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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 respected South Coast Police officer retires

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Local serving Shoalhaven Police officer Sergeant Mick Tebbutt has retired after 33 years in the Force with South Coast Police District.

A plumber by trade, Sgt Tebbutt had always dreamed of a career in the cops, and when the opportunity arose, he grabbed it with both hands.

He was 32 when he joined the NSW Police Force in 1989 and was first stationed at Port Kembla Police Station.

After a just one year, he transferred to Nowra Police Station, where he remained for the rest of his three-decade career, first in General Duties, before making the move to Shoalhaven Highway Patrol.

Sgt Tebbutt has received several awards in the past three decades for his dedication to keeping his community safe.

In 2003, Sgt Tebbutt received the Commander’s Commendation in recognition of professional police work, involvement and support in the effort to preserve life and property during the Hylands bushfire emergency in December 2001 and January 2002.

The following year, in 2004, he received the National Police Medal was awarded the Region Commander Unit Citation for exemplary actions performed during the bushfires near Albatross Road.

With disregard for his own safety, Sgt Tebbutt rushed to warn residents in the direct path of the fire, which then passed over the police vehicle.

In 2015, he received the National Police Service Medal.

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Sgt Tebbutt has been described as a father figure for the new troops.

“He has been the backbone of Nowra Police Station for almost 30 years. 33 years of service is a hell of a long time in anyone’s book,” said Chief Inspector Brian Pedersen, Traffic Manager, Far South Sector.

Sgt Tebbutt says it’s his community and his colleagues who kept him in the Force for so long.

“A job is just a job, it’s the people you work with who make it worthwhile,” he said.

Retirement plans involve the father of four and grandfather of seven travelling and spending more quality time with his family and mates.

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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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Armed robbery at Buxton

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UPDATE: All three men have been charged and have been refused bail to appear in Moss Vale Local Court today.

Three men have been arrested in connection with an alleged armed robbery at Buxton.

Just after nine o'clock last night, Police were called to a supermarket on East Parade.

Police says two employees – a 47-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman – closed the store and were leaving when they were allegedly threatened by three unknown men -

One was armed with a firearm and one with a knife.

The trio demanded cash before the male employee was allegedly stabbed in the hand.

Cash and personal belongings were allegedly stolen from the employees before the three men fled in a white Toyota SUV.

Just after 10pm, Police stopped a white Toyota RAV4 in an industrial estate on Lancaster Street, Ingleburn.

Three men – aged 38, 37 and 30 – were arrested and taken to Narellan Police Station.

The male employee didn't require medical treatment for a minor hand injury.

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Arrest in Nowra following Mascot stabbing

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A 23 year old man has been arrested at Nowra, and will reappear in Wollongong Local Court, after an attack at Mascot in Sydney last month.

Two men have been charged after a man suffered stab wounds following a break and enter at a unit block in Sydney’s south last month.

About 6am on Wednesday 29 December 2022, officers attached South Sydney Police Area Command were called to a unit on John Street, Mascot, where they located a man with multiple wounds to his upper body.

Police will allege two unknown men forced entry to the unit, when the 61 year old man, and only occupant of the unit, confronted the men.

An altercation ensued and the man was stabbed a number of times.

The two men fled the scene a short time later, taking items including cash and jewellery.

The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a serious condition, he has since been released.

A crime scene was established at the unit and the surrounding neighbourhood was canvassed.

Following inquiries, about 9.45am Wednesday 5 January 2022, a 23 year old man was arrested at a home on Ferry Lane, Nowra.

The man was taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with specially aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – wound.

The man appeared at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday, where he was refused bail, to reappear at Wollongong Local Court today, Friday 7 January 2022.

About 11.40am Thursday 6 January 2022, a 22 year old man was arrested on Wentworth Avenue, Sydney.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with specially aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – wound.

The man was refused bail, to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

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Bad weather stops search for missing man at Beecroft Peninsula

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The search for a missing fisherman off Beecroft Peninsula, east of Currarong has has been suspended due to rough seas.

The Victorian man, aged 24, was reported missing this morning after he went rock fishing at Mermaid Inlet, near Currarong.

Police began an aerial and water search this morning, with assistance from the Marine Area Command, Surf Lifesaving NSW and the SES, but it has since been called off due to poor weather conditions.

Police say the search will resume when conditions improve.

The search was prompted by people finding abandoned equipment and personal items near Mermaid Inlet.

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Bomaderry house badly damaged by fire

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Emergency services were called to Coomea Street, Bomaderry, following reports of a fire at about 11 pm last night.

On arrival, officers attached to South Coast Police District found the house well alight.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze, however the building sustained significant damage.

NSW Police said no one was inside at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.

Initial inquiries suggest the fire is not suspicious.

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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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Child locked in vehicle at Tahmoor

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Emergency Services have been called to Tahmoor after a child got locked in a car.

The incident started around 10 o'clock this morning in the Food Works car park on Remembrance Drive.

About half an hour a spare set of keys were found and the child was released.

Police, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW Paramedics responded.

Fire & Rescue NSW Superintendent Scott Dodson said it's a timely reminder not to leave children or pets in car.

"Even on mild days like today, the temperature can rise quite quickly,"he said.

