Aussie Police News Wrap for Thursday Evening – 10/03/2016

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016.

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

Mirrabooka Serious Crash

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:27 AEST

Police are seeking assistance from the public regarding a serious crash which occurred in Mirrabooka yesterday, Wednesday 9 March 2016. About 7:20pm a 9 year old boy from Mirrabooka was playing with friends in the Fragrance Garden Reserve, which is situated on the northern side of Boyare Avenue, when he ran onto Boyare Avenue. At the same time a Holden Commodore sedan, being driven by a 23 year old man from Mirrabooka, was travelling in a westerly direction on Boyare Avenue. The boy and vehicle collided and after hitting the bonnet the boy landed on the road. St John Ambulance attended and conveyed the boy to Princess Margaret Hospital with serious head injuries. Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the boy or vehicle prior to the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

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Bowes Fatal Crash

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:24 AEST

Major Crash investigators are renewing their appeal for public information following a fatal crash that occurred in Bowes on Wednesday 27 January 2016. Between 1:30am and 5:00am, a grey Holden Commodore sedan was travelling in a northerly direction on North West Coastal Highway, Bowes (10km south of Northampton), when it left the road and rolled over, coming to rest on a riverbank south of the Bowes River Bridge. The front seat passenger of the Holden, a 27 year old man from Bull Creek, died at the scene. The driver of the Holden, a 20 year old woman from Sunset Beach, received serious injuries and was conveyed to Hospital. Major Crash investigators are seeking any witnesses who may have seen the Holden before the crash or the crash itself to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

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Teenage girl grabbed at Tynong

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:22 AEST

Police are appealing for information after a man grabbed a teenage girl at Tynong in January.

Investigators have been told a 17-year-old Tynong girl was walking along Tynong Road about 3.30pm on Wednesday 27 January.

A man in a dark grey Holden sedan pulled up near the girl and asked her for directions.

After the girl indicated she couldn’t help him the man got out of the car and grabbed the teenager, yelling at her.

The girl fought back, kicking the man in the leg, before running home and the man got back in his car and sped off.

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Armed robbery, Kuraby

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:21 AEST

Detectives have released images of a man who may be able to assist them with their investigation into the armed robbery of a pizza restaurant on Beenleigh Road at Kuraby on February 14.

At around 7:00am a man disabled the external security cameras at the business before leaving the scene.

The same man is believed to have returned to the business at around 8.10am and forced entry to the business.

The man was confronted by an employee, who he threatened with a knife, before he fled from the scene in a black Suzuki Swift (similar to pictured).

No one was physically injured during the incident.

The man (pictured) is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 30s, approximately 170cm tall, of a medium build with black hair.

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Kondinin Fatal Crash Charges

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:17 AEST

Major Crash investigators have charged a 19 year old female German national with Careless Driving following a fatal crash which occurred in Kondinin on Sunday 6 March 2016. It will be alleged the woman was driving east along Corrigin-Kondinin Road at about 11.30am when the vehicle left the carriageway and rolled a number of times before coming to rest in nearby bushland. As a result of the crash the 20 year old female German national passenger received fatal injuries. The 19 year old woman is due to appear in the Narrogin Magistrates Courts on Tuesday 15 March 2016.

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Man arrested over one-punch assault

South Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:05 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses following the arrest of a man for a one-punch assault in the city on Saturday morning.

The victim was knocked unconscious during the allegedly unprovoked assault in Rosina Street just after 5am on Saturday 5 March. He was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment for a head injury and has since been discharged from hospital.

Following investigations, police from Crime Gangs Task Force today arrested a 27-year-old Mawson Lakes man and charged him with aggravated assault cause harm.

The arrested man was refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday 11 March.

Members of the public immediately rendered assistance to the injured man, but investigators would like to speak to anyone else who witnessed the incident.

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Inquiries continue after modified B-Double stopped near Tweed Heads

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:05 AEST

Inquiries are continuing after highway patrol in Northern NSW stopped a heavy vehicle that had been modified to travel at any speed.

Acting on information received from Queensland Police, officers attached to Northern Borders

Highway Patrol stopped a B Double travelling on the M1 (Pacific Highway) at Tweed Heads about 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 10 March 2016).

The truck had been detected travelling at 124kmh in a 100kmh zone of the M1.

It will be alleged that during an inspection of the vehicle at Chinderah, it was found that the truck was fitted with a pulse generator allowing it to travel at any speed.

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Update: armed robbery, Albion

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 18:01 AEST

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a hotel on Sandgate Road at Albion have released images of the motorcycle they believe was involved.

At around 9pm on Sunday March 6 two men armed with a firearm and a crowbar threatened staff and patrons, before stealing a quantity of cash and fleeing the business on a motorcycle.

Police investigations have established the motorcycle is likely to be a blue and white Suzuki GSX650F (similar to pictured).

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have observed the motorcycle and two men riding it and continue to appeal for anyone who has any information in relation to the robbery to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Mirrabooka Serious Assault

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 17:49 AEST

Police are seeking the public’s assistance regarding a serious crash which occurred in Mirrabooka yesterday, Wednesday 9 March 2016. About 7.20pm a 9 year old boy from Mirrabooka was playing with friends in the Fragrance Garden Reserve, which is situated on the northern side of Boyare Avenue, when he ran onto Boyare Avenue. At the same time a Holden Commodore sedan, being driven by a 23 year old man from Mirrabooka, was travelling in a westerly direction on Boyare Avenue. The boy and vehicle collided and after hitting the bonnet the boy landed on the road. St John Ambulance attended and conveyed the boy to Princess Margaret Hospital with serious head injuries. Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the boy or vehicle prior to the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

Read the full text at Western Australia Police

Fatal collision at Richmond

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 17:42 AEST

Police are currently at the scene of a fatal collision that has claimed the life of a pedestrian in Richmond.

