Ru­ral crime squad in­ves­ti­gates il­le­gal hunt­ing, firearms seized

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Po­lice pur­suit

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.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

Off-road may­hem

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.

Dubbo rob­bery

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.

Guns ga­lore

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:

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