Aussie Police News Wrap for Wednesday Evening – 02/03/2016


Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016.

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

Fatal collision in Stromlo

ACT Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 20:27 AEST

ACT Policing is investigating a single-vehicle collision in Stromlo this afternoon (Wednesday, 2 March) in which a male motorcycle rider has died.

About 5.00pm, police responded to a report that a motorcycle had collided with a tree on Cotter Road, Stromlo.

ACT Ambulance transported the man to The Canberra Hospital, however he died shortly after.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

This is the first fatality on Canberra’s roads this year.

Read the full text at ACT Police

Two men arrested for alleged drug supply – Elizabeth Bay

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 19:03 AEST

Two men will face court tomorrow after police allegedly located drugs in a unit at Elizabeth Bay.

About 7.30am today (Wednesday 2 March 2016), Newtown Police together with the assistance of officers attached to the Operational Support Group executed a search warrant at a unit on Greenknowe Avenue.

Police allegedly located crystal methylamphetamine, ketamine, and MDMA.

Two men, aged 56 and 43, were arrested at the location and taken to Newtown Police Station.

They were both charged with supply prohibited drug and deal with the proceeds of crime.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Assault and wilful damage investigation, Caboolture

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 18:26 AEST

Police investigating the assault of a tow truck driver at Caboolture on February 8 have released images of a man who may be able to assist them with their investigations.

Around 1.50pm a tow truck and a white car were travelling north along the Bruce Highway, Caboolture when they both took the Caboolture exit. A short time later both vehicles pulled over to the side of the road near the exit to Burnett Lane.

The male driver of the car exited his vehicle and punched the front window of the truck, as well as kicking at the driver’s side door several times, before throwing punches at the driver.

The man yelled abuse at the 48-year-old male tow truck driver before getting back in his car.

The tow truck driver drove to Caboolture Police Station to report the incident. He was not physically injured as a result of the assault and police investigations are continuing.

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CCTV image released as investigation continues into attempted robbery – Moree

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 18:07 AEST

Police have released an image of two men who they would like speak to in relation to an attempted robbery in Moree last month.

About 10.30pm on Friday 19 February 2016, two men entered licensed premises on Amaroo Drive, Moree, armed with knives and wearing face coverings.

A witness at the bar saw the men entering the premises and secured herself in an office by locking the door.

The men left the premises a short time later without taking any items. They were last seen leaving the area on a motorcycle.

Officers from Barwon Local Area Command attended the location and established a crime scene, commencing an investigation into the incident.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Stealing Charges Darwin

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 17:44 AEST

A 44-year-old Northern Territory Police Officer was arrested yesterday in Darwin and charged with one count of stealing.

The Police Officer has been bailed to appear at the Darwin Magistrates Court on 16 March.

This information is provided in accordance with NT Police Transparency Guidelines.

Northern Territory Police

Missing 14-year-old boy located, Eagleby

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 17:44 AEST

A boy reported missing from Eagleby yesterday has been found safe and well this afternoon.

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

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Police investigate child approach – Sadleir

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 16:57 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance after a child was approached by a man at Sadleir last week.

The 13-year-old girl was walking along Insignia Street just before 3.30pm on Wednesday 24 February 2016, when a van stopped near her.

Police have been told the driver called out to the girl and attempted to entice her into the vehicle.

She declined and began to run; however, fell and dropped her mobile phone.

The male driver then got out of the van and approached the girl before other drivers asked him to move his vehicle.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Unlawful wounding, Blackwater

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 16:35 AEST

Detectives have charged a man following investigations into an alleged wounding in Blackwater overnight.

Police were called to a disturbance on Oliffe Street just before 11pm and on arrival located a man with multiple stab wounds to his upper body.

A 35-year-old man was transported to Blackwater Hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.

A 25-year-old Maryborough man was later located and taken into custody by police.

He has been charged with one count of unlawful wounding and is due to appear in Blackwater Magistrates Court on April 8.