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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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Disqualified truck driver allegedly fails roadside drug test twice

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Officers from Mittagong Highway Patrol charge a 37 year old Tasmanian man twice in two days with serious driving offences with the assistance of Heavy Vehicle Inspectors from Transport for NSW.

The driver was first detected on the 16th March 2022 following a speed detection where it was discovered that his drivers licence was disqualified until 2030, the heavy vehicle he was driving was unregistered, not carrying his work diary and failing a road side drug test.

Two days later on the 18th March 2022 Transport for NSW Inspectors notified police that a heavy vehicle had failed to stop as directed at the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Checking Station.

Highway Patrol officers were able to intercept the heavy vehicle which stopped just south of Marulan.

The driver was subjected to a road side drug test which returned a positive indication for methamphetamine.

Officers also located a radar detector fitted to the heavy vehicle.

An inspection of the heavy vehicle found that its speed limiter had been modified to 161kph.

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An Officer arrested the driver and he was conveyed to Goulburn Police Station and underwent further testing.

He was charged with driving whilst disqualified 2nd+ Subsequent offence.

He was issued a penalty notice in relation to the radar detector and given strict bail conditions to not occupy the drivers seat of a vehicle and to be of good behaviour.

Officers from Transport for NSW took action in relation to the tampering of the speed limiter, failing to stop when directed, not keeping a work diary and the vehicle was issued a major grounded defect notice.

Further charges are pending the laboratory analysis of the drivers oral fluid sample.

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Double demerits now in force

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Operation Christmas/New Year is now underway, with Police targeting the four d's including drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

Double demerit points will be in force up until January three, so if your caught using your phone whilst driving, you could lose your licence.

Inspector Jason Horne from the Southern Highlands Police Station said there'll likely be an increase in traffic on local roads.

"People have been restricted from travelling during the pandemic and haven't driven on our roads for a very long time,

"It's important we all take extra care,"Inspector Horne said.

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Drink driver nabbed in Nowra

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A man has been caught drink driving more than five times over the legal limit at Nowra.

Around 4pm yesterday, Emergency Services were called to the Princes Highway after a hatchback and an SUV – both travelling south collided on the Princes highway.

The 40 year old driver of the hatchback was taken to Nowra Police Station where he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading point 258.

He was charged with High Range PCA and had his licence suspended and vehicle impounded

The man who's from Ryde will appear in Nowra Local Court next month.

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Drink spiking on the rise as NSW celebrates the easing of COVID restrictions.

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It's an under reported crime and exact statistics are impossible to gauge , but drink spiking is believed to occur anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 times per year in Australia.

According to the NSW-based Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, there has been a spike in calls to its hot line since NSW came out of lockdown.

The victims of drink spiking are often the target of violence or sexual assault.

Statistics suggest one in three drink spiking cases involve sexual assault and most victims are women.

The NSW South Coast Police Facebook page has highlighted the crime of drink spiking in the lead-up to the Christmas New Year festive season.

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According to the NSW-based Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, there's been a spike in calls to the hot line since Sydney came out of lockdown.According to the NSW-based Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, there's been a spike in calls to the hot line since Sydney came out of lockdown.

 

 

Driver airlifted to hospital after Jerrawangala crash

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About 4.30pm on Tuesday 18 January 2021, officers from South Coast Police District responded to the intersection of the Princes Highway and Twelve Mile Peg Road, Jerrawangala, after reports of a single-vehicle crash.

Police assisted the driver of a Holden Commodore after he had lost control and hit an embankment.

The 31-year-old man was treated by paramedics and taken to HMAS Albatross before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital.

Police inquiries continue.

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Driver flees and a 17 year old female arrested after a Police pursuit from Gerringong to Bomaderry

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A critical incident investigation is underway after a man was injured in a crash following a pursuit in the Lake Illawarra region.

About 3.15pm on Saturday the 29th of January, officers attached to Traffic & Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Holden Commodore that was allegedly speeding on the Princes Highway at Willowvale.

The vehicle failed to stop as directed and a pursuit was initiated, before being terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

A further pursuit was initiated and as road spikes were deployed on Bolong Road, the Commodore collided with a second vehicle at the intersection of the Princes Highway.

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The driver of the Commodore fled the scene, while the passenger, a 17-year-old girl was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station.

The driver of the second vehicle , a 24-year-old woman  was uninjured.

Her passenger, a 24-year-old man was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Subsequent inquiries revealed the Holden Commodore had been reported stolen.

An extensive search of the area was conducted by local police, however, the driver was not located.

The teenage girl was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner and passenger not disclose driver’s/other passenger’s identity.

A critical incident team from Lake Illawarra Police District will investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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Fatal crash at Picton

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A motorcycle rider has died following a two-vehicle crash at Picton.

Just after 1pm  Emergency Services were called to Remembrance Drive, after reports a motorcycle and car had collided.

The rider of the motorcycle – a 71-year-old man – died at the scene.

The driver of the car – a 54-year-old man – was uninjured and taken to Campbelltown Hospital for mandatory testing.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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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.

Former teacher charged over alleged historic child sex offences at a Burradoo school

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A former teacher has been charged over the historical alleged sexual abuse of two young students in the Southern Highlands more than 35 years ago.

