Aussie Police News Wrap for Thursday, 23/03/2017 – Night Shift Reports

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by all Australian Police agencies on Thursday, 23/03/2017.

The following are media releases from the past 24 hours by their respective agencies, beginning with the most recent article.

Cannabis crop located at house fire at Sandy Creek

South Australia Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 09:51 AEST

Police are investigating a fire at a Sandy Creek house this morning.

Just before 6.30am, police and fire crews responded to reports of a fire at a Williamstown Road home.

The blaze was extinguished by fire crews but not before causing extensive damage to the house. Fortunately, no person was injured by the fire.

A hydroponic cannabis crop was located inside the property.

Police Fire Cause Investigators attended and examined the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

The sole occupant of the home, a 32-year-old man from Sandy Creek, is currently assisting Barossa CIB with their investigations.

Police also wish to remind the public of the dangers of growing cannabis and diverting electricity, not only is it illegal but it can often cause fires.

Source: South Australia Police (126 words)

High speed rider loses his ride

Victoria Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 09:28 AEST

A man has had his motorbike impounded and licence suspended after being caught riding 43km/h over the speed limit in Middle Park yesterday.

Members from Prahran Highway patrol were conducting laser speed detection on Beaconsfield Parade when they detected him riding 103km/h in the 60km/h zone about 1.45pm.

The 39-year-old St Kilda man was intercepted at Kerferd Road.

He is expected to be charged on summons for riding while suspended, exceeding the speed limit and riding at a speed dangerous.

Members impounded his 2012 Ducati motorcycle for 30 days at cost of $890.

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Tyson Forrester wanted on warrants

Victoria Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 09:17 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Tyson Forrester.

The 21-year-old is wanted on warrants in relation to theft and drug offences.

He is described as 170cm tall with a thin build, tanned complexion, short brown hair and mumbles when he speaks.

He has ‘3630’ tattooed on his right hand, ‘YORTA’ on his right wrist, ‘ROSA’ on his left wrist and ‘IF NOBODY GOT ME I GOT ME’ on his right forearm.

Forrester is known to frequent the Shepparton and Mooroopna areas.

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$700,000 worth of cannabis seized, man charged – Lismore

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 09:14 AEST

A man will face court next month after cannabis with an estimated street value of up to $700,000 was located in Lismore yesterday.

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, officers from Richmond Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a home on Lodge Road Mountain, following a video posted online which showed a large amount of cannabis plants.

During the search, police located approximately 150 cannabis plants and over 350 cannabis seedlings.

A 49-year-old man was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with cultivate prohibited plant – commercial quantity, supply cannabis – indictable quantity and possess prohibited drug x 2.

Read the rest at New South Wales Police (131 words)

Man extradited over historical sexual assault and robbery – Griffith

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 09:00 AEST

Police have successfully applied for the extradition of a Tasmanian man in relation to the sexual assault and robbery of a woman at Griffith more than 20 years ago.

A 21-year-old woman was walking home from a local hotel in the early hours of 19 February 1994 when she was approached from behind by a man at the Griffith railway yards.

The woman was sexually assaulted a number of times, assaulted and robbed, before the man left the scene.

The woman suffered a number of injuries, including broken ribs.

Late last year, police from Griffith Local Area Command were granted an arrest warrant for a Tasmanian man.

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Serious assault, Redcliffe

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 23/03/2017 08:01 AEST

Detectives have charged a 16-year-old boy following investigations into the serious assault of an 80-year-old man at Redcliffe yesterday.

It will be alleged around 1.30pm a group of youths approached the man on Oxley Avenue before one of them assaulted him.

The man fell to the ground and struck his head on the roadway.

He was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with head and facial injuries.

A 16-year-old Kippa Ring boy was charged overnight with one count of grievous bodily harm.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Craig Fordham wanted on warrant

Victoria Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 07:49 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Craig Fordham.

The 45-year-old is wanted on warrant in relation to assault offences.

The Wangaratta man is described as Caucasian in appearance, 165cm tall with a solid build, shaved head and ruddy complexion.

Investigators have released an image of Fordham in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Fordham is believed to be travelling in a white Holden Commodore VS/VR model, South Australian registration WIA-556.