It is believed a pedestrian was struck by a truck at the intersection of Burnley and Swan Streets Richmond just after 4.30pm.

The yet to be identified pedestrian has died at the scene, the driver of the truck was not injured and is assisting police with their enquiries.

The exact cause of the incident is yet to be determined.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Suspicious fire, Beerwah

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 17:40 AEST

Police are investigating a house fire that occurred in Beerwah this afternoon.

Police and emergency crews attended a fire in Strawberry Street around midday and found a house engulfed in flames.

A grass fire was also found to be burning in an adjacent property. Both fires were extinguished however the house was destroyed as a result of the fire.

All occupants were accounted for with no one sustaining any injuries as a result of the fire.

A 40-year-old man was located a short time later near the properties and was taken into custody. He is currently assisting police with their investigations.

Police have declared a crime scene and investigations are continuing.

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Man charged following investigations into alleged sexual assault – Randwick

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 17:22 AEST

A man has been charged following investigations into an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a premises in Randwick earlier this week.

A 20-year-old German tourist was staying with a friend in a rented room of an apartment on Dutruc Street.

The 45-year-old owner of the unit also lives at the location in a second bedroom.

It’s been alleged the owner sexually assaulted the young tourist on Tuesday 8 March 2016, while she was alone in the apartment with him.

Following the assault the young woman disclosed the assault to her friend who in turn reported the incident to police.

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Man arrested following Roxburgh Park sexual assault

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 17:13 AEST

Sexual Crimes Squad detectives have arrested a 30-year-old man over the Roxburgh Park sex assault that occurred on Friday 26 February.

The Coolaroo man was arrested this morning in Deer Park and is with detectives at Crime Command headquarters.

Further information will be released if and when the man is charged.

Sergeant Kris Hamilton

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Man, two teens charged with aggravated break and enter – Mayfield

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 17:13 AEST

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to an aggravated break and enter and indecent assault near Newcastle earlier this year.

Around 11.30pm on Friday 15 January 2016, three males forced their way into a home in Carandotta Street, Mayfield, where they held the property’s 36-year-old resident against her will.

The trio, one of whom was armed with a knife, ransacked the home and stole a number of items before fleeing the scene. During the break in, one of the males allegedly indecently assaulted the woman.

Police were called and attended the location, before an investigation into the matter commenced.

Shortly before 1am the following Sunday (17 January 2016), police arrested two 17-year-old males who were standing near an abandoned vehicle in a laneway off Maitland Road, Mayfield.

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One person dies in light plane crash – Central West

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 16:38 AEST

Emergency services are responding to reports of a light plane crash in the state’s central west this afternoon.

Just before 2pm (Thursday 10 march 2016), emergency services were called to Gundong Road, Obley, about 25km south of Dubbo, following reports a light plane had crashed on a rural property.

On arrival officers located the plane alight.

Further inspection of the aircraft revealed one man deceased inside.

Police from Dubbo Local Area Command are currently on scene and an investigation has commenced.

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A helping hand for domestic violence victims: that could be me

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 16:31 AEST

During the inaugural Women’s Week celebrations, we’ll be sharing the stories of 10 of our successful female officers to inspire women to think ‘ that could be me ‘.

Meet Constable Jael Jackwitz from Bowen Police Station. With plenty of experience working in domestic violence situations and in PCYCs, she is highly regarded by her bosses as a committed and dedicated officer who goes out of her way to do more than just the job.

I’m from…

A small town called Grandchester, South East Queensland. I was raised on a cattle and crop farm.

My first job…

Was at a Fish and Chip shop called Kelli’s Diner in Laidley. I worked there for eight years.

I found my way to policing…

Believe it or not, by watching Blue Heelers on TV when I was growing up. I have always loved solving problems and investigating things. I applied whilst I was studying a Bachelor of Applied Science at University.

Where I was when I found out I was in…

I was with my mother. I was so excited that I accidently screamed into the phone.

My first day as a police officer…

Was overwhelming and exhilarating. I was a bundle of nerves but very keen to get out of the station to learn new things.

My service history…

After the academy I was posted to Bowen for my first year. After my first year, I stayed at Bowen for the next three years. During this time, I relieved as a Branch Manager at the Bowen and Burdekin PCYCs, I have also relieved in the Bowen CIB. I am just in the process of moving to Nanango through a transfer.

My role…

I am a General Duties officer. Whilst in Bowen I filled the role of the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer for about 18 months.

My typical day…

Does not exist. The great thing about being a police officer is that you never know what the day has planned for you and that you cannot plan things. The day however consists of paperwork, attempting to organise things and attending calls for services.

Outside of being a police officer…

I am a simple country girl who loves to socialise with family and friends. I love going home to the family farm and getting my hands dirty.

My family…

Consists of my fiancé, two dogs and a cat.

My big love…

Is my family, fiancé and friends. Also, coffee and donuts, yes I am a cliché.

Being a police officer…

Has made me a more confident and independent person. It has developed my communication and investigative skills.

My ‘professional edge’…

Is my compassion and open mindedness.

Biggest success…

Is becoming apart of the community in which I police. I have gained many friendships and family.

I am inspired by…

All my family. My father has been a paramedic in Laidley for the past 39 years and my mother managers and works the farm. My family, including my sister and brother, have always been supportive and encouraged me to achieve my goals. They are all hardworking and generous people. They would give you their shirt off their back.