In September 2019, officers attached to The Hume Police District commenced an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a school at Burradoo in the late 1980’s.

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Following extensive investigations, officers arrested a 74-year-old man at Campsie Police Station at about 10am on Tuesday 18 January 18.

He was charged with 13 offences, including five counts of sexual assault,  assault and commit an act of indecency, six counts of sexual assault , incite an indecent act person under 16 years, and two counts of homosexual intercourse with male  aged between 10 and 18 years.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused two male students, then aged 13 and 14, on numerous occasions between 1985 and 1987.

The Lakemba man was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today.

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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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Highlands Police: Limit movement where possible

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Southern Highlands Police have been monitoring roads in and around the Southern Highlands overnight

The following roads are  closed:

* Burrawang Illawarra Highway between Church St and Burrawang Station Road

* Moss Vale Road into Kangaroo Valley

* Range Road Mittagong (between Old South and Tourist Road)

* Drapers Road Braemar near the Freeway overpass.

* Bowral Street, (between Albert and McDonald) Old South Road, Bowral

* Shepherd Street, Bowral near the Bowral Bowling Club

* Kirkham Road (between Mount Rd and Centennial Ave) Bowral

Police anticipate that Mittagong Road near the Bowral Swimming Pool will be cut off again sometime today.

Overnight the water only narrowly receded below the road surface and with the expected forecast for rain it's being closely monitored.

Late yesterday afternoon, emergency Services assisted a number of people who were impacted by  flood waters in homes and vehicles near the Mittagong Creek between Old South Road and Bowral Street.

Also along the Cherry Tree walk all the way towards the Mittagong Road and the Bowral swimming Pool.

Berrima Buses announced late yesterday that no school buses will be operating today (Tuesday).

Police are asking motorists to exercise caution whilst driving on roads

There is extensive damage to the surface with pot holes and pitting occurring.

Expect to find soft edges on some roads without kerb and guttering.

Exercise caution in area with cuttings and step banks due to possible land slips or rock falls.

Strong winds are expected later in the day, and emergency Services fear that due to the saturation of the soil, trees will be weakened at the roots.

Unfortunately Police are still receiving many calls for people travelling through flood waters and disobeying closure signs.

Police, SES and all Emergencies Services are stretched across the whole of the East Coast and compliance is needed to avoid tragedies.

Police are appealing to all drivers to limit movement where possible.

Never drive, ride or walk through flood waters and check on elderly neighbours.

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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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Investigations continue into vicious assault

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Police have released an image of a vehicle of interest as investigations continue into the serious assault of a man at Tahmoor last month.

About 5am on Monday December 27 2021, emergency services were called to a carpark in Thirlmere Way.

Police found a 20-year-old man with serious head and facial injuries.

The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma.

He has since been released.

Officers from the Camden Police Area Command set up a crime scene and have started an investigation.

Police have released an image of a vehicle of interest, which is a small blue hatchback.

Police were told the vehicle was seen in the Tahmoor area at the time of the alleged assault.

It was later found burnt out.

Officers are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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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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Man charged with fatal crash at Currarong

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A man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a woman at Currarong.

Just after 10.30am on New Years Day, emergency services were called to Currarong Road, after a Subaru Forester and a Hyundai sedan collided head-on.

The driver of the Subaru – a 26-year-old woman – died at the scene.

The driver of the Hyundai– a 20-year-old man – was treated by Paramedics for minor injuries before being airlifted to Wollongong Hospital where he underwent mandatory testing.

He was issued with a Future Court Attendance today for the offences of dangerous driving occasioning death (drive manner dangerous) and negligent driving (occasioning death).

The Currarong man is due to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday March 14 2022.

 

Man dies after catamaran capsizes on Jervis Bay

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A man has died, and another man was rescued after a catamaran capsized on Jervis Bay yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Plantation Point about 7.15pom following reports a catamaran had capsized with two men onboard.

A multi-agency air, land and sea search commenced to locate the men, involving local police, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, the NSW Ambulance helicopter and a specialist search and rescue team from OPSTAR.

A 62-year-old man was located on rocks at Chinamans Beach, Vincentia, by a search crew just after 1am.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital in a stable condition.

The search continued and just before 2am, a body was located further south at Chinamans Beach.

While the body is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of the missing 67-year-old man.

Officers from South Coast Police District and the Marine Area Command have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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

Man injured after alleged glassing attack at Burradoo

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A man has been injured after an alleged glassing attack on the Southern highlands.

Just after 6pm Saturday officers attached to The Hume Police District were called to a licensed premises on Moss Vale Road, Burradoo, following reports a man had been injured in a fight.

Police have been told a 54-year-old man was sitting at the bar when he was approached by a man aged in his 40s and woman aged in her late teens, before an argument broke out between the older man and the woman.

The woman allegedly struck the older man in the face with a wine glass before the 47-year-old punched the older man in the face.

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The 54 year old  was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Bowral Hospital.

 Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and call Southern Highlands Police on 4868 1222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Missing man has South Coast links

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A 53-year-old Cootamundra man who hasn't been seen since Thursday November 18 could be on the South Coast.

