Aussie Police News Wrap for Wednesday Evening – 10/02/2016

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016.

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

Teen arrested following indecent assault – Mascot

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 21:06 AEST

Editor’s note: A previous media release had incorrectly listed the woman’s age as 49; she is 47.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in relation to an indecent assault in Mascot last month.

About 9pm on Monday 4 January 2016, a 47-year-old woman went to retrieve something from her car which was parked on King Street.

A male approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her before running off. The woman chased the male before she went home and contacted police.

Detectives from Botany Bay Local Area Command commenced inquiries into the matter and earlier today (Wednesday 10 February 2016) they arrested a 14-year-old male at Mascot Police Station.

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Autistic boy missing from Pascoe Vale

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 19:39 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a missing 12-year-old autistic boy from Pascoe Vale.

Jeremy Blair was last seen by a family member at his home in Shedden Street Pascoe Vale about 2pm today.

It is believed Jeremy may be headed to the city on public transport as he has a fascination for trains and has taken his Myki card with him.

Police and family members are concerned for his welfare due to his age and that his disappearance is out of character.

An image of Jeremy is below.

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Fatal Collision near Hamilton update

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 19:30 AEST

Major Collision Investigation Group detectives have located the driver of the b-double semi-trailer this afternoon.

The 51-year-old Glen Waverley man was taken to the Hamilton Hospital by a local farmer shortly before 4pm.

He was admitted and is currently under police guard.

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Wilful and Obscene man charged

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 18:50 AEST

Cobram Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following a number of Wilful and Obscene Acts in Katamatite and Cobram South.

The sexual acts allegedly occurred whilst the man was driving his motor vehicle in Katamatite and Cobram. The first incident was reported on 27 December with the last incident taking place on Thursday 21 January.

A 29-year-old Cobram man has been charged with fifteen offences, including Conduct Endangering Life, Stalking, Wilful and Obscene Exposure and Offensive Behaviour.

He has been bailed to appear at the Shepparton Magistrates’ court on May 20, 2016.

Sergeant Anthoula Moutis

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Operation AROMI

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 18:21 AEST

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Detectives from the Drug and Organised Crime Division partnered with the Australian Federal Police’s National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) to conduct a week long operation, targeting the importation of dangerous drugs into the Northern Territory.

Detective Superintendent Clint Sims said as part of the Operation AROMI, (which ran from 3 – 9 February 2016) detectives used the newly passed “Drug Declared Area” legislation to screen vehicles for dangerous drugs at every border, as well as passenger movements on commercial aircrafts.

“One of the more significant results saw 23.6kilograms of cannabis seized in Coolalinga. Two men aged 24 and 31-years-old were charged with supply of a commercial quantity of a schedule 2 drug. They have both been remanded in custody to appear in the Darwin Magistrates court on 30 March 2016.

In total Police made:

Six people issued notices to appear in court for drug related offences and;

23 people were issued Drug Infringement Notices

In total Police seized:

In excess of 320 MDMA pills

Approximately 20 capsules suspected to contain MDMA

Five firearms

Various weapons including two TASER’s, a set of knuckle dusters and ammunition

Other assorted prescription drugs

“The results speak for themselves. Each of the offenders identified clearly intended to profit from the sale of dangerous drugs in the Northern Territory and specifically into our remote communities,” said Detective Sims.

“Given the success of this operation regular screening activities for dangerous drugs will continue. Removing these drugs not only prevents harm in our community but it also causes a lot of disruption to the criminal syndicates that attempt to profit from them.”

If you have any information in relation to the importation, distribution or manufacture of drugs in the Territory, please contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Media Note: The Australian Federal Police (AFP)-led National Anti-Gangs Squad comprises members from the AFP and State and Territory Police forces as well as officers from the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Border Force, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Taxation Office and Department of Human Services to target the threats posed by Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs.

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Man and woman charged over alleged assault and motel break-in – Lavington

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 17:14 AEST

Police have charged a man and woman in connection with an alleged assault and break-in at a motel in Lavington last month.

In the early hours of Saturday 30 January 2016, a man and a woman allegedly entered a motel on Wagga Road and assaulted a 66-year-old man, knocking him unconscious.

The pair allegedly ransacked the motel, stole property and left the man injured and unconscious before he was able to contact police the following day – some 30 hours later.

