Aussie Police News Wrap for Saturday Evening – 30/04/2016

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by Australian Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016.

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

Woman dies following collision in Cranbourne

Victoria Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 18:25 AEST

A woman involved in a two car collision in Cranbourne early this morning has died in hospital this afternoon.

It’s believed a Honda station wagon was travelling north on Cameron Street when it collided with a southbound black sedan at about 12.50am.

The driver of the Honda, a 37-year-old Cranbourne man, was airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Chrysler sedan, a 32-year-old Junction Village woman was also airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries but later died in hospital.

Both people were the only occupants in the respective vehicles.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Serious traffic crash, Bundaberg

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 30/04/2016 14:21 AEST

Police are appealing for witnesses to a two vehicle traffic crash in Bundaberg this morning that has left an elderly man in hospital.

Initial investigations indicate a moped and a four wheel drive crashed on Takalvan Street around 11am.

The rider of the moped, a 75-year-old Thabeban man, was taken to the Bundaberg Base Hospital in a serious condition.

The male driver of the four wheel drive was not injured.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash on Takalvan Street about 100m before the intersection of Walker Street to contact Crimestoppers.

Investigations into the crash by the Forensic Crash unit 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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Armed robbery, Surfers Paradise

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 30/04/2016 14:11 AEST

Police are investigating after a man sitting in a car was robbed at Surfers Paradise early this morning.

Around 4am the man was sitting in a car with a woman on Surfers Paradise Boulevard at the intersection with Clifford Street when they were approached by two men.

The man sent the woman for help as the two men opened the car doors. The men grabbed at the driver, taking property from him whilst threatening him with a knife.

The driver was able to put his vehicle into gear and drive away with one of the two men smashing a window of the vehicle as he did so.

The driver, a 27-year-old Surfers Paradise man, was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The woman was not injured.

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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Fatal crash – Riverina region

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 14:00 AEST

Just after 8am (Saturday 30 April 2016), police were contacted after a vehicle was found on its roof in bushland off Mary Gilmore Way, about 30km from Coolamon.

It appears the vehicle left the roadway and crashed, catching alight.

Whilst the driver has not yet been formally identified, it’s believed he is a 22-year-old from a town near the Victorian border.

Officers from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Police search for escapee – Wagga Wagga

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 13:29 AEST

Police are searching for a man who escaped custody after being arrested near Wagga Wagga today.

Officers arrested a 19-year-old man, at Bruce Street, Tolland, about 1.15am today (Saturday 30 April 2016), in relation to an alleged property offence.

Whilst at the location, he ran from police and was last seen running west along Bruce Street, still in handcuffs.

Police from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command continue to investigate and are appealing for anyone with information to contact police.

The man is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance with a tanned complexion, about 170cm tall, a medium build and approximately 80kg. He has short dark hair. He was last seen wearing black tracksuit pants and a grey, hooded jumper.

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Woman dies after falling from horse – Horsley Park

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 13:14 AEST

A woman has died after falling from a horse at Horsley Park.

About 10.50am (Saturday 30 April 2016), emergency services were called to sporting facility on Saxony Road, after reports a 19-year-old woman had been critically injured.

Police have been told the woman fell from the horse while completing an obstacle course.

She was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics; however, she died at the scene.

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

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Man appears in court after Pakenham drug warrant

Victoria Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 11:29 AEST

A man is due to appear in court this morning after a drug warrant was executed yesterday at Pakenham.

Pakenham uniform members executed the warrant at a Chestnut Chase address late yesterday afternoon.

As a result of the subsequent search, investigators allegedly found cannabis and a large amount of cash.

The 21-year-old Pakenham man was charged with possess and traffick a drug of dependence and possess proceeds of crime.

He was remanded overnight to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Police investigate after truck break down causes traffic delays – Lane Cove West

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 11:14 AEST

***Editors Note: Images of the truck will be posted on NSW Police Facebook site.***

Police are investigating after a broken down truck caused a road closure in Lane Cove West yesterday afternoon.

