Aussie Police News Wrap for Wednesday, 14/06/2017 – Day Shift Reports

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Bringing you up to date with the news released by all Australian Police agencies on Wednesday, 14/06/2017.

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

Update: Concerns held for missing woman, Port Douglas

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 19:32 AEST

Police have located the woman missing from Port Douglas and she is now safe.

Police are currently searching the Smithfield area for a man who maybe able to assist with ongoing inquiries.

He is described as in his twenties, wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black pants and green shoes.

Anyone who sees the man is urged not to approach him and to contact police.

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Police search for missing teen Kineisha Young

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 19:16 AEST

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate 15-year-old Kineisha Young.

Investigators have been told the Mornington teen failed to return home from school on 13 June.

It is believed she may have been travelling on a Frankston-bound bus.

Police and family members hold concerns for Kineisha’s welfare due to her age.

She was last seen wearing a winter school uniform, however she may have had a change of clothes with her.

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Police search for missing woman Vera Najdovska

Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 19:16 AEST

Police are appealing for help to find missing Epping woman Vera Najdovska.

The 62-year-old was last seen at her residential address on Charteris Grove about 2pm today.

Vera is described as about 152cm tall with a medium build, brown eyes and brown hair.

She was wearing black pants, a brown jumper and slippers.

Police and Vera’s family hold concerns for her welfare as she has a medical condition that makes her appear confused and disorientated.

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Jewellery store thefts arrest

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 18:16 AEST

Police will allege that just before 2.30pm on 4 June a man went to a jewellery store in the Munno Para Shopping Centre and stole an amount of jewellery.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the robbery.

The man also allegedly stole jewellery from stores at the Elizabeth City Centre and Hollywood Plaza Shopping Centre and Ingle Farm in the weeks prior.

The 29-year-old Blakeview man was charged with robbery and three counts of theft, and was refused bail to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Source: South Australia Police (87 words)

Media Release: SA man charged with child exploitation offence

Australian Federal Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 18:12 AEST

Detectives from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (a partnership between SAPOL’s Special Crimes Investigation Branch and the Australian Federal Police) today arrested a 31-year-old man from the Mid-North for making a child amenable to sexual activity.

The man has been bailed to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court on 13 July 2017.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at http://crimestopperssa.com.au

Note to media: THIS IS CHILD EXPLOITATION, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually benefits child sex abusers:

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UPDATE: PSPA Scarborough, revoked

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 18:04 AEST

At 5:03pm Police revoked the emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Scarborough today.

Police attended an address Fortune Street, Scarborough and discovered a suspicious device.

A PSPA was declared at 3.30 pm and police have established an exclusion zone bounded by Fortune Street, 2nd Avenue, 5th Avenue and the water front.

Specialist police are on scene and the device was destroyed.

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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Update: Serious traffic crash, Camp Hill

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:54 AEST

A 27-year-old woman has died from injuries sustained from a traffic incident at Camp Hill this morning.

Preliminary investigations suggest that around 7:40am, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Thomas Street and Samuel Street.

The collision has forced both vehicles onto the northern side of Thomas Street, and a pedestrian that was walking across Thomas Street at the time was struck by one of the vehicles.

The pedestrian was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital however she died this afternoon.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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Update: Assault, unlawful wounding, Idalia

Queensland Police Service on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:54 AEST

Police have charged a man after an alleged stabbing incident at Idalia this morning.

It will be alleged around 10am this morning, a 27-year-old man was changing a car tyre in a Lakeside Drive shopping centre when he was approached by a man known to him.

The victim was assaulted then stabbed and transported to The Townsville Hospital and is currently in a stable condition.

A 35-year-old Condon man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear at the Townsville Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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 arrested over child sex offences

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:44 AEST

Detectives from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (a partnership between SAPOL’s Special Crimes Investigation Branch and the Australian Federal Police) today arrested a 31-year-old man from the Mid-North for making a child amenable to sexual activity.

The man has been bailed to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court on 13 July 2017.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at http://crimestopperssa.com.au

Source: South Australia Police (84 words)

Call for information – Darwin CBD – Update 2

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:11 AEST

Northern Territory Police continue to investigate an incident outside a Darwin nightclub on Sunday morning.

Detective Senior Sergeant Morgan said the response from witnesses and members of the public was encouraging and the information helpful.

“The investigation continues however at this stage, police can confirm it is highly unlikely anyone will be charged in relation to this incident.

“A 56-year-male remains in hospital and will be spoken to by police at a later date.

“We wish him a speedy recovery,” Detective Senior Sergeant Morgan said.