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Traffic crash Tugun

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 23/03/2017 06:20 AEST

Police are investigating a traffic crash at Tugun last night which resulted in a man being taken to hospital.

Around 6.35pm the 27-year-old driver of a four-wheel-drive lost control of his vehicle on Wyberba Street, colliding with a set of traffic lights, before mounting a medium strip and hitting a large palm tree.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Tweed Hospital.

Investigations are ongoing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Drugs seized following search warrant – Bondi

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 05:29 AEST

Police are investigating after drugs and cash were located in an apartment in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

About 1pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 March 2017), police were called to house on Ocean Street, Bondi, following reports of a break and enter.

Upon arrival, police searched the area before entering the house and locating a number of pills, believed to be amphetamines.

Following inquiries, a search warrant was executed just before 8pm and, during a further search of the premises, police allegedly located cocaine, steroids, cannabis, drug paraphernalia and cash.

All items were seized and will undergo forensic examination.

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Woman charged following city stabbing

Victoria Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 02:05 AEST

A 55-year-old woman, of no fixed address, has been charged following an alleged stabbing in the city.

The woman has been charged with recklessly cause injury, intentionally cause injury and other assault related charges.

The charges relate to an alleged stabbing which occurred on Elizabeth Street about 4.15pm on Wednesday.

A 29-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital after the incident.

The woman faced an out of sessions hearing last night and has been remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later today.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (87 words)

Update: Serious assault, Booval

Queensland Police Service on Thursday, 23/03/2017 01:19 AEST

Police have charged two men and a woman following investigations into the serious assault of a 23-year-old man at Booval on March 19.

It will be alleged that around 9.15pm, a number of people attended an address in Bergin Street in relation to an ongoing dispute.

An altercation commenced between these people and the residents at that location, and it will be alleged that during the fight, a 23-year-old man was struck on the head several times with a metal pole.

The injured man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with serious injuries.

A 40-year-old Churchill man, 24-year-old Chapel Hill man, and a 21-year-old North Ipswich woman have all been charged with one count each of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.

All three are due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning, March 23.

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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$24,000 of drugs seized, officer assaulted – Canley Heights

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 00:29 AEST

A man will face court today on drug supply and assault charges following a vehicle search in Sydney’s south-west.

Just before 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 March 2017), by police stopped a Ford Falcon on the Cumberland Highway, Canley Heights, and spoke to the driver a 35-year-old man, and his passenger, a 38-year-old man.

Officers attached to Cabramatta Local Area Command conducted a search of the vehicle, and allegedly located more than 80 grams of methylamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $24,000.

Police will allege the 38-year-old man resisted arrest, before pushing an officer in the chest and running from the scene. He was arrested after a short foot pursuit with assistance from members of the public.

The man was taken to Cabramatta Police Station where he was charged with supply prohibited drug, resist officer in the execution of duty, and assault officer in the execution of duty.

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Man dies in unit fire – Whalan

New South Wales Police on Thursday, 23/03/2017 00:14 AEST

Police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner following the death of a man in a fire in Sydney’s west.

Just before 11pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 March 2017), emergency services were called to Torres Crescent, Whalan, where they found a unit well-alight.

The fire was extinguished; however, the unit was extensively damaged.

The body of a man, believed to aged in his 80s, was located during a search of the premises.

A post mortem examination will be conducted to formally identify the man and determine cause of death.

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Arrest breakthrough in 47 year old murder case – Cheryl Grimmer abduction

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 23:14 AEST

New South Wales detectives have made a major breakthrough in one of the state’s longest mysteries – the abduction and murder of toddler, Cheryl Grimmer, at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong, 47 years ago.

Strike Force Wessel investigators travelled to Frankston in Melbourne and yesterday arrested a 63-year-old man over the three-year-old’s abduction in January, 1970.

The child was visiting the beach with her parents and three older brothers when she was kidnapped.

Detectives from the Wollongong Local Area Command, working with the State Crime Command’s Unsolved Homicide Team, re-examined the case late last year, focussing on witness accounts and the evidence gathered in and around the local surf club almost 50 years ago.

Around 1pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 March), Strike Force officers, acting on fresh information, took the suspect into custody, with the assistance of Victoria Police.

