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A man killed in a multi-vehicle pileup on the Hume Motorway

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A man has died following a multi-vehicle crash on the Highlands yesterday.

Emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving up to 10 vehicles in the northbound lanes of the Hume Motorway at Wilton, just south of Picton Road at about 3 pm.

The driver of a Mitsubishi Fuso, a 43-year-old man, was trapped inside his vehicle.

He was released by Fire and Rescue NSW and treated by paramedics, however died at the scene.

Officers from Camden Police Area Command established a crime scene.

Five drivers from other vehicles involved in the crash were taken to Campbelltown Hospital for mandatory testing.

The Crash Investigation Unit has commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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A woman attacked after asking a shop customer to wear a face mask at Bomaderry

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A man has been charged after allegedly attacking a female shop worker after he refused to wear a face mask in a shop.

Police allege the man entered a store on Lyndhurst Drive, Bomaderry, without a face mask on.

The man was asked by a staff member to put on a mask to comply with COVID-19 regulations before he placed his motorcycle helmet on.

He was again asked to put on a mask before he allegedly became aggressive and hit two panels of glass at the front of the store, causing them to smash.

The man left the store and was followed outside by a staff member, where they were involved in a verbal altercation before the man allegedly tackled the 50-year-old female employee to the ground.

A nearby witness attempted to stop the man, but he fled the scene on his motorcycle.

The woman was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District were notified and following inquiries, stopped the motorcycle on Meroo Road, Bomaderry, and arrested the 19-year-old rider.

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He was taken to Nowra Police Station before being taken to hospital for assessment.

He is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possess a prohibited drug, destroy or damage property, and not wear a fitted face-covering in a business or retail premises.

He has been bailed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday 27 September 2021.

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Anti-lockdown protesters target Shoalhaven Council Offices

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Anti-lockdown protestors have targeted Shoalhaven City Council offices at Nowra and Ulladulla.

At Graham Street in Nowra, a handful of people protested.

Police reportedly dispersed the crowd quickly.

Police also attended another unauthorised gathering at Deering Street Ulladulla, where an estimated 25 people turned up.

It was part of a state-wide orchestrated protest movement.

Police responded to 13 protests in the Southern region.

Across NSW 136 people have been arrested.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said she understands the frustration people feel about the NSW Government regional lockdown, but it's not local government locking down the state.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward criticised the protestors.

He said they could very well spread to the COVID-19 virus locking down regional NSW even longer.

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Bomaderry Service Station robbery arrest

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A man has been charged over an alleged robbery in Bomaderry earlier this week.

Just after 9 pm on Monday the 30th of August, a man entered a service station on the Princes Highway at Bomaderry and allegedly demanded cash from a female employee.

The man stole cash before leaving the area and was last seen heading north on the Princes Highway in a black Holden Commodore sedan.

Officers attached to the South Coast Police District attended a short time later and established a crime scene.

Following inquiries, a 30-year-old man attended Nowra Police Station just before 3 pm yesterday.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery, and demand property with menaces with intent to steal.

The Bangalee man was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

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Cop to front court on assault charge

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A Southern Region police officer has been charged for allegedly assaulting a man while on duty.

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District began investigating the alleged incident at the start of the month and charged the 44-year-old senior constable with common assault yesterday.

He'll front Nowra Local Court on November 9.

Police said the officer's duty status currently is under review.

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Counterfeit currency circulating the Shoalhaven

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Police are urging the community to be on the lookout for counterfeit money circulating the Shoalhaven.

People should be on the lookout for counterfeit $50 and $100 notes.

Anyone who is handed one of these notes is asked to contact Police.