Police have concerns for the welfare of Shane Lloyd-Jones because of a medical condition and said his disappearance is out of character.

Police said while he lives in the Riverina, he has links to the South Coast.

"While extensive inquiries have been conducted, Shane has not been found," Police said.

Shane is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm-180cm tall with a large build, brown/grey shoulder-length hair and a beard.

Anyone information about his whereabouts can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Missing woman's body located in Lismore flood waters

 

 

 

 

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Police have located the body of a woman who was reported missing in flood waters on the state’s north coast earlier this week.

About 9.50pm on Tuesday, officers from Richmond Police District commenced an investigation into the whereabout of a 55-year-old woman who was reported missing in flood waters at Monaltrie, approximately 5km south of Lismore.

Officers were informed that the woman had left Tullera, approximately 10km north of Lismore, on the same day and failed to arrive at her intended destination.

Following information from a member of the public the body a woman was located in flood waters near the intersection of Alexandra Parade and Tweed Street, North Lismore shortly before 7pm last night.

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The body is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be that of the missing woman.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death is underway and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

The 2017 white Holden Captiva, with NSW registration YHS 51F, that the woman was travelling in has not yet been located.

Police are urging that anyone who locates this vehicle to immediately contact Richmond Police District or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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Moss Vale crash update

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Southern Highlands Police are seeking information about a fatal crash at Moss Vale.

Just after 10 this morning, Emergency Services were called to the intersection of Argyle Street and Waite Street after a truck and motorcycle collided.

The male rider was trapped under the truck before being released.

He suffered critical head injuries and despite the best efforts of Paramedics, could not be saved.

He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the truck not injured and was taken to Bowral Hospital for mandatory testing.

Diversions are currently in place and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

Parents picking their children up at Moss Vale Public School are being asked to do so on Browley Street and not Argyle Street.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the crash and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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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 charged after two businesses damaged

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A man arrested in Nowra yesterday has been charged over two break-ins, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant.

About 12.10am on Wednesday a hammer was thrown through the window of a store along the Princes Highway in Nowra and a man was seen inside, however no property was taken.

An hour later, a man attended a service station on Kinghorne Street, Nowra, allegedly damaging the glass doors before leaving without gaining entry.

Police investigating the incidents arrested a 33-year-old man at a home in Abergeldie Street, Nowra, about 10.15am yesterday (Thursday, January 13).

He was taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with an outstanding warrant for two counts of resisting an officer in execution of duty, as well as two counts of break and enter with intent.

He was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

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Nowra man charged over alleged stabbing at Warrawong

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Police have charged a man over the alleged stabbing of another man in the Illawarra overnight.

At about 12.40am today, police were called to a unit at Cowper Street Warrawong, following reports a 27-year-old man had been stabbed multiple times.

Police were told a 22-year-old man attended the unit before a physical altercation ensued between the pair.

The older man was allegedly kicked in the face before being stabbed several times in the abdomen and upper left leg by the younger man, who then fled the scene.

The injured man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District were notified, and with assistance from the Dog Unit, conducted an extensive search of the area and located the younger man hiding in bushes nearby.

He was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station, where he was charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The Nowra man was refused bail and is due to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.

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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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Nowra woman missing in Lismore floods

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Police and emergency services are appealing for information as they continue to search for a woman believed to be missing in flood waters near Lismore.

About 9.50pm on Tuesday March 29, emergency services commenced a search and rescue operation near Wyrallah Road at Monaltrie, south of Lismore, after reports a woman had been trapped in her vehicle by floodwaters.

Police spent several hours searching for the woman and her vehicle, however have been unable to locate her.

Alina Brakel, aged 55, is described as being of Asian appearance, 150cm to 160cm tall, thin build, with black and red long hair.

Officers from Richmond Police District – with assistance from Police Rescue, Water Police and NSW SES volunteers – recommenced a search and rescue operation yesterday in the vicinity of Wyrallah Road.

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As emergency service operations continue, police are urging anyone who may have seen a 2017 white Holden Captiva station wagon, with NSW registration YHS 51F, in the greater Lismore area to contact police immediately.

Police also remind people within flood affected areas to never enter, walk, ride or drive through floodwaters.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence.

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NSW detectives investigate silver bullion heist worth over one million dollars

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Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives are appealing for information after silver bullion valued at $1 million was stolen from a truck travelling between Sydney and Melbourne while on the Highlands.

Between 4.30pm on Friday 26 November 2021 and 8am on Monday 29 November 2021, a consignment of silver disappeared from a truck while in transit from Maldon, near Picton, to Melbourne in Victoria.

The theft was only discovered when the truck arrived in Melbourne.

Officers from Camden Police Area Command were notified.

The consignment, made up of 192 individual 5kg bars,  was being transported by a Kenworth truck and silver Krueger trailer.

The silver bullion is estimated to be worth $1,015,000.

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Following initial investigations by local police,  State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Caimon.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident, or who may have seen the Kenworth truck and Krueger trailer while in transit, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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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Nuclear fuel carrier to dock at Port Kembla tomorrow

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Nuclear waste will arrive at Port Kembla tomorrow on a ship from the United Kingdom.