Officers from Albury Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene and Albury detectives commenced an investigation into the incident.

Following investigations, just before 1pm on Monday (8 February 2016), a 42-year-old woman was arrested on Thurgoona Street in Albury. She was taken to Albury Police Station and charged with special aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – grievous bodily harm.

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Woman charged with high range PCA after stopped with child in car – Lindfield

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 17:09 AEST

A woman has been charged after allegedly being caught driving with a blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit. At the time, a two-year-old child was in the back seat of the car.

About 9.30am (Wednesday 10 February 2016), the 33-year-old woman was driving east along Tryon Road, Lindfield, when it’s alleged she drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Nelson Street.

Officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped the woman and subjected her to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive result.

The woman was arrested at the scene and she was taken to Gordon Police Station, along with her two-year-old daughter who was seated in the back seat.

She underwent a breath test analysis at the station, which returned an alleged reading of 0.171.

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Charges laid following fatal collision in Hallam last year

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 17:09 AEST

Major Collision Investigation Group detectives have charged a man following a fatal collision in Hallam in September last year.

The 35-year-old Croydon man was arrested today and charged with one count each of culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, reckless conduct endangering life, possess amphetamine and careless driving.

The charges follow an investigation into a three vehicle collision on the on-ramp, of the South Gippsland Freeway, from Princes Highway on Saturday 12 September.

A cement truck collided end to end with two cars about 7.30am and the male driver of the middle car died shortly after in hospital.

He has been bailed by detectives to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 19 February 2016.

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Media Release: Large drug bust in Perth seizes $66 million worth of Ice

Australian Federal Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 16:45 AEST

A 22-year-old Chinese national has been arrested and 26.4 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine has been seized in Perth following a joint agency investigation to reduce the flow of ice into Western Australia.

This seizure has a potential street value of up to $66 million and was the result of an investigation by the Joint Organised Crime Taskforce which involves WA Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Border Force and the Australian Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre.

This seizure is the largest seizure of meth by the WA Joint Taskforce.

The investigation culminated in a search warrant at a hotel in Perth’s CBD yesterday afternoon (9 February, 2016), which uncovered 14 vacuum sealed bags containing a white crystalline substance, believed to be methamphetamine. Scales, phones and a small amount of cash were also seized during the search warrant.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene and later charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, contrary to Section 6(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (WA).

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Woman charged following suspicious fires – Ryde LAC

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 16:31 AEST

A woman has been charged and will face court today, following an investigation into a number of fires within the Ryde Local Area Command over the past 12 months.

Officers from Ryde Local Area Command with the assistance of officers from the State Crime Commands Property Crime Squad Arson Unit established Strike Force Wylly to investigate a number of suspicious fires in Carlingford and surrounding areas over the past 12 months.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 February 2016), following investigations, officers from Strike Force Wylly arrested a 45-year-old woman on Freeman Drive, Carlingford.

She was taken to Ryde Police Station where she was charged with two counts of malicious damage by fire. She was refused bail and is due to appear at Burwood local Court today (Wednesday 10 February 2016).

The charges relate to a fire at a brush fence on Monday 8 February 2016 on Broadway Circuit, Carlingford, and a fire at a brush fence on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at a park near Freeman Drive, Carlingford.

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Driver charged after pursuit – Goulburn

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 16:18 AEST

Editors note: An image of a car will be posted on the NSW Police Facebook site.

A man will appear in court this month charged with a number of offences following an alleged pursuit in Goulburn last year.

Police will allege in court that just before 6.30am on Monday 9 November 2015, officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on the Hume Highway, Goulburn, when they detected a BMW M5 sedan travelling at 194km/h.

Officers activated their lights and sirens and followed the vehicle; however, the driver failed to stop.

The BMW allegedly reached speeds of up to 240km/h, and the pursuit was terminated for safety reasons.

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Assault charge, Boreen Point

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 16:17 AEST

Police have charged a 37-year-old man following investigations into the assault of a foreign backpacker at Boreen Point on Friday, February 5.

It will be alleged that around 8.30pm, a 23-year-old tourist was assaulted by a group of men at a camping ground on Lake Flat Road.

The 23-year-old sustained a cut to his head, bruising, and swelling. He was taken to the Nambour Hospital for treatment.

The 37-year-old Tewantin man was charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Investigations are continuing.