Tips in determining a fake or genuine note:

  • Genuine notes are made of plastic and will bounce back if scrunched in your hand.
  • Check the clear window, it should be part of the banknote, not an addition.
  • You shouldn’t be able to scratch the white image on the window of $20, $50 or $100 notes.
  • When you hold the banknote to the light, you should see the Australian Coat of Arms.
  • Look for the ‘star’; diamond-shaped patterns are printed inside a circle on both sides of the banknote. When you hold it up to the light, the patterns should line up perfectly to form a seven-pointed star.
  • The printing should be sharp. Check for irregularities such as less clearly defined patterns, and thicker or thinner lines, or colour differences.
  • If you hold the note under a magnifying glass, you should see tiny, clearly defined words.
  • Overall, genuine banknotes don’t fluoresce, apart from the serial number and special patches that do fluoresce under UV light.

Police advise when checking a banknote, inspect a range of features from the list above and don’t rely on just one or two features.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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Cronulla couple fined for travelling to Nowra

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A Cronulla couple heading to Nowra without a permit were among the people fined during a traffic blitz that showed people still aren't getting the lockdown message.

Lake Illawarra Highway Patrol issued more than 30 infringements including several to Sydneysiders during a traffic and COVID compliance operation on the Princes Highway at Dunmore on Saturday.

14 people were fined for breaching the public health orders including a 37-year-old woman and 41-year-old man from Campbelltown.

They were heading to Kiama without a reasonable excuse and were fined $1000 each.

Police said checks revealed it was the fourth time the woman had allegedly breached the health orders.

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A couple from Cronulla were also and directed to return home after attempting to travel to Nowra without a permit while a 38-year-old man from Narellan Vale was also fined for travelling to the region without a valid reason.

Police conducted 460 random breath tests during the blitz with one motorist awaiting the result of a secondary drug test.

Officers also issued 11 traffic infringement notices, two motorists were fined for speeding while four traffic-related charges were also laid.

Illawarra Highway Patrol said it plans on conducting similar operations in the future.

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Detective hopes the parents of a Sanctuary Point murder victim feel some sort of justice after two arrests

 

 

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Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, thanked members of the public for their support and information provided to police following an appeal for information into the murder of 49-year-old David McArthur.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.

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Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

A second man has been charged with murder following an investigation by Homicide Squad detectives.

The 41-year-old Nowra man was refused bail when he appeared before Nowra local court last week.

On Wednesday, October 20, detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly to put those responsible for David’s murder before a court, however the resulting arrests this week would not have been possible without the Sanctuary Point community’s ongoing assistance,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.

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He said, “David died because of an unnecessary act of violence and I’m hopeful his extended family and his parents, Susan and Stuart, feel as though some justice has taken place this week.”

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Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Five fined in Kiama for COVID breaches

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Five people have been issued with infringements over COVID-19 beaches at a construction site in Kiama.

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District were notified on Monday of workers allegedly from Sydney, staying in Kiama.

Police attended an address on North Kiama Drive about 7.30pm and spoke with the occupants, who were part of a construction team building a unit complex on Collins Street, Kiama.

Police attended the worksite about 11am yesterday and saw a number of employees run into a nearby carpark.

Officers located 33 workers and spoke to the project manager.

Following inquiries, five of the men were identified as being from local government areas of concern in Sydney.

Inquiries are continuing into further potential breaches.

Freedom Warrior fined after an anti-covid rally in Kiama

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A thousand dollar fine for a Freedom Warrior who allegedly breached public health orders at an anti-covid rally at Kiama yesterday.

The 31-year-old man was among a small group of protestors at the Kiama lighthouse after rally calls were sent out via social media posts.

Police, including the Public Order Riot team, was deployed.

He was detained by police after leaving allegedly Shellharbour in breach of stay-at-home orders.

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Graffiti Crimes Police want public information

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The Nowra CBD and East Nowra have been targeted by graffiti vandals and Police are out to tag them.

It is an offence under the Graffiti Control Act to damage or deface property or be in possession of any graffiti implements.

The penalties include fines, clean-up orders, or a term of imprisonment.

