Aussie Police News Wrap for Monday Evening – 25/04/2016

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Monday, 25/04/2016.

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

Missing man, Darra

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/04/2016 18:28 AEST

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Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 52-year-old man last seen on Edward Avenue, Darra on Saturday.

Neil Simmons was last seen driving away in a car which is described as a black, 2011 Toyota Hatchback with registration number 202RNR.

Concerns are held for his welfare as he has not been in contact with family or friends since.

He is described as Caucasian, 170cm tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes, short grey hair and a goatee beard.

At the time he went missing, Mr Simmons was wearing light-blue jeans, a light brown shirt with black stripes, a black cap, and beige sandals. He has a tattoo of a scorpion on his upper right arm.

Anyone with information in relation to Mr Simmons’ whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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Police appeal for information to help locate man missing near Cooma

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 18:14 AEST

Police are appealing for information to help locate a man who went missing near Cooma at the weekend.

Nathan McInnes, aged 34, left his home in Canberra and drove to Adaminaby for a fishing weekend on Lake Eucumbene last Friday (22 April 2016).

He spoke with his wife over the weekend and she last heard from him about 1pm yesterday (Sunday 24 April 2016), at which point he advised he was driving home.

When he did not return home that night his wife became concerned and a friend travelled to Adaminaby to search areas he usually attends when visiting the area.

The friend was unable to locate Mr McInnes and his wife contacted police.

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Man arrested following woman’s death – Bundeena

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 18:00 AEST

Police have arrested a man following the death of a woman in Sydney’s south yesterday afternoon.

About 3.30pm (Sunday 24 April 2016), emergency services were called to a home on Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena, where they located the body of a 51-year-old woman.

Upon arrival police also found a 17-year-old male with an injured arm. He was taken to Sutherland Hospital for treatment.

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

Officers from Sutherland Local Area Command and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad launched an investigation into the incident.

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Search continues for woman missing from Broken Hill

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 15:47 AEST

Police are renewing their appeal for public assistance to find a woman who went missing from Broken Hill for almost three days.

Police from Barrier Local Area Command have been searching for 40-year-old Christine Young, who was seen leaving a medical facility about 5pm Friday (22 April 2016).

A search was initiated by local police with a command post established at the intersection of Silverton Road and Brown Street, when the missing woman was last seen. It has now been moved to the Broken Hill Police Station.

The search has continued of a regeneration area west of the township, but has been expanded to include the area between Broken Hill and Silverton.

Police have concerns for her welfare as extremely low overnight temperatures have been experienced in the area.

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Man charged after police vehicle rammed at Cheltenham

Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 13:45 AEST

Caulfield Divisional Response Unit members have charged a man following the theft of a State Emergency Service vehicle at Bentleigh East this morning.

The Ford Ranger four-wheel drive was allegedly stolen from the SES unit on Bignell Road about 5.30am.

A short time later police intercepted the vehicle in Bricker Street, Cheltenham where the driver allegedly reversed into the police vehicle causing extensive damage.

No one was injured in the collision and the man was arrested at the scene.

A 27-year-old Bentleigh East man has been charged with burglary, theft of motor car, conduct endanger serious injury and bail offences.

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Child approach – Wallsend (Newcastle)

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 13:22 AEST

Police are conducting an investigation following an alleged child approach in Newcastle last week.

Just before 3pm on Thursday 21 April 2016, a 10-year-old boy was walking on Council Street, Wallsend, when he was approached by a man driving a grey hatchback.

Police have been told the man attempted to speak to the boy, and when the boy refused, the man got out of the vehicle and tried to grab the boy.

The 11-year-old boy ran away and reported the incident to a local business.

Officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command were contacted and have commenced an investigation.

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Police investigate armed robbery – Birmingham Gardens (Newcastle)

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 13:19 AEST

Police are investigating after an armed robbery in Newcastle yesterday.

Just before 7am (Sunday 24 April 2016), a male shop assistant was behind the counter at a service station on Sandgate Road, Birmingham Gardens, when unknown man approached.

Police have been told the man, who was armed with a firearm, hit the window of the business fracturing the glass. He then walked over to the front door and kicked it open.

The male shop assistant ran out the side door of the business and contacted police.

It is believed the man took a number of cigarettes packets, before fleeing the scene.

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Wounding – Nollamara

Western Australia Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 13:17 AEST

At 7:00am, police and St John Ambulance officers were called to a residence located on Vermont Street where a 22 year old man had an injury to his arm.  The injury sustained is consistent with a gunshot wound.  He has been taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for treatment.  The injury is not life threatening.  

