Aussie Police News Wrap for Tuesday, 20/06/2017 – Night Shift Reports

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by all Australian Police agencies on Tuesday, 20/06/2017.

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

Fatal Crash – Lasseter Highway – Yulara

Northern Territory Police on Tuesday, 20/06/2017 08:59 AEST

The Northern Territory road toll has risen to 14 following the death of a female pedestrian on the Lasseter Highway this morning.

The pedestrian was struck by a tourist bus near the Yulara Drive turn-off about 6.30am.

The driver and passengers of the bus were uninjured.

Traffic restrictions will remain in place for much of the morning.

The road toll at the same time last year was 18.

Source: Northern Territory Police (68 words)

Child reunited with mother in Melton

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 20/06/2017 07:45 AEST

The mother of the 3-year-old boy found in a Melton street overnight has been reunited with her son.

The boy was found by a local resident who brought him into the police station around 2am this morning.

The boy is in good health.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (43 words)

Armed robbery, Aitkenvale

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 20/06/2017 04:52 AEST

Police have charged a man following an armed robbery that occurred last night in Aitkenvale.

Officers were called to a pharmacy on Ross River Road at 7.20pm following reports a man had entered the store allegedly armed with a knife.

It is further alleged that the man made threats and then fled the scene with a quantity of medication.

No one was injured as a result of the incident and a man was located by police a short time later.

A 47-year-old Aitkenvale man has been charged with one count each of armed robbery and enter premises with intent.

He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court this morning.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (168 words)

Update: Serious traffic incident, Inala

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 20/06/2017 04:11 AEST

Police investigating a serious traffic incident that occurred in Inala last night are appealing for public assistance.

Around 7pm, a man was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Frangipani Street and Laburnum Street.

The man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with serious head injuries. He did not have any form of identification on him, and extensive inquiries to date have failed to identify him.

The man is described as having an olive complexion, aged in his late fifties to early sixties, approximately 160cm tall with a bald head.

He was wearing a hearing aid and a silver watch (pictured).

At the time of the incident, he was wearing denim jeans, a blue t-shirt, grey vest, dark grey hooded jumper, and brown shoes.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have any information in relation to the man or who may have seen the incident to contact them.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (208 words)

Child found in Melton

Victoria Police on Tuesday, 20/06/2017 03:19 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help identify a child and reunite him with his family.

The boy, thought to be 3-years-old, was found in Morris Street, Melton about 2am.

The boy was found by a local resident and they brought him into the police station around 2am this morning

The boy was wearing blue pyjamas, no shoes or socks and has blonde/brown hair.

He has been unable to tell police his name or his parents names.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (93 words)

Missing man, Bli Bli

Queensland Police Service on Tuesday, 20/06/2017 01:15 AEST

Police are seeking public assistance to locate a 25-year-old man reported missing from Bli Bli.

James Blackburne (pictured) was last seen leaving an address on Clearwater Circuit around 8.30am yesterday, June 19.

Police and family hold concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

He is described as Caucasian, around 171cm tall with a proportionate build, brown eyes and dark brown hair.

He was wearing three-quarter length shorts and a white t-shirt with black vertical stripes.

Anyone who may have seen James is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (157 words)

Serious traffic incident, Inala

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 19/06/2017 22:46 AEST

Police are investigating a serious traffic incident that occurred in Inala this evening.

Initial investigations suggest that around 7pm, a man was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Frangipani Street and Laburnum Street.

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

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Investigations are continuing, with police urging anyone who may have seen the incident to contact them.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (129 words)

Police call for witnesses to CBD assault

Victoria Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 20:12 AEST

Melbourne Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Melbourne last month.

The incident happened at the corner of A’Beckett and Swanston streets on Friday 5 May at 7.40pm when a man was seen abusing three women on the footpath.

The victim, a 43-year-old Ringwood man, went to the aid of the women and was assaulted by the man, receiving several punches to the face and head.

The victim sustained bruising and grazes in the attack.

The women and the man had left the scene by the time police arrived.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (146 words)

Police review death of Adelaide accountant

South Australia Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 19:43 AEST

SA Police have released further details about the unsolved 1988 murder of Adelaide accountant Samuel Hayward as part of an ongoing cold case campaign called Operation Persist.

Police say new technology has enabled more forensic material to be gathered in relation to the active investigation.

“Advances in technology have provided police with new forensic material that is now being examined,” Detective Brevet Sergeant Shane Przibilla, a criminal investigator with the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, said.

Further information about a man seen in company with Mr Hayward on the night of his murder has also been released as police seek assistance from the community to further the inquiry.

Mr Hayward’s death was caused by a series of violent blows to his head with a dumbbell, which was found next to his body.

The 46-year-old who lived alone and was not in a relationship at the time of his death, was found in his Kingston Park unit on Tuesday, 22 November 1988.

Expert medical opinion suggests that he was killed two days earlier either on the evening of Saturday 19 November or on Sunday, 20 November.

On Saturday, police understand Mr Hayward had lunch with a man and then returned to his home with him.

His companion is described as being a short, well-presented, dark haired Caucasian man in his mid to late twenties at the time, so he would now be in his late 50s. It is understood he spoke with an accent.