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Anyone who has information about illegal graffiti or can identify a ‘Tag’ should contact Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

Police said information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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Homicide detectives search Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp and release CCTV vision regarding David McArthur murder

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Homicide Squad detectives investigating the stabbing murder of a man at a Sanctuary Point caravan park have released CCTV vision of a person and vehicle and commenced a coordinated search of waters at Sanctuary Point.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR on the man; however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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Strike force detectives returned to the South Coast to conduct a public appeal for information as part of ongoing investigations.

Acting on information, Homicide Squad detectives, assisted by officers from South Coast Police District, coordinated a search of waters around the Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp on Wednesday, October 13.

They removed potential evidence discovered among rocks for further examination.

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Police also released CCTV vision of a utility and person at the Sanctuary Point boat ramp on the night of David’s death.

Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, said the search formed part of investigations being conducted throughout the week.

“Today we have canvassed the waters around Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp, a location searched by investigators soon after David’s murder back in July,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.

“We have also reviewed CCTV from the area, which depicts a utility and an unknown person at the location about 8pm on Sunday 25 July 2021.

“Investigators don’t believe the person or persons in this utility were involved in the murder of David McArthur, however, they may have crossed paths with those in the offending vehicle and we’re keen to speak with them," he said.

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Detective Chief Inspector Walpole said, “We now have several new lines of inquiry which we are exploring.

"Our door remains open to anyone who wishes to speak with us and help David’s family get the answers they deserve," he said.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley are continuing.

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Man arrested following pursuit through Shoalhaven

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Police have arrested a man during a search in bushland at East Lynne, following a pursuit through the Shoalhaven area.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District were conducting patrols on the Princes Highway, Berry, when they engaged in a pursuit of a white vehicle after the driver allegedly failed to stop for police about 11.10am today (Tuesday) .

The car continued south on the highway, before officers deployed road spikes just north of Tomboye Road, East Lynne.

The vehicle came to a stop soon after, before the driver allegedly fled on foot.

PolAir and the Dog Squad were called into help with the search, before a man was located several hundred metres from the vehicle, in scrub west of the Princes Highway, just after 2pm.

The man has  been taken to Batemans Bay Police Station, where charges are expected to be laid.

Man charged after allegedly conning an 81 year old woman out of $25000 cash

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A man has been charged after allegedly defrauding an elderly woman of almost $25,000.

Earlier this month, an 81-year-old woman was contacted via a social media messaging service by a person claiming to be an agent from the Australian Federal Police 

He allegedly instructed the woman to attend a bank on two separate occasions to withdraw a total of $24,000.

 On each occasion, an agent named ‘Alex’ attended her home to collect the money.

 The woman yesterday again went to a bank branch at Narellan and spoke to staff who notified police.

 Detectives from Camden Police attended and commenced an investigation.

 A 36-year-old man was arrested outside the woman’s Harrington Park home.

 During a search of his vehicle, investigators allegedly located an envelope containing $12,800 cash, withdrawn from a Bowral bank branch.

 He is charged with two counts of obtaining property by deception, attempt to obtain property by deception, and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

 The Bankstown man was refused bail to appear at the Picton Local Court.

Police are warning the public not to provide any personal information over the phone and to contact their local police station should they receive a phone call from someone they don’t know requesting money.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Nowra man arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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A Nowra man has been arrested at Silverwater Jail and charged with murdering David McArthur in Sanctuary Point in July.

The 39-year-old Nowra man was charged with murder when homicide squad detectives visited the correctional facility this morning.

He was remanded in custody and is due to face Nowra Local Court today.

The arrest follows an investigation into Mr McArthur's stabbing death at a caravan park on Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, on July 25.

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When police were called to Mr McArthur's cabin they found him near the doorway with a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR on 49-year-old Mr McArthur, but he could not be revived and died at the scene.

The murder led to extensive inquiries and Mr McArthur's parents last week appealing for information, before today's arrest.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

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Nowra man refused bail over stabbing death

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A Nowra man has been refused bail in Nowra Local Court after being charged with the stabbing murder of David McArthur at a Sanctuary Point caravan park on July 25.