Source: Northern Territory Police (85 words)

Fire Investigation – Batchelor

Northern Territory Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:11 AEST

Fire crews are currently fighting a large wildfire in the Batchelor region which is believed to have been deliberately lit.

On Monday 12 June, Bushfires NT staff were conducting aerial surveys of the area when they observed smoke. They diverted to the location and observed a group of people allegedly lighting fires.

Several vehicles and dogs were also in the area leading police to believe they were a hunting party and possibly starting the fires to flush out pigs.

The fire has continued to burn and has destroyed a large amount of land including crops and feed lots.

Bushfires NT has saved several houses and structures in the path of the fire.

NT Police are asking anyone who has information on the hunting party to please call them on 131 444 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: Northern Territory Police (139 words)

Man charged with attempted murder after alleged hammer attack – Wee Waa

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:03 AEST

Police have charged a man with attempted murder following the alleged serious assault of another man in the state’s west.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 June 2017), police were called to a licenced premises on Rose Street, Wee Waa, following reports a man was in allegedly in possession of a firearm.

A short time later, emergency services were called to a business on Culgoora Road, Wee Waa, following reports an assault.

It will be alleged two men, aged 37 and 57 were involved in an altercation, when the younger man struck the older man in the head with a hammer and wrench, before fleeing the scene.

The 57-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Narrabri Hospital in critical condition.

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Police investigate public place shooting – Bexley

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:03 AEST

Investigations are underway after several shots were fired in a public place shooting in Sydney’s south.

Officers attached to St George Local Area Command were called to a car park of service station on Frederick Street and Forest Road, Bexley, just before 3am today (Wednesday 14 June 2017), following reports of shots fired.

Initial inquiries suggest a group of males were involved in an argument when a second group of males, armed with firearms, started to shoot as they approached the first group.

It is unknown if anyone was injured during the incident.

Police established a crime scene, which will be examined by forensic specialists and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Man charged after assault – Tweed Heads

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:03 AEST

A man will appear in court today after he was charged with assault following an incident at Tweed Heads earlier this week.

About 9.15pm on Monday 12 June 2017 a 69-year-old man was sitting in his car that was stationary on Minjungbal Drive at Tweed Heads South.

Police have been told that a man approached the occupant of the vehicle and asked for cigarettes.

When the occupant of the vehicle told the man he did not smoke the man assaulted him through the open car window.

The assailant then tried to open the driver’s door but the victim was able to close and lock it.

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Man charged with trying to set police station alight – The Entrance

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:03 AEST

A man will face court today after allegedly trying to set alight The Entrance Police Station yesterday.

It’s alleged about 12pm (Tuesday 13 June 2017), a 25-year-old man walked towards the police station with a wine bottle filled with petrol.

The man was seen pouring the liquid around the front entrance of the police station and attempting to set it alight with a cigarette lighter.

Officers chased the man and used OC spray to detain him after he allegedly refused to drop the lighter.

He was subsequently charged with being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and resisting an officer in the execution of duty.

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Police appeal for information regarding armed robbery – Colyton.

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:02 AEST

Police are investigating the armed robbery of a store in Sydney’s west in May 2017.

About 10am on Monday 29 May 2017, a female employee was working behind the counter at a store on the Great Western Highway, Colyton, when she was confronted by a man.

The man stated to the employee that he had a gun, before walking out of the store with a $200 bottle of alcohol. The staff member was un-injured.

Officers from St Mary’s Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations.

Police have obtained images of a man they believe can assist them with their inquiries.

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Police warn public over phone scam

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:02 AEST

Police are issuing a warning for members of the public to be wary of potential phone scammers, coaxing people into purchasing gift cards.

Police from Manning-Great Lakes Local Area Command have received multiple reports from people who have received phone calls from someone claiming to represent of either the Australian Taxation Office or Telstra.

The caller tells the person that they have an outstanding bill or debt, before instructing them to purchase gift cards. The details of the gift cards are then provided to the caller as payment for the outstanding bill.

Police are warning members of the public to be wary of any requests for payment made over the phone and are urging them not to transfer any money or provide sensitive information to people over the phone.

Community members are reminded that the Australian Taxation Office will never

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Woman dies in crash between car and train – Kyogle

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:02 AEST

Police are at the scene of a crash between a passenger train and a car at Kyogle, in the state’s north.

About 8.10am (Wednesday 14 June 2017) a white Holden Commodore was hit by a train at a road crossing near Summerland Way and Andrew Street.

A 60-year-old female driving the vehicle died at the scene. A dog in the car was injured and was euthanized by a vet.

The train driver and approximately 33 passengers on board the train were not injured.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident and is yet to give a statement to come forward.