My biggest fan…

Is my fiancé. He admires my kindness, giving and loving nature. He is very supportive of everything that I do and is always there after a bad day at work.

I’m the biggest fan…

Of chocolate. Whether hot, cold or in block form, it always makes everything better.

I look at this person and think ‘that could be me’…

I look at my senior officers within the service, I admire their knowledge, their diligence, their wisdom, their enthusiasm and their commitment. These attributes inspire me to believe that, that could be me.

An obstacle I’ve had to overcome…

Was realising that people are not always honest. I was bought up one could say ‘sheltered’ and when I had a person lie to me about themselves, I was taken aback.

A memorable moment in the QPS…

I attended a job where the male was wanted on a Warrant. The male was arrested and as we were walking him to the police vehicle, he looked at my male partner and then at me. He then spat at me with his spittle landing on my face and in my eye. I remember not being angry at him and calmly saying “He just spat on me”.

Funniest moment in the QPS…

There have been many funny moments. My partner and I attended a job and at the end, my partner walked through a large wasp nest. My partner has then run straight at me, arms flailing, with wasps flying around him. I probably should have mentioned to him earlier that I was allergic to wasps.

My colleagues in the QPS…

Are part of my family. They are there to help and support me during work and also outside of work. They help me to push myself to better myself.

Toughest part of the job…

Is dealing with my colleagues who are like family to me, getting hurt whilst working.

Best part of the job…

Is gaining new experiences, learning every day, creating memories, and meeting new people.

A virtue/quote to live by…

To treat others how you would like to be treated.

Never say…

Never. Give everything you have to every task that you do, and you’ll never be disappointed. Be the best you can be.

The best advice I can give to a potential female recruit thinking ‘that could be me’ is…

Apply, you never know what you can do until you give it a go. Being a police officer is very rewarding through the experiences you have and the memories and friends you make along the way.

Visit policerecruit.com.au or call 1300 BE A COP.

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Man still wanted following Newcomb armed robbery

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 16:21 AEST

Armed Crime Squad detectives continue to investigate an alleged armed robbery in Newcomb yesterday.

The alleged armed robbery took place at a financial institution on Bellarine Highway about 3pm.

A 29-year-old Geelong woman has been charged with armed robbery and appeared in Geelong Magistrates’ Court today.

Police continue to search for the man involved in the incident and a grey or light- coloured VN Holden Commodore Sedan.

Investigators have released CCTV and images of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Serious traffic incident, Hamilton Island

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 15:41 AEST

Police are investigating a serious traffic incident involving a golf buggy that occurred on Hamilton Island this morning.

Initial information suggests that at around 8.25am the golf buggy crashed into a stationary golf buggy on the Great Northern Highway.

The golf buggy was carrying eight passengers, including five adults, one toddler and two infants.

A man sustained leg injuries while a women sustained facial injuries. They have both been airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital.

A baby girl suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to Townsville Base Hospital with her mother, who suffered minor injuries.

The female driver and remaining passengers, two men, a boy and a baby girl have been transported to Proserpine Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and observation.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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Carnarvon Burglary Series Charges

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 15:40 AEST

Carnarvon Detectives have charged a 33 year old Rangeway man following their investigation into several recent burglaries in the Mid-West Gascoyne District and Exmouth. During late February 2016 detectives conducted targeted patrols following a significant increase in commercial burglaries. On Thursday 3 March 2016 a vehicle of interest was located at a Caravan Park on Robinson Street in Carnarvon. Officers searched a nearby accommodation unit and located stolen property which linked the occupants’ to three overnight burglaries, as well as property linked to a burglary in Exmouth. On Saturday 5 March 2016 it will be alleged while officers were making further inquiries at the caravan park they located and seized more property suspected of being related to a recent burglary including two firearms. The 33 year old man from Rangeway has been charged with: 7 x Possess Unlicensed Firearm 4 x Burglary and Commit Offence 1 x Attempted Burglary 2 x Steal Motor Vehicle He appeared in the Carnarvon Magistrates Court on Friday 4 March 2016 and has been remanded in custody to reappear on Monday 21 march 2016. Carnarvon detectives are still trying to locate the owner of a medal which was seized.

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New Deputy Secretary for DPEM

Tasmania Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 15:30 AEST

Thursday, 10 March 2016 – 3:21 pm.

Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams has been appointed to the new position of Deputy Secretary for the Business and Executive Division within the Department of Police and Emergency Management (DPEM).

“The key role of Deputy Secretary is recognition of the critical operation of corporate and executive services across DPEM ,” said the Secretary of DPEM, Darren Hine.

“The employees working in these business areas will be united under the leadership and support of a senior executive manager for the first time.

“Donna’s vision is to recognise, build and support her people within these business areas and the crucial work they do,” said Mr Hine.

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Missing man, Beerwah

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 15:30 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 79-year-old man reported missing from Beerwah.

Robert Harmsworth (pictured) was last seen by family at a Diamantina Street address around 8.45am this morning.

Police hold concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition and may be disorientated.

Robert is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180cm tall with a proportionate build, grey hair and hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing grey shorts and a navy blue checkered shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland Police Service

Man charged following stabbing – Redfern

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 15:16 AEST

Police have charged a man following a stabbing in Redfern earlier this week.

About 3pm (Tuesday 8 March 2016), a 27-year-old man forced his way into his housemate’s room and allegedly attempted to sexually assault her.

The woman, aged 23, attempted to resist the man, when he left the room and returned armed with a knife.

The man allegedly stabbed the woman number of times. The woman was able to run from the man and armed herself with a knife before allegedly stabbing the man in the chest.