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Break and enter, Biggera Waters

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 16:17 AEST

Police from Taskforce Latro are investigating the break and enter of a jewellery store at a Biggera Waters shopping centre yesterday morning.

Around 4am an unknown person has driven a car into the front of the Brisbane Road business. They have then broken the front display window and removed a number of items.

The vehicle is described as a dark purple, older model Ford Festiva.

Anyone who may have seen the vehicle or has any information that may assist police with their investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Man charged after car damaged – Bass Hill

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 15:46 AEST

A man has been charged after a car was damaged in Bass Hill yesterday.

About 7.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 February 2016), officers attached to Bankstown Local Area Command attended a home on Johnson Road at Bass Hill.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the home over his alleged involvement in the defacing and damage of a Black Audi 4WD in Bass Hill earlier in the day.

It’s alleged the vehicle had been painted with graffiti and had its windows broken.

The vehicle was towed from the location and underwent forensic examination.

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Man dies after Robinvale head-on collision

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 15:05 AEST

A man has died following a head-on collision in Robinvale this morning.

Police believe the two cars collided at around 8.30am at the intersection of Crete Road and Robinvale Manangatang Road.

Police believe the first vehicle, a Honda Accord, was overtaking when it has collided head on with the second vehicle, a Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Honda Accord – a 32-year-old Bannerton man was transported to hospital by emergency services but died en route.

The 11-year-old female passenger from the Honda Accord was airlifted to Melbourne with non-life threatening injuries.

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Man charged after allegedly attempting to abduct baby – Bronte

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 14:59 AEST

A man has been charged after allegedly trying to abduct a baby at Bronte Beach on Monday night.

About 6pm (8 February 2016), a 31-year-old woman was at the beach with her seven-week-old son lying on a towel beside her.

Police have been told a 38-year-old man who was unknown to the woman walked up to her and attempted to take hold of the baby.

The woman pushed him away and the pair were involved in a struggle before nearby lifeguards intervened.

Police from Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command arrived a short time later and arrested the man.

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Police appeal for assistance after robbery of elderly woman – Corrimal

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 14:49 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance after an elderly woman was robbed in Corrimal earlier this week.

About 12pm (Monday 8 February 2016), a 73-year-old woman who was using a walking frame for assistance, was approached by a man as she used a footpath crossing on Railway Parade, near Corrimal Railway Station.

The man attempted to remove the woman’s handbag from her walking frame, before she fell to the ground during a scuffle.

The man grabbed the handbag and ran towards a waiting vehicle with its engine running – believed to be a grey-coloured late model Holden Commodore SS utility – which was last seen driving west along Railway Parade.

The woman was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock and for checks relating to a pre-existing medical condition.

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Charges laid after police seize firearms and drugs

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 14:12 AEST

Members of the Fawkner Divisional Response Unit have charged three people as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Police executed a search warrant at a unit on Reynolds Parade, Pascoe Vale South this morning.

A number of items were seized including a handgun, longarm air rifle, cash and small quantity of drugs.

Three people were arrested and have been charged, including:

• A 24-year-old Pascoe Vale South woman has been charged with prohibited person possess firearm, breach of Community Corrections Order, possess methamphetamine, possess GHB, possess cocaine, and possess property suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

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Two charged after replica firearm located – Minto

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 13:56 AEST

Two men have been charged and a replica firearm located after they were arrested at Minto yesterday.

Just before 2.30am (Tuesday 9 February 2016), police were told two men attended a home on Eagleview Road.

As the occupants answered the door, one of the men allegedly asked to speak with a man and was carrying what appeared to be a firearm.

The occupants closed the door on the men and contacted police.

A short time later, officers from Macquarie Fields Local Area Command stopped a Ford Falcon sedan in nearby Collins Promenade and arrested two men in the car.

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Missing man Simon Murphy

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 13:50 AEST

Port Pirie police need assistance from the public to locate missing man Simon Murphy.

Mr Murphy was last seen on Saturday 6 February at 4pm as he headed on foot to the main street of Port Pirie. Police and his family have concerns for his welfare.

Simon Murphy is 37-years-old and is described as Caucasian, 190cm tall and 105kg and has short shaven dark hair. He was wearing an orange hi-vis shirt and blue pants.