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Domestic assault charges – Far North Coast

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:01 AEST

A man has been charged with numerous offences after an alleged domestic incident on the Far North Coast last night.

Police were told that about 6.15pm (Tuesday 13 June 2017), a man allegedly forced entry to a unit in Tweed Heads South and assaulted the 19-year-old female occupant by punching and kicking her. A computer was also damaged.

Officers from Tweed Heads arrested a 23-year-old man outside the property and searched a car parked nearby, seizing cannabis, cash, methylamphetamine and prescription drugs.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, common assault, a number of drug offences and deal with the proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Wednesday 14 June 2017).

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Charge upgraded to murder following hammer assault – Wee Waa

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:01 AEST

A 37-year-old man has now been charged with murder following the death of a 57-year-old man who was injured during an assault in the state’s north-west yesterday.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 13 June 2017), police were called to a licensed premises at Rose Street, Wee Waa, following reports a man was allegedly in possession of a firearm at the address.

A short time later, police and emergency services were also called to a business on Culgoora Road, Wee Waa, following reports of an assault.

It will be alleged two men were involved in an altercation, with a 57-year-old man struck in the head with a hammer and wrench.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Narrabri Hospital in a critical condition.

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Man charged after officers threatened with knife – Surry Hills

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:01 AEST

A man has been charged after allegedly threatening police with a knife in Surry Hills this morning.

About 1.50am today (Wednesday 14 June 2017), a man approached officers at the intersection of Devonshire and Elizabeth streets.

He allegedly threatened police with a knife and made additional threats toward officers.

When officers arrested the man he allegedly resisted.

He was subsequently taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with intimidating a police officer, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, assaulting an officer in the execution of duty, resisting police, custody of a knife in a public place and larceny.

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Man charged after allegedly producing child abuse material – SCC Child Abuse Squad

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:01 AEST

A man will face court today after allegedly using children known to him to produce child abuse material.

In September 2016, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad arrested and charged a 65-year-old man over alleged child sex offences involving two young girls known to him.

During a subsequent search warrant at a home at Engadine, investigators seized a computer and electronic storage devices for forensic examination.

Following the analysis and further investigation, detectives arrested the man at a home at Engadine about 1.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 13 June 2017).

He was taken to Sutherland Police Station and charged with six counts of produce child abuse material and two counts of bestiality.

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Missing woman – Bowral

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:00 AEST

Kathleen Lidden, aged 52, left her home in Bowral yesterday (13 June 2017), and has not returned.

The last confirmed sighting of her was at a shop on Pioneer Road, Mittagong, about 12.30pm the same day (Tuesday 13 June 2017).

She has not been seen since and her disappearance is out-of-character.

Concerned family and friends reported the woman missing and officers from Bowral Police Station commenced investigations into her whereabouts.

Ms Lidden is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a thin build, about 160-165cm tall having short blonde/brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white scarf, yellow/cream coloured fleece jumper, grey track pants and carrying a brown bag.

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Fatal crash – Mulgoa.

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:00 AEST

About 10am (Wednesday 14 June 2017), police were called to Mulgoa Rd, near Mayfair Rd, following reports of a motor vehicle crash.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command attended and found a vehicle had crashed into a telegraph pole.

The driver and sole occupant, a man in his 30’s, was ejected from the vehicle and is yet to be formally identified.

The man died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Penrith Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police release CCTV images after indecent assault – Matraville

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:00 AEST

Police have released CCTV images following an indecent assault in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in April.

A woman was approached from behind by a man on Perry Street, Matraville, about 8am on Monday 3 April 2017.

Police were told the man wrapped his arms around the woman and touched her in an indecent manner. The man was last seen heading north on Baird Avenue.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they believe can assist with inquiries.

He is in his late teens, of Caucasian or Mediterranean appearance, 165cm tall with a slim build.

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Police re-appeal for information into missing woman – Penshurst

New South Wales Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 17:00 AEST

*** Editors note: An image of the missing woman can be found on the NSW Police Facebook page.

Police continue to appeal for assistance to locate a woman who was reported missing from the Penshurst area earlier this year.

Amy King, aged 38, was reported missing by her family on Sunday 22 January 2017 and officers from Campsie Local Area Command commenced inquiries into her whereabouts.

There was a confirmed sighting of Ms King on Wednesday 1 February 2017 on Arcadia Street, Penshurst, however she has not been seen or heard from since and due to a medical condition, police have serious concerns for her well-being.

Officers have established ‘Strike Force Marampo’ to investigate her disappearance and continue to appeal for information.

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Do you know this man?