Mr Hayward trained as a priest in New South Wales and police believe he may have met this man through his New South Wales connections.

After the murder, the man is believed to have stolen the victim’s vehicle, wallet and credit cards as well as other personal possessions.

Police enquiries established that Mr Hayward’s credit cards were used after his death in Victoria and New South Wales to purchase fuel and accommodation, with his vehicle and some possessions later recovered in Wollongong by New South Wales police.

A single, unidentified fingerprint belonging to a possible suspect was found in the bathroom of the property and police now also have located blood that is believed to belong to the suspect.

Fingerprint examinations later matched a print in the recovered vehicle and one on a credit card voucher to the one found in the victim’s bathroom.

Anyone with information about Mr Haywood (pictured), his companion or any other information that may assist in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/

“We’re confident we will get a result,” Detective Brevet Sergeant Przibilla said.

Operation Persist, led by Major Crime, is reviewing a number of unsolved murder and long-term, suspicious missing persons cases.

Police never ‘close’ unresolved cases of this type, with any matter unresolved after 12 months classified as a cold case.

A range of operational strategies are being used to progress cases, including detailed reviews, the provision of rewards, targeting prison inmates for information and seeking public assistance via publicity of cold cases.

Source: South Australia Police (505 words)

Search for missing teen Joshua Heard

Victoria Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 19:40 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing teenager Joshua Heard.

The 16-year-old was last seen on Main Street in Mornington at 2pm on Tuesday 13 June.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due to his age and length of time that he has been missing.

Joshua was last seen wearing a blue hoodie with a white horizontal line and denim shorts/jeans.

Police have released an image of Joshua in the hope someone can provide information on his whereabouts.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (97 words)

Update traffic crash, Noosa Heads

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 19/06/2017 19:39 AEST

A man has been charged following a traffic crash that occurred at Noosa Heads on June 17.

Around 2am, a 16-year-old was struck by a vehicle on David Lowe Way and it will be alleged that the drive of the vehicle failed to stop.

A 47-year-old Peregian Springs man has been charged with one count of failure to remain at the scene of a crash and assist injured persons and is due to appear in the Noosa Magistrates Court on July 25.

Investigations are continuing to appeal for any witnesses that may have been in the area at the time to contact them.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (160 words)

Drink and speed – A deathly double

Victoria Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 17:39 AEST

A driver has had his car impounded after being detected drink driving and travelling at 77kms over the speed limit in Mulgrave earlier this morning

The 21-year-old Hampton Park man was allegedly driving at 177km/h in a 100km/h zone on Jacksons Road when intercepted by police.

The driver was conveyed to the Dandenong police station where he was breath tested with a result of 0.087per cent.

The man’s BMW sedan was impounded for 30 days, incurring a cost of $895.50.

The driver is expected to be charged on summons with speeding, speed dangerous and drink driving.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (96 words)

Public assistance to locate a vehicle

Western Australia Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 17:12 AEST

June 19, 2017

Rockingham Detectives are seeking public assistance to identify and locate a vehicle believed to be used in a series of burglary incidents in the Rockingham sub-district.

The vehicle is an Isuzu D-Max utility, with black wheels and a bull bar. The colour is either dark matt black or an olive green (appears to be resprayed).

Police are seeking information in relation to any sightings of the vehicle and its use between Monday 5th June 2017 and Monday 19th June 2017

Read the rest at Western Australia Police (83 words)

Four charged following Newport ram raid

Victoria Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 17:07 AEST

Brimbank Embona Taskforce detectives have charged four men following an alleged ram raid at a grocery store in Newport this morning.

It is alleged goods including cigarettes and alcohol was stolen after four men attended a Challis Street store just after 3am.

Four men were subsequently arrested in St Albans and have now all been charged with burglary, theft, theft of motor vehicle and possess prohibited weapons.

The men, an 18-year-old Altona North man, a 20-year-old St Albans man, a 19-year-old Altona man and a 21-year-old Hoppers Crossing man have been remanded to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (101 words)

Woman charged over robbery and stealing

Tasmania Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 16:22 AEST

The woman was charged with six counts of stealing and one count of robbery.

She was detained to appear in an after-hours court Sunday 18 June 2017 where she was remanded and reappeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court this afternoon.

The post Woman charged over robbery and stealing appeared first on Tasmania Police.

Read the rest at Tasmania Police (53 words)

Armed robbery, Bundaberg East

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 19/06/2017 15:49 AEST

Police have released CCTV images of two men and an item of clothing as they investigate the armed robbery of a service station in Bundaberg East on June 17.

At 8.20pm, a man armed with a knife entered the Scotland Street business while a second man remained standing by the main access door.

The man demanded cash and cigarettes from the employee.

The pair left the scene with a sum of money and was last seen heading north on Cran Street towards the Burnett River.

The Dog Squad tracked the pair and located an article of clothing (picture).

The men are described as being 175cm tall with average builds, possibly aged in their mid-20s, and were wearing black hooded jumpers and black shoes. One man was wearing light jeans while the other was wearing black tracksuit pants.