Raymond Allan, 39, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused during a brief appearance via video link yesterday.

He was arrested earlier in the day when homicide squad detectives visited the Silverwater Jail.

He's due back in court in December15.

His arrest came just eight days after Mr McArthur's parents made an emotional plea for public assistance to help solve their son's killing.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

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NSW Police Force to launch Operation Stay at Home

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The NSW Police Force will launch Operation STAY AT HOME from 12.01am Monday 16 August 2021, in a significant boost to public health order enforcement efforts across the state.

The operation will utilise resources from all Police Districts and Police Area Commands under Metropolitan and Regional Field Operations alongside officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, Dog and Mounted Unit, and a number of other specialist commands as required.

Significantly, 1400 officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be dedicated to both static and mobile COVID-19 compliance operations on the state’s roads.

A further 500 Australian Defence Force troops, in addition to the 300 already deployed, will assist with compliance checks and patrols.

Operation STAY AT HOME will be coordinated from the Police Operations Centre (POC) in Sydney under the command of Acting Assistant Commissioner Andrew Holland.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the NSW Government was supporting the Commissioner’s call for assistance in the most practical way.

“The Commissioner asked for tighter Public Health Orders and the government agreed, the Commissioner asked for higher fines and the Government agreed, and the Commissioner asked for more ADF personnel and we have an additional 500 highly-trained ADF personnel arriving to assist,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’ve had to tighten the current public health orders because of the minority who exploited them. Enough is enough. If you do it, you will get fined.

“The only way out of this COVID-19 crisis is if we support each other and support the NSW Police-led compliance operation, Operation STAY AT HOME.”

Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon, Metropolitan Field Operations, said the operation would see more police on the ground across Greater Sydney, utilising some of the strongest powers ever given to police.

“The level of non-compliance by some members of the community is unacceptable and we will be doubling down with compliance and enforcement to make sure we get ahead of the Delta strain,” Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said.

“It only takes one person to do the wrong thing to facilitate considerable spread of the virus.

“We will be issuing $5000 fines to people and closing any businesses which continue to breach the health orders, and will not apologise for these increased enforcement efforts going forward.”

Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing, Regional NSW Field Operations, said preventing movement to regional areas from Sydney, and between regional areas, would be a key focus of the operation.

“There will be more roadblocks on main arterial roads and backroads from tomorrow, and these operations will continue to expand throughout this week in order to enforce the permit system announced by the NSW Government this morning,” Deputy Commissioner Willing said.

“There will be nowhere to hide if you are doing the wrong thing. If you travel anywhere beyond your LGA at the moment, you are putting everyone else in NSW at considerable risk.

“From the start, this has been about reducing movement across the state and protecting the health and safety of everyone, and this operation significantly strengthens those efforts.”

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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One man injured and two men arrested after street brawl at Huskisson

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Two men have been charged with assault following separate incidents at Jervis Bay.

Police were called to licensed premises on Owen Street, Huskisson just after 11 pm on Friday, October 15, after reports of a brawl.

South Coast Police attended, dispersing the crowd.

An 18-year-old man was found on the roadway suffering a head injury.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Shoalhaven Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Police have been told the injured man was allegedly assaulted before he was deliberately tripped, causing him to fall and strike his head on the ground.

An 18-year-old man was arrested after approaching the police.

While dispersing the crowd with the assistance of hotel security, a man was seen to punch a security officer in the face after being requested to leave.

A 19-year-old man was also arrested.

Both men were taken to Nowra Police Station.

The younger man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday, October 25.

The older man was charged with excluded person re-enter/attempt to re-enter premises, affray, excluded person remain in the vicinity of licensed premises, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and breach of bail.

 Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Operation Stay at Home enforces COVID-19 stay at home orders across the Shoalhaven

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Police are out in numbers during Operation Stay at Home, which is enforcing the NSW Government's statewide lockdown.