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

About 3am on Tuesday 23 May 2017, an address in Coombs was burgled by two offenders. At the time, the occupants of the house were at home asleep. The offenders took a number of items including a credit card.

ACT Policing investigated the incident, including a number of transactions made on the credit card since it was stolen during the burglary.

Police have released CCTV images of an offender using the stolen credit card at the Caltex Service Station in Callwell.

The offender is described as being Caucasian in appearance, of a medium build and about 175cm (5’9”) tall. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper, a maroon baseball cap and white sneakers and was carrying a black satchel.

Police established that the offender using the stolen credit card arrived at the Service Station with a number of other persons in a silver Daewoo Cielo, or similar, which had no windscreen.

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Journalist advisory – media stand up

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

WHO: Criminal Investigations Superintendent Ben Cartwright

WHAT: Indecent assaults near Yerrabi Pond, Gungahlin

WHEN: 10.30am TODAY (Wednesday, 14 June 2017)

WHERE: Winchester Police Centre, Benjamin Way, Belconnen.

Media enquiries

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Three men arrested selling stolen property

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

A short time later the tools were identified as stolen by staff at Cash Converters. The tools were stolen from a car in Franklin over the weekend (11-12 June 2017).

Police arrived at the store and arrested the three men. Two of the men escaped custody after being arrested. The 23-year-old man was caught after a short foot pursuit.

The 30-year-old man fled to a nearby car and locked himself inside, requesting the female driver to drive away. Officers were forced to smash the car window to take the man into custody.

The car had earlier been involved in a fail to stop along the Tuggeranong Parkway. The driver, a 46-year-old woman from Melba was arrested and conveyed to Woden Police Station. The car, a blue Ford Laser was seized by police.

The 30-year-old Holt man has been charged with impersonating a territory public official, attempting to obtain financial advantage by deception, unlawful possession of stolen property and escape custody.

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Police seeking witnesses after Garran aggravated burglary

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

Police attended the scene around 1:40am after reports that two people had entered the hospital, scaled the partition wall and gone inside Zouki Café.

A review of the CCTV identified two offenders had removed a safe from the café and used a wheelchair to wheel the safe to a nearby car.

The car used in the aggravated burglary is believed to a small/medium SUV with large chrome rims and low profile tyres.

Police are urging anyone with information about the aggravated burglary to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can also be provided online via https://act.crimestoppers.com.au/.

Please quote reference number 6112720 if providing information.

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Police investigate property damage in Amaroo

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

The excavator was stolen from a nearby building site and used to cause a large amount of property damage to infrastructure around the playing fields, including damaging the canteen, trees, bollards and fencing.

After the damage was done the excavator was driven into a nearby pond.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the property damage or information about the driver of the excavator to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can also be provided online via https://act.crimestoppers.com.au/.

Please quote reference number 6115618 if providing information.

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Aggravated robbery in Conder, witnesses sought

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

Staff complied with the demands while the two men continued to make threats.

As the two men were leaving the club, the man with the modified nail gun shot a number of nails at staff and patrons. One of the nails struck a staff member in the leg. The two men fled the club on foot in an unknown direction.

The injured staff member was conveyed to The Canberra Hospital with minor injuries.

At the time of the aggravated robbery the offenders had concealed their identity wearing dark clothing, gloves and balaclavas.

Police are urging anyone who saw two men acting suspicious around 11:10pm near the club or anyone with information about the aggravated robbery to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can also be provided online via https://act.crimestoppers.com.au/.

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Public assistance sought to locate missing teenager

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

Archer was last seen in Gungahlin around 7pm on Tuesday, 6 June 2017.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 174cm (5’7”) tall, of slim build, with short blonde/light brown hair.

Police hold serious concerns for his welfare.

If you see Archer or have any information about his whereabouts, please contact police on 131 444. Please quote reference number 6114140 if providing information.

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On the blog: Getting our youth home safely

ACT Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

Highlights to his career have included deploying to Gallipoli in support of the Australian community during the 90th anniversary commemorations. Detective Sergeant Smith has also deployed internationally to East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. For his services Detective Sergeant Smith has been awarded the National Police Service Medal with a 25 year clasp, the Police Overseas Service Medal, United Nations Medal and the Operational Policing Medal and clasp.

After 22 years as a police officer, I wanted to further my experience in community policing. My initial deployment to AFP National in Melbourne in 1991 saw me investigate fraud and drug investigations, consolidating my knowledge into operational skills.

In 2008 I was promoted to a position in Canberra, within reach, but outside of ACT Policing. In 2012 I transferred to ACT Policing providing Command and Control leadership before taking on a City Patrol in 2013.