Signage has been installed across Wollongong informing motorists of a Police operation being conducted between 11.30pm tomorrow night and 4am Sunday.

The reprocessed radioactive waste will be escorted by police and transported to the ANSTO facility at Lucas Heights.

The waste is believed to be onboard the Pacific Grebe which is currently sitting 25 nautical miles off Kiama.

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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 for help to find man last seen in Kiama

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Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Minto area, who was last seen in Kiama.

Sathyendra Subbanna, 62, was reported missing to officers attached to Campbelltown City Police Area Command on January 13, after he failed to return to work after time off.

Initial inquiries revealed he was last seen leaving a home on Cochrane Street, Minto, on December 14.

He has since been seen on CCTV footage leaving a hotel on Bong Bong Street, Kiama, about 9am on Tuesday, January 18.

Police hold serious concerns for Sathyendra’s welfare.

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Sathyendra is described as being of Indian Sub- Continental appearance, about 165cm tall, of medium build, with short grey hair and grey/white moustache.

He was seen wearing black button up shirt, black jacket, black long pants, black and white shoes, black hat and carrying a white/grey backpack with a large yellow smiley face.

He is known to frequent the Campbelltown area and areas of the South Coast including Kiama and Jervis Bay.

Anyone with information about Sathyendra’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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 believe missing Cabramatta man could be in the Shoalhaven

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Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a missing 34-year-old man from south-western Sydney.

Duc Nguyen ONG was last seen leaving his home in Cabramatta around 10 o'clock yesterday morning.

Police said he could be in the Kiama and Gerringong areas in his white Hyundai iLoad, NSW registration ENS 92C.

He's described as being of Asian appearance, about 175cm tall, of thin build with black hair and brown eyes.

Any information can be provided by calling 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 investigate Hyams Beach drowning tragedy

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A woman and two children have been released from hospital a week after their husband and father drowned at Hyams Beach.

The Hurlstone Park family got into difficulty while swimming last Friday afternoon before members of the public rescued a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl.

A 45-year-old woman managed to get back to shore but the 40-year-old man was pulled from the water and couldn't be revived.

The woman and children were airlifted to Sydney for treatment.

Police are preparing a report for the Coroner and have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

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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)

Police target four Ds in small Shoalhaven villages

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Police from Strike Force Summer Safe are targeting the Shoalhaven's small villages and local roads as part of the crackdown on people doing the wrong thing.

And they say people breaking the law will be caught, regardless of where they are.

Police are focusing on the Four Ds - drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving to keep the community safe.

Highway Patrol Officers from Traffic South are involved in the strike force, and say their focus is shifting away from the highways and main roads and onto the Shoalhaven's small villages and local roads.

And with police active in small towns they warn anyone breaking the law will be caught - regardless of where they are.

Police are reminding road users to obey the road rules and slow down.

People who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with drugs or alcohol in their system pose a serious danger to themselves and other road users, and police will be taking all necessary action to stop people engaging in risky behaviour on the roads.

Portable saw mill stolen

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Shoalhaven Police are investigating the theft of a portable saw-mill from a property at Cambewarra earlier this month.

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Police say the saw and trolley were taken between Friday march 4 and Monday march seven from the Taylors Lane property.

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Anyone with any information about the theft of the equipment is urged to contact Nowra Police on 02 44 219 699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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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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School zones back in force as students return

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South Coast Police have reminded motorists school zones are back in operation.

Drivers are urged to take extra care on our roads.

  • Look out for kids walking or riding to school.
  • Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in school zones.
  • Be ready to stop for pedestrians and follow directions from school crossing supervisors.
  • Always check your blind spots when reversing from a driveway or parking near schools.
  • Be aware of increased congestion around drop off and pick up areas.
  • Leave plenty of space around school buses.

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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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Search for missing rock fisherman at Kiama resumes

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The search for a fisherman, believed to have been swept off rocks at Marsden Head in Kiama on Tuesday has resumed.

Police, Marine Area Command, PolAir, Marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving NSW spent a number of hours yesterday looking for the 34-year-old from Fairfield before suspending the search around 4.30pm.

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Police said they'll be searching the land and sea in the same area today.

Duc Nguyen Ong was reported missing by his family after he failed to return home on Tuesday night.

Images: Marine Rescue Shellharbour and Google Maps

Search suspended for missing rock fisherman at Kiama

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The formal search for a missing 34-year-old fisherman from south western Sydney has been suspended off Kiama.

Duc Nguyen Ong is believed to have been swept off rocks at Marsden Head last Tuesday.

A large scale multi-agency search was launched last Wednesday morning after he failed to return to his home.

Ong's vehicle was located by police parked at Marsden Head.

Police confirmed that he was seen walking towards the rock ledge about midday last Tuesday while personal possessions were found on the rocks.

A police spokeswoman said routine police patrols will continue while PolAir and Water Police will conduct sweeps when they're in the area.

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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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Serious crash on Remembrance Drive

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Emergency Services have been called to a serious crash at Razorback.

Around 7am yesterday, two cars collided on Remembrance Drive, near Pepper Tree Ridge.

Fire fighters from Picton Fire and Rescue worked for an hour to free a 74 year old man who was trapped in one of the vehicles

He was airlifted to hospital with critical injuries.

Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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Shoalhaven River search ends in tragedy

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The body of a teenage boy has been located in the Shoalhaven River.

About 6.30pm on Friday 31 December 2021, two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, went for a swim in the Shoalhaven River at Burrier, when one of the teens got into difficulty.

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The pair attempted to get back to shore, before one of the boys, aged 15, disappeared below the water and emergency services were alerted as members of the public commenced a search.

A joint multi-agency search has been conducted involving officers from South Coast Police District, police divers, NSW Ambulance, the TOLL rescue helicopter and the State Emergency Service (SES).

Just before 1.30pm on Saturday January 1 2021, the body of the 15-year-old was recovered after being located by divers in the river.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Shoalhaven teenager facing multiple charges

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A teenager will appear in court charged with a string of alleged property offences following an armed robbery on the state’s South Coast.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District commenced an investigation following the alleged robbery of a bakery on Paradise Beach Road, Sanctuary Point, about 6.20am on Friday last week.

Investigators were also notified of an alleged theft from a hotel on Kinghorne Street, Nowra, about 5.20am yesterday, where a woman’s handbag was stolen.

Following inquiries, police arrested an 18-year-old man in the carpark of a shopping centre on East Street, Nowra, about 8.30am yesterday.

It will be alleged the man violently struggled with officers, kicking a female senior constable.

He was restrained and taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with more than 35 offences including robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence - people there, aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, enter inclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse, six counts of break and enter house and steal, 13 counts of larceny, five counts dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, two counts of shoplifting, resist officer in execution of duty, assault officer in execution of duty, possess prohibited drug, and breach of bail.

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

Image: Peter Andrea

Single vehicle crash at Kangaloon

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A woman aged in her 50's is recovering in hospital after a crash on Kangaloon Road.

The incident took place around 8:30 yesterday morning just west of the public school.

The woman rolled her vehicle and hit a tree.

She was trapped for a period of time before Emergency crews got her out.

The woman was airlifted to Liverpool hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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South Coast heavy vehicle crackdown

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Half of the 38 heavy vehicles inspected by the Police Raptor Squad and Transport for NSW during a blitz around Nowra late last week have been written up for defects.

Police said 16 major and three minor defects were found while 15 penalty notices were issued for a number of safety and fatigue offences.

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"Multiple transport operators were targeted in the Nowra area after they were identified as being well above the state average for safety issues since 2020," Police said.

27 roadside alcohol and drug test were conducted with two drivers allegedly returning positive indications for drugs while driving.

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Police said officers and Transport for NSW inspectors will continue to monitor the identified transport operators to ensure safety and fatigue compliance.

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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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Strike force summer safe continues

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Strike Force Summer Safe is continuing over the Summer holiday period, with increased Police patrols across the Coast and Highlands.

Highway Patrol Officers from Traffic South will be focusing on the Four Ds, including drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

And they're not just patrolling highways and main roads, they're also keeping an eye on small towns and local roads.

Road users are being asked to obey the road rules and slow down.

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Suspect vehicle identified in great silver bullion heist

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Detectives have released further CCTV and are renewing their appeal for information, as investigations continue into the theft of silver bullion valued at $1 million from a truck travelling between Sydney and Melbourne.

Between 4.30pm on Friday 26 November 2021 and 8am on Monday 29 November 2021, a consignment of silver was allegedly stolen from a truck while in transit from Maldon, near Picton, to Melbourne in Victoria.

Upon arrival in Melbourne, the theft was discovered and officers from Camden Police Area Command were notified.

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The consignment of 192 individual 5kg bars was being transported by a Kenworth truck and silver Krueger trailer.

The silver bullion is estimated to be valued at $1,015,000.

Following initial investigations by local police, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Caimon.

In December 2021, Strike Force Caimon detectives released an image of one of the missing silver bullion bars and the packaging in which they were stored.

Following further investigations, police have now released CCTV vision of a vehicle of interest, a dark coloured Toyota Landcruiser utility that was seen travelling on Argyle Street at Picton about 12.20am on Sunday 28 November 2021.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information about the occupants or movements of the vehicles to come forward immediately.

Investigations under Strike Force Caimon continue.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Caimon investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

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Taj Hart hit and run suspect vehicle seized and forensically examined

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Detectives have released dashcam footage as they continue to investigate the death, and suspected homicide, of a Shoalhaven teenager in a hit and run at South Nowra last month.

Emergency services responded to Old Southern Road, South Nowra, about 3pm on Thursday 24 February 2022, after reports a man had been hit by a utility.

The utility failed to stop and continued travelling north towards Greenwell Point Road.

The injured 18-year-old man, Taj Hart, was assisted at the scene by passing motorists until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

He was taken to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital but died a short time later.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District attended and established a crime scene.

With assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, established Strike Force Altos to investigate the man’s death.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives identified and seized a vehicle, a white Mitsubishi Triton utility, from a Currarong address.

It is undergoing forensic examination.

As inquiries continue to identify the driver and any occupants at the time, investigators have now released dashcam footage of the seized vehicle depicted driving in a northerly direction on Old Southern Road, South Nowra prior to the collision.