If you see Simon Murphy or know of his whereabouts contact police on 131 444.

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Man Charged – Drugs and Firearms Seized – Darwin

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 13:31 AEST

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Members from the Gangs Task Force and Territory Response Group have raided a residence in the rural area seizing a quantity of drugs and illegal fire arms overnight.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said over the past week Detectives have executed a number of search warrants following an alleged drive by shooting at the Rebels Outlaw Motor Cycle clubhouse.

“This latest raid is of particular concern to NT Police, with 70 grams of methamphetamine being seized, along with 300 MDMA pills, $18,000 in cash, three loaded sawn off shot guns, ammunition and a tazer.”

A 27-year-old man was arrested, he will appear in Darwin Magistrates Court today on an outstanding warrant. He is expected to be charged with additional drug and firearm offences.

“Detectives from the Gangs Task Force will continue to target these organised criminal elements and aggressively pursue those who use illegal firearms to further their criminal enterprises,” said Detective Stringer.

Police continue to call for anyone with further information into the alleged shooting at the Rebels clubhouse to contact them on 131 444. All callers wanting to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Drug and exotic animal charges, Helensvale

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 13:24 AEST

Gold Coast RAP police regularly conduct searches that uncover drugs and drug paraphernalia. It’s not every day that they uncover exotic animals which was the case during the search of a Helensvale property on Monday.

Around 5.30pm police executed a search warrant at a Wilmington Court address where they allegedly uncovered an estimated value of $18,000 worth of methylamphetamine, various drug utensils, a sum of cash and four snakes.

Police had to call in a snake handler to remove two native pythons and two exotic American corn snakes which are a declared pest. The reptiles were handed over to officers from the Department of National Parks.

A 38-year-old Helensvale man has been charged with four counts of animal related charges including keeping a declared pest and restriction on keeping/taking a protected animal, eight drug related charges including possession and one count obstruct police. He is scheduled to reappear in the Southport Magistrates Court on February 16.

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Man charged following Flinders Street Station assault

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 13:03 AEST

Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following an assault at Flinders Street Station last month.

A 22-year-old Pascoe Vale man was on a stationary train on the Upfield line when it’s alleged he was assaulted about 7am on Sunday 24 January.

Investigators arrested an 18-year-old Wyndham Vale man last night in relation to the alleged assault.

He has been bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ on 20 April charged with intentionally cause injury, recklessly cause injury, assault by kicking and unlawful assault.

Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner

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Body believed to be missing person found – Walcha

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 12:46 AEST

A body believed to belong to a man missing since late last year has been found at Walcha.

The 45-year-old man was last seen on Christmas Day 2015, after he had been to lunch with his family in Taree. He left the home about 3.30pm and had not been heard from since.

About 2.30am, the following day (Saturday 26 December 2015), a white Mitsubishi utility, believed to have been driven by the man, was found on its roof off the Oxley Highway, about 25km east of Mt Seaview.

On Thursday 31 December 2015, police located all the clothes that John Shaw was last seen wearing, 25kms further west of crash site along Myrtle Scrub Road.

About 12pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 February 2016), police from Oxley Local Area Command located a man’s body in water at Yarrowitch.

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Woman charged and investigations continue following pursuit crash – Richmond

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 12:27 AEST

A woman has been charged and investigations continue following a pursuit and crash in Richmond yesterday.

About 2.40pm (Tuesday 9 February 2016), officers from the Hawkesbury Traffic and Highway Patrol attempted to stop a black Holden Commodore on Bells Line of Road after it was seen driving with no plates.

The driver of the Commodore allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit was commenced.

A short time later, the Commodore collided with a Mazda CX5 on Bells Line of Road and failed to stop. The driver of the Mazda was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics for minor injuries.

The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.

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Detectives search for good samaritans – Burnside

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 12:23 AEST

Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following an armed robbery in Burnside on Sunday.

It’s alleged a 22-year-old man was robbed at the intersection of Westwood Drive and Ballarat Road about 6.30pm.

Investigators charged a 20-year-old Deer Park man the same evening.

Detectives are urging anyone with information, especially the occupants of two vehicles that stopped to assist the victim, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner

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Items stolen from Wattle Park home

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 12:19 AEST

Photographs of a watch and ring stolen from a Wattle Park home were today released by police who are investigating the break-in.