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Missing girl, Regents Park

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 22:37 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to locate a 14-year-old girl reported missing from Regents Park.

The girl (pictured) was last seen around 11.30am on Sunday, March 19 leaving an address on Estramina Road.

She was last in contact with her family around 10pm that night.

Police hold concerns for the girl due to her age.

She is described as Aboriginal, 150cm tall with a slim build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who may have seen the girl or know of her whereabouts is urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Missing girl, Kingston

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 22:27 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a girl reported missing from Kingston.

The 14-year-old was last seen on March 16 leaving an address on Juers Street but hasn’t been seen since.

Concerns are held for her welfare due to the amount of time she has been missing.

She is described as being Aboriginal in appearance, around 168cms tall and has brown hair and a solid build.

Anyone who may have seen her is being urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Investigations underway after shots fired – Glenwood

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 22:14 AEST

Police are investigating after a public place shooting in Sydney’s north-west.

Just after 9pm today (Wednesday 22 March 2017), police were called to a house in Meurants Lane, Glenwood, following reports a number of shots had been fired into a home.

Three men and a child who were in the home at the time were not injured.

A black vehicle, not further described, was seen driving from the scene after the incident.

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

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Update missing girl and boy, Harristown and Darling Heights

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 21:37 AEST

Police searching for a missing girl from Harristown are seeking assistance to help locate a boy that was last seen with her.

Updated information indicates that the girl was last seen on March 16 at an address at Darling Heights with a 16-year-old boy.

Concerns are held for both their welfare due to the amount of time they have been missing.

The girl is described as being Aboriginal in appearance, 160cms tall has a slim build and brown hair.

The boy is described as being Aboriginal in appearance. 178cms tall and has a slim build and brown hair.

It is believed they may be travelling to or in the Woodridge area.

Anyone that has seen the pair being urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Armed robbery, Regents Park

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 21:17 AEST

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred this afternoon in Regents Park.

A man entered a newsagency on the Mount Lindesay Highway around 3.40pm and approached the counter.

The man was holding an unknown object, and he made demands for money.

The attendant has complied and the man fled the scene with a sum of cash.

No one was injured as a result of the robbery.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, in his late 20s to mid-30s, around 170cm tall with a medium build and has a short beard.

He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, multi-coloured shorts and a black cap.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Second man charged following alleged assault – Dee Why

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 19:29 AEST

A second man has been charged following investigations into an alleged ‘one punch’ assault at Dee Why.

The incident occurred about 3.20pm on Monday (21 March 2017), when a 31-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by two men while waiting at a bus stop on the corner of Pittwater Road and Howard Avenue, Dee Why.

The 31-year-old was allegedly punched in the face by one man and then punched in the head by another, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete, fracturing his skull.

He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

A crime scene was established and police from Northern Beaches Local Area Command commenced an investigation.

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Southern Cross arrest

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 19:24 AEST

Transit Police have charged a man after he damaged the clock tower at a Melbourne railway station this afternoon.

Police were informed that a man had attended the Southern Cross Railway station at about 1.45pm.

The alleged offender was wearing a high visibility vest and pushing a cart containing paints when he began painting the clock tower near the corner of Collins Street and Spencer Street.

He was arrested by police as he painted the high-tech landmark in white.

The 33-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage and wilful damage.

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Man’s body recovered from River Torrens

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 19:12 AEST

Police will be preparing a report for the Coroner after a man’s body was pulled from the River Torrens this evening.

The alarm was raised about 4.50pm this afternoon, Wednesday 22 March, after the man was seen in the water near University Drive, Adelaide but did not resurface.

Police, with the assistance of SAPOL’s Water Operations Unit, launched a search of the area. The body was recovered from the water about 7.10pm.

The young man’s death is not believed to be suspicious and police will be preparing a report for the Coroner.

Source: South Australia Police (92 words)

Missing girl, Harristown

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 19:02 AEST

Police seeking public assistance to help locate a 17-year-old girl reported missing from Harristown.

The girl was last seen at an address on Talbot Street on March 15 but hasn’t been seen since.

Concerns are held for her welfare due to the amount of time she has been missing.

She is described as being Aboriginal in appearance, 160cms tall has a slim build and brown hair.