Detective Acting Inspector Adrian Alston from South Coast Police District says investigators are working hard and are seeking assistance from the public to locate the driver.

“We are appealing to the community to help us piece together the moments leading up to the young man’s death.

“I would urge the driver, any occupants, or anyone with information to come forward and assist us with our inquiries,” Detective Acting Inspector Alston said.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is important to investigators and may assist us in solving this matter.”

As inquiries continue, police are urging anyone with information or motorists with additional dashcam vision to contact Nowra Police on (02) 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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Taj Hart hit and run suspect vehicle seized for forensic examination

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Detectives have released dashcam footage as they continue to investigate the death, and suspected homicide, of a Shoalhaven teenager in a hit and run at South Nowra last month.

Emergency services responded to Old Southern Road, South Nowra, about 3pm on Thursday 24 February 2022, after reports a man had been hit by a utility.

The utility failed to stop and continued travelling north towards Greenwell Point Road.

The injured 18-year-old man, Taj Hart, was assisted at the scene by passing motorists until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

He was taken to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital but died a short time later.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District attended and established a crime scene.

With assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, established Strike Force Altos to investigate the man’s death.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives identified and seized a vehicle, a white Mitsubishi Triton utility, from a Currarong address.

It is undergoing forensic examination.

As inquiries continue to identify the driver and any occupants at the time, investigators have now released dashcam footage of the seized vehicle depicted driving in a northerly direction on Old Southern Road, South Nowra prior to the collision.

Detective Acting Inspector Adrian Alston from South Coast Police District says investigators are working hard and are seeking assistance from the public to locate the driver.

“We are appealing to the community to help us piece together the moments leading up to the young man’s death.

“I would urge the driver, any occupants, or anyone with information to come forward and assist us with our inquiries,” Detective Acting Inspector Alston said.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is important to investigators and may assist us in solving this matter.”

As inquiries continue, police are urging anyone with information or motorists with additional dashcam vision to contact Nowra Police on (02) 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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The NSW Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad raid Gerroa home

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Detectives from State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad have arrested eight men and seized mobile phones, electronic items and illicit drugs, as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged transmission of child abuse material through an adult telephone service.

Earlier this year, Child Exploitation Internet Unit investigators established Strike Force Hank to investigate an adult telephone chat service used by a number of men to allegedly arrange the dissemination of child abuse material and discuss the sexual abuse of children.

Detectives have executed seven search warrants at locations across NSW, including Petersham, Cranebrook, Coffs Harbour, Shoal Bay, Gerroa, Surry Hills, and Stanmore.

During a subsequent search of the homes at Stanmore and Coffs Harbour, police allegedly located and seized quantities of cannabis.

Additionally, mobiles phones and electronic devices were located and seized for further forensic analysis from all seven locations.

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Seven men, aged between 34 and 71, were arrested  and charged over their alleged involvement in the chat service.

They remain before the courts.

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty, said the investigation had uncovered alleged chat participants who were aggressive in their pursuit of child sex offending.

“We will allege that each of the men arrested by detectives over the past month expressed desires to engage in sexual activity with children, and in some cases, attempted to access child abuse material from other users of the service,” Det. Supt Doherty said.

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Det. Supt Doherty said, “Producing, disseminating or possessing child abuse material are serious offences, and detectives will continue to dismantle these types of operations, so children are free from harmful situations, exploitation and abuse.”

Investigations under Strike Force Hank continue.

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Third man charged with serious assault

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A third man has been charged in connection with a serious alleged assault in Tahmoor.

Just after 4am Monday December 27, emergency services were called to a carpark in Thirlmere Way where thy found a 20-year-old man with serious head and facial injuries.

He was taken to Liverpool Hospital, and placed in an induced coma.

He's since been released.

Officers rom the Camden Police Area Command set a crime scene and began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assault.

A small hatchback, seen in the area, was later found burnt out in a nearby carpark

Two men, aged 26, were arrested and charged on Thursday.

They remain before the courts.

After further inquiries, Police went to a Tahmoor home just after 8am and arrested a third man, aged 28.

He was taken to Narellan Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other(s), dishonestly destroy/damage property for gain by fire/explosive, and false representation resulting in police investigation.

The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

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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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Three children rescued from Swan Lake channel torrent after illegal opening

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Shoalhaven City Council has revealed the lives of three children were put at risk when they were rescued from fast flowing water after the Swan Lake entrance was allegedly illegally opened.

The artificial opening at Swan Lake was carried out by members of the public on 12 January 2022.

Shoalhaven City Council Manager of Environment Services, Dr Michael Roberts said NSW Police had advised council of three rescues involving children, who had been put at peril by the fast flowing water.

NSW Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries were alerted and will be enacting their compliance functions.

Council Rangers have also been in the area carrying out investigations as the artificial opening of the lake is an illegal activity as these works were not carried out in relation to the water trigger levels and Entrance Management Policy (EMP).

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The intervention works created a 20-30-metre-wide channel, which poses a public safety risk.

People need to be made aware of the danger this has created.

The channel, when opened by natural means or by Council,  is located to the south adjoining the rock platform.

This does not typically create a channel like the one that has formed from the recent artificial intervention.