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Police investigate fatal crash – Euston

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 16:31 AEST

A report will be prepared for the Coroner following a fatal crash near the NSW and Victoria border.

Just after midday (Wednesday 2 March 2016), police and emergency services were called to the Sturt Highway, Euston, following reports a Holden Commodore and a Holden utility had collided head-on.

Witnesses commenced CPR on the driver of the ute – a 54-year-old man – before police and NSW Ambulance Paramedics took over; however, the man could not be revived.

The 24-year-old male driver of the Commodore was taken to Mildura Hospital in a stable condition, where he will aloes undergo mandatory testing.

Police from Deniliquin Local Area Command attended and commenced an investigation. They were assisted by officers from Victoria Police.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Passengers to be proceeded against for motor vehicle stealing

Tasmania Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 16:22 AEST

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 – 4:06 pm.

Following legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, three passengers involved in a fatal crash on Davey St, Hobart, will be proceeded against for Motor Vehicle Stealing.

The three youths, two aged 15 and one 12 year old, will be proceeded against under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

After a thorough examination of the available evidence it was determined there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in relation to more serious charges.

Read the full text at Tasmania Police

Search for missing Hawthorn woman Justine Ayers

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 15:41 AEST

Police are appealing for public help to locate missing Hawthorn woman Justine Ayers.

The 22-year-old was last seen at her Denham Street home about 7.30am this morning.

Police hold concerns for Justine’s welfare due to her suffering from a medical condition that requires medication.

She is known to frequent the Clayton, Geelong and Lorne areas.

Investigators have released a photo of Justine in the hope that someone recognises her.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Police re-appeal for information following fail to stop incident – Hillsdale

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 15:41 AEST

Police are re-appealing for information following a fail to stop incident in Hillsdale earlier this year.

About 9.35pm on Friday 15 January 2016, emergency services were called to the intersection of Flint Street and Bunnerong Road, following reports of a crash.

It is believed that a vehicle was travelling on Bunnerong Road, turning onto Flint Street, when it collided with a man crossing Flint Street.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly failed to stop and left the scene.

NSW Ambulance Paramedics treated a 59-year-old man at the scene for leg injuries, before he was taken to St Vincents Hospital.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Warrant to arrest Joshua Riley

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 15:31 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Joshua Riley.

Warrants have been issued for the 27-year-old man’s arrest after he failed to appear at court in relation to Burglary, Theft, Handle Stolen Goods, Shop Theft, Obtain Property By Deception, Commit Indictable Offences Whilst on Bail and Drug Possessions.

Riley is described as being 188cm tall, with a solid build and blond hair.

He is believed to frequent the City of Yarra, Melbourne CBD and St Kilda areas.

Investigators have released an image of Riley in the hope that someone may recognise him or have information on his current whereabouts.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Missing man Bosko Santa

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 14:22 AEST

Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate missing elderly man, Bosko Santa.

Bosko Santa, 76, was last seen about 9.50am today, Wednesday 2 March, standing at a bus stop on Days Road, Regency Park.  Police are concerned for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition and may be disoriented.

Bosko Santa is Caucasian, 168cm tall, medium build, with a fair complexion, balding white hair and blue eyes.  He was wearing a light blue polo shirt and long black pants. He was carrying a black satchel and wearing a white lanyard with keys around his neck.

Police are actively looking for Mr Santa and ask anyone who spots him, or has information on his whereabouts, to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444.

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15 new police officers graduate today

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 13:41 AEST

Probationary Constables Sophie Matthews and Tyson Schrapel graduate today from the Police Academy, along with their 13 course mates.

Probationary Constable Matthews started her police career as a Police Volunteer and has also worked as a tennis coach and fitness instructor.

A keen sports person, Probationary Constable Matthews has been posted to Whyalla and says she looks forward to going to work and not knowing exactly what her day will bring.

“Getting into a patrol car and being tasked to different jobs seems so exciting and very challenging.

“I am also a huge people person and I want to do whatever I can to help the community.

“It has been a long but rewarding year and I feel ready to put myself out there and be the best police officer I can possibly be.”

Course mate Probationary Constable Tyson Schrapel is also a keen sports person, with athletics, football and water sports top of his activity list.

Heading off to Port Augusta for his first posting, Probationary Constable Schrapel is looking forward to country policing.

“With the long days spent studying and training to pass written exams and physical testing, this day feels like it has been a long time coming. I am extremely excited and proud of what my course members and I have achieved and what we are going to achieve within the South Australian community.”

A big welcome to all our new police officers today and we wish them all the best in the future careers.

South Australia Police is actively recruiting. We offer careers in more than 40 specialist policing areas, so there’s a wide range of options to suit the qualities and strengths you could bring to the service.

Find information on the recruitment process, how to apply and career paths here; or give our recruiting team a ring on 08 7322 3353.

Probationary Constable Schrapel and Probationary Constable Matthews

South Australia Police

Man charged after fail to stop crash – Doonside

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 13:13 AEST

A man is facing court today (Wednesday 2 March 2016) after a fail to stop crash in Doonside on Monday involving a stolen vehicle.

About 6.10pm (Monday 29 February 2016), a silver Suzuki Swift was travelling east on Eastern Road, Doonside.

A silver Alfa Romeo was heading in the same direction and has collided with the rear of the Swift causing it to spin out of control mounting the footpath of Eastern Road and crashing into a tree.

The 39-year-old female driver of the Swift was taken to Westmead Hospital suffering back and neck pain. Her 8-year-old child was also in the car and was not injured.

The Alfa Romeo sustained significant damage and was left at the crash site, however no driver or passenger were located.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Media Release: Money trail leads to two charged, $710,000 and 60kg ice seized

Australian Federal Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 13:01 AEST

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have charged two Hong Kong nationals with dealing in the proceeds of crime after more than $700,000 was seized in Sydney yesterday.

Police investigations under the AFP’s long standing Operation Zanella into money laundering identified the two men, aged 46 and 28, allegedly involved in the collection and movement of illicit funds. Yesterday morning (Tuesday, 1 March 2016) AFP officers located the two men in separate vehicles in the vicinity of Homebush West and arrested them.

Search warrants were conducted on vehicles and premises connected to the two men. In the vehicle of the 46-year-old police seized three cartons containing approximately $700,000 of sealed Australian currency, a number of mobile phones and around 10 kilograms of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, concealed within small suitcase. During a search of one of the premises, a further 50 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized together with approximately $10,000 in Australian currency.

Both men were charged with one count of dealing in the proceeds of crime ($100,000 or more) contrary to section 400.4 of the Criminal Code 1995. The 46-year-old was further charged with one count of possession of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, namely methamphetamine, pursuant to Section 307.5 of the Criminal Code 1995.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Organised Crime and Cyber Peter Crozier said following the money trail led officers to the detection of this criminal activity.

Read the full text at Australian Federal Police

Woman’s body located in Byron Bay

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 12:45 AEST

Police have discovered a body following a search for a woman missing in the Byron Bay area.

About 10.45am today (Wednesday 2 March 2016), police and SES members were searching bushland near Butler Street, Byron Bay, when they found a woman’s body.

Although identification is yet to be confirmed, it is believed that the body is that of a 36-year-old Canadian woman missing from the area.

Police have established a crime scene as they continue investigations in the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.

Police do not believe the woman’s death is suspicious.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Five Youths Charged – Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 12:02 AEST

Members from Strike Force Trident have charged five youths following the unlawful use of two motor vehicles allegedly stolen from the Palmerston area.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Bland said Police will allege on 28 February 2016, four males youths aged between 11 and 14, stole a green Ford Territory from a residence in Durack.

“Late Monday night the vehicle was located abandoned in the Rosebery area, the youths were arrested nearby and conveyed to Darwin Watch House for questioning.

“They were all charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and will appear in Darwin Youth Justice Court on Friday 4 March 2016.

“In a separate incident, Police have charged a 13-year-old youth for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle stolen from a Rosebery residence on 28 February.”

He will appear in Darwin Youth Justice Court today.

On Monday, eight officers from Strike Force Trident redeployed to Palmerston station as part of a three month trial. This initiative will allow NT Police to apply additional strategies and tactics to influence the levels of reported crime in Palmerston, and make new inroads into crime reduction.

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Three arrested for farm fires

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 11:36 AEST

Central Goldfields detectives have been busy over the last 24 hours wrapping up their investigation into multiple farm fires that occurred within their region during the summer months of January and February this year.

The protracted investigation culminated yesterday morning when their first search warrant was executed about 8.30am at a Barr Street Maryborough residential address.

There, a 20-year-old man from Maryborough was arrested, several items of interest seized, and he was taken back to Maryborough to be processed.

He was later charged with 19 counts of arson relating to farm fires in Bealiba, Avoca, Lexton, Waubra, Miners Rest, Archdale, Landplough, Emu and Kororee.

Hay stacks were targeted on these properties and after receiving the charges the man was refused bail and will front the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court today.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Serious assault police, Townsville

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 11:32 AEST

Police have charged a 29-year-old man with two counts of serious assault police after a disturbance in Fulham Road, Heatley yesterday afternoon.

Around 3pm police will allege the man became aggressive when being arrested and punched a male police officer to the face several times.

It will further be alleged the man has then thrown a female police officer to the ground causing serious injury to her shoulder.

Police will allege the man continued to wrestle with the male police officer on the ground until he was subdued and restrained.

A 29-year-old Heatley man will appear in Townsville Magistrate Court today charged with two counts of serious assault police.

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PSPA revoked, Brassall

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 11:22 AEST

The emergent situation declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) in Brassall overnight has been revoked.

At around 9.45am, police apprehended the man who was in a caravan and making threats since early this morning.

The man, aged in his mid-30s, has been transported to the Ipswich Hospital for assessment.

Police would like to thank the local community for their cooperation during the course of this incident.

Queensland Police Service

Traffic crash, Coomera

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 10:42 AEST

Police are appealing for any witnesses to a crash where a car hit a power pole at Coomera overnight.

Around 9.30pm a car was travelling along Dreamworld Parkway when the 25-year-old male driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a power pole.

Inside the vehicle there were also two men aged 22 and18 as well as two women aged 19 and 26 years.

The 26-year-old woman received treatment for minor injuries.

Police investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash.

Queensland Police Service

Two men arrested; drugs, cash, fake documents and ammunition seized – Evans Head

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 10:27 AEST

***Editor’s note: Images of the seized drugs can be downloaded from the NSW Police Facebook page.***

Police have arrested two men and seized methylamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, steroids, ammunition, fake identification documents and cash following an operation in the state’s Northern Rivers region.

As part of ongoing inquiries into the supply of drugs on the state’s Far North Coast, police stopped two men as they entered a vehicle on Riverview Street, Evans Head.

The men were searched, with one of them found to be in possession of 28 grams of methylamphetamine and more than $11,000 in cash.

The duo were arrested on the spot, before police executed a search warrant in a nearby residence. Inside the home, officers found:

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Dudley Park Fail to Stop

Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 10:22 AEST

Around 1.30pm on Tuesday 1 March 2016, Regional Operations Group officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a Holden Commodore on Thompson Street, Dudley Park. It will be alleged the driver did not pull over as requested and drove off at speed. Police followed the vehicle for a short distance before losing sight of the vehicle. Officers continued patrolling the general area and about 1.50pm they saw the vehicle on Coolibah Avenue Dudley Park. It will be further alleged, once again the driver did not pull over and speed off. The driver lost control of the Holden and collided with a power pole. A 42 year old Dudley Park man has been charged with No Authority to Drive; Reckless Driving; Fail to Stop; Fail to Stop in Circumstances of Aggravation and Breach of Bail. He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 2 March 2016.

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Shooting incident, Lowood

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 10:21 AEST

Police are investigating an incident where it is believed a shot was fired into a residence at Lowood earlier this morning.

Initial inquiries indicate around 1am a residence in Kestrel Street was fired upon.

The residence was occupied at the time, however no one was physically injured during the incident.

A vehicle believed to be involved was sighted by police a short time later in Haslingden Park Drive.

Police attempted to intercept the vehicle however it evaded them and a pursuit was commenced but abandoned due to safety concerns.

The vehicle is described as a white SUV.

A crime scene has been established, and investigations are continuing.

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Missing man, Kallangur

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 09:31 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to locate a Kallangur man, missing since Friday February 26.

Cody Graham, 22-years-old, was last seen at around 9.25pm at Varsity Lakes Railway Station and has not been seen or heard from since.  Police believe he could be in the Gold Coast area.

Police and his family are concerned for his welfare, as this behaviour is out of character.

Cody is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a proportionate build and about 180cm tall.  He has short brown hair and green eyes.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with a black skull printed on it, black shorts and tan-coloured work boots.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Graham, or who may have any other information which could lead to his whereabouts, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Queensland Police Service

Three men charged with drug supply offences – Taree

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 09:27 AEST

***Editor’s note: Vision of yesterday’s arrest will be emailed to media outlets via a hightail link later today.***

Police have charged three men, one with 70 alleged drug supply offences, following three search warrants in Taree yesterday.

Operation Carpet was established in November 2015 by officers attached to Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command, to target methamphetamine supply in the area.

Following investigations, about 11am yesterday (Tuesday 1 March 2016), Operation Carpet detectives arrested a 41-year-old Forster man at a shopping centre on Dunoon Street, Taree.

Police searched the man and his vehicle when they allegedly located an amount of methamphetamine.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Stolen Hampstead Gardens car located

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 09:11 AEST

A Toyota Prado has been recovered after an aggravated robbery yesterday morning in Hampstead Gardens.

Just before 7am on Tuesday 1 March, a man had reversed his white Toyota Prado and was about to hook up a trailer at a house on North East Road.

At that time, the victim was hit to the head and his car stolen.

The victim’s car was recovered yesterday evening at on Zenobia Crescent in Modbury North.

Witnesses indicate the car had been there since 8am in the morning.

The car has been seized and will be forensically tested by police.

Anyone who may have seen the car being left in Modbury North or who has any information that can assist the investigation, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Major synthetic drug network arrests

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 08:50 AEST

Police have disbanded a major synthetic drugs network following a series of raids across Southeast and Central Queensland.

Yesterday police closed Operation Mike Spinel, a protracted investigation into the sale of synthetic drugs in retail outlets. It is alleged the synthetic drugs were sold as “legal highs” which mimics the effects of cannabis and other unlawful drugs, and sold in a covert manner through a number of “herbal” outlets.

On Monday and yesterday, officers from the Drug and Serious Crime Group with the assistance of Gold Coast RAP, Brisbane Region, Operations Support Command and Rockhampton CIB and Joint Agency Task Force Jericho executed 10 search warrants on business and residential addresses in Capalaba, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast.

A significant amount of synthetic drugs including 9kg of synthetic cannabinoids (valued at approximately $225,000) and ingredients to prepare a further 10kg ($250,000) of synthetic cannabinoids, packaging material and drug producing equipment (including cement mixers used to mix the drugs) were seized during the raids.

A 39-year-old man was charged with one count each of trafficking dangerous drugs and supplying dangerous drugs. He will appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on April 5. A 52-year-old man was charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug and three counts of possession of a regulated poison. He is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on March 29.

“This is a significant result for us. For some time these retailers have continued to sell these drugs claiming their legality and harmless nature. This is definitely not the case. Forensic testing has now proven these drugs to contain very harmful chemicals.  This should serve as a warning to any other retailers who continue to sell these drugs.

“The community needs to be aware that the production processes utilised are uncontrolled.  The drug dosage rate is dangerously inconsistent and the facilities and equipment used are improvised and unhygienic,” Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said.

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Glemormiston South arrest

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 08:43 AEST

Good work by Warrnambool detectives, Camperdown and Terang police has led to an arrest yesterday.

A 30-year-old Glenormiston man was arrested about 10.30am during a warrant.

A large amount of alleged stolen property was located during the search warrant at the Kennas Lane property.

The man has been charged with 20 offences relating to alleged burglaries and thefts dating back to December last year.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court today.

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Closure of drug operation, Darling Downs

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 08:20 AEST

Police have charged 26 people following the closure of Operation Oscar Kyanite, a three week drug operation targeting properties in the Darling Downs area.

Police from Goombungee, Crows Nest, Oakey, Jondaryan, Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad and Toowoomba CIB executed several search warrants in the Goombungee, Oakey and Crows Nest area.

The search warrants resulted in 26 people being arrested on more than 43 charges.

Charges include possession of dangerous drugs (cannabis and amphetamines), producing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils used for smoking or administering drugs and possession of explosives and firearms.

Further charges are expected to be made over the coming weeks.

These search warrants resulted from information being received from members of the public and Crime Stoppers and shows the great support from the local community in providing police with this information.

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Tanekia Carey-Hudson missing from Bendigo

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 07:44 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Bendigo teen Tanekia Carey-Hudson.

Tanekia was last seen at her home in Bendigo on Sunday 7 February about 4.30pm.

Police are concerned for the welfare of Tanekia as she has not stayed away from home for this length of time and has a mild intellectual disability.

Tanekia is described as Aboriginal with long brown hair, brown eyes and slim build.

It is believed Tanekia has made contact with a family member however she has not returned home and no one has sighted her.

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Operation Safe Hills detects more dangerous road users

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 06:50 AEST

Operation Safe Hills was under way again in the Adelaide Hills over the weekend – with police disappointed at the number of dangerous drivers and motorcycle riders detected.

Operation Safe Hills targets sites with a crash and dangerous driving history in an aim to make the Adelaide Hills safer for everyone.

Inspector Matt Nairn, Officer in Charge, Traffic Operations Section, says police detected 164 riders and drivers flouting speeding laws over the weekend.

“Operation Safe Hills detected 132 car drivers and 32 motorcyclists exceeding the speed limit, including five cars and nine motorcycles detected travelling at more than 30 kilometres over the speed limit.

“Of these, four motorcycle riders and one car driver were detected travelling at more than 40 kilometres over the speed limit.

“Clearly, some people are deliberately driving at dangerous, reckless speeds, with no regard for the safety of other road users.

“We remind these people, it is a road not a racetrack. No matter how good you think you are, you must get the message that a public road used by innocent families is not the place to show off and test your skills – one tiny error of judgement can turn you into a killer.

“As Adelaide’s premier motorsport event, Clipsal 500, starts on Thursday police remind all road users to leave racing where it belongs – on the racetrack.

“Traffic police as well as speed camera operations will be deployed extensively over the next few days, so anyone thinking of trying to use public roads as a race track needs to think again.

“It appears dangerous speeders only think about themselves – so while you’re thinking about showing off, think what you’ll do for work and social life when you lose your licence, or when you’re facing court.

“Police have a commitment to keep our roads safe and dangerous driving is in our sights.”

Operation Safe Hills is a targeted safety campaign focussing on motorbike riders in the Adelaide Hills.  It was launched in October last year as a response to injuries and fatal crashes involving motorbike riders in the area and complaints from residents and other motorists about racing and dangerous riding behaviour.

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Man rescued after sea kayak swamped

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 06:12 AEST

A man was recused from waters off Portarlington after his sea kayak was swamped by water last night.

The man reportedly spent nearly three hours in Port Phillip Bay after he got into difficulty, off The Esplanade, shortly after 8pm.

The 62-year-old local man planned to kayak for about an hour however ended up in the bay about 500m offshore unable to make his way back in.

Luckily he was wearing safety gear including a flotation vest, whistle and red beacon.

Passers-by raised the alarm after hearing the man call for help.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

PSPA declaration, Brassall

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 05:28 AEST

Police have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Brassall.

Just after midnight police attended an address on Galway Crescent following reports of a disturbance.

Upon arrival officers were confronted by a man in the driveway who was making threats. The man then entered a caravan on the property and refused to leave.

The man is alone in the caravan and no one has been physically injured during the incident.

An emergent situation was declared at 3:30am and an exclusion zone is currently in place.

The exclusion zone (pictured) covers the area bounded by North High Street to Glen Ayr Drive to Galway Crescent and behind to Fernvale Road and then back to the intersection with North High Street.

Residents are asked to stay away from the area.

Police continue to negotiate with the man.

There is no further information available at this time.

Queensland Police Service

Man arrested for spitting in baby’s face – Surry Hills

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 04:35 AEST

A man has been arrested and charged in relation to the assault of a baby in Surry Hills over the weekend.

Just after 5.30pm (Saturday 27 February 2016), a four-month old baby was being pushed in her pram by relatives along Crown Street.

A man, not known to the family, leant inside the pram and spat on the baby’s face before running off.

The baby’s grandfather chased the man to Foveaux Street where the man fell to the ground after colliding with a motor vehicle. The man got up and was last seen running south along Crown Street.

Police from Surry Hills Local Area Command were notified of the incident and made patrols of the area, but were unable to locate the man.

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Police investigate assault in Templestowe

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 04:20 AEST

Manningham Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a man was assaulted at a property in Templestowe last week.

Police have been told that an unknown man and woman attended a vacant address on Fitzsimmons Lane on Monday 15 February about 4pm.

Detectives believe the man possibly intended to graffiti the property.

A 50-year-old man present at the property approached the male offender and has been grabbed around the neck.

The victim broke free and went to a neighbour’s house to call triple zero.

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Man charged following assault and attempted street robbery – Guildford

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 03:32 AEST

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Woman charged following domestic incident – Parramatta

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 02/03/2016 02:23 AEST

A woman has been charged following a domestic incident in which a man and a baby were injured.

About 1.50pm yesterday (Tuesday 1 March 2016), police were called to a unit complex on the Great Western Highway at Parramatta following reports of a domestic incident.

Police attended and located a 52-year-old man with bruising to his head and superficial lacerations on his body.

A five-month-old baby girl was also located with bruising to her head.

Police spoke to the 52-year-old man and a number of bystanders before arresting a 35-year-old woman.

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Update: Missing woman, Brighton – LOCATED

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 01/03/2016 22:44 AEST

The lady missing from Brighton tonight has been located safe and well.

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Westgate truckie identified

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 01/03/2016 22:37 AEST

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have identified and spoken to the truck driver believed to be involved in this afternoon’s collision outbound on the Westgate Freeway.

The 45-year-old driver from Newport is assisting detectives with their investigation.

As the investigation has progressed throughout the afternoon it has become clearer to detectives that the motorcyclist appears to have lost control and collided into the rear wheels of the large prime mover about 12.40pm.

The driver, upon hearing media reports on the incident, and a description of the truck involved, proactively made contact with police later in the day.

The motorcyclist, a 41-year-old man from Altona North, remains in hospital in a very serious condition.

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Missing woman, Brighton

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 01/03/2016 21:52 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Brighton.

Sandra Clough (pictured) suffers from a medical condition and was last seen at 2.45pm by her carer walking off into the mangroves from Brighton Park at the mouth of the Pine River.

Police and volunteers continue to search the area however there is a possibility that Sandra has left the area.

Sandra is described as a large lady, Caucasian in appearance with orange hair.  She was last seen wearing denim shorts, a grey Wonder Woman shirt and no shoes. She is not believed to have any money.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Sandra or has further information to contact Police Link 131 444.

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