It is believed she may frequent the Woodridge area.

Anyone that has seen her is being urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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Man charged after hidden cameras located in public toilets – Police Transport Command

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 18:00 AEST

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A man has been charged following investigations after hidden cameras were located in public toilets at North Sydney and Parramatta Railway Stations last month.

Between Friday 10 February and Tuesday 14 February, two cameras were located in public toilets at two Sydney Railway Stations, by staff.

Officers from Police Transport Command’s Operation Artemis were notified and commenced investigations.

The cameras were seized and underwent forensic examinations.

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Man missing in the River Torrens

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 17:51 AEST

Police and emergency services are currently searching for a man missing in the River Torrens near the University of Adelaide.

The alarm was raised about 4.50pm this afternoon, Wednesday 22 March.

SAPOL’s Water Operations officers are heading to the scene to assist with the search.

Source: South Australia Police (45 words)

Police search for Kenneth Calder

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 17:35 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 63-year-old Kenneth Calder.

Kenneth was last seen leaving an address on Lyall Street in Cranbourne about 12.45pm on Monday.

Police and family are concerned for his welfare due to a medical condition that requires regular medication.

Kenneth is described as 178cm tall with long grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a checked shirt and blue jeans.

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Drug Seizure Bees Creek

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 17:25 AEST

Wednesday 22-Mar-2017 16:46

Organised Crime detectives have arrested two people and seized around 20 kilograms of cannabis at a Bees Creek residence.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said a 47-year-old male and a 47-year-old female were arrested following a search warrant.

“Detectives will allege they found approximately 900 grams of cannabis and $6065 cash in a vehicle before uncovering a further 18.5 kilograms and $171,000 cash in the residence.

“A small amount of MDMA, approximately 600 grams of a yet-to-be identified powder and a .22 calibre rifle were also seized,” he said.

“Four Toyota Landcruisers have been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“Police would like to thank members of the community who assisted with this investigation.”

The woman was charged with:

Possess and supply a commercial quantity of cannabis

Receive tainted property

Possess schedule one substance (MDMA)

Possess unlicensed / unregistered firearm

Failure to meet firearm storage requirements

The male was charged with the same plus a second charge of possess and supply a commercial quantity of cannabis.

Investigations are continuing.

They were remanded in custody to appear in the Darwin Local Court on 23 March.

Source: Northern Territory Police (188 words)

Police continue to investigate Brunswick assault

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 16:43 AEST

Police are currently speaking to a man following an alleged assault that took place on in Brunswick on 6 March.

It is believed the victim approached two men on Sydney Road and had a brief conversation before one of the men allegedly elbowed him about 1am.

Investigators have been told the 42-year-old man was knocked unconscious and fell backwards into a sign and onto the footpath.

The two men remained in the area for about a minute before leaving.

A 46-year-old Koondrook man presented himself to a police station and is currently assisting with enquiries.

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Man charged with murder

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 16:21 AEST

Elizabeth CIB detectives today arrested a 24-year-old Davoren Park man in relation to the robbery and subsequent death of 70-year-old Leonard John Rielly.

Mr Rielly died in hospital on Friday 17 March from injuries sustained in an alleged break-in at his Elizabeth South home a week earlier, on Friday 10 March.

The arrested man has been charged with murder, two counts of aggravated serious criminal trespass, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

He has been refused bail and will appear before the Elizabeth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Thursday 22 March, where detectives will be seeking a suppression order.

Source: South Australia Police (96 words)

Update 3: Missing man, Albion

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 15:53 AEST

Detectives investigating the suspicious disappearance of 22-year-old Samuel Thompson who went missing from Albion two weeks ago have today released CCTV images of a vehicle of interest.

Samuel (pictured) was last seen leaving his Albion residence at 9.20am on Tuesday, March 7 in his orange 2016 Ford Mustang with personalised Queensland registration, ‘SAMMO’.

Footage released today depicts a white Chrysler 300 (similar to the one pictured) following Sam’s vehicle in the Bald Hills area on the same day.

Sam’s vehicle was then sighted in the carpark of the Deep Water Bend Reserve at Bald Hills around 1pm on Tuesday and remained there until the following day.