About 4pm (Friday 29 April 2016), police from Kuring Gai Traffic and Highway Patrol, were called to Mowbray Road, following reports that a truck had broken down, causing significant traffic delays.

Officers found a b-double prime mover broken down in the eastbound lanes.

Due to the breakdown, officers had to divert all eastbound traffic on Mowbray Road onto Epping Road, causing significant delays for a number of hours.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Police investigate armed robbery – Queanbeyan

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 10:29 AEST

Police are investigating following an armed robbery in the Monaro Region early this morning.

Just after 1am (Saturday 30 April 2016), two men entered a service station on Yass Road, Queanbeyan, and threatened staff with a machete and metal pole, demanding cash.

One of the men jumped the counter and grabbed cash and cigarettes, before entering the office and taking two mobile phones.

Both men then fled the store and were last seen running south on Yass Road.

During this incident, one of the employees – a 31-year-old man – was struck over the head with the machete. No one was seriously injured.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Critical incident investigation underway – Green Valley

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 09:44 AEST

A critical incident investigation is underway after a man allegedly attempted self harm in police custody at Green Valley overnight.

The 32-year-old man was being held in the holding dock at Green Valley Police Station in relation to an alleged domestic violence-related kidnapping yesterday (Friday 29 April 2016).

About 1.20am today (Saturday 30 April 2016), officers found the man unresponsive.

Police rendered first aid before he was taken to Liverpool Hospital where he is reported to be in a stable condition.

The man remains under police guard.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Police investigate house fire – Lidcombe

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 09:29 AEST

Police are investigating a house fire in Sydney’s south-west this morning.

About 3.30am (Saturday 30 April 2016), emergency services were called to Delhi Street, Lidcombe, following reports of a house fire.

On arrival, officers located a house well-alight.

The blaze was extinguished by fire fighters from Fire & Rescue NSW; however, the home sustained significant damage.

The home was abandoned and no one was injured.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Taskforce Maxima – Closure of Operation North Hardwood

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 30/04/2016 09:04 AEST

State Crime Command’s Taskforce Maxima today closed Operation North Hardwood, a 12 month operation targeting a high-risk criminal group including an associate of the Black Uhlans OMCG and other members of a criminal network on the Gold Coast.

The operation closed with the execution of search warrants on 20 April (13 search warrants) and 29 April 2016 (eight search warrants).

Overall 17 people were charged with 97 offences including four people charged with trafficking dangerous drugs (ICE and GHB), one of which has additionally been charged with three offences of unlawfully supplying firearms including a category R firearm. A further offender was charged with the unlawful supply of a firearm category R.

During the operation, detectives located 10 firearms including an illicit USAS semi-automatic shotgun (banned in Australia) as well as two illicit loaded handguns. Detectives also located approximately 16 litres of the drug Gamma Hydroxybutyrate known as GHB (Fantasy), 750 grams of Ice, as well as small amounts of heroin, cocaine, steroids and other drugs. $93 440 cash was seized as well as $10,900 in counterfeit Australian $50 notes and several false identifications including New South Wales drivers licences.

On April 20, a 25-year-old man from Biggera Waters was charged with a number of offences including trafficking in dangerous drugs.

On April 29, detectives arrested a 33-year-old man from Ephraim Island and associate of the Black Uhlans OMCG, on charges of drug trafficking and the supply of firearms.

Acting Detective Inspector Tim Leadbetter of Taskforce Maxima said the operation involved over 12 months of investigation from a number units within the Queensland Police Service with operational assistance from the Australian Border Force and National Anti-Gangs Squad.

“Taskforce Maxima and the Queensland Police Service will continue to target organised crime including outlaw motorcycle gang members and their criminal networks in order to stop crime and make the community safer for all Queenslanders,” Inspector Leadbetter said.

“This is a major win for the community and police in seizing 10 illicit firearms from the hands of serious criminals including loaded hand guns and banned weapons,” Taskforce Maxima Commander, Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said.

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 warn of phone SMS speeding ticket scam

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 05:00 AEST

NSW Police are warning members of the public to be aware of an SMS speeding ticket scam, claiming recipients have received a speeding ticket, after a number of recent reports.