A checkpoint has been set up at Bombo near Kiama to prevent those locked down in Greater Sydney from trying to get to the Shoalhaven and South Coast.

Police will also be cruising arterial roads and back roads,  as well as patrolling roadside rest stops and transport hubs, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Anyone traveling into the regions must apply for a permit.

There are fines ranging between $500 to $5000 for those caught breaching Public Health Orders.

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P plater clocked 56km/h over the limit at Gerringong

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An 18-year-old P plater has been busted doing 146km/h on the Princes Highway at Gerringong while being restricted to 90km/h an hour.

The young male driver told Lake Illawarra Highway patrol that he was heading to Nowra to collect some goods for work.

Police said he was fined $2547 for exceeding the speed limit greater than 45km/h and deducted six demerit points.

His licence was also suspended and confiscated by police for six months.

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Police appeal to identify man following incident in Kiama

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Police have released multiple images of man as part of an investigation into an incident at Kiama Train Station.

Wollongong Police Transit Command are appealing for public assistance to identify the male.

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Police said they would like to speak with the man in relation to an incident at Kiama Station on Wednesday April 28.

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Any information can be provided by calling Wollongong Transit Police on 4220 2405 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police hunt man after a robbery at a Bomaderry Service Station

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Police are hunting a man after a robbery at a Bomaderry Service station on the Princes Highway overnight.

A female attendant was confronted by the offender who demanded money at about five past nine.

He took off with cash and was last seen heading north on the Princes Highway in a black Holden Commodore.

Police arrived a short time later and established a crime scene.

Investigations continue into the robbery.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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Police officer charged after allegedly filming a child in a shower

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A former police officer has appeared in court charged after allegedly filming an 11-year-old girl in a shower at a South Coast home on September 8th.

Officers attached to the Professional Standards Command investigated the alleged incident and charged a 47-year-old former Nowra Police officer, with aggravated filming a person in a private act without consent.

He resigned from the police force later that day.

The former officer appeared before Port Kembla Local Court and was granted bail.

He is due to appear before the same court on November 4th.

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Police seize an air rifle and drugs after pulling over an unregistered motorcyclist

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A man is due before Nowra Local Court charged with seven offences after his arrest at Sanctuary Point.

Police were patrolling Idlewild Avenue on Tuesday evening when saw a motorcyclist riding on the footpath without a helmet.

It's alleged he was also carrying a long object wrapped in fabric.

Officers pulled him over to speak with him and noticed the 26-year-old no longer had the object with him.

Police were approached by a man who handed them the long object that had been discarded nearby, which was found to be an air rifle.

Further checks revealed the motorcycle was unregistered and the man was allegedly in possession of methylamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The alleged offender was taken to Nowra Police station and charged with seven offences including not keep a firearm safely, possess an unregistered firearm in a public place, and possess a prohibited drug.

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Police target domestic and family violence

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South Coast Police District Commander and Region Sponsor for Domestic Violence, Superintendent Greg Moore, said there was no excuse for domestic and family violence as police launched a proactive operation targeting high-risk domestic-violence offenders.

The 16-day operation that started this week will ensure offenders are held accountable for their actions, according to Superintendent Moore.

As part of the operation South Coast police are putting repeat domestic violence offenders under the microscope.

“There is no excuse for domestic and family violence and our proactive operation will continue to target high-risk domestic-violence offenders and ensure they are held accountable for their actions,” Superintendent Moore said.

“Police remain committed to helping victims of domestic violence and will not hesitate in bringing offenders to justice.”

During the state-wide operation, police will implement a number of proactive strategies including, Apprehended Domestic Violence Order compliance checks, proactive checks targeting known offenders and providing additional support to at-risk victims.

The 16-day operation started yesterday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

It will continue until World Human Rights Day on December 10.

Since this time last year, more than 16,000 checks have been conducted across Southern Region, to ensure apprehended domestic violence orders are being complied with.

