Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency issues - NEWS OPIN­ION AND ANAL­Y­SIS by JOHN RYAN

Stranger Dan­ger

POLICE are appealing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter two chil­dren were ap­proached by a man in Dubbo last Satur­day. At about 12.30pm two 11-year-olds were walk­ing in an east on Jack Wil­liam Drive in Dubbo when a man driv­ing a white util­ity with dis­tinc­tive grey/sil­ver doors and a large toolbox on the tray stopped along­side. It’s al­leged the male at­tempted to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion by of­fer­ing lol­lies and games to the chil­dren who ran and no­ti­fied a nearby res­i­dent. Nei­ther child was harmed but police from have com­menced an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent. The man was de­scribed as be­ing in his early 20s with short, dark, spiky hair and police are appealing for pub­lic as­sis­tance from any­one who was in the Eastridge Es­tate area at the time. Par­ents are en­cour­aged to re­mind chil­dren about “stranger dan­ger” and to re­port any un­usual ac­tiv­ity to Dubbo Police Sta­tion on 6883 1599 or Crime Stop­pers 1800 333 000.

Wello house fire

POLICE have charged a 46-yearold man over a Welling­ton house fire which saw a 52-year-old man suffer se­ri­ous burns to more than 60 per cent of his body. Shortly af­ter 5pm on June 27, emer­gency ser­vices were called to Glas­son Street af­ter re­ports of a house well alight. Fire and Rescue of­fi­cers ex­tin­guished the blaze and police es­tab­lished a crime scene, with ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest­ing the fire was de­lib­er­ately lit. Police will al­lege the 52-year-old was doused in petrol dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Paramedics treated the man at the scene be­fore tak­ing him to Welling­ton Dis­trict Hospital. He was air­lifted to Con­cord Hospital where he re­mains in a critical con­di­tion. A 46-year-old man was later lo­cated at an­other Welling­ton res­i­dence where he was also treated by NSW Am­bu­lance paramedics for burns. He was ar­rested and taken to Dubbo Base Hospital un­der police guard for as­sess­ment be­fore be­ing taken to Dubbo Police Sta­tion. The 46 year old has been charged with cause wound­ing/griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent to mur­der (DV) and was re­fused bail.

Of­fi­cer hit by car

IT’S been a dan­ger­ous week for some Welling­ton res­i­dents, with a police of­fi­cer in­jured while at­tempt­ing to stop a ve­hi­cle in the state’s cen­tral west. At 1.05am on June 27 police en­gaged in a pur­suit with a black Holden Colorado in the Welling­ton area, the pur­suit be­ing ter­mi­nated af­ter the 4WD drove into a shal­low river in an attempt to cross the Mac­quarie. Of­fi­cers spot­ted the 4WD just 15 min­utes later at a dirt road lead­ing away from the river and at­tempted to stop the ve­hi­cle, with one of­fi­cer ex­it­ing the police car. The 4WD ve­hi­cle was driven to­wards the of­fi­cer, strik­ing him with the bull-bar to his chest area be­fore driv­ing off. The police of­fi­cer suf­fered mi­nor in­juries to his wrist and legs and was taken to Welling­ton Hospital be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Dubbo Hospital for fur­ther treat­ment. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to the black Holden Colorado is en­cour­aged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers or Dubbo Police Sta­tion on 6883 1599.

Jail busts out­side the walls

EIGHT peo­ple have been busted and charged in a joint op­er­a­tion at Welling­ton’s twin jails. Last week­end, Orana police and Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices staff con­ducted the op­er­a­tion at Welling­ton and Mac­quarie Cor­rec­tional Centres on Mudgee Road at Welling­ton. The aim of the op­er­a­tion was to iden­tify, dis­rupt and pros­e­cute per­sons in re­la­tion to the sup­ply of weapons, to­bacco, pro­hib­ited drugs, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs and other items such mo­bile phones into the fa­cil­i­ties. Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion 408 vis­i­tors were screened us­ing drug de­tec­tion dogs,; 126 ve­hi­cles were searched; and 239 peo­ple had personal prop­erty searched – pretty im­pres­sive stats. Of­fi­cers seized Subox­one strips, white crys­tal sub­stance, cannabis, to­bacco, a sy­ringe, knives and a base­ball bat.

Those charged in­clude:

A Dubbo man, 21, with in­tro­duce knives to a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity;

An Or­ange woman, 35, and a Welling­ton woman, 24, both with sup­ply pro­hib­ited drug and in­tro­duce pro­hib­ited item to a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity;

A Welling­ton woman, 29, with in­tro­duce pro­hib­ited item (sy­ringe) to a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity;

A Bourke woman, 21, and a Dubbo woman, 25, both with sup­ply pro­hib­ited drug and in­tro­duce pro­hib­ited item to a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity;

A Grif­fith woman, 28, charged with two out­stand­ing first in­stance war­rants;

A Welling­ton male, 28, charged with two first in­stance war­rants and pos­sess pro­hib­ited drug (heroin).