Pending rainfall and tidal behaviour, it is expected that the sand bar will re-establish in four to eight weeks and return Swan Lake back to its natural form.

The entrance cannot be closed using any further artificial intervention.

In the meantime, signs have been posted by Council to alert the public to the swimming hazard. 

Shoalhaven City Council Manager of Environment Services, Dr Michael Roberts said, “This channel, between Swan Lake and the ocean, has resulted in the lake artificially opening at too low a water level and in unsuitable conditions.

"This may lead to significant adverse environmental impacts on Swan Lake, such as low oxygen levels, associated fish kills as well as a significant swimming hazard," he said.

 “It is an offence to open coastal lakes, or lagoons, using machinery or by hand, without a licence and could result in penalties of up to $220,000 per offence.” Dr. Roberts said. 

Council operates an Entrance Management Policy for Swan Lake, and other coastal lakes in the Shoalhaven region, with licenses from various State Government Agencies.   

This Policy allows Council to mechanically open Swan Lake to the ocean with an excavator to prevent flooding of low-lying properties surrounding the lake when the water level rises, typically following a large rainfall event, to a specific trigger level.  

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Truck & motorcycle crash in Moss Vale

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Emergency Services have been called to Moss Vale after a motorcyclist was hit by a truck.

The incident took place just after 10am on the corner of Argyle Street and Waite Street.

Three Ambulance crews responded.

The section of road has been closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

We'll have more details as they come to hand.

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Two men charged with serious assault in Tahmoor

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Two men have been charged in connection with an alleged assault at Tahmoor.

Just after 4am on Monday December 27, emergency services were called to a carpark on Thirlmere Way.

Police found a 20-year-old man with serious head and facial injuries.

He was taken to Liverpool Hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma.

He has since been released.

Officers from the Camden Police Area Command set up a crime scene and started an investigation with a small hatchback later found burnt out in a nearby carpark

A 26-year-old man was arrested about 5pm yesterday in Campbelltown.

The man, from Airds, was taken to Campbelltown Police Station where he was charged with the following

* assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other(s) and dishonestly for gain damage property by fire/explosive.

A second man, also aged 26, was arrested at Campbelltown police station at 8.05pm yesterday and charged with the following:

* Assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other(s) and dishonestly for gain damage property by fire/explosive.

The Lumeah man was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm for a separate offence in January.

Both men were refused bail to appear in Campbelltown 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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Urgent Police Response times

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More than three-quarters of the State’s police regions, commands and districts, at least one in five urgent calls were not attended, within the government’s own benchmark time.

 An urgent call is one where there is imminent threat to life or property.

The benchmark is 12 minutes.
 
This was revealed by Shadow Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Walt Secord at Police Budget Estimates. 

Mr Secord obtained the information under freedom of information laws, Government Information Public Acces, recently.
 
Mr Secord said 43 of the state’s 57 regions, commands and districts failed to respond to a fifth or more of urgent calls within the NSW Police Force’s benchmark.

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Lake Illawarra had the longest outside Sydney at 23 per cent.

The South Coast rated 22 per cent with the Hume Police District rating 21 per cent.

In 2020-21, NSW Police Force responded to 158,773 urgent calls, overall attending to 75.7 per cent of urgent calls within 12 minutes.

 Mr Secord said: “Make no mistake, NSW Police are under enormous pressure and they are being let down by the Perrottet Government.”
 
“It is sad to see that families in urgent or life-threatening situations are not getting the emergency assistance they require,' he said.

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Wild duck decapitated at Mittagong

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Police are trying to track down two men after a wild duck was killed at Mittagong.

Last Saturday, Officers from the Hume Police District received reports of alleged animal cruelty at a registered club car park on the Old Hume Highway.

It's believed two men chased a flock of wild ducks in the car park, before one of them was caught and decapitated by one of the men.

The pair fled the scene a short time later and police were contacted.

Police have released images of two men.

One is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of medium build, and is seen wearing a fluorescent yellow and blue singlet, blue football shorts, a blue cap, thongs and sunglasses.

The second male is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a slim build, and is seen wearing a grey t-shirt, blue shorts, thongs and a blue cap.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Goulburn Detectives on (02) 4824 0736 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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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Woman drowns at Bombo

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A young woman has died after being washed off rocks with a 21-year-old man at Bombo's Boneyard Beach.

Emergency Services including PolAir and the Toll Rescue chopper were called just before 3pm yesterday afternoon.

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Police said the 21-year-old woman was winched from the water but despite efforts, she was unable to be revived and died at the scene.

The man was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police said a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Woman killed when motorcycle and SUV collide

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A woman has died after her motorcycle and an SUV collided at Mittagong yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Old South Road after a southbound Kawasaki motorcycle and a northbound Subaru Outback collided in the northbound lane.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old woman, died at the scene.

The 68-year-old man driving the car was not injured.

He was taken to Bowral District Hospital for mandatory testing.

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Officers attached to The Hume Police District established a crime scene and commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

It's the second fatality involving a motorcyclist in two days on the Southern Highlands.

A 62-year-old man died when his bike collided with a tree on Saturday afternoon.

A report will now be prepared for the information of the Coroner regarding both accidents..

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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.

Images: NSW Police and Google Maps