Officers attached to Redfern Local Area Command attended and launched an investigation.

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Appeal for witnesses to traffic crash, Springwood

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 15:00 AEST

Forensic crash investigators are appealing for witnesses after a serious traffic crash at Springwood yesterday.

Around 12.15pm, a car was travelling along south along the Pacific Highway service road when it approached a set of lights to turn right into a furniture store.

A utility that was travelling in the opposite direction along the service road has struck the side of the turning car, causing it to spin and collide with another car waiting at the lights.

A man who was a passenger in the turning vehicle that was struck has sustained serious leg injuries and was transported to hospital.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident and are urging anyone who was in the area yesterday afternoon and witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Man charged with murder following brawl – Bonnyrigg

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 14:30 AEST

Editor’s note: A previous media release issued last month (February 2016), incorrectly listed the ages of the two men that have been charged as 23 and 26. They are, in fact, 33 and 27.

A man has been charged with murder following a brawl in Sydney’s south-west that left one man dead and numerous others injured.

Around 11pm on Friday 12 February 2016, two groups of men were involved in brawl outside a home on Howitt Place in Bonnyrigg.

During the brawl, one man allegedly armed himself with a knife and stabbed four others. The injured men – three 27-year-olds and a 25-year-old – retreated to their cars and later presented at Liverpool Hospital.

One of the 27-year-olds died at Liverpool Hospital around 12.30am on Saturday 13 February 2016, while the other three were treated for injuries.

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Man charged over alleged sexual, indecent assaults on state’s Central Coast

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 14:20 AEST

A man has been charged over the alleged sexual and indecent assault of a woman on the state’s Central Coast.

About 6.30pm on Monday 29 February 2016, a 48-year-old man and 51-year-old woman became involved in a domestic dispute at their home on Sycamore Avenue, Bateau Bay.

The altercation allegedly escalated, during which the man sexually and indecently assaulted the woman.

Officers attached to Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command were called to the home after the woman contacted family to report the incident.

The man left the home prior to police arrival.

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Armed robbery – Canley Vale

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 14:16 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Sydney’s south west this morning.

Just before 4am (Thursday 10 March 2016), three men entered a licensed premise on Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale, armed with two firearms and a tomahawk.

Police have been told the armed men threatened an employee, before taking cash and running from the scene.

Although a number of patrons were present, no one was injured during the incident.

Officers attached to Cabramatta Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

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Unarmed robbery, Deception Bay

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 14:07 AEST

Police are continuing to appeal for public assistance to help identify the man pictured who may be able to assist with inquiries into an unarmed robbery that occurred in Deception Bay late last year.

On September 21, a man entered a residence in Sarah Court via a garage door.

The 74-year-old male resident of the premises disturbed the intruder who then ran back through the garage and into the resident’s car parked outside.

A struggle ensued with the driver’s side door, which resulted in the man stepping out of the car and punching the 74-year-old man to the face before running off with his wallet and car keys.

He is described as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance, aged in his late 20s, approximately 180 centimetres tall with a proportional build, black hair and brown eyes.

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Teen charged over serious assault – Lidcombe

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 13:15 AEST

Detectives from Flemington have charged a teenage boy following investigations into the serious assault and robbery of a man in Lidcombe in January.

Around 12.15am on Sunday 17 January 2016, a 22-year-old man was walking along Railway Parade, Lidcombe, when he was approached by a group of seven people.

The group, which was comprised of five females and two males, engaged the man in conversation.

Police will allege a 14-year-old girl snatched the man’s mobile phone and started running.

The man gave chase and was followed by the rest of the group.

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Man charged after stand-off with police – Riverstone

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 12:35 AEST

A man has been charged with numerous offences relating to a stand-off with police at a home in Sydney’s west earlier this week.

About 11.15am (Tuesday 8 March 2016), officers from Quakers Hill Local Area Command were called to Regent Street, Riverstone, following reports a man was attempting to cut down a power pole with a chainsaw.

When police approached and attempted to speak with the 51-year-old man, it’s alleged he threw petrol over the officers.

The officers entered the front yard and utilised OC spray and a taser in an attempt to arrest him.

When the taser was deployed, the man’s clothing was ignited, before being extinguished by police.

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Man charged over alleged murder of stepfather – Coomba Park

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 12:35 AEST

A man has been charged over the alleged murder of his stepfather at a home near Forster yesterday afternoon.

About 4.50pm (Wednesday 9 March 2016), officers attached to Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command attended a home on Binalong Crescent, Coomba Park.

During a search of the property, police discovered the body of a 74-year-old man in a garden bed.

A 50-year-old man, who was identified as the older man’s stepson, was arrested in a nearby street and taken to Forster Police Station.

A crime scene was established at the home and examined by detectives and forensic specialists.

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Man charged following aggravated robbery – Chippendale

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 12:25 AEST

A man will appear in court today following an alleged aggravated break, enter and steal at a home in Chippendale last night.

About 7pm (Wednesday 9 March 2016), a 31-year-old woman was walking up a set of stairs at a unit block on Dangar Place when she noticed a man claiming to be in pain.

The woman went to the man’s assistance, who refused help, and the woman continued to her unit.

Police have been told the man followed the woman and entered her unit, before assaulting her and fleeing with her mobile phone.

Officers attached to Redfern Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations.

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Doctor charged with alleged sexual offences committed upon patients – Newcastle

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 11:27 AEST

A doctor has been charged with sexual and indecent assault offences allegedly committed upon patients in Newcastle.

Police will allege between 2003 and 2012, six female patients of the specialist clinic on Watt Street were sexually and indecently assaulted by a male doctor during consultations.

