Rural crime squad investigates illegal hunting, firearms seized
A 19-YEAR-OLD man has been charged by police in relation to a pursuit through Dubbo streets involving a Landrover Freelander allegedly stolen from Ben Bullen, north of Lithgow, earlier this week.
Just after 7.30am on Tuesday police went to a Corbett Avenue home in Dubbo to speak with a man and woman about unrelated matters but allege the pair fled the location in the stolen vehicle before they could be stopped by police.
A series of pursuits within the Dubbo township followed and proceeded for 40 minutes before being terminated on Sheraton Road for safety reasons.
Bear in mind there were hundreds of students driving and walking to local schools between 8 and 9am at the time.
A short time later, police saw the vehicle travelling in Kensington Avenue and it’s alleged the car was driven at police before being driven to the top-level car park at Orana Mall.
Police allege the occupants ran from the car, but thankfully they were arrested after a short foot pursuit, taken to Dubbo’s police station and where the man was charged with break enter and steal, steal motor vehicle, police pursuit, use weapon to resist arrest, supply prohibited drug and breach of bail. He was bail refused to appear before Dubbo Local Court.
The woman, aged 25, remained in custody pending charges.
Second pursuit, weapons seized
GREAT work from our local cops at Coonabarabran.
At about midday on Monday officers attempted to stop a Holden Commodore travelling north on the Newell Highway through Coonabarabran for a Random Breath Test (RBT).
Police allege the driver wouldn’t stop so they began a pursuit before terminating it.
The car was spotted at about 12.30pm and the pursuit re-engaged towards Mullaley before again being terminated.
A short time later the car was spotted by a police chopper, the crew watching it approach Dunedoo, before driving into bushland and stopping.
Police attended and arrested a 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.
The Commodore was searched and the haul allegedly included a rifle, air rifle, taser, extendable baton, knife, drug paraphernalia and multiple items believed to be the proceeds of crime.
Both were charged with multiple offences, bail was refused, and they are due to appear before Mudgee Local Court.
Great effort from police on that one.
More road drama
THERE was yet another challenge on our roads for local emergency services in the early hours of Sunday, August 25, when a B-double rolled on Eumungerie Road near Narromine.
Police say the truck was travelling in a northerly direction along Eumungerie Road about 11km north of the Dubbo-burroway Road when the prime mover and its two trailers flipped.
The 34-year-old male driver was taken to Dubbo Base Hospital for observation and the road was blocked in both directions until 4.30am.
“We are extremely grateful that no one was injured, and we appeal for all drivers on the road to take care, use common sense and patience,” Orana Mid-western Police District Inspector Dan Skelly said.
PLENTY of people including a walker pushing a pram were pretty unhappy with three dirt bike riders who roared past them along the Tracker Riley walking and cycling path on Sunday afternoon.
This really isn’t okay; it doesn’t take much to have a little kid or dog panic and run in front of you.
The pathway is no place for dirt bikes.
Ambo innings FORTY-FOUR years is one hell of a stint in any job, but for a paramedic saving life and limb on a daily basis, it’s an incredible score.
Inspector David Silver retired from the job last week after nearly half a century and was farewelled by a guard of honour comprising fellow paramedics from Narromine and well beyond.
The guard of honour was complete down to the bagpipes and NSW Ambulance says Inspector Silver’s moving finale was earmarked by a surprise return of Susan George, a former Station Officer of Narromine who spent many years working with David.
There was also a special radio sign-on with our Western Control Centre.
Thanks for your service David, that’s an incredible amount of time to spend at a demanding job – mentally as well as physically – and as well as saving lives and comforting loved ones, you have inspired many younger paramedics as well.
ONE thing Dubbo isn’t short of at the moment is crooks in wholesale job lots.
A relo of mine had his work ute stolen last weekend from his driveway and the next morning it was found torched in Beni Forest, his tools and other work gear either stolen or burnt to a crisp.
It sickens me that an incredibly hard-working young bloke has to have his life impinged on like this, by people who’ve probably never done a single constructive thing in their dreary and meaningless existences.
Meantime, police are catching plenty of these crooks, with a woman and two men charged following an alleged robbery in company at a home last Wednesday, August 21.
