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NT Police Seize Over $33,000 In Cash From Drug Trafficker

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A 31 year old man is in custody for a January 6 court appearance after police charged him with several drug possession and related offences resulting from a search warrant executed earlier this year. Continue reading NT Police Seize Over $33,000 In Cash From Drug Trafficker

NT Police Seize Spears, Machetes and Other Weapons Following Deaths In Riot

NT Police seized spears, machetes and hammers on Groote Eylandt on Saturday night.
NT Police seized spears, machetes and hammers on Groote Eylandt on Saturday night.
NT Police have obtained and reviewed video footage of the fight that unfolded on Groote Eylandt, killing two men.

Commander Tony Fuller said it showed “a male struck by a spear thrown by a member of one of the opposing groups”.

“Police believe the male who threw that spear is the second male who was killed,’’ he said.

“We understand that the community is grieving and in shock. However police are asking the Elders and the community to assist in having these offenders come forward so that police can bring them to justice.”

Commander Fuller said police understood the community may be worried about revenge attacks.

“We ask the offenders to make contact with local police so that we can make arrangements to protect them,’’ he said.

“This is an extremely volatile situation which has been compounded by the death of another person on the island unrelated to this incident. “

Groote Eylandt is the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northeastern Australia. It is the homeland of, and is owned by, the Anindilyakwa people who speak the isolated Anindilyakwa language.
Groote Eylandt is the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northeastern Australia. It is the homeland of, and is owned by, the Anindilyakwa people who speak the isolated Anindilyakwa language.

More police arrived on Groote Eylandt on Sunday as tensions continue to simmer after clan fighting left two dead and another seriously injured in the small community of Angurugu.

The bodies of the two men, aged 19 and 29, were flown to Darwin on Sunday for autopsy amid an outpouring of grief from community members who turned out in numbers to see the plane off.

Police are yet to make any arrests but last night seized a number of weapons including spears, machetes and hammers.

 

The NT News has been told clan feuds go back generations, but the latest violence appears triggered by an altercation between two women which escalated to involve as 60 people armed with spears and machetes.

Commander Tony Fuller said the police priority on Sunday was to investigate the cause of Friday’s fight and to identity the people of interest involved in the deaths.

“This is a community in deep shock and mourning,’’ he said.

“We are respectful of Sorry Business requirements among relatives, and will work calmly and with care with Elders, families and residents to identify those responsible for the deaths.

“Our Members face a difficult task locating those responsible. Some will have fled into the Bush, while others have gone to ground elsewhere.

“Nonetheless, we appreciate the help provided by the community to date, and again appeal to anyone who might have information — especially video footage filmed on mobile devices — to come forward as soon as possible.”

Source: NT News.

Alice Springs: Police Fighting War On Booze In Australia’s ‘Murder Capital’

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The battle lines in the war against booze in Alice Springs have been drawn.

By day police guard busy bottle shops to stem the flow to the most vulnerable. By night, weathered old white fellas sell cheap wine from their doorstep at double the price.

Continue reading Alice Springs: Police Fighting War On Booze In Australia’s ‘Murder Capital’

Welfare Officers and Chaplaincy Services for Northern Territory Police

Welfare officers, scrapped under the former chief of police John McRoberts, will be re-introduced along with a chaplain to counsel officers, the new commissioner Reece Kershaw has announced.

The Country Liberals (CLP) government’s handling of police members’ welfare and staffing levels has come under fire from the NT Police Association (NTPA) and Labor Opposition at the Annual NTPA Conference being held in Darwin today.

Chief Commissioner Kershaw, who was announced as the replacement for Mr McRoberts in April, announced three full-time welfare officers would be employed from October, with a chaplain to counsel members, the start date to be announced later this week.

The announcement came after NTPA president Paul McCue urged the Minister for Police Peter Chandler to re-commit funds for sworn welfare staff.

“They need your support and it is lacking,” Mr McCue earlier told the conference audience.