It’s further alleged one of the women also had an act of indecency performed on her.

The women, who are aged between 24 and 55, reported the matters to police.

Strike Force Yatala was formed to investigate the incidents.

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A Stock Squad detective: that could be me

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 11:20 AEST

During the inaugural Women’s Week celebrations, we’ll be sharing the stories of 10 of our successful female officers to inspire women to think ‘ that could be me ‘.

Meet Detective Senior Constable Cath Swan of the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad based in Forest Hill who has had some incredible successes in her career and whose four-year-old son thinks she is Wonder Woman, riding horses and bikes to catch the bad guys.

I’m from…

I am originally from the Mid North coast of NSW but I grew up mostly in Mackay. I come from a rural background, which has helped with my SARCIS position. My family own a dairy farm in NSW and I grew up training and competing horses.

My first job…

My first ever job was a check out operator at Kmart in Mackay.

I found my way to policing…

After I finished high school I went to Central Queensland University in Mackay and graduated with a Bachelor of Education. I started teaching but after a few years I realised that it wasn’t the career for me and applied to join the Queensland Police Service.

Getting sworn in

First picture as Constable

Where I was when I found out I was in…

I was at home, I had been checking the mail every day waiting for a letter for about three weeks!

My first day as a police officer…

My first day as a police officer was challenging and exciting as I didn’t know what job was going to come over the radio next.

My service history…

I was sworn in as a Constable on 7 March 2007 and completed my First Year as a Constable at Toowoomba Station. I was then posted to Lowood Station, which is a busy country station. After a few years working Lowood Station, I was able to build my resume to a point where I applied for a Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad vacancy and was successful. I have been at SARCIS at Forest Hill since 2010.

My role…

I am a Detective Senior Constable and my role is to investigate stock related crime and crime that impacts on the rural community.

My typical day…

My typical day is not that typical. I am expected to do a lot of different things in my role. Some days I spend in the office doing paperwork, some days I am out making enquires and executing search warrants. Some days I get to spend riding the SARCIS horses and bikes searching for stolen property or missing persons. Some days I spend in court giving evidence and organising witnesses. Some days I am in the yards with messy boots and cattle. No matter what, I am happy to go to work every day.

My family…

Me and the most important little man in my life, my handsome four-year-old son.

My big love…

Is my little man who has just turned four years old. I do love going for a relaxing horse ride. I also love my job!

Me and my man

Being a police officer has made me…

More confident as a person generally and a better communicator.

My ‘professional edge’…

Is being organised and methodical in investigations and using contemporary investigation strategies in investigations.

With the boss

Biggest success…

In 2014, I was asked to assist the Cold Case Homicide team with the investigation into the 1974 murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters. I assisted in the investigation, which ultimately resulted in the two offenders being charged with three counts of murder, three counts of deprivation of liberty and rape of the two daughters some 40 years after the offences were committed. This investigation also resulted in a parallel drug trafficking investigation resulting in four offenders being charged with serious drug offences.

I am inspired by…

Hard working and intelligent Detectives.

My biggest fan…

Is my little man. He loves super heroes at the moment and he thinks I am Wonder Woman who rides dirt bikes and horses at work to catch all the bad guys.

An obstacle I’ve had to overcome…

When I first joined SARCIS I had the feeling that I didn’t belong in the ‘boys club’ as I was the only female operational investigator within SARCIS at the time. I made the conscious decision to prove to myself and to my colleagues that I did deserve the position. I worked really hard towards achieving my Detective appointment, which I received on 20 May 2015. I now know that I do belong and I feel supported by my colleagues and bosses.

A memorable moment in the QPS…

Physically arresting O’Dempsey for three counts of murder 40 years after the offence was committed. Another memorable moment was executing a Search Warrant and finding over $500,000 in cash and over 50 kilograms of cannabis.

Toughest part of the job…

Helping victims and witnesses who have been involved in critical incidents.

Best part of the job…

It is challenging and you don’t know what will happen each day.

A virtue/quote to live by…

“Remember that girl that gave up? Neither does anyone else.”

Never say…

Can’t… I was regularly told as a child that ‘can’t’ is not a word.

The best advice I can give to a potential female recruit thinking ‘That could be me’ is…

If you are thinking it could be you, then yes it can!

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Man charged with sexual and indecent assaults of children – Child Abuse Squad

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 11:15 AEST

A man has been charged over the alleged sexual and indecent assaults of two girls in Sydney’s south west.

The girls – aged 15 and 13 – were allegedly sexually and indecently assaulted by a man in Chipping Norton earlier this month.

Police were alerted and detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad launched an investigation into the alleged incidents.

Following inquiries, a man was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers at Sydney Airport last night (Wednesday 9 March 2016).

The 28-year-old Iranian National was taken to Botany Bay Police Station where he was charged with the following offences:

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Police officers and staff recognised at Gold Coast award ceremony

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 11:10 AEST

Assistant Commissioner, South Eastern Region Brian Codd congratulated Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers and staff members who were presented with medals and awards at a ceremony in Coomera today.

Medals, clasps and certificates were presented for dedication to the role and commitment to policing and service to the Queensland community.

Assistant Commissioner Codd presented Assistant Commissioner’s Certificates to former Sergeant Andrew Paul, Detective Senior Constable Robert Wilkinson and Detective Senior Constable Tracey Wilkinson for their actions at an incident where a fight broke out between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs at a kickboxing match in the ballroom of a resort at Carrara on March 16, 2006.