The Mustang was again sighted in Wooyung, Northern New South Wales, around 5.30pm on Wednesday, March 8 before being located abandoned by police at the same location on Tweed Coast Road Thursday, March 9.

Police and family hold grave concerns for Samuel’s welfare as it is out of character for him not remain in contact with family and friends.

He is described as Caucasian, 180cm tall, bald with a black beard, a slim build and brown eyes. He is also known to always be wearing a cap.

Anyone with information about the white Chrysler or about the case is urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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Man charged following stand-off with police at Newcastle

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 15:44 AEST

A man has been charged after an alleged stand-off with police in the state’s Hunter region overnight.

Just before midday yesterday (Tuesday 21 March 2017), police from Newcastle City Local Area Command attended Henry Street, Tighes Hill, where they located a man on the roof of a nearby apartment complex.

Police negotiators attempted to speak with man throughout the evening, and he was taken into custody by tactical officers from the State Protection Support Unit (SPSU) about 4.45am today (Wednesday 22 March 2017).

The 27-year-old man was assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he was charged with 20 offences, including:

  • Five counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon,

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QPS launch new EORT armoured vehicle

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 15:02 AEST

Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart today announced the arrival of a new armoured vehicle for the Queensland Police Service Explosive Ordnance Response Team (EORT).

Commissioner Stewart said the vehicle will ensure police right across Queensland, including specialist units, have the resources they need to keep Queenslanders safe.

“The Bombcat has been designed specifically to support EORT operational requirements but is also able to fully support interoperability with both Negotiator and Special Emergency Response Team requirements, during high risk incidents,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“These operations can include tasks where explosive devices, as well as firearms are present.

“At seven metres long, two and a half metres wide and three metres high, this machine means serious business.”

Minister Ryan said the vehicle will help to keep not only Queensland communities safe, but to also ensure the safety of frontline men and women.

“This $600,000 investment means that Queensland now has an armoured vehicle that uses advanced ballistic and blast protection and allows the safe deployment of specialist staff at high risk jobs including tasks where explosive devices, as well as firearms are present,” Minister Ryan said.

“The Queensland Police currently have two armoured vehicles, known as Bearcats, however our new Bombcat is like the big brother to our existing Bearcats – it’s bigger, stronger and will offer our police an extra level of protection.

“The Bombcat was purpose built to meet the needs of the Queensland Police Service and uses leading edge technology to protect officers and the community from explosives threats.”

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Man and woman located safe and well

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 14:59 AEST

Police have located the man and woman seen overnight in a Nissan Patrol four wheel drive at Brompton.

Earlier today, police appealed for information on the man and a white Nissan Patrol four wheel drive after concerns for the welfare of a woman inside the vehicle.

The man and woman involved have now been located and spoken to by police, who are satisfied that no offences have been committed and the woman is safe and well.

Source: South Australia Police (76 words)

Austrans Day of Action

Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 13:46 AEST

On Monday 20 March 2017 Police agencies around Australia conducted the first ‘National day of drug testing’ targeting heavy vehicle drivers, as part of Operation Austrans.

The operation, which is coordinated annually and sees a focus on truck and other heavy vehicle drivers across the state for drugs and alcohol, traffic, speed and compliance offences. WA Police worked in collaboration with Main Roads Western Australia and the Department of Transport to conduct the operation.

Across Western Australia, 444 drug driver screening tests and 661 preliminary breath tests were administered on the day resulting in five positive drug results.

Inspector Mike Sparkman said that whilst the majority of those in the heavy vehicle industry are doing the right thing, a noticeable 147 heavy vehicles were issued with improvement and defect notices and cautions for not upholding their roadworthiness compliance responsibilities.

Operation Austrans has participation across Australia and New Zealand and has been conducted annually since 1989.

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Drug operation closure, Rockhampton

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 13:41 AEST

Detectives have charged 10 people with drug offences after the closure of drug operation Oscar Battledore in Rockhampton.

The operation commenced in September 2016 as a result of information supplied to Crime Stoppers. Police executed search warrants at six houses in the Rockhampton area yesterday and today with 10 people arrested on a total of 67 charges.

A 60-year-old The Range man has been charged with four counts of trafficking dangerous drugs, 18 counts of supply dangerous drug, and four counts of possessing dangerous drug. He is expected to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon.