In this role I oversaw the day to day work of General Duties members and noted the reliance the community had on police both in their duties and presence. I noted that developing the community’s resilience should be a key priority for the ACT.

In my current role I develop and deliver strategies that support a safe and vibrant nightlife in the ACT. While ACT Policing provides a service using hi-visibility policing in the night entertainment precincts, we also work hard behind the scenes to develop infrastructure, programs and partnerships to ensure the physical and social environment in these precincts supports the activity.

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Assistance sought from public to identify driver at Mount Gambier

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

Mount Gambier police are seeking assistance from the public to help locate the driver of a car involved in a pursuit overnight where a police officer was injured.

Just before midnight on Tuesday 13 June, police stopped a black Mitsubishi 4WD on Tumut Drive, Mount Gambier. As the police officer opened the car door and attempted to detain the driver, he reversed the car, knocking the officer over and dragging them along the ground for a short distance.

The car then hit a tree, damaging the rear of the vehicle before speeding away. The car was pursued by police for a brief time before it was terminated for safety reasons.

Thankfully, the police officer received only minor injuries.

Police are actively looking for this vehicle, a black 1998 Mitsubishi Challenger 4WD with SA registration WIM112, and seek assistance from the public to help identify the driver.

Source: South Australia Police (146 words)

SA Police introduce Adult Cautioning

South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

South Australia Police have introduced a system of Adult Cautioning for low-level criminal offending.

Nearly 3000 people have been issued with a formal caution by police rather than being taken to court since the introduction of the system in December.

The Adult Cautioning system follows a similar model to the successful juvenile caution program which has been in use in SA for about 25 years.

The new caution program is only applied in specific circumstances:

  • Investigation of the matter must have determined there is a reasonable prospect of conviction
  • The matter must be ‘minor in nature’ with a specific range of serious offences not eligible for consideration

  • The use of the caution must be approved by a Sergeant

  • The caution must be considered proportional to the offence

Assistant Commissioner Phil Newitt, who had oversight of the project and trial caution program that ran for three months in Whyalla and Eastern Adelaide last year, said the number of people cautioned so far was in line with police projections.

“It recognises that not all offences we detect should necessarily go to court,” he said. “It allows our officers to apply common sense to how we manage the outcome of an investigation. It is very much focused on proportionality in terms of the offence and all the accompanying circumstances.

Before a caution is issued a range of factors are taken into account:

  • The history of the offender, including whether they are subject to any court orders or have had a previous caution
  • The opinion of the victim of the crime

  • The opinion of the police who detected the offence

  • The attitude of the offender

  • The seriousness of the offence which can include any injuries to a victim, or the value of any property damaged or unrecovered

  • However, Assistant Commissioner Newitt, said none of those factors was the sole determiner, but all were taken into account.

    Cautions cannot be issued for a range of more serious offences such major indictable matters, any aggravated offence, any offence under the Serious and Organised Crime definitions, any offence involving violence, stalking or harassment against a family member, any sexual offence or any drug offence (except for smoking/consuming cannabis).

    “While it is difficult to quantify because of the different pathways court cases can take, we can say many thousands of hours have been saved by dealing with trivial or low harm matters in this way,” Assistant Commissioner Newitt said.

    “Like all changes is has taken some time to bed down and be accepted.

    “I would also want to stress that there must be a reasonable proposition of conviction before a caution is issued – this is not issued without there being evidence and an appropriate investigation.”

    EXAMPLES OF ADULT CAUTIONING:

    • An 86-year-old man stole sausage and mints valued at $7.85. The man had never been in trouble with police previously, and his wife had died several weeks earlier, a fact that he was struggling to come to terms with. After being spoken to by police he paid in full for the items. He was initially reported by police before the matter was dealt with by way of adult caution.
  • A 48-year-old man was begging by asking people for money as they walked past him. He had a small criminal history of minor offending, the last matter being in 2002. He was initially reported by police before the matter was dealt with by way of adult caution.

  • An 18-year-old woman who was attending an event was highly intoxicated and swearing at police and members of the public. She was arrested due to her behaviour. She had never previously had any interactions with police. She was issued with an adult caution when released from custody.

  • A 76-year-old man removed clothing from a charity bin on the grounds of a church. During a police interview he made admissions about the theft. He had no criminal history and was remorseful. He was initially reported by police before the matter was dealt with by way of adult caution.

  • An 18-year-old woman stole property to the value of $8.60 from a supermarket. The property was recovered and returned to the store for re-sale. The woman, who had no previous criminal history, admitted the offence. She was initially reported by police before the matter was dealt with by way of adult caution.