The mobile phone scam involves messages sent via text to random people, claiming to be from the State Recovery Debt Office, and demanding immediate payment for a speeding ticket, including a fake link to view details of their case.

Acting Commander of the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Chief Inspector David Christey, said the scam’s text messages and website look authentic, leading to a lot of people being scammed.

“We are seeing scams such as this one become more complex in their nature and, thus, look and sound more legitimate to the public,” Detective Chief Inspector Christey said.

“This scam involves a text sent to victims and claiming to be from the ‘State Recovery Debt Office’ and many recipients are receiving the message from the number +45609910233.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Detectives investigate collision in Cranbourne

Victoria Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 04:29 AEST

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives and emergency services are currently on scene following a collision at Cranbourne.

It’s believed a Honda station wagon was travelling north on Cameron Street when it collided with a southbound black sedan at about 12.50am.

The driver of the Honda, a 37-year-old Cranbourne man, has been airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Chrysler sedan, a 32-year-old Junction Village woman was also airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries.

Both people were the only occupants in the respective vehicles.

Read the full text at Victoria Police

Police investigate crash – Goulburn

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 03:44 AEST

Police are investigating a crash in Goulburn yesterday that left a man in a critical condition.

About 4pm (Friday 29 April 2016), emergency services were called to Hume Street, following reports of a crash.

Initial investigation suggest a VW Caddy travelling north on Hume Street, crashed into the rear and an Iveco flatbed tow truck, which had slowed to make a turn.

The driver of the VW, a 21-year-old man, was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Goulburn Hospital with critical injuries.

He was later transferred by helicopter to Canberra Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Missing woman, Newmarket

Queensland Police Service on Saturday, 30/04/2016 02:26 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 19-year-old woman reported missing from Newmarket since Thursday morning.

Olivia Reed-Edwards (pictured) was last seen on Dalston Street at about 10:00am and has not made contact with friends or family since.

Olivia is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180cm tall, of a slim build, with long brown hair. She is believed to be wearing a short black dress, a denim jacket and white canvas shoes.

Police hold concerns for her welfare as this behaviour is out of character.

Anyone who has seen Olivia is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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 investigate after pedestrian hit by car – Kensington

New South Wales Police on Saturday, 30/04/2016 02:00 AEST

Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a car in Kensington early this morning.

About 12.35am (Saturday 30 April 2016), emergency services were called to Anzac Parade, near the intersection of Goodwin Street, following reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Initial investigations suggest a 27-year-old man was crossing Anzac Parade when he was struck by a Toyota Camry, travelling south.

He was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to St Vincents Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Camry, a 21-year-old man, was not injured. He was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative reading.

Read the full text at New South Wales Police

Man charged with murder – Snapper Point

New South Wales Police on Friday, 29/04/2016 23:44 AEST

Police have charged a man over the death of Mengmei Leng, whose body was found on the state’s Central Coast on the weekend.

About 10.30am on Sunday (24 April 2016), emergency services were called to Snapper Point in the Munmorah State Conservation Area, following the discovery of a woman’s body in water inside the blow hole.

Strike Force Elise was established by investigators from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command to investigate the circumstances surrounding the woman’s suspected murder.

The woman has been formally identified as Mengmei Leng, a 25-year-old International student from China.

Ms Leng was reported missing to Campsie Police on Monday (25 April 2016), by a relative.

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Dhurringile abscondee located

Victoria Police on Friday, 29/04/2016 21:37 AEST

Police have arrested a man that allegedly escaped a correctional facility in Dhurringile on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old man was located in Mooroopna about 8.30pm and is currently being interviewed.

Belinda Batty

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Update 2: Charges – Man making threats in house, Berserker

Queensland Police Service on Friday, 29/04/2016 20:53 AEST

A man has been charged following investigations into an incident at Berserker earlier today.

It will be alleged a man threatened officers on Lucas Street earlier this morning before retreating into a house and making further threats.

A 49-year-old Berserker man has been charged with threatening violence, serious assault police officer, unlawful possession of weapons and public nuisance. He is expected to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on May 3

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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