A 34-year-old The Range man has been charged with four counts of trafficking dangerous drugs, five counts of supply dangerous drugs and three counts of possessing dangerous drug. He is expected to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon

A 37-year-old Park Avenue woman has been charged with three counts of trafficking dangerous drugs and two counts of possessing dangerous drugs . She is expected to appear at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on April 10.

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Police release image of man after aggravated break-in and vehicle theft – Camden LAC

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 13:14 AEST

Editor’s note: An image of Kyle Naylor has been placed on the NSWPF Facebook Page

Police have released the image of a man who may be able to assist with inquiries into an alleged aggravated break-in and the theft and attempted theft of four cars in Camden LAC yesterday.

Just before 1pm (Tuesday 21 March 2017), police from Camden Traffic & Highway Patrol joined police from Goulburn Traffic and Highway Patrol in the pursuit of a stolen Holden utility travelling along Remembrance Drive at Tahmoor.

The vehicle had been sighted earlier that day in Yass.

The officers followed the Holden until it crashed into a gutter on Antill Street, Picton. Police will allege that two men in the car ran into a nearby house and stole the keys to a Dodge Nitro SUV.

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Missing man, Nanango

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 13:02 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 54-year-old man reported missing from Nanango.

Brian Waters (pictured) was last seen leaving a Smiths Road address on foot at 7.30pm on March 14.

Police hold concerns for Brian’s welfare as he has not made contact with friends or family since.

Mr Waters is described as Caucasian in appearance, 180cm tall, proportionate build, brown hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a bright yellow shirt, blue shorts and work boots.

It is believed Brian may be travelling to Cloncurry.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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Source: Queensland Police Service (148 words)

Scam Warning – Money Mules

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 12:42 AEST

Northern Territory Police report an increase in Northern Territory residents being deceived into being ‘money mules’

A money mule is a person used to enable the transfer of funds between a victim and a scam offender, who is usually located internationally. In the majority of the time, the money is from proceeds of online crime.

“A recent report to police involved a woman from Darwin accepting an online job offer that at first appeared legitimate,” Detective Sergeant Craig Windebank said.

“The job involved the woman receiving sums of money and transferring it into offshore bank accounts.

“These scams are sophisticated in nature and have required victims to participate in telephone job applications and to complete detailed contracts of employment.

“People should be very wary of any job offers that requires them to receive money into their own bank accounts and then transfer into other accounts outside Australia.

“People that do engage in money transfers like this are enabling online crime, breaking the law and could risk criminal prosecution.”

Northern Territory Police would urge anyone asked to transfer suspicious funds on behalf of another person, particularly internationally to report the matter to Police through the ACORN website www.acorn.gov.au or by calling 131 444.

Source: Northern Territory Police (202 words)

Operation Austrans national day of drug testing

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 12:35 AEST

South Australia Police along with their interstate counterparts have completed the first national day of drug testing, targeting heavy vehicles as part of Operation Austrans.

The nationally coordinated operation has a focus on drugs, alcohol, driver fatigue, traffic and compliance offences in the heavy vehicle industry.

In South Australia, 531 drug driver screening tests were conducted on Monday, 20 March resulting in nine positive drug tests returned.

Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, Officer in Charge of the Traffic Support Branch, says police are concerned that one in 59 heavy vehicle drivers are taking to our roads under the influence of illicit drugs.

“Drivers think that drugs will help them stay awake on long journeys, but the fact is drugs adversely impact on their ability to operate their vehicle safely.

“Taking drugs, such as methamphetamines, will affect physical skills such as reaction times, co-ordination and vehicle control.

“These drugs also affect mood, perception, information processing and judgement, significantly increasing the likelihood of a collision.

“In collisions between large vehicles and small vehicles, the occupants of the smaller vehicles are more likely to be seriously injured than the occupants of the larger vehicles.

“Heavy vehicle drivers using drugs are selfishly putting other road users in greater danger.”

In addition, police from Hills Fleurieu Highway Patrols also detected a B-double driver with an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.025 (required to be zero) on the South Eastern Freeway at St Ives during the national day of drug testing.

More than 4,200 drug tests were conducted nationally with 63 positive drug tests returned in total, giving a national detection rate of nearly one in 68.