  • NUMBERS:

    • Since the trial began in August 2016, 2944 adult cautions have been issued
  • Since Adult Cautioning began state wide on 1 December 2016 1:13 files created within SAPOL have been dealt with this way

  • The highest area of use to date has been Eastern Adelaide

  • To date the highest offence areas it has been used for are public order matters and theft/related offences

  • An Adult Caution will not show on a National Police Clearance certificate as there is not official finding of guilt, but it is recorded on the SA Police data base.

    Source: South Australia Police (829 words)

    Suspicious fire at Hyde Park business

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a Hyde Park tattoo parlour overnight.

    About 1.45am on Wednesday 14 June police and fire crews were called to the Unley Road business following reports of a fire at the premises.

    Fire crews worked to fight the blaze but not before substantial damage was done to the first floor building. A second business on the ground floor also sustained water damage as a result.

    A man who was staying at the premises was rescued by fire fighters from the first floor balcony of the building. Thankfully he did not sustain any injuries.

    Preliminary investigations indicated that the premises were broken into and an accelerant used to start the fire.

    Police do not believe the incident is a random attack.

    Source: South Australia Police (126 words)

    Death after incident involving crane

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    A man has died following an incident involving a crane in St Marys.

    At 9.30pm on Tuesday 13 June, police and emergency services were called to Ayliffes Road after reports a man was caught under a crane. Tragically a 35-year-old man from Plympton succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

    Ayliffes Road was closed for several hours between Main South Road and Five Ash Drive while Major Crash Investigators examined the scene throughout the night but has since been reopened.

    Police will work in consultation with SafeWork SA and prepare a report for the coroner.

    Source: South Australia Police (97 words)

    Man arrested over child exploitation allegations

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    Members of the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (Special Crimes Investigation Branch) arrested a 52-year-old man in the northern suburbs for one count of rape, one count of persistent sexual exploitation of a child, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts of indecent assault, one count of indecent behaviour, two counts of producing child exploitation material and two counts of possessing child exploitation material.

    It will be alleged that some of the children depicted in the child exploitation material were under 14 years of age.

    The male has been refused police bail and is due to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 14 June.

    Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    Source: South Australia Police (131 words)

    House fire at One Tree Hill

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    A woman has been detained under the Mental Health Act following a house fire at One Tree Hill this morning.

    Just before 11am on Tuesday 13 June police and fire crews were called to Precolumb Road following reports of a house fire.

    Fire crews extinguished the blaze but not before substantial damage was caused to the home.

    The occupant, a 71-year-old woman, was not inside the home at the time of the fire and was not injured.

    Police determined the fire was deliberately lit and was not a random incident.

    As a result of investigations, police attended at a Middle Beach address and detained a 48-year-old woman under the Mental Health Act.

    Source: South Australia Police (112 words)

    Police seek witnesses to break-in at Dudley Park

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    Police investigating a break-in and theft at Dudley Park have released CCTV images of a car captured nearby at the time of the incident.

    Sometime between 4pm on Friday 9 June and 8.30am on Saturday 10 June, entry was gained to a Stacey Court home by smashing a rear window.

    A number of items were stolen from the home including a shotgun, six rifles, a bugle and a number of merchant navy campaign medals from 1944-1945.

    CCTV covering the street showed a car enter the cul-de-sac and park out the front of the victim’s home for a short period during this time. Police are seeking anyone who may recognise this vehicle or saw it in the vicinity during the time of the break-in to contact police.

    Source: South Australia Police (126 words)

    Serious crash at Bolivar

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    The driver, a 41-year-old man from Waterloo Corner, who was the sole occupant of the car, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment.

    Summer Road was closed but has since reopened to all traffic.

    Source: South Australia Police (40 words)

    Man arrested for attempt murder at Hilton

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    A man has been arrested for attempt murder and a woman known to him is in hospital with head injuries, following a domestic related incident at Hilton overnight.

    Just after 11pm on Sunday 11 June, police and ambulance crews were called to a house on Milner Road after reports of a disturbance.

    On arrival, a woman was treated for head injuries and then conveyed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Her condition is not considered life threatening.

    A man and another woman had also been allegedly assaulted and were treated at the scene.

    Sturt CIB Detectives attended and arrested a 35-year-old man from Hilton. He has been charged with attempt murder, aggravated assault and basic assault.

    The arrested man has been refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

    All victims of the incident are known to the arrested man.

    Source: South Australia Police (144 words)

    Fatal crash Salisbury North

    South Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 16:42 AEST

    The driver, a 21-year-old Salisbury North man received critical injuries and sadly died at the scene. His passenger, a 16-year-old Salisbury North girl was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

    Bolivar Road was closed the majority of the night but has since been re-opened. Major Crash Investigators continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

    This crash brings the states road toll to 34, compared to 38 at the same time last year.

