pursue the solo but pulled over to take notes regarding the behaviour of the rider believing they noted a registration number.

Subsequent enquiries have revealed the registration number to be false.

Police believe the bike involved maybe red and are appealing for anyone with information about a damaged bike to come forward.

Police have been told there were a number of people out in the street because of local fireworks and are appealing for anyone who may not have spoken with police to come forward.

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Police need your help to locate Benalla woman

Victoria Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 04:58 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a Benalla woman who is believed to have become disorientated and has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

Police have been told Inke Hald left her home in Arundle Street, driving her 2015 white Peugeot 308, and hasn’t been seen since 2.45pm.

The 69-year-old phoned her husband about 8.30 last night and explained she was lost on a dirt road in an unknown area.

Police have also spoken with Inke but were not able to establish any further details as she appeared lost and disorientated not knowing what direction she had travelled or for how long.

It is believed her phone battery is now flat.

Inke’s registration number is AFH940.

An image of a similar Peugeot and of Inke is attached below.

Pic to come.

Police are appealing to the public for help to located Inke and urges anyone with information to contact Benalla Police Station on 5760 0200 or Triple Zero (000) if Inke is seen.

Leading Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman

Media Officer

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Fatal – Ludmilla

Northern Territory Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 03:26 AEST

A man has died in a hit and run incident at Ludmilla on New Year’s Eve.

“Around 10:30pm a car travelling at speed outbound on Bagot Road stuck a pedestrian and failed to stop,” Territory Duty Superintendent Kylie Proctor said.

“A witness called Police and the body of the man was located at the scene.

“A short time later a vehicle of interest was located abandoned in Coconut Grove.”

Investigations are continuing.

This brings the 2015 Northern Territory road toll to 49, compared with 39 for 2014.

Northern Territory Police

Police investigate assault – Wheeny Creek, near Colo

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 03:03 AEST

Police responding to the assault, stopped a car on Putty Road, Blaxlands Ridge.

An 18-year-old Doonside man, who was in the car, was taken by helicopter to Westmead Hospital as a precaution after reports he suffered a seizure.

Initial investigations suggest an altercation took place between the 18-year-old, and campers at the camping ground.

Investigations are continuing, and police are urging anyone with information 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: 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 aggravated break-in – Cambridge Gardens, near Penrith

New South Wales Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 02:41 AEST

The woman woke to find a man inside her house stealing property.

The man left the scene when the woman screamed.

Officers attached to St Marys Local Area Command were notified and established a crime scene.

The woman was treated at the scene for shock by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and transported to Nepean Hospital for observation.

As inquiries into the incident continue, police are urging anyone with information, or any witnesses, to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: 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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Stabbing at Burton – man arrested

South Australia Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 00:43 AEST

A man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed another man at Burton this evening.

At about 8.10pm, police and ambulance crews were called to a house in Beadell Street after reports that a man had been stabbed in the chest.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening, and he was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment.

A 30-year-old Burton man will face charges of aggravated assault causing serious harm, and it is expected he will be refused bail to appear in court on Monday.

Police would like to reassure the public that this was not a random incident, with both men known to each other.

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Weapons arrest at Semaphore

South Australia Police on Friday, 01/01/2016 00:02 AEST

A teenager has been arrested after two home-made weapons were seized at Semaphore earlier this evening.

At about 8.30pm, patrols spoke to a boy acting in a disorderly manner on the foreshore. During a subsequent search, a tyre lever and a blade attached to a handle were found in his possession.

A 14-year-old West Beach boy was charged with two counts of carry offensive weapon and was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

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Missing Elderly man, Kearney Springs

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 23:32 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate John Boden missing from his family home in Kearney Springs.

75-year-old Mr Boden has left the Ruthven Street home sometime today, possibly after lunch and has not been seen since.

Mr Boden is described as Caucasian, short grey hair, slim build and wearing a grey collared long sleeve shirt, black pants, grey hat and he uses a walking stick.

Police and family are concerned for Mr Boden as it is out of character for him to leave home without notifying family.

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Woman arrested for acts to endanger life

South Australia Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 23:13 AEST

A woman has been arrested after allegedly leaving her young child in a hot car at Prospect today.

Just before 3pm, police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the Northpark Shopping Centre on Main North Road after reports that a child was inside a locked car for about 20 minutes.

The car did not have any windows open and no air conditioning was being used.

A window was smashed by MFS officers so that paramedics could give treatment to the boy, who was not injured nor did he suffer any heat-related complications.

A 28-year-old Enfield woman was charged with acts to endanger life, and was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

Police would like to remind members of the public of the dangers of leaving children and pets locked in a vehicle for any period of time during days of high temperature. The internal temperature of vehicles quickly rises to dangerous levels in summer months.

South Australia Police

Fatal motorcycle crash, Slacks Creek

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 23:00 AEST

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a motorcycle crash that took the life of man at Slacks Creek this evening.

Initial investigations indicate that around 6.30pm at motorcycle was travelling west along Paradise Road, when it collided with a vehicle near Meakin Road.

The rider, a 31-year-old Daisy Hill man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigations are continuing. There is not further information available at this stage

Queensland Police Service

Update: Search for prisoners, Townsville to Brisbane

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 31/12/2015 22:40 AEST

Police have located three men who escaped from Townsville Correctional Farm at Stuart last night.

At around 8.10pm, the three men were taken into police custody in Gympie.

The three men were reported missing from the Townsville Correctional Farm overnight.

At 12.40am this morning, the trio caught a taxi from Fairfield Waters to Vincent.

Investigations suggests that they stole a vehicle from Heatley, which evaded police at around 8.40am on the Bruce Highway at Koumala.

They was last seen at 2.50pm on the Bruce Highway in the Gin Gin area.

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

Queensland Police Service

Man killed and four injured in Mt Mercer rollover

Victoria Police on Thursday, 31/12/2015 22:20 AEST

A man has been killed and four other people injured after a car rolled in Mt Mercer this evening.

The vehicle was travelling along Mt Mercer – Shelford Road when it left the road and overturned shortly before 8pm.

A male passenger, aged in his 20s, died at the scene.

The teenage female driver and another passenger were airlifted to The Alfred with serious injuries.

Two other passengers were taken by road ambulance to Ballarat Hospital in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are en route to the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

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