Police are encouraging anyone who recognises the men or the article of clothing to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (215 words)

Mystery of missing bushwalkers solved

Victoria Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 15:45 AEST

Police have identified three men who called emergency services after becoming bogged in the Otways yesterday which sparked a police search.

A short time ago police were contacted by a staff member at a backpacker hostel who said she had seen three men return back to the accommodation facility about 6pm last night.

After hearing the reports of the search today she wondered whether it may be the men police were searching for so contacted authorities.

Police spoke to the Belgian trio today and confirmed one of them had called Triple Zero (000) after their car became bogged near Apollo Bay.

They managed to get themselves free and return back to their accommodation but did not inform emergency services.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (134 words)

Update: Armed robbery, Brighton

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 19/06/2017 15:20 AEST

Police have released images of a man who may be able to assist with the investigation of an armed robbery of a newsagent in Brighton on June 17.

At 6.30am, a man armed with a large knife entered the Beaconsfield Terrace shop and demanded cash and cigarettes from the 66-year-old female employee.

The man left the scene with a sum of money in a silver BMW 323i with Queensland registration 369SJQ (pictured below).

This vehicle was stolen from a Carrothool Place, Mooloolaba address on June 14 and has been involved in numerous offences since.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 178cm tall with a slim build and was wearing a grey hooded jumper, black track pants with a red stripe, red gloves, white joggers and had his face covered with a dark-coloured bandana.

Police are appealing for anyone with further information to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

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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Source: Queensland Police Service (210 words)

Search for missing man David Padley

Victoria Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 14:17 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Berwick man David Padley.

The 71-year-old was last seen at a business in New Street, Frankston about 1.50pm on Sunday.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

Police have released an image of Graham in the hope someone recognises him and may be able to supply information on his whereabouts.

Anyone who sights David or who knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact Narre Warren Police Station 9705 3111.

Read the rest at Victoria Police (88 words)

Cannabis crops located in Woodville Gardens

South Australia Police on Monday, 19/06/2017 13:05 AEST

A man has been arrested after two cannabis crops were located in Woodville Gardens.

At 9.30am on Saturday 17 June, officers from Serious and Organised Crime Branch searched a house in Woodville Gardens. Inside they located 14 mature cannabis plants being grown hydroponically in three purpose built grow rooms. A large amount of prescribed equipment was seized and electricity to the house had been bypassed to power the elaborate set up.

This discovery led police to a second house in Woodville Gardens where they located a further 18 plants inside 6 grow rooms. The electricity had also been tampered with at this house.

Police have since arrested a 21-year-old man from Woodville Gardens and charged him with cultivating a controlled plant, possessing prescribed equipment and diverting electricity.

He was refused bail and will appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on 19 June.

Investigations are ongoing, and police have not ruled out further arrests.

Source: South Australia Police (154 words)

Fake trader website scam claims 126 victims

Queensland Police Service on Monday, 19/06/2017 12:01 AEST

State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group are currently conducting an investigation into a number of “fake trader” websites that have claimed a significant number of Queensland victims, as a result of information provided by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission through the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

It is alleged these websites have been established to lure victims into purchasing heavily reduced priced items, including BBQS, outboard motors, air conditioners and gym equipment in return for cash payment. Victims have paid cash expecting goods to be delivered that have never arrived.

“Firstly I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge those who have reported the matter to ACORN to allow us to investigate these matters. At this stage we have received 126 reports in relation to 27 separate websites. We anticipate somewhere in the vicinity of $110,000 has been lost so far, however we expect this figure to rise,” Acting Detective Inspector Peter Robb said.

“We believe a man and a woman who may be able to assist us with our investigation are currently in Brisbane and we are seeking the public’s support on two fronts. If you have any information relating to the people pictured, we’d ask you to call Policelink. We also ask that if you have fallen victim to this type of scam or any other online scam, to report the matter to ACORN.”

Police have since worked with hosting agencies to take down the websites, but are concerned there may be more websites and even more victims.

“We would also encourage the public to stay vigilant when shopping online and remember if it’s too good to be true then it probably is. By shopping online at sites that you know are trusted and using established payment systems that offer buyer protection, you can protect yourself from falling victim to these scams,” Acting Detective Inspector Robb said.

For online shopping tips, visit the Office of Fair Trading website at https://www.qld.gov.au/law/your-rights/consumer-rights-complaints-and-scams/consumer-advice-rights-and-responsibilities/tips-to-become-a-smarter-shopper/tips-for-buying-online/

The fake websites since taken down by police include:

airconditionerexperts.com.au

appliancediscounters.com.au

appliancespecialists.com.au

bbqdeals.com.au

gymsource.com.au

outboardcentre.com.au

bbqmaster.com.au

expertfitness.com.au

mercurymarineoutboards.com.au

outboardmarine.net.au

outboardmarineonline.com.au

outboardmotors.com.au

bbqarena.com.au

gardenoutdoorsales.com.au

outboardmarineyard.com.au

suzukioutboardmotors.com.au

barbecuesales.com.au

bbqmasters.com.au

Anyone who has fallen victim to any type of cybercrime can use the ACORN online reporting facility.

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 (391 words)

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