Source: South Australia Police (269 words)

Nedlands Incident

Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 12:32 AEST

Major Crash officers are seeking information to assist with their investigation into an incident that occurred in Nedlands on Monday 13 February 2017, which resulted in the death of a 98 year old woman.

Around 4pm, the woman was driving her mobility scooter (Gopher) east along Stirling Highway. When she reached the corner of Stirling Highway and Smyth Road the woman has fallen from her scooter.

The 98 year old woman received serious injuries and conveyed by ambulance to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. The woman died in hospital on 15 March 2017 due to the injuries she received in the crash.

Major Crash officers are preparing a report for the Coroner and would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the incident or the woman driving her scooter prior to the incident.

Read the rest at Western Australia Police (134 words)

Whereabout Sought – Wade Hemmings

Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 12:20 AEST

Mandurah detectives are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a 29 year old man who they believe can assist them with a current investigation.

Wade Michael HEMMINGS is described as fair skinned, approximately 175cms tall, with a slim build, mousy brown hair and hazel eyes.

Mr HEMMINGS is known to frequent the Mandurah area and is driving a gold coloured, 1999 model Ford Falcon sedan, registration number 1GFX171 (similar vehicle pictured).

Members of the public are advised not to approach Mr HEMMINGS if sighted but to call police on 131 444.

Read the rest at Western Australia Police (91 words)

Police appeal for assistance after dog injured during Ringwood burglary

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 11:09 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance after a dog was attacked during a burglary in Ringwood last Tuesday 14 March.

Investigators have been told two men gained entry into a Wingrove Place residence about 12.40pm and stole a rolling pin.

The pair then scaled the rear fence into the backyard of a neighbouring residence where they were confronted by a 6-year-old German Sheppard.

The burglars then attacked the dog with a rolling pin.

Keira received a laceration above her left eye which required vetinary care.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (174 words)

Body located in water – Newcastle

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 10:44 AEST

Police have located the body of a man in Newcastle today.

About 7pm (Sunday 19 March 2017), emergency services were called to Nobbys Beach following reports two 23-year-old men were at a rock-face near the ocean when a wave knocked the pair into the water.

One man returned to shore but the second man could not be located.

Officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command, Water Police, with the assistance of Surf Life Savers, and Volunteer Marine Rescue have been searching for the man.

Shortly before 8am today (Wednesday 22 March 2017) police located a body, believed to be that of the missing man, 1km off Newcastle Beach.

Read the rest at New South Wales Police (144 words)

Polly Erskine wanted on warrant

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 10:30 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Polly Henrietta Erskine.

Warrants have been issued for the 42-year-old’s arrest after she failed to appear in relation to traffic offences committed in Footscray and Albion in November 2016.

Investigators have released an image of Erskine in the hope someone may have information on her current whereabouts.

Erskine is described as Pacific Islander with medium complexion, dark brown hair and thin build.

She is known to frequent the Footscray and St Albans areas.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (122 words)

Police arrest crime gang member with drug and stealing offences

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 22/03/2017 10:17 AEST

Police from Taskforce Maxima Gold Coast have charged a member of a crime gang known as “DLAST Hour” with a series drugs and stealing offences.

Yesterday detectives from Taskforce Maxima Gold Coast executed a search warrant on a Labrador address.

During the search police located a number of drugs, bank cards, licences, number plates and ammunition. A further search of a storage shed at Biggera Waters uncovered a stolen motorcycle.

The 24-year-old man was charged with 34 offences including produce dangerous drug, possess dangerous drug (schedule 1 and schedule 2), possess category R and M weapons, possess explosives, possess tainted property, enter premises, receive tainted property and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

A 29-year-old woman also arrested at the house was charged with one count of possess category M weapon and possess drug utensil. She will appear in Southport Magistrates Court on April 6.

Investigations are ongoing.

‘Yesterday’s raid is yet another example of Taskforce Maxima’s commitment in dealing with emerging gangs on the Gold Coast. Working closely with its partner agencies, both locally and interstate, provides Taskforce Maxima with the best possible intelligence which in turn allows them to response quickly,” Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens said.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

Source: Queensland Police Service (229 words)

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