A residential property in the area was unoccupied when someone removed louvres from a rear window and entered the premises sometime between 9.30pm on Wednesday (3 February and 6.40am on Thursday.

Items were stolen from the kitchen of the home including a valuable watch and a gold amethyst ring (pictured).

Anyone with information about the break-in, or the location of the items, is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/

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Missing teen located safe and well – Kotara

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 12:08 AEST

Police would like to thank the public and media for their assistance after a teenager who went missing from Kotara yesterday afternoon was found safe and well this morning.

The 19-year-old man was last seen walking from his home on Rodway Street at Kotara about 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 February 2016).

Following an extensive search by officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command he was found safe and well at 9.30am this morning.

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

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Man charged with drink-driving in school zone – Macquarie Fields LAC

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 11:55 AEST

Police have charged a man with drink-driving after he was allegedly caught driving in a school zone yesterday in Ingleburn.

About 9am Tuesday (9 February 2016), a 45-year-old man in a red Toyota Camry was seen allegedly stopping in a bus zone in an active school zone and let his two children, aged five and six years, out of the car.

Police spoke to the man and he was breath-tested. He returned an alleged result of 0.136 and was charged with mid-range drink-driving.

He was issued with a license suspension and infringement notices for stop in a bus zone in school zone and not carrying driver’s licence.

He will appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Monday 7 March 2016.

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Man shot at Bell Post Hill

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 11:40 AEST

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating following the death of a man just after 11pm last night in Bell Post Hill.

It is believed the man was involved in an altercation at the intersection of Anakie Road and Furner Avenue.

The man then walked south along Anakie Road, with a woman, when he began waving his arms at passing cars.

Shortly after, a dark–coloured sedan stopped and the man became involved in a confrontation with the occupants.

As a result of the confrontation the 36-year-old Norlane man was shot and died at the scene.

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Fatal traffic crash, Townsville

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 11:11 AEST

Forensic Crash Unit officers are currently investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred at West End in Townsville this morning.

Initial inquiries indicate shortly after 7am a truck and bicycle have collided near the intersection of Echlin and Stagpole Streets.

The male rider of the bicycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigations are continuing and police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or anyone who saw either vehicle prior to the crash to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000

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Firearm Seized – Alice Springs

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 11:08 AEST

Alice Springs Detectives have charged a 26-year-old man who was in possession of a stolen firearm yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Leith Phillips said members from the Southern Tactical Investigation Squad stopped a vehicle in a lane behind Lindsay Avenue, Alice Springs.

“The car was searched and the rifle was located,” he said.

“The rifle was one of three reported stolen during an unlawful entry on Smith Street in June 2015. They have now all been recovered.”

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OMCG charged, Oxenford

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 10:48 AEST

Gold Coast RAP officers have charged an alleged Lone Wolf OMCG member with a range of drug offences after a random drug test in Oxenford yesterday.

Around 9.40am a male driver was given a random drug test which is alleged to have returned a positive result.

A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly revealed a quantity of drugs including ice and cannabis as well as a number of drug utensils located in a false compartment in the engine bay.

A 42-year-old Pacific Pines man has been charged with five counts of possessing dangerous drugs and possess drug utensil. He is scheduled to reappear in the Southport Magistrates Court on February 23.

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Tilly sniffs out her replacements

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 10:26 AEST

After five years of loyal service Police Dog Tilly is retiring from active duty with the South Australia Police.

Today, as we wish Tilly well with her retirement, we also welcome Police Dog Marley to the job.

Marley, a German Shepherd from a Victorian breeder, will be with working with Senior Constable Tina Hewkin as a general purpose dog.

In total SAPOL has 13 other general purpose dogs, and five drug dogs with a sixth – Police Dog Elly currently in training.

Elly, a Labrador also from Victoria, will be working with Senior Constable Matt Raymond after completing her 12-week course.

“We hope that Elly will be as successful as Tilly during her career with SAPOL,” said Sergeant Darryn Conroy.

While with SAPOL’s Dog Operations Unit Tilly – who will be remaining with her handler in retirement – worked all over the state, locating illicit drugs with a street value of more than $1.5m and resulting in the detection of 748 drug offenders.

The Dog Operations Unit has been an integral part of SAPOL operations since 1974, with highly trained German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever dogs and their handlers providing valuable support to operational police.