    Source: South Australia Police (81 words)

    Search for Missing Teen Demitrious Phillips

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 15:19 AEST

    Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing teenager Demitrious Phillips.

    The 13-year-old was last seen at a shopping centre on Heaths Road, in Werribee on Monday.

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

    He was last seen wearing a black peaked cap, black long sleeved shirt, camouflage pants, and runners.

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

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (98 words)

    Update – man charged after CBD crashes

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 14:38 AEST

    Police have charged a Burwood East man following a series of crashes in the Melbourne CBD last night.

    A car was reported allegedly driving erratically along Swanston Street before crashing into a number of businesses just after 11pm.

    No one was injured during the incident.

    The 34-year-old has been charged with a range of offences, including:

    • Five counts of criminal damage

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (62 words)

    Ballan aggravated burglary

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 14:07 AEST

    Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in Ballan this morning where a set of hearing aids was stolen.

    Investigators have been told an unknown offender/s entered an Atkinson Street home about 6.45am while a 61-year-old man slept.

    While inside, they stole a television, computer, doona and the hearing aids, which were in a silver container.

    The occupant of the house was undisturbed and woke up to discover the front door left open and items stolen.

    Investigations remain ongoing.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (98 words)

    Police call for witnesses to Carlton assault

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 14:07 AEST

    Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Carlton on 6 June.

    A man was approached by two males who had their faces covered outside an address on Lygon Street, near Argyle Place East, about 12.15pm.

    The two males, who were wearing hooded jumpers, have thrown what is believed to be glitter and shaving cream at the victim.

    A short scuffle has taken place before the offenders fled the scene.

    Another male who was in the area at the time appeared to be filming or taking photos.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (137 words)

    Mooroopna fatal collision

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 12:46 AEST

    Investigators have been told two cars collided at the intersection of Echuca Road and Lancaster-Mooroopna Road about 10.30am.

    The driver of one of the vehicles, a man in his 80s, died at the scene.

    His female passenger sustained minor injuries.

    The occupants of the second vehicle, a male and female, also sustained minor injuries.

    Investigations remain ongoing.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (84 words)

    Waurn ponds police station counter service hours to change

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 11:04 AEST

    Waurn Ponds Police Station will shortly have extended counter service hours for local residents.

    Starting 1 July, the station’s opening hours to the public will change, making a front counter service available from 6am until 10pm every day.

    The new hours follows a trial since late last year where counter service for the community was available between 10am and 6pm.

    Acting Inspector John Clark said the trial determined that there were increasing service delivery needs for the community of Waurn Ponds and surrounds, and extended counter service availability was again needed.

    “We’ve taken the time to assess the impact of the reduced counter service hours over the past few months and balanced this with increasing police patrols and our ability to respond to calls for assistance,” he said.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (244 words)

    Matthew Wheeler wanted on warrants

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 10:53 AEST

    Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Matthew Wheeler.

    Warrants have been issued for the 39-year-old’s arrest in relation to bail, burglary and assault-related offences.

    Wheeler is described as Caucasian, 185cm tall with a solid build.

    He is known to frequent the Brimbank area and is also known to have family in NSW.

    If anyone sights Wheeler they are urged not to approach him and to contact triple zero (000).

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (96 words)

    He better hope his boots are made for walking

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 10:42 AEST

    A 35-year-old man has a 12-month long lesson ahead of him after he was pulled over by police for drink driving in Nar Nar Goon early this morning.

    Pakenham police intercepted the man’s Mitsubishi Triton ute on Main Street about 1am.

    The man was breath tested and allegedly returned a reading of .121 per cent.

    His licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and his car was impounded for a month and will cost him $972 to get it back.

    He is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (91 words)

    Man arrested following CBD crashes

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 07:39 AEST

    Police have arrested a 34-year-old Burwood East man following a series of crashes in the Melbourne CBD last night.

    It is believed a male driver was reported driving erratically along Swanston Street, crashing into three businesses just after 11pm.

    The driver then drove to the basement level car park of a gaming venue in Southbank and crashed into the foyer.

    The driver fled onto the gaming floor where he was located by police.

    The man has been taken to hospital for assessment.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (105 words)

    Attempted Murder Charge

    Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 07:32 AEST

    Midland Detectives have charged a 29 year old Queens Park man as a result of their investigation into an incident that occurred in Bassendean on Friday 9 June 2017.