In addition to policing strategies, officers from the Southern Region will be involved in community events being held across the local police districts.

If you, or anyone you know has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence, contact your local police. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Support is available via the following helplines –

  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) - a confidential information, counselling and support service;
  • NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) - a state-wide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women;
  • Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) - provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men;
  • Link2Home (1800 152 152) - can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation; and
  • Lifeline (13 11 14) - a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
  • If you are in danger or in an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000)

Roxy cinema damaged in vandalism attack

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Police have released CCTV images and are appealing for public assistance after a man damaged the front entrance to Nowra's Roxy Cinema on Wednesday night.

The man poured petrol on the cinema's front doors just before 11.00pm  and attempted to light it.

He then retrieved an axe from his vehicle and hit the doors, breaking them.

He then climbed on top of an air conditioning unit and damaged the CCTV camera.

The car is described as a white Mitsubishi Triton which was pulling a trailer.

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 The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, thin build and unshaven.

He was wearing a navy-blue long-sleeved jumper and a navy-blue cap with black sunglasses on his head.

Officers from South Coast Police District are investigating and are appealing for anyone with information to contact the Nowra Police Station on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Sanctuary Point stabbing victim's father to appeal for information into his son's murder

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Police have released the name of a man who was allegedly murdered at a Shoalhaven caravan park earlier this year.

He's been formally identified as 49-year-old Sanctuary Point resident, David McArthur.

David's father Stuart McArthur is expected to speak publically about his son's murder today.

Emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point at about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, following reports of a stabbing.

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Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located Mr. McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR, however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

A man was seen running from the Palm Beach caravan park at about the same time.

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Initial inquiries were conducted by officers from South Coast Police District before detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took over the investigation, forming Strike Force Frawley.

Strike force detectives have returned to the region and are again appealing for public assistance into David’s murder.

Strike force officers and David's father Stuart McArthur will speak publically at a press conference later this morning.

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Search for missing AJ into its second day

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A three-year-old boy is still missing almost two days after his disappearance from his family's rural property in the NSW Hunter region.

Hundreds of volunteers and police have been scouring bushland for Anthony "AJ" Elfalak around his family's 260-hectare farm at Putty, near Singleton, since he went missing about 11.45 am on Friday.

Police were still searching for the toddler, who has autism and is non-verbal, as of 7 am on Sunday.

Officers were looking into whether an amber alert needed to be issued, indicating AJ had been abducted on Saturday, but are yet to do so.

"At this point in time AJ remains missing, and our search continues," Superintendent Tracy Chapman told reporters on Saturday.

AJ's relatives fear he may have been taken from the property, family friend Alan Hashem wrote in a Facebook post, appealing for community members to keep an eye out for the child.

"No words other than, 'broken' we will not stop, until we find this precious boy! AJ Elfalak," he wrote on Saturday night.

NSW police have issued a geo-targeted message asking people in the area to look out for the child.

More than 100 volunteers are assisting police on foot and on dirt bikes, but police discouraged any more volunteers from coming forward to search on Saturday.

Divers also searched a large dam on the property, which was also drained during the search.

AJ is believed to be wearing a grey jumper and pants, as well as sneakers, and is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, with short, dark hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Second man arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur

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A second man has been arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

On Wednesday, October 20 detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a home in Nowra about 7.30 am today.

During a search of the property, detectives seized a vehicle and clothing which will undergo further forensic examination.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Nowra Police Station where it’s expected he will be charged with murder.

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Emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point on Sunday, July 25 at about 8 pm following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR  however he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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South Coast Police Officer charged with drink driving

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A serving police officer has been charged with drink driving on the state’s South Coast.

On Friday the 7th of May 2021, officers from South Coast Police District commenced an investigation after receiving reports a 40-year-old man allegedly drove his vehicle under the influence of alcohol while off-duty.

Following inquiries, the man, who is a detective senior constable attached to a command in the Southern Region, was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for drive whilst under the influence of alcohol.