Police are investigating reports of an old White Ford Falcon with dark tinting which was seen driving past the premises at the time.  The vehicle had four males inside, one light skinned and three dark skinned (no other description available).  Anyone who sights this vehicle is advised not to approach, instead call Police immediately on 131444.  

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

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Police renew appeal as investigation continues into woman’s death – Bundeena

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 12:33 AEST

Police have released an image as they renew appeals for information following the death of a woman in Sydney’s south yesterday afternoon.

About 3.30pm (Sunday 24 April 2016), emergency services were called to a home on Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena, where they located the body of a 51-year-old woman.

Upon arrival police also found a 17-year-old male with an injured arm. He was taken to Sutherland Hospital for treatment.

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

Officers from Sutherland Local Area Command and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad are continuing investigations and have now released an image of 51-year-old Stephen Boyd who police believe can assist with their inquiries.

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Off duty member caught over the limit

Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 12:05 AEST

An off-duty police officer was detected drink driving at a breath testing site in Hawthorn on Saturday.

The female probationary constable was pulled over at the Burwood Road site about 9.45am.

After furnishing a positive preliminary breath test an evidentiary breath test was conducted; returning an alleged reading of 0.083 per cent.

The Eastern Region officer was issued a penalty notice and had her licence disqualified for six months.

Professional Standards Command has been notified as per standard procedure.

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Police investigate following public place shooting – Greenacre

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 11:52 AEST

Police are investigating following a public place shooting in Sydney’s south west this morning.

Shortly before 3am, (Monday 25 April 2016), emergency services were called Cardigan Street, Greenacre, following reports of shots being fired.

Upon arrival, officers located a number of casings on the road.

Police have been told male voices were heard in the street before shots were fired and a car fled the scene.

Officers attached to Bankstown Local Area Command established a crime scene and have commenced an investigation.

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Police astounded at high number of drunk and speeding drivers – Operation Go Slow

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 11:32 AEST

Drivers who continue to risk lives on the roads will face tough consequences, police say, as they urge motorists to keep vigilant when returning home following long-weekend celebrations.

Seven people have lost their lives on NSW roads following day three of Operation Go Slow – the Anzac Day long weekend traffic operation.

This is five more deaths on the state’s road compared to the same time last year.

A 47-year-old man died in Gosford early yesterday morning (Sunday 24 April 2016), after driving into a concrete barrier at the intersection of York Street and Mason Parade.

Initial inquiries have led police to believe the man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, may have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash.

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Grievous bodily harm charge, Redcliffe

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/04/2016 11:18 AEST

A woman has been charged following an incident at Redcliffe shortly after midnight yesterday that left another woman with facial injuries.

It will be alleged the two women were at a party at Grant Street when one woman punched the other in the face.

The victim, a 17-year-old Redcliffe woman, was taken to the Redcliffe Hospital with facial injuries.

A 17-year-old Deception Bay woman has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is expected to appear at the Redcliffe Magistrates Court on May 11.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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Police search for missing man at Sawmill Settlement

Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 11:15 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 31-year-old man missing from Sawmill Settlement near Merrijig.

Taddeo Haigh was last seen leaving a residential address in Gibb Court last night about 9.30pm after telling family and friends that he was going for a walk.

Police have released an image of Taddeo in the hope it will assist in locating him.

He is described as Caucasian, medium build, unshaven, with light brown hair.

When last seen he was wearing a grey hoodie, dark jeans and brown shoes.

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Break and enter, Bundamba

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/04/2016 11:08 AEST

Police are investigating after a grocery store was broken into at Bundamba early this morning.

Around 3.10am a SUV reversed into the glass frontage of the Naomi Street business before a man and a women exited the vehicle and attempted to open an ATM with a sledge hammer.

The pair were unsuccessful but entered a nearby office and removed several shop tills containing cash.

The pair returned to the SUV and drove away.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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FOUND – Woman Missing Great Southern

Western Australia Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 10:39 AEST

Officer’s from the Great Southern have located missing woman Hemi VAN DER HECHT.

She was found safe and well, shortly before 2pm yesterday (Sunday 24 April 2016), on an unsealed track, believed to be Qualup North Road, to the north east of Bremer Bay. It appears that her vehicle had become bogged on Thursday evening, but with sufficient shelter and provisions, she has remained with her vehicle until help arrived.

Police are assisting her to recover her vehicle and repatriate her with family members, who are travelling from Denmark.