“It is inexcusable that the removal of sworn welfare officers from the organisation by the former senior management of the police was supported formally by government,” Mr McCue said.

“This, coupled with a devaluing of chaplaincy services and a defunct peer support program, were quite simply a slap in the face (to) best practice mental health.”

In June, the ABC reported the wife of a Darwin police officer, hospitalised with a head injury, only found out about her husband’s whereabouts by using a smartphone app to pinpoint the location of his phone.

Read more at ABC News.

Northern Territory Police Officer Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault

Leighton Robert Arnott walked from the Darwin Magistrates Court on Wednesday after two aggravated assault charges against him were dismissed.
Leighton Robert Arnott walked from the Darwin Magistrates Court on Wednesday after two aggravated assault charges against him were dismissed.

A police officer charged with the aggravated assault of two youths has had his case dismissed.

Darwin Magistrate Elizabeth Morris said she could not find “beyond reasonable doubt” that Senior Constable Leighton Robert Arnott punched the teenagers during an arrest over an alleged unlawful entry in the northern suburbs in July 2014.

The prosecution was ordered to pay costs and Ms Morris requested the boys be informed of the court’s ­decision.

Sen-Constable Arnott did not make a comment but looked relieved as he walked from Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was suspended on full pay in July 2014. NT Police Deputy Commissioner Mark Payne said Sen-Constable Arnott’s case was “an internal discipline matter”.

“The officer will continue to be suspended on full pay until the matter is resolved, and until such time there will be no further comment,’’ he said.

Read more in NT News.

The Alice Mounted Police Saddle Up for Iconic Harts Range Picnic Day Races and Rodeo

It will be a first-time experience for constables Liz Williams and Deb Pieniacki when they take their horses to the Harts Range racetrack on Saturday.

In doing so the two members of the Alice Springs Mounted Police unit will be honouring the origins of the Harts Range Amateur Race Club, and the Picnic Day public holiday, almost 70 years ago.

“It will be my first race in my life and I have never been to Harts Range so I am really excited,” Senior Constable Williams said.

Horse races being at 10am on Saturday, there is a gymkhana from 9.30am and rodeo events from 1pm and the dance in the evening.

On Sunday there will be the family sports events, including the ladies cow toss, from 9.30am with the rodeo from 1pm to 5pm.

Read more in NT News.

Source: www.ntnews.com.au

Replica Police Toy Guns Found In Alice Springs Showbags

The Central Australian Show Society is ‘gunning’ for showbag safety commitments at next year’s Alice Springs Show after the national consumer protection agency failed to appear this year.

Toy guns resembling police weapons found in showbags at the show held earlier in July led the society to discover the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had not completed product safety checks.

Central Australian Show Society president Rosie Gibbins said every year the ACCC attend the Alice Springs Show to inspect showbags — except this year.

“My initial inquiry was about replica toy guns, they looked similar to what police used, kids were running around with them,” she said.

After her inquiries on Saturday — day two of the show — she realised the commission had not checked the goodie bags.

“It was a shock to all of us including police,” she said.

Read more in NT News.

Source: www.ntnews.com.au

Australasian Rescue Challenge 2015 To Be Held Next Week In Alice Springs

Held in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, for the first time, the 2015 Australasian Rescue Challenge, aptly named ‘Outback Rescue’ will focus on community education and highlighting the challenges of road crash rescue response in remote locations.

The NT Fire and Rescue Service invites you to Alice for the challenge and encourages you to take advantage of the tourism opportunities in what is undoubtedly the most unique part of Australia.

The ARC brings together rescuers from SES, fire and rescue and mines rescue organisation. The annual challenge attracts teams from all states in Australia, several teams from New Zealand as well as a number of teams from Hong Kong and Singapore.

The Australasian Rescue Challenge 2015 would be held at the Greatorex Pavilion of the Alice Springs showgrounds on 23-26 July 2015.


Read more on Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service website.

Source: www.pfes.nt.gov.au