He is due to appear before Cooma Local Court on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

His employment status is under review and his driver’s licence has been suspended.

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Staff threatened at knifepoint during armed holdup at St Georges Basin

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Police have arrested a suspect after an alleged armed holdup in the Shoalhaven.

Officers attended the IGA supermarket in Island Point Road, St Georges Basin on Friday night at about 6 pm after reports a man had threatened staff with a knife before running from the scene with an amount of cash.

The man was chased by several witnesses to the backyard of a house in St Georges Road.

The Dog Squad arrested a 19-year-old man at the scene, and he is assisting police with inquiries.

Detective from South Coast Police District have commenced an investigation.

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Third person arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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A third man has been charged over the murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

Emergency services were called to a caravan park in Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, about 8pm on July 25 following reports of a stabbing.

They found 49-year-old Mr McArthur on the floor of his cabin near the doorway, suffering a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR, but Mr McArthur could not be revived and died at the scene.

After detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took charge of the investigation under Strike Force Frawley, two men were charged over their alleged involvement in the murder and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested in Nowra about 7.30am Tuesday.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.

Police allege the man attended the caravan park with two other men on the night of the alleged murder, and subsequently failed to assist investigators looking into the 49-year-old man’s death.

The Nowra man has been refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

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Unwanted and illegal firearms handed in making Shoalhaven and South Coast communities safer

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More than 140 illegal, unregistered and unwanted firearms have been surrendered to Southern Region Police during the National Firearms Amnesty which began on July 1st.

The aim of the amnesty is to reduce the number of unregistered firearms in our homes and communities, making our streets safer.

In New South Wales, the amnesty allows for,

  • Firearms or firearm-related articles to be registered, supplied, or surrendered to a participating firearm dealer without fear of prosecution.
  • Firearms or firearm-related articles to be surrendered to a police station without fear of prosecution.
  • Prohibited weapons to be surrendered to a participating firearms dealer or police station without fear of prosecution.

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Southern Region Police Commander Superintendent Greg Moore said, "It is in everyone's interest to get illegal or unregistered weapons handed in and out of harm's way".

"Since the first of July just in the South Coast Police District, we've had 140 firearms handed in so that's great to see, but we'd like to see that continue because we know there's more out there,"  he said.

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Superintendent Moore is urging people to ensure weapons are stored legally and securely to, "avoid those firearms ending up on our streets in the hands of dangerous people."

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Woman caught allegedly breaching public health orders for a fourth time during Dunmore blitz

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People still aren't getting the lockdown message.

The NSW Police Highway Patrol has issued more than 30 infringements including several to Sydneysiders during a traffic and COVID compliance operation on the Princes Highway at Dunmore last Saturday.

14 people were fined for breaching the public health orders including a 37-year-old woman and 41-year-old man from Campbelltown.

They were heading to Kiama without a reasonable excuse and were fined a thousand dollars each.

Police said checks revealed that it was the fourth time the woman has allegedly breached the orders.

A couple from Cronulla were also fined and directed to return home after attempting to travel to Nowra without a permit, while a 38-year-old man from Narellan Vale was also fined for travelling to the region without a valid reason.

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Police conducted 460 random breath tests during the blitz with one motorist awaiting the result of a secondary drug test.

Officers also issued 11 traffic infringement notices, two motorists were fined for speeding while four traffic-related charges were also laid.

Illawarra Highway Patrol said it plans to conduct similar operations in the future.

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Young man suffers serious head injury in Bomaderry brawl

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A brawl involving four males in Bomaderry has left a 19-year-old hospitalised with a serious head injury.

South Coast Police said that two men were walking along Leonard Street in Bomaderry around 4.45pm yesterday when they became involved in a fight with two other males.

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"During the fight a 19-year-old man suffered a serious head injury," Police said.

"It appears the injured man may have been hit over the head with a coffee mug."

He was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

No charges have been laid with investigators appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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