STRANGE SCENES IN WONGA,

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE are still try­ing to lo­cate a man who was the sub­ject of a dra­matic search op­er­a­tion that in­cluded the spe­cial squad at Wonga Beach last Thurs­day.

Po­lice say the man is well known to them.

He evaded po­lice dur­ing the Wonga Beach op­er­a­tion.

Mossman head of CIB Trevor Per­ham told the Gazette that po­lice are very keen to talk to Rangi Fyfe who they be­lieve may be able to help with their in­quiries into var­i­ous mat­ters.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of prop­erty of­fences and driv­ing of­fences on the Table­lands and in Dou­glas Shire.

“Those of­fences in­clude ve­hi­cle thefts, break and en­ter of­fences, and theft of fuel.

“The of­fences that are be­ing com­mit­ted are largely op­por­tunis­tic, where ve­hi­cles are be­ing stolen us­ing the ve­hi­cle keys, and tools and so on are be­ing stolen from un­se­cured sheds and what not.

“So I urge every­body to be se­cu­rity con­scious and lock up their houses, their farm sheds and ve­hi­cles and se­cure the keys.”

There were fur­ther searches in the en­su­ing days but with­out re­sult.

Sgt Per­ham said there was ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity this per­son was still in Dou­glas Shire.

Re­gard­ing the lock­down of Wonga Beach State School on Thurs­day, Sgt Per­ham said it was purely a pre­cau­tion in case the fugi­tive hap­pened to be hid­ing near the school.

He was not re­garded as a risk to the public.

“The po­lice did a good job,” said lo­cal mum Tar­ryn Mo­rana, of Wonga Beach. “The kids weren’t scared.”

Long­stand­ing Wonga Beach res­i­dents Cathy and Trevor Ford un­wit­tingly played host to a sec­ond young man who was in­volved in the in­ci­dent last Thurs­day.

“A young man was seen out the front of our prop­erty,” Mrs Ford told the Gazette.

“After a while he came to us and said he’d lost his phone and his wal­let and could he make a phone call.”

The Fords gave him a cup of tea and let him make the call.

Shortly after, he said he was “in trou­ble”.

Mr Ford, leav­ing to go to work, saw po­lice across the street at the ser­vice sta­tion and men­tioned the young man at his house.

Po­lice spoke with him and took him away.

He was held for a few hours and then re­leased with­out charge, pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mossman CIB se­nior de­tec­tive Trevor Per­ham in Port Dou­glas

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