Assistant Commissioner Certificates were also presented to Detective Superintendent Brian Swan, Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Garrett, Detective Senior Constable Brandon James and Plain Clothes Senior Constable Kelly Abrams for their involvement and subsequent investigation into a shooting incident at a shopping centre at Robina involving two outlaw motorcycle gang members which occurred on April 28, 2012.

Members of the Gold Coast Water Police, Sergeant Tony Nelson, Senior Constables David Ashbold, Michael Banyari and Cameron Bourke were also honoured with the National Emergency Medal their service during the 2010-2011 Queensland floods.

Assistant Commissioner Codd said the awards recognised the officers’ actions during life threatening situations.

“My experience is that QPS members do not do what they do for accolades or praise however I believe that it is important that we recognise and acknowledge officers for the significant contribution they make to ensure the safety and security of our community,” Assistant Commissioner Codd said.

The National Police Service Medal was presented to 23 officers for their past and future commitment to give ethical and diligent service and recognises the special status that sworn police officers have because of their role protecting the community. A minimum of 15 years’ service is required to qualify for this medal.

Today’s ceremony also saw the National Medal and Clasps presented to eight recipients. Clasps to the National Medal are awarded for a further period of ten years’ service.

In addition, the Queensland Police Service Medal and Clasps was presented to a number of officers and staff members. The QPS Medal is an award approved by the Commissioner in recognition of diligent and ethical service by QPS employees after 10 years of full-time qualifying service.

Assistant Commissioner Codd presented Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson and Sergeant John Goobanko with their 35 year Clasp.

Assistant Commissioner Codd acknowledged the devotion and tireless effort of each of the recipients of the National Police Service Medal, the National Medal and the Queensland Police Service Medal.

“Through the duration of their careers each recipient has displayed exemplary attributes as a member of the Queensland Police Service.

“The contribution of all recipients today is invaluable to the communities in which they serve and to the Service.

“It is through these awards today that we acknowledge and thank them for their dedication and diligence.

“The recipients’ achievements and high level of commitment have played a significant part in earning and maintaining the confidence that the community is entitled to have in its police service.

“Their outstanding level of dedication demonstrates their contribution to our organisation continually striving to be the best it can be,” said Assistant Commissioner Codd.

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Fatal collision at Truganina

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 10:37 AEST

Police are currently on scene of a fatal collision that has claimed the life of two people in Truganina this morning.

The collision occurred on Hopkins Road south of Greigs Road about 6am and it is believed three cars and two trucks were involved.

Police believe the vehicles have collided causing a Mazda 4WD to collide head-on with a truck.

The occupants of the Mazda, a man and a woman, died at the scene and they are yet to be formally identified.

The rear passenger, a 20-year-old woman has been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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Money laundering charge, Gold Coast

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 10:34 AEST

Detectives from the Taskforce Maxima, Criminal Economy Unit, have issued a woman with a notice to appear in relation to money laundering.

It will be alleged the 24-year-old woman opened a bank account in early December 2015 the purpose of which was to receive funds from a company that was the subject of complaints relating to cold calling investment fraud.

It is then alleged a large sum of money was electronically deposited into that account on the day it was opened and a further sum a couple of days later. The woman is also alleged to have attended four other bank branches within a two hour period and withdrawn cash from the account on the same day she received the second deposit.

Police were notified by the bank of the suspicious activity and further investigations were able to reveal that the money had been allegedly transferred into the account by a man known to be a director of the company subject of complaints relating to cold calling investment fraud. The man was also an officer bearer of the Finks OMCG.

Police will allege the woman was procured by the man to open an account to assist him in siphoning money from the company bank account.

The woman was issued with the notice to appear yesterday in relation to one charge of money laundering and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 30.

Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens from Taskforce Maxima stated, “The detection and prosecution of those who assist in the facilitation of money laundering is a key focus of the taskforce’s Criminal Economy Unit.

“Those involved in this type of behaviour might think they are only minor players, but that is a mistaken belief, they are providing a very important and necessary facility in which the origins of criminal proceeds can be disguised,” Detective Inspector Steven said.

Queensland Police Service

Padbury Serious Assault Arrest

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 10:02 AEST

Last night Joondalup Detectives arrested a 35 year old man as a result of their investigation into a serious assault in Padbury on 17 February 2016. It will be alleged about 11.30am, a 54 year old man answered a knock on the front door of his Pinnaroo Drive home. When he opened the door he was confronted by a man who used a blunt object to strike him over the head. The victim received serious head injuries and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital. The 35 year old man of no fixed address has been charged with Grievous Bodily Harm, Stealing and Breach Violence Restraining Order. He is due to appear in the Joondalup Magistrates Court this morning, 10 March 2016.

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Missing man Daniel Roberts found

South Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 09:43 AEST

Missing man Daniel Roberts has been found safe and well, following the police report on morning radio. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.

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CORRECTION: Two charged after allegedly speeding more than 45km/h over limit with one-year-old child in vehicle – Eastern Creek

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 09:41 AEST

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Editor’s note: Correction – the one-year-old boy was travelling in the Ford Laser, which was being driven by the woman, NOT the man.

A man and a woman have been charged with traffic offences after being caught allegedly speeding more than 45km/h over the speed limit, with a one-year-old child in one of the vehicles.

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Two arrested after Elizabeth Park assault and property damage

South Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 09:21 AEST

Two people have been arrested after damaging cars and assaulting a person at Elizabeth Park this morning.

At about 12.30am, police were called to Ranger Street after reports that two cars had their windows smashed and a man had been hit on the head with an unknown weapon.

He suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Two suspects were located and arrested nearby.

Police believe that this was not a random incident, with everyone known to each other.