We wish to thank all those who have offered help and support in finding Hemi and remind everyone of the importance of remaining with your vehicle when lost in remote locations and to ensure you have sufficient provisions.

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Serious Assault/Evade Police Incident – Guildford

Western Australia Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 10:04 AEST

Midland Detectives have charged an 18 year old man in relation to serious assault and evade Police incidents in Guildford last night (Sunday 24 April 2016).

It will be alleged that between 6.15pm and 6.35pm, the man (of no fixed place of abode) attended an address on Market Street Guildford in a stolen vehicle and was in possession of an edged weapon. The man confronted a 21 year old woman (both known to each other) and an argument began. It will be further alleged the man assaulted the woman to the head. She suffered a serious injury and was taken to St John of God Midland Public Hospital. The man fled from the scene in a stolen silver Audi Quattro sedan.

Later in the evening, police sighted the man driving the Audi Quattro along Lord Street, Bassendean and activated their lights and sirens in an effort to stop the vehicle. It will be alleged the vehicle accelerated away and travelled along various streets in the suburbs of Bassendean and Morley. It will be further alleged the man drove the Audi at the Police vehicle in a cul-de-sac in Morley and collided with the driver’s side door. Both vehicles were damaged from the collision. The police officer suffered a back injury and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

The man drove the damaged Audi over bollards in an attempt to flee the scene, however the vehicle was un-driveable.

The man was arrested by police after a short foot chase.

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Woman dies in hospital following Thomastown crash

Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 10:02 AEST

A woman has died in hospital following a single vehicle crash in Thomastown earlier this month.

The incident occurred on the Hume Freeway 14 April just before 3am.

The driver, a 28-year-old Craigieburn woman, lost control of her car on a right-hand bend and collided with a bridge.

The woman was conveyed to hospital but unfortunately passed away last night.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

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Search for missing woman Laura Steynen

Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 09:52 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 43-year-old Laura Steynen.

Laura was last seen at a care facility in Dandenong on 12 March and has not been seen since.

Police have concerns for her welfare as she has a medical condition that requires treatment.

She is described as 165cm tall with a medium build, blue eyes and short dyed red hair.

She is known to change her hair style frequently and may be in the St Kilda area.

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Armed robbery, Booval

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/04/2016 08:25 AEST

Police investigating after a Booval convenience store was robbed last night have released images of a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

Around 6.40pm a man entered the Brisbane Road business and took a drink from a fridge before approaching the male attendant at the counter and demanded money. When the attendant did not immediately comply the man produced a knife.

After obtaining cash the man has fled the store and was last seen heading down an alleyway towards a carpark.

The male attendant was not physically harmed.

The man is described as Caucasian, 173cm tall and of thin build. He was wearing a black hooded top, black shorts and was carrying a backpack.

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Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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Police satisfied with ‘Groovin the Moo’ crowd

ACT Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 08:23 AEST

ACT Policing were generally satisfied with the overall behaviour of the crowd at the annual ‘Groovin the Moo’ festival which was held at the University of Canberra yesterday (Sunday, 24 April 2016).

Police took two people into custody; one person for intoxication and disorderly behavior and one person for assault. A security guard was assaulted after directing an intoxicated person to leave the event.

Police also made five drug seizures. 

ACT Policing praised the event organisers as being well prepared and making it a safe and enjoyable occasion for all who attended.

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Arrest over bottle shop break-in

South Australia Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 06:54 AEST

A man has been arrested following a bottle shop break-in at Cumberland Park overnight.

Police responded to alarms from the business on Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park about 1.20am on Monday 25 April.

When patrols arrived they heard someone fleeing the scene and quickly cordoned off the surrounding streets.

They searched the area with the assistance of Police Dog Kraze.  A patrol located the suspect nearby, while Kraze sniffed out a backpack containing cash stolen during the break-in.

A 38-year-old West Richmond man was arrested and charged with serious criminal trespass and theft.  He was refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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Anzac Day police operation underway

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 06:52 AEST

A state-wide police operation is underway to ensure the security and safety of people commemorating Anzac Day.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend commemoration services and ceremonies across the state today (Monday 25 April 2016), marking one of Australia’s most important national occasions.

Operation Blueridge, a high-visibility policing strategy, is in place to provide a safe, secure and family-friendly environment for all Anzac Day events.

The operation, which started at 1am today and will continue into this evening, involves officers from local area commands across the state.

They are being assisted by specialist units, including the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, Public Order & Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Licensing Police, Mounted Unit, Dog Unit and PolAir.