Fish­ing pros­e­cu­tion

FISH­ERIES of­fi­cers tar­get­ing illegal fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the Lach­lan River near Forbes have nabbed 57 peo­ple com­mit­ting a to­tal of 70 of­fences. Most of­fend­ers were is­sued official cau­tions for mi­nor of­fences but 31 on-the-spot fines were is­sued to­talling $9,250. Eight pro­hib­ited-sized Mur­ray Cod and 22 Mur­ray Cod fil­lets were seized, along with 28 illegal set lines. A 42-year-old woman from Parkes was is­sued on-the-spot fines to­talling $1,000 af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of five pro­hib­ited size Mur­ray Cod and tak­ing more than the daily bag limit. Fish­eries of­fi­cers also con­ducted pa­trols of the Bar­won River be­tween Col­larene­bri and Bourke over the June long week­end with more than 150 recre­ational fish­ers in­spected, 24 of­fences de­tected and 25 items of illegal gear seized, in­clud­ing ex­cess lines and traps.

Dog day af­ter­noon

WITH the Parkes’ mur­der last week re­port­edly sparked by an ar­gu­ment over bark­ing dogs, the is­sue of noisy pets has ramped up across the re­gion. Paula-jayne Lyne­ham took to so­cial me­dia in Geurie in an ef­fort to get own­ers to keep their pets quiet.

“If you own dogs and they are bark­ing through the night/early morn­ing, can you please have some con­sid­er­a­tion for your neigh­bours and do something about it? I’m not talk­ing about bark­ing for 10mins, I’m talk­ing about non-stop bark­ing, the bark­ing has been hap­pen­ing since be­fore 3am and it is still go­ing,” she wrote.

“I didn’t want to have to say something, but this hap­pens way too much and I don’t think it’s right that I and oth­ers should have to be kept awake half the night, go­ing to work ex­hausted, be­cause you can’t look af­ter your dogs and shut them up. Do something about it or don’t have them, it’s in­con­sid­er­ate to ev­ery­one around you.”

Most of the com­ments were pretty sup­port­ive and while dogs are of­ten kept to warn own­ers that peo­ple are on or near their prop­erty, if they bark in­ces­santly you re­ally need to sort the prob­lem for the con­sid­er­a­tion of oth­ers.

Trangie break-ins

POLICE are asking the pub­lic for in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing a series of break and en­ter of­fences at Trangie last week­end. About 2am on June 30, two males al­legedly gained en­try to sev­eral cab­ins and ve­hi­cles at a car­a­van park in Trangie and at about 2.30am it’s al­leged two males were seen run­ning to­wards Bur­roway Street af­ter at­tempt­ing to steal a parked ve­hi­cle on Mul­lah Street. Of­fi­cers from Orana Mid-western Police Dis­trict have rea­son to be­lieve the in­ci­dents are linked and police wish to interview two men who may be able to as­sist with in­quiries into the in­ci­dents. The men are both de­scribed as be­ing of medium build, Abo­rig­i­nal ap­pear­ance and aged in their mid20s. One of the men was last seen wear­ing a re­flec­tive green hoodie and dark trousers, while the other was wear­ing a blue jumper, black shorts and was car­ry­ing a blanket. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are well un­der­way, and police are appealing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion or CCTV footage to con­tact the Nar­romine Police Sta­tion on 6883 1444 or Crime Stop­pers.

Su­per­charged theft

TYLER Shoobert’s had his su­per­charged VX Holden Com­modore stolen and he’d like it re­turned. He’s of­fer­ing a re­ward.

Over­tak­ing lanes

MIN­IS­TER for Re­gional Trans­port and Roads Paul Toole might have it to­tally wrong on the River Street Bridge but he’s 100 per cent right on the need for ex­tra over­tak­ing lanes on the Newell High­way.

He says mo­torists will soon ben­e­fit from a new pair of over­tak­ing lanes at Marth­aguy. “The Newell High­way is the freight back­bone of NSW and we want to en­sure our freight op­er­a­tors have some of the safest, most efficient roads avail­able to them,” Mr Toole said. “The project will be de­liv­ered via an al­liance model with the pri­vate sec­tor, which will see at least 30 ad­di­tional over­tak­ing lanes built in about four years – half the usual time.” The ad­di­tion of 30 over­tak­ing lanes is ex­pected to pro­vide 25 min­utes of travel time savings and in­creased safety along the length of the high­way. “The ul­ti­mate goal of the over­tak­ing lanes is to re­duce road crashes on NSW’S long­est high­way and to en­sure ev­ery­one who sets off on a jour­ney re­turns home safely.” Mem­ber for Dubbo Du­gald Saun­ders said the con­struc­tion of the new over­tak­ing lanes along the Newell High­way im­proved ef­fi­ciency for freight op­er­a­tors and pro­vided a real boost for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties along the Newell like Dubbo, Peak Hill and Gil­gan­dra.

Parkes drug houses

TWO in­ac­tive but so­phis­ti­cated hy­dro­ponic cannabis houses have been lo­cated in Parkes. On June 27 police at­tended a va­cant home on May Street at Parkes fol­low­ing up on re­ports of a hy­dro­ponic cannabis sys­tem set up in the house. On ar­rival, police found a pro­fes­sional sys­tem and a large quan­tity of cannabis leaf and stem. Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, police at­tended a home on Hill Street where a sec­ond so­phis­ti­cated in­ac­tive hy­dro­ponic setup was found. Be­tween 10-20kg of cannabis was lo­cated in garbage bags at the home. In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue. Police are appealing for pub­lic as­sis­tance with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the oc­cu­pants prior to November 2018 to con­tact Parkes Police Sta­tion on 6862 9999 or Crime Stop­pers.

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Crime scene: This Welling­ton ad­dress is the scene of al­leged ar­son and at­tempted mur­der. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/COLIN ROUSE

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