A 23-year-old man from Hillbank will face charges of property damage, carry offensive weapon and assault, and a 16-year-old boy from Elizabeth Park has been charged with disturbing the peace and resist police. He has been bailed to appear in court at a later date.

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Update 3: Homicide investigation, Booval

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 08:41 AEST

Detectives have charged a second person with robbery and assault offences following investigations into an alleged break and enter and homicide at Booval last week.

It will be alleged around 1am a group of people broke into a Stafford Street residence before confronting a 27-year-old male occupant and striking him in the head.

One of the alleged intruders, a 26-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigations into the shooting aspect of the incident remains under investigation.

The 27-year-old man was transported to Ipswich Hospital with minor injuries.

A 21-year-old Boronia Heights woman has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, enter a dwelling by break while armed and unlawful possession of a Category H weapon.

She is expected to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Earlier this week police charged a 19-year-old Coominya man with two counts of armed robbery and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, enter a dwelling by break while armed and unlawful possession of a Category A weapon.

He is scheduled to re-appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on March 17.

Investigations are continuing.

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Historic Child Abuse Charges

Western Australia Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 08:41 AEST

The WA Police Taskforce Tonalite was established within the Child Abuse Squad to investigate historical child sexual abuse, including allegations stemming from the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sex Abuse. In February 2016, the taskforce charged a 74 year old Albany man as a result of ongoing investigations. The man was employed at the Roelands Mission in Collie and it will be alleged during 1974 and 1975 he sexually assaulted a young girl. The victim was 7 to 8 years old at the time. The man has been charged with:- • Two counts of Rape and • Four counts of Indecent Treatment of a Child under 14 years of age. He is due to appear in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 10 March 2016. If you are or have been a victim of child abuse, or if you have information about someone being abused, please contact police on 131 444.

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Woman charged after robbing bank at Newcomb

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 08:36 AEST

Armed Crime Squad detectives have charged a 29-year-old woman following an armed robbery at a bank in Newcomb yesterday.

Police have been told a man armed with a firearm and a woman robbed the bank on Bellarine Highway about 3pm.

The woman was arrested at the scene by members of the public and the man fled the scene in a grey or light coloured VN Holden Commodore sedan.

The Geelong woman has been charged with armed robbery and firearm offences.

She will appear the Geelong Magistrates’ Court this morning.

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Man in hospital following assault – Elderslie

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 08:33 AEST

A crime scene has been established and an investigation is underway after a man was assaulted in the Camden area this morning.

About 4.20am (Thursday 10 March 2016), emergency services were called to Hawdon Close, Elderslie, following reports of an assault.

Officers from Camden Local Area Command attended the location and found an injured man inside one of the street’s properties.

The man, aged 46, had sustained numerous injuries to his head, chest and back. Initial inquiries suggest the man may have been assaulted with a baseball bat.

The 46-year-old was taken to Liverpool Hospital where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.

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Maitreya Festival declared public safety risk

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 08:04 AEST

Police and emergency services are discouraging festival-goers from attending this weekend’s Maitreya music festival at Lake Wooroonook near Charlton due to severe public safety risks.

The plea comes after event organisers failed to obtain a permit from local council and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

As a result, police, paramedics and fire services will not be on site at the four-day event for safety reasons.

Swan Hill Local Area Commander Inspector Dan Davison said authorities had concerns for the health, safety and welfare of patrons.

“Without a permit, there’s no accountability to ensure the environment is safe for patrons and free from hazards,” Inspector Davison said.

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Police investigate after man found with neck wound in Sydney’s CBD

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 07:47 AEST

Police are investigating after a man was found injured in Sydney’s CBD this morning.

About 3.45am (Thursday 10 March 2016), the 37-year-old man was found lying injured on Carrington Street.

He’s been taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with a serious neck wound; however his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A crime scene has been established and will be examined by specialist officers.

Anyone with information about how the man came to be injured is urged to come forward via Crime Stoppers.

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Dangerous driving investigation, Molendinar

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 10/03/2016 05:57 AEST

Police investigating a dangerous driving incident at Molendinar are appealing for witnesses to contact police.

Initial investigations indicate the incident occurred around 8.10pm after a motorcyclist travelling north onto Olsen Avenue from Currumburra Road slowed to allow a blue Toyota Corolla sedan to merge from Southport Nerang Road.

A maroon Ford Falcon sedan that had been behind the motorcycle then followed it closely before overtaking it on the right.

When the motorcyclist also moved into the right lane the Ford braked heavily twice forcing the motorcyclist to also brake heavily to avoid a collision.

The Ford then accelerated away before swerving back into the left lane beside the Toyota causing it to veer towards the gutter to avoid a collision.

The motorcyclist pulled off Olsen Avenue into a hardware store carpark and parked. The Ford then entered the same carpark from Crestwood Drive and drove towards the parked motorcycle before doing a ‘burn out’. The Ford then reversed, knocking the motorcycle over, and did another ‘burn out’ before driving off at speed.

The maroon Ford Falcon sedan is described as either an EF or EL model with a distinctive white trim over the left rear wheel arch. The male driver is described as aged 20 – 25 years. A woman was travelling as a passenger.

The male motorcycle rider was not physically injured during the incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, in particular the driver of the blue Toyota, to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Armed robbery at Croydon hotel

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 05:01 AEST

Maroondah Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating following an armed robbery at a Croydon hotel last month.

A white Toyota Aurion with four men inside has pulled into the drive-thru bottle shop of a Dorset Road hotel about 5.10pm on Thursday 11 February.

Three balaclava-clad men have got out of the car and approached the two male staff members, with one of the offenders threatening staff with a firearm.