Police allege a 30-year-old woman arrived at a home in the Rose Garden area of Dubbo to purchase a mobile phone from a man who listed the sale online and she allegedly took the phone, put it inside her vehicle and then punched this poor bloke in the head.
That’s not all, allegedly, with the male driver allegedly exiting the vehicle brandishing a kitchen knife and threatening the alleged bashing victim.
A short time later police located the vehicle on Macquarie Street and arrested the woman along with two men, aged 33 and 36.
The woman was charged with robbery in company, and was bail refused to appear before Dubbo Local Court.
The 36-year-old was charged with possess prohibited drug and breach of bail and was bail refused to appear before Dubbo Local Court.
The 33-year-old man was charged with drive while licence application refused and offensive language. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Dubbo Local Court.
New cops for our region
OUT of the 269 new police who graduated last week from the academy, eight have been dispatched out our way to service at Orana Mid-western Police District.
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders congratulated the new recruits on attesting from the academy after more than eight months of hard slog.
“Our region is in safer hands with more officers joining the ranks today,” Mr Saunders said.
“I am proud to welcome these men and women and wish them every success in their policing careers.
“Being sworn in as a police officer is a great honour and I commend these new recruits for making the brave decision to put the community’s safety ahead of their own,” he said.
Six new police will be based in Dubbo with one in Wellington and the other in Gilgandra.
Storm season on the way
WITH spring upon us, so is the start of storm season, according to Dubbo city’s State Emergency Services Unit.
The crew has supplied a few quick tips on preparing your property in the event of a severe storm and is urging people to always have an action plan to keep yourself and property safe.
1. Know your risk;
2. Plan now for what you will do;
3. Prepare your home;
4. Be aware;
5. Look out for each other.
POLICE have seized a vehicle, firearm and other weapons as they continue an investigation into illegal hunting on a property in the state’s central west.
Police say that last Saturday, August 24, a Toyota Landcruiser utility was observed trespassing on a station at Cubba, 100km west of Cobar, with fences and a gate allegedly damaged.
Police on the way to investigate stopped the suspected utility travelling in the opposite direction and spoke with the three male occupants, aged 21, 25 and 27.
It is alleged police observed a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle, which was seized along with ammunition.
The occupants and vehicle were searched, and police allegedly located and seized a further two large hunting knives, a machete, ammunition and other hunting-style equipment.
The vehicle was seized in accordance with the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002.
Investigations into this and separate incidents in the region are continuing.
“These crimes will not be tolerated and those who commit them remain a continued focus of NSW Police Force,” the state’s rural crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said.
“Now more than ever we are determined to put offenders before the courts and seize their equipment – a commitment which has been supported by Crime Stoppers in a joint effort to combat rural crime.”
Woman killed by own car
IT really doesn’t get much more tragic than this. A 28-year-old Mudgee woman arrived at her work not long before 9am last Friday, August 23, and got out of her car.
Police believe the vehicle has rolled forward and trapped the woman.
A member of the public found the injured woman and notified emergency services who arrived a short time later, but despite the best of efforts, the woman was unable to be revived.
Officers attached to Orana Mid-western Police District established a crime scene and continue investigations.
I’ve covered thousands of emergency services stories in my time but this one ranks right up there with the saddest of them.
Toy guns taken
THIS is a bizarre one – police arrested a 46-yearold man from his stall at Gunnedah’s Ag-quip field days after finding 106 replica firearms, all of which are deemed prohibited weapons in this state.
Police will allege 45 pistols, 18 air pistols, 42 sub machine guns, and one assault rifle were being offered for sale. Officers seized all firearms and more than $5000 cash.
Chief Inspector Jeff Budd thanked those who provided information to police which enabled them to take action.
“These are very serious charges that have been laid, and we appreciate the assistance provided by members of the primary industry community,” Chief Inspector Budd said.
“We work closely with organisers in preparation for events such as this, to ensure the safety and security of visitors and exhibitors.
“We are also concerned that people have already unknowingly bought these weapons thinking they were legal,” he said.
I’m in two minds about this one, I can’t get overly excited about the sort of toy guns and air pistols I had so much fun with as a kid.
Weapons seized by police, allegedly found during a vehicle search near Dunedoo.
A warm hug for Inspector David Silver who has retired after 44 years as a paramedic. PHOTO: