Air­wing aids ground ops

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Sen. Sgt Brad Bird Se­nior Sergeant Brad Bird is the of­fi­cer-in-charge at Ger­ald­ton Po­lice Sta­tion

WA Po­lice Air­wing made a visit to Ger­ald­ton on Thurs­day last week and as­sisted with aerial ob­ser­va­tions in the suc­cess­ful ap­pre­hen­sion of sev­eral peo­ple.

While not ev­ery ap­pre­hen­sion re­sulted in an ar­rest, with the as­sis­tance of the po­lice fixed-wing air­craft, po­lice had the abil­ity to cor­don off some thick scrub, where they ap­pre­hended a lo­cal known drug dealer who is as­sist­ing po­lice with in­quiries.

Shortly af­ter, the po­lice air­wing as­sisted in the ap­pre­hen­sion of an off-road mo­tor­bike rider who crossed the road in front of a po­lice ve­hi­cle while air­wing videoed and fol­lowed the rider to his home ad­dress. When po­lice ar­rived, he was ar­rested and the mo­tor bike con­fis­cated.

This avoided the need for po­lice on the ground to en­gage in a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous pur­suit.

A 32-year-old man from Moresby was charged with reck­less driv­ing, rid­ing an un­li­censed and in­ca­pable ve­hi­cle and no driver’s li­cence (court sus­pended).

He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear again in the Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court later this month.

Po­lice would like to ad­vise read­ers un­li­censed off-road mo­tor­bikes such as trail bikes or reg­is­tered mo­tor­bikes that have ex­pired for more than two years, if caught on a road or in an area open and used by the pub­lic, will be con­fis­cated by po­lice and or­dered to be de­stroyed by the court.

Some time be­tween Septem­ber 7 and 8, of­fend­ers went to an ad­dress in Curlewis Street, Range­way and stole a bike by cut­ting the bike chain se­cur­ing it to the back of a car­a­van.

The Veletrix elec­tric bike was not fit­ted with its bat­tery but can be rid­den with­out it.

The bike also has a carry bas­ket on the back of it.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should re­port it to Ger­ald­ton po­lice on 9923 4555 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. Bur­glar­ies were re­ported this week in Beach­lands, Wan­d­ina, Wag­grakine and Won­thella.

Po­lice stress again the need to lock up prop­er­ties and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity any­time on 9923 4555.

Ger­ald­ton po­lice’s open day was held on Satur­day with great suc­cess. More than 800 peo­ple at­tended the rare open­ing to see the fi­nal ren­o­va­tions of the com­plex.

With the tour of the build­ing, dis­plays and pre­sen­ta­tions from other WA Po­lice sec­tions, it was great to show­case Ger­lad­ton po­lice to the com­mu­nity.

Thank you to all those who helped with the day and to those who came and had a look.

The stolen Veletrix elec­tric bike was taken some time be­tween Septem­ber 7 and 8.

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