The trio have stolen the content of a cash register and some cigarettes before leaving.

It is believed there was a fourth man driving the white Toyota Aurion.

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Police release footage and images following affray – Hurstville

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 04:56 AEST

Police have released footage and images as investigations continue into an affray at Hurstville last weekend.

Just after 5pm on Sunday 6 March 2016, police were called to an affray involving about 40 to 50 people on Forest Road, Hurstville outside licensed premises.

Police attended and found two 17-year-old boys with non life-threatening injuries. One of the boys was taken to St George Hospital for treatment to a fractured eye socket.

The other boy was found to be suffering bruising to his forehead.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested at the location for offensive language. She was taken to Hurstville Police Station where she was later released.

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Burglars make clean getaway in South Yarra

Victoria Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 04:42 AEST

Police are investigating after up to four offenders broke into an apartment complex in South Yarra last month.

Investigators have been told the offenders, possibly three men and a woman, broke into a key safe and stole a swipe card which had access to an apartment complex on Marne Street on Saturday 13 February about 12.58am.

The offenders have used the swipe card to gain access to the building over the next five hours.

They have entered a communal laundry where they have used a commercial size wheelie bin to steal a washing machine.

The offenders have then returned and used a wooden dolly to steal a drier.

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Police investigate armed robbery – Sydney’s west

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 03:03 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Sydney’s west last night.

About 7.30pm (Wednesday 9 February 2016), a 27-year-old man was working at a bottle shop on Dargan Street, Yagoona, when two men, one armed with a wooden bat, entered the store.

Police have been told the armed pair threatened the employee, before taking cash from a till and running from the scene.

No one was injured during the incident.

Officers attached to Bankstown Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

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Ten mountain bikes seized following aggravated break and enters on Sydney’s northern beaches

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 02:41 AEST

Two men remain before the courts following investigations into a number of alleged aggravated break and enter offences on Sydney’s northern beaches this year.

Officers attached to the Northern Beaches Local Area Command commenced investigations into a number of aggravated break and enter offences between January and February this year, believed to be linked.

Following investigations, just after 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 9 March 2016), police executed a search warrant at a home on Ophelia Place, Oakhurst.

It will be alleged police located items including:

  • Eight mountain bikes with estimated values of $2000 – $3000 each;

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Fatal crash – state’s north coast

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 10/03/2016 01:12 AEST

Investigations are underway following a fatal crash at Banora Point, on the state’s north coast, last night.

About 8.25pm (Wednesday 9 March 2016), emergency services were called to the M1, at the turnoff to Fingal, following reports of a collision involving two cars.

The driver of one of the vehicles – a 58-year-old man – was treated by Ambulance Paramedics; however died at the scene.

The female driver of the second vehicle was taken to Tweed Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

The two drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles and no one else was injured during the incident.

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Stolen excavator and trailer, Dalby

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 09/03/2016 23:29 AEST

An excavator, trailer and four buckets were stolen from a hire company at Dalby between March 4 and 9.

The yellow Hyundai excavator has Queensland registration C23994C, the trailer- a Carter Wessco with Queensland registration 504QXK.

The yellow excavator, trailer and buckets are marked with the code PH92.

The hire company is located on the Warrego Highway at Dalby.

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Two charged after allegedly speeding more than 45km/h over limit with one-year-old child in vehicle – Eastern Creek

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 09/03/2016 23:29 AEST

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A man and a woman have been charged with traffic offences after being caught allegedly speeding more than 45km/h over the speed limit, with a one-year-old child in one of the vehicles, today.

About 5.15pm (Wednesday 9 March 2016), officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command detected two vehicles travelling along the Great Western Highway, Eastern Creek, allegedly clocking 150km/h in an 80km/h marked zone.

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Firearms incident in Sunshine West

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 09/03/2016 23:04 AEST

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a firearms incident which occurred in Sunshine West this evening.

Officers have been told that a Mazda sedan was driving along Angus Street around 8.30pm this evening.

The Mazda stopped at the intersection of Angus Street and Bell Street and a black Audi pulled alongside.

Witnesses have told police that the two male occupants of the Audi both produced handguns with the driver firing his into the right rear passenger side of the Mazda before driving from the scene.

Fortunately no one was injured in the incident and detectives are investigating.

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Stealing with violence, Carrara

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 09/03/2016 21:50 AEST

A 63-year-old woman was left bruised, and lying in the middle of the road, after struggling with a man trying to steal her handbag at Carrara this afternoon.

Around 4.10pm the Victorian woman was standing next to her vehicle, which was parked in Eastlake Street, when a man approached her and telling her that she had a flat tyre.

When the woman bent down to inspect the tyre the man grabbed her handbag and tried to run off. The woman held onto the bag, which was over her shoulder, and was dragged approximately 15 to 20 metres before she let go.

She was treated at the scene for grazes, bruises and small lacerations to her back, arms, legs, feet and ankles.

The man jumped into an awaiting white vehicle, being driven by another man, and they fled the scene.

The woman lost cash, credit cards, mobile phone and personal items.

The man is described as having a dark complexion, approximately 170cms tall and possibly aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper.

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Boy interviewed over playground fire

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 09/03/2016 21:44 AEST

Wyndham Crime Investigation Unit detectives have interviewed a Hoppers Crossing boy in relation to a playground fire which occurred last week.

The 13-year-old boy attended a police station this afternoon to answer questions regarding the fire which occurred about 10pm at Woodville Park in Hoppers Crossing last Friday.

The boy has been released pending further enquires and the investigation continues.

Senior Constable Adam West

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