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Man charged after CBD sexual assaults

Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 05:51 AEST

Melbourne Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives have arrested and charged a man following an appeal for information regarding the sexual assault of three women in Melbourne’s CBD in February.

The 33-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday and has been charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.

The charged follow an appeal for information and allegations that the man approached three different women when the incidents occurred in Lingham Lane, Degraves Street and Flinders Lane on February 15.

The Heidelberg man has been remanded in custody to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 15 July, 2015.

Investigators would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance following the appeal for information.

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Robbery Charges, Caboolture

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 25/04/2016 05:29 AEST

Detectives have charged two people following the alleged armed robbery of a takeaway business in Caboolture overnight.

It will be alleged at about 11.45pm a man entered the Pettingrew Street store and threatened staff with a metal object before leaving with a sum of cash.

A police dog tracked the offender a short distance away and two people were located nearby and arrested.

A 20-year-old Bongaree woman and a 20-year-old Bongaree man have both been charged with one count of armed robbery.

Both are expected to appear at the Caboolture Magistrates Court on May 19.

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Victoria Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 04:51 AEST

A hotel in Brunswick has been the victim of three aggravated burglaries in six months.

Moreland Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information and have released an image of a man as the investigation into the incidents in September, February and March continues.

Detectives have been told in the first incident two men entered the public bar and made their way to the accommodation area of the hotel and entered a number of rooms.

The pair stole a purse containing an amount of money from one of the rooms and fled the scene on Sunday 27 September 2015 about 8pm.

In the second incident, on Wednesday 10 February, the same two men jumped the back fence to the hotel and again entered the accommodation area.

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Media Release: Teenager charged with a terrorism offence

Australian Federal Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 04:21 AEST

This is a joint media release with NSW Police.

Officers from the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) have charged a 16-year-old male with a terrorism offence that police will allege was linked to ANZAC commemorations.

The teenager was arrested yesterday near his Auburn home following an investigation by officers attached to Operation Vianden.

He was taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with one count of Acts in preparation for, or planning, a Terrorist Act, contrary to Section 101.6 of the Criminal Code (Cth). This offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said JCTT officers were forced to act yesterday afternoon in order to ensure public safety.

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Teenager charged with a terrorism offence

New South Wales Police on Monday, 25/04/2016 03:55 AEST

Officers from the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) have charged a 16-year-old male with a terrorism offence that police will allege was linked to ANZAC commemorations.

The teenager was arrested yesterday near his Auburn home following an investigation by officers attached to Operation Vianden.

He was taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with one count of Acts in preparation for, or planning, a Terrorist Act, contrary to Section 101.6 of the Criminal Code (Cth). This offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said JCTT officers were forced to act yesterday afternoon in order to ensure public safety.

“Clearly we have taken swift action to ensure community safety on the eve of a sacred day on the Australian calendar,” Commissioner Scipione said.

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Police investigate bag snatch – Wollongong

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 24/04/2016 23:06 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance after a robbery in Wollongong today.

About 7.10pm (Sunday 24 April 2016), a 30-year-old man woman was walking east on Burelli Street, Wollongong, near the entrance to McCabe Park, when she was approached from behind by two males.

One of the males grabbed the woman’s handbag and tried to pull it away from her. The other man then also grabbed the bag and tried to pull it from the woman. As a result of the struggle the woman was dragged a number of meters before the men were able to run off with her bag.

They were last seen running through McCabe Park before getting into a small white hatchback.

The woman suffered minor injuries as a result of the robbery.

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Police investigate brawl – Potts Point

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 24/04/2016 20:43 AEST

Police are investigating an alleged brawl involving four men in Sydney’s inner city this morning.

Shortly before 3.30am today (Sunday 24 April 2016), emergency services were called to Kellet Street, Potts Point, following reports four men were involved in an altercation.

It will be alleged that during the argument, one of the men was pushed causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.

Following the incident, a 20-year old man and 22-year-old man fled the scene.

The 25-year-old man and 23-year-old man were both treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken St Vincent Hospital with minor injuries.

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Police investigate woman’s death – Bundeena

New South Wales Police on Sunday, 24/04/2016 20:14 AEST

Police are investigating following the death of a woman in Bundeena today.

About 3.30pm (Sunday 24 April 2016), emergency services were called to Beachcomber Avenue, where they located the body of a 51-year-old woman.

Also located at the premises was a 17-year-old male with an injured arm. He has been taken to St George Hospital for treatment.

A crime scene has been established at the residence, and police from Sutherland Local Area Command and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad are investigating the incident.

Police are searching for a 51-year-old man, who is the partner of the deceased woman.

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