Police dogs are used by SAPOL throughout the state for tracking, searching, criminal apprehension and detecting drugs, explosives and firearms.

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Police investigate fatal crash at Locksley

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 09:58 AEST

Police and emergency services are currently on scene following a fatal crash at Locksley overnight.

It’s believed a dark-coloured sedan was travelling east along Nagambie-Locksley Road when it veered left off the road and crashed into a tree, about 1km west of Avenel-Longwood Road.

Investigators understand that the crash is likely to have occurred in the early hours of this morning, but the wreckage was only found shortly before 6.45am.

The male driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, died at the scene.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the crash or anyone who may have driven along that section of road overnight to contact them.

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Police investigate Bellbridge traffic incident

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 08:58 AEST

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a traffic incident which occurred in Bellbridge in the state’s north-east on Monday evening.

Officers have been told a white Holden Commodore stationwagon, with no registration plates fitted, collided with several bollards and chains near the intersection of Lake Road and Mitta Avenue about 7.05pm.

Following the crash it is understood the vehicle stopped briefly while the occupant removed debris from underneath the car before it was seen traveling north along Lake Road where it again stopped at the Bethanga Bridge intersection.

During the second stop, the front bumper bar was removed from the vehicle and abandoned.

The vehicle was then observed to turn left and cross over the bridge where it was last seen heading west on Riverina Highway, heading towards Lake Hume.

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Operation North Airsander results in seizure of two kilograms of ice and seven firearms

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 08:57 AEST

Detectives from the Hervey Bay Criminal Investigation Branch and Taskforce Maxima commenced Operation North Airsander in May 2015 to investigate the trafficking of commercial quantities of methylamphetamine (ICE) in the Hervey Bay area by a longstanding associate of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

Yesterday and today 65 QPS officers and National Anti-Gang Squad officers conducted early morning search warrants resulting in arrests for trafficking ice and the seizure of two kilograms of ice, meth oil and steroids. Police have also seized seven high powered illegal weapons during this operation and two silencers. One of these weapons was a loaded handgun.

Fifteen search warrants have been executed at addresses in Hervey Bay and Maryborough areas and it will be alleged all of these addresses are linked to the primary offender.

Queensland Police Service personnel from State Crime Command’s Taskforce Maxima, Central Region’s Hervey Bay CIB, Maryborough CIB and general duties, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Major Events Command (ICMC) and Operations Support Command as well as officers from the AFP National Anti-Gang Squad and Crime Corruption Commission are involved in today’s operation.

Since May 2015 police have charged over 30 offenders associated with this investigation in relation to almost 90 charges. Various quantities of drugs (ice, cannabis and ecstasy tablets) and five firearms were seized in the lead up to today’s arrest phase.

As a result of today’s action police have commenced proceedings against a further eight people in relation to 32 charges. Overall 38 offenders have been charged with 122 charges.

Included in today’s arrests was a 35-year-old Susan River man who is charged with trafficking in dangerous drug (ice) and possession of illegal weapons. Police also restrained property to the value of $600,000. This included a residence and motor vehicles.

He will appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court today.

“The seizure of two kilograms of ice means a great deal to the community of Hervey Bay. That’s a minimum of 20,000 hits of ice that is not making its way into our community,” Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Briese of Maryborough CIB stated.

“Another seven illegal firearms seized during this operation including a loaded handgun and shotgun seized yesterday from a longstanding associate of the Rebels OMCG is a terrific win for the community. We thank the community for their ongoing support and continuing information about OMCGs and their crime networks,” Acting Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter of Taskforce Maxima Protracted Operations stated

“Ongoing collaboration and sharing of intelligence with other Law Enforcement agencies including National Anti Gangs and Crime Corruption Commission is a central plank to our ongoing successes,” Taskforce Commander Mick Niland said.

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Man extradited regarding warrant over 2013 vehicle fire – Mascot

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 08:52 AEST

A man was extradited to NSW yesterday to face charges in connection with a 2013 vehicle fire in Mascot.

About 4.30pm on Sunday 14 July 2013, police from Botany Bay Local Area Command were called to the intersection of General Holmes Drive and Millpond Road regarding a vehicle fire.

Investigations revealed after passing through the intersection, a southbound Ford panel van allegedly ran off General Homes Drive and up the gutter on fire.

It’s alleged the driver, then 33-years-old, became involved in an argument with the passenger, also aged 33 at the time, before dousing him in petrol and setting him alight.

The passenger sustained severe burns during the incident and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to the Burns Unit at Concord Hospital.

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New network to promote QPS as LGBTI-friendly workplace

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 08:16 AEST

Deputy Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski has today announced the formation of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Support Network.

The Deputy Commissioner said the support network would help promote the QPS as a workplace that embraces, encourages and supports the diversity of its officers.

“The LGBTI Support Network (the network) is comprised of ten members representing most facets of the LGBTI community and is designed as a resource tool and support mechanism to provide advice and guidance to QPS officers,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“The network has developed a draft diversity guide to provide all QPS members with a greater understanding of gender-diverse people. These documents will give staff the ability to provide better support to QPS gender-diverse members and deliver a higher level of service to the wider LGBTI community.

“The QPS is committed to ensuring that, as a Service, we reflect the diversity of the people we protect. Establishing the LGBTI Support Network is one way we’re delivering on that commitment.”

Superintendent David Tucker, the senior commissioned officer overviewing the network, said the group of dedicated and passionate volunteer officers would help to bridge the gap between LGBTI members and the QPS.

“Last year Queensland saw LGBTI QPS members and supporters participate in the Brisbane Pride Festival march for the first time. It showed the state that the QPS is proud of all of its members.

“The network will give a voice to a group that can help educate other QPS members and enhance LGBTI pride and respect throughout the service.

“By celebrating and embracing diversity, will ensure that we create a safe and supportive workplace for all members of the QPS.

Later this year, the LGBTI Rainbow Flag will fly proudly in front of QPS Headquarters in Brisbane on International Day Against Homophobia (May 17) and QPS officers will participate in Wear It Purple Day (August 28) by wearing purple boot laces.

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski serves as the Executive Sponsor of the network.

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Man charged over alleged child grooming – State Crime Command, Sex Crimes Squad

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 07:03 AEST

A man has been charged over alleged child grooming following an investigation by State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad.

In October 2015, detectives received reports of three teenage girls who were using social networking sites, when they became involved in conversations with another user on the platforms.

A number of conversations are alleged to have taken place between the girls and the other user.

Police conducted inquiries into the allegations between November 2015 and February this year.

Their investigations revealed the user was allegedly attempting to groom a child for sexual activity.

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Man arrested after crash at Grange

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 06:41 AEST

A man has been arrested after a pursuit in the western suburbs.

Just after 3am on Wednesday 10 February, police on Military Road in Henley Beach spotted a Commodore with no number plates travelling at high speed. Police activated their lights and sirens, but the driver failed to stop.

The Commodore then travelled onto North Street and made its way to the intersection of High and Terminus Street in Grange, where the driver lost control and collided with a fence.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man from Glanville at the scene and he was charged with aggravated engaging in a police pursuit, aggravated due care and driving unlicensed. He will appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on 30 March.

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Police appeal to help locate missing teen – Kotara

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 06:34 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a teenager who went missing from Kotara yesterday afternoon.

Matthew Kiely, aged 19, was last seen walking from his home on Rodway Street at Kotara bout 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 February 2016).

Officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command have been told Matthew left his home and was seen walking toward Kotara South Public School.

Police were notified after his parents searched the area and were unable to locate him.

There are serious concerns for Matthew due to significant medical conditions, including communication difficulties, which require ongoing treatment.

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Robbery at Parafield Gardens hotel

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 06:20 AEST

Police are investigating a robbery at a hotel in Parafield Gardens early this morning.

Just before 12.30am on Wednesday 10 February, two men entered the gaming area of a hotel on Martins Road.

Both men had their faces covered, while one man was armed with a machete and another with a crow bar.

They fled the scene with an amount of cash and were last seen leaving in a silver 2015 Subaru Impreza hatchback, possibly with registration S154BEU.

No one was physically injured during the robbery.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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CCTV footage released following aggravated armed robbery – South Hurstville

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 05:30 AEST

Police have released CCTV footage in an appeal for public assistance following an aggravated armed robbery in South Hurstville at the weekend.

Just before 6.30pm (Saturday 6 February 2016), a 19-year-old female employee was working at a pharmacy on King Georges Road, when an unknown man with his face covered and carrying a black bag, entered the store.

Police have been told the man pulled a shortened firearm from his bag and pointed it at the woman, demanding cash.

A 52-year-old male employee was also threatened by the man.

The man fled the scene a short time later, taking cash and pharmaceuticals.

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Police appeal for information following armed robbery – Earlwood

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 05:10 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance following an armed robbery in Earlwood overnight.

About 12.10am (Wednesday 10 February 2016), three men entered a hotel on Homer Street and threatened staff members and a patron, with machetes and hatchets.

The men then forced a staff member to open a safe at the location, before the trio fled with cash.

A fourth man was waiting outside in a blue Audi A5; the vehicle was last seen fleeing the hotel toward Clarke Street.

No one was injured during the incident.

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Police appeal for information after child approached – Balgownie

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 04:21 AEST

Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached by a man in a vehicle at Balgownie yesterday afternoon.

About 3.30pm (Tuesday 9 February 2016), a 12-year-old girl got off her school bus at Margaret Street, near the intersection of Foothills Road, and began to walk the short distance home.

A man driving a light-grey-coloured Toyota Corolla parked his vehicle nearby and offered the girl a lift home.

She refused and continued walking home, where she advised her family who contacted police.

Officers attached to Wollongong Local Area Command have launched an investigation into the incident.

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Man charged following shopping centre sex assault

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 04:10 AEST

Knox Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) detectives have charged a man following various sexual acts that took place at a Wantirna South shopping centre on 2 February.

It was alleged the man was seen masturbating and inappropriately touching young women.

An appeal for information was made and a photograph of a suspect released.

On Tuesday evening, 9 February, Knox SOCIT detectives executed a search warrant at a residential house on Patrick Street in Millgrove and with the assistance of Warburton police, arrested a suspect.

At the location 35 mature cannabis plants were also located growing freely in the backyard.

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Bell Post Hill Homicide Investigation

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 02:29 AEST

Police are on site and investigating following the death of a man just after 11pm on Tuesday night in Bell Post Hill.

At this early stage in the investigation police have been told the man was shot following some sort of altercation on Anakie Road.

No suspect has been arrested.

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Further charges laid in tutor investigation – Strike Force Kibbler

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 10/02/2016 00:18 AEST

A man will face court tomorrow over alleged child sex offences after further inquiries by Strike Force Kibbler detectives regarding the conduct of a tutor.

After ongoing investigations by officers from the Child Abuse Squad, a 67-year-old man was today (Tuesday 9 February 2016), charged with sexual intercourse with person under 10 years, indecent assault of person under 16 years (six counts), and indecent assault of child under 10 years.

Police will allege in court that the offences occurred while the man claimed to be a tutor.

He was refused bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 10 February 2016).

The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.

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Fifth motorcyclist this month dies in crash

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 09/02/2016 23:44 AEST

A motorcyclist has died after his Harley Davidson ran off the road and crashed in Werribee South this evening.

Police understand the rider and sole occupant, a man aged in his 40s, lost control whilst travelling along Beach Road about 10.15pm.

No other vehicles or people are believed to have been involved in the incident.

Prior to this crash, the attending members from Westgate Highway Patrol were dealing with another collision in which an unlicensed man on a different Harley had collided into a car on Tarneit Road in Tarneit.

Thankfully the rider survived that collision but was taken to hospital with significant injuries.

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Serious assault Salt Creek

South Australia Police on Tuesday, 09/02/2016 22:42 AEST

A man has been arrested following the serious assault on two women tonight.

Police were called to Salt Creek about 6.30pm, after reports of an assault. The two women were transported to hospital, there injuries are believed to be non-life threatening at this time.

A 59-year-old man is currently being interviewed by police and is expected to be charged later tonight.

There are no further details at this time.

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Highway remains closed following fatal collision near Hamilton

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 09/02/2016 21:10 AEST

Major Collision Investigation Group detectives have suspended their investigation of the Tarrington crash scene on the Glenelg Highway for this evening.

The Highway at Tarrington will remain closed overnight and into tomorrow morning when detectives will return to the scene to resume their investigation.

Disaster Victim Identification unit members will also return and continue to process the scene.

The collision between the b-double semi-trailer and 4WD occurred just after 6am this morning and investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to make contact with police.

The driver of the truck is yet to be located.

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