    It is alleged sometime between 7pm and 9:30pm, a physical altercation took place between two men who are known to each other at a restaurant located on Cumberland Way Bassendean.

    The 39 year old victim of Queens Park received several puncture wounds resulting in life threatening injuries and he is currently in Royal Perth Hospital.

    Late yesterday afternoon (13 June 2017), Midland Detectives arrested the 29 year old man and charged him with Attempted Murder.

    He is due to appear before the Midland Magistrates Court today, 14 June 2017.

    Read the rest at Western Australia Police (118 words)

    Serious crash in Manning between a motorcycle and bus

    Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 06:59 AEST

    June 13, 2017

    Major Crash officers are investigating a serious crash that occurred in Manning at approximately 5:25pm yesterday, Tuesday 13 June 2017.

    A black Honda motorcycle was travelling east on Manning Road when it collided with a Transperth bus that was turning into Canavan Crescent.

    The rider of the motorcycle, a 27 year old man from Narrogin received serious injuries and was conveyed by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital.

    The 54 year old male driver of the bus and his passengers (appx 15) were not injured in the crash.

    Read the rest at Western Australia Police (116 words)

    Coburg drink driver

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 06:38 AEST

    The driver hit a stationary vehicle on the corner of Bell Street and Sydney Road at 11.45pm and drove off, turning into Ohea Street which was closed for works to the railway track.

    The second driver attempted to intercept the driver but she drove off, into a worksite, narrowly missing a number of workers.

    The driver underwent an evidentiary breath test and returned a reading of 0.175%

    The woman had her licence immediately suspended and is expected to be served with an impound notice.

    There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (94 words)

    Bassendean Serious Crash – Motorcycle and Pedestrian

    Western Australia Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 06:36 AEST

    June 13, 2017

    Major Crash officers are investigating a serious crash that occurred in Bassendean at approximately 4:35pm yesterday, Tuesday 13 June 2017.

    A black and silver Kawasaki motorcycle was travelling east on Guildford Road and near the intersection of Thompson Road saw a man crossing the road. The rider of the motorcycle braked heavily but hit the pedestrian, with both of them falling onto the road.

    The 79 year old pedestrian from Bassendean received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital.

    The rider of the motorcycle, a 24 year old man also from Bassendean received minor injuries.

    Read the rest at Western Australia Police (126 words)

    Police investigate CBD indecent assault

    Victoria Police on Wednesday, 14/06/2017 05:28 AEST

    Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following the indecent assault of a girl in Melbourne’s CBD earlier this month.

    An 11-year-old girl was walking with her mother and brother towards a theatre on Collins Street about 2.50pm on Sunday, 4 June.

    The girl was walking closest to the road when an unknown man walking in the opposite direction has put his hand under her skirt and grabbed her on the buttock.

    The man then crossed the road and the victim told her mother what happened.

    Her mother confronted the man and took a number of pictures of him before later reporting the matter to police.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (220 words)

    Search for missing man Joseph Puhalj

    Victoria Police on Tuesday, 13/06/2017 23:00 AEST

    Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Templestowe man Joseph Puhalj.

    The 48-year-old was last seen about 8.45am this morning leaving a Glenmanor Close residence to go for a walk.

    Police and family hold concerns for Joseph’s welfare as he has an intellectual disability and health conditions that require medication.

    It is believed Joseph may have been wearing a denim jacket, purple jumper, jeans and sneakers.

    Investigators have released an image of Joseph in the hope someone will recognise him and be able to provide information on his whereabouts.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (111 words)

    Police search for missing woman Lisa Weaver

    Victoria Police on Tuesday, 13/06/2017 20:46 AEST

    Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing woman Lisa Weaver.

    The 42-year-old was last seen at a hospital on Commercial Road, Melbourne on 17 May.

    She is known to frequent the St Kilda area, although it is believed she may be in the Brunswick/Fitzroy areas.

    Police hold concerns for Lisa’s welfare due to the amount of time she has been missing.

    She is described as about 170cm tall with a thin build, light-coloured eyes and brown/grey curly hair, which is usually tied up.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (123 words)

    Missing elderly woman Valerie Magee

    Victoria Police on Tuesday, 13/06/2017 20:16 AEST

    Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing elderly woman Valerie Magee.

    The 79-year-old was last seen about 3pm today at a private hospital on Warrigal Road, Glen Iris.

    She was wearing a grey striped top with a dark grey cardigan on top, along with glasses and a gold necklace.

    Police hold grave concerns for Valerie’s welfare as she has a medical condition that requires treatment and does not know the area well.

    Valerie does not have any money, a phone or other belongings with her.

    Read the rest at Victoria Police (112 words)

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