NEWS OPINION AND ANALYSIS
HOW about the things our police get faced with on a daily basis.
There’s extensive coverage on this week’s police awards on the next page in Dubbo Photo News, but imagine being Sergeant Michael Smith who received a couple of region commander commendations for being involved in two separate incidents where he was literally fighting for his life against violent offenders – and that’s what he gets just for showing up to work.
Plenty of other great work, including recognition for Mendooran’s Senior Constable Carlton Kopke, who’s become a community leader in many ways as well as being the local cop. Sad end to search for young Mudgee man
POLICE believe a body located in the Mudgee CBD about 4.20pm on Tuesday this week is that of missing Mudgee teenager Natan Darcy.
The 19-year-old was last seen about 2.30am on November 2 behind the Town Hall Library on Market Street. Police say he was observed by two girls after he left the Woolpack Hotel and he appeared disoriented and struggling to stay upright.
As part of an extensive search, officers from Orana Mid-western Police District, with the assistance of specialist resources, located a body within a building in the Mudgee CBD.
While formal identification is yet to take place, it is believed the body is that of a 19-year-old.
A crime scene has been established as police investigate the circumstances surrounding his death, however initial inquiries suggest it is not suspicious.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner. Busy times at Delroy 284 Fire Station
LOCAL firies are busy even when there aren’t any fires in sight.
Firefighters from Delroy Fire Station have started local home fire safety checks and it’s a free service.
The guys offer advice, fire planning, prevention, smoke alarm checks, replacement and much more, so if you think your place needs a review when it comes to fire safety, get in touch.
The Delroy brigade also participated in South Dubbo Public School’s fete on November 2 and we’re pretty sure they identified plenty of next generation firefighters in the area.
They displayed information about home fire safety, advised people young and old what to do in a fire, and had plenty of people looking through the big red truck. Trangie fuel theft
POLICE are investigating the attempted theft of diesel fuel from a vehicle at a Narromine Shire Council work site on the Willydah Road at Trangie in the early hours of November 1.
A local resident overheard a car at the site and investigated and the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle is described as being a white Nissan Navara with a LED light on the front.
Police are also investigating any possible links between this offence and a break and enter that occurred at a business on Dandaloo Road at Narromine the same night.
If anyone has any information regarding either of these incidents, please contact Narromine Police Station. Thieves target drought areas
AS if it’s not tough enough in the drought without crooks callously knocking off everything you can’t bolt down.
Cobar police are investigating the theft of a large number of tools from a rural property on the Louth Road in the past few months.
The owner discovered the theft on Monday, November 4, and reported it to police. The missing items include a Honda Christie steel post hitter, two Kingchrome deep socket sets, a Kingchrome 20 tonne jack, numerous spanners and a 9” Hitachi angle grinder. Deer thieves...
RURAL Crime police are investigating a report of trespassing and the theft of deer meat from a property at Kaludabah, around October 31.
The owner of the property found a number of deer remains on the property which police believe were killed and butchered on site.
Inquiries are continuing and police would like to hear from anyone who may have information about this incident.
Please call Mudgee Police Station on 6372 8599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you have any information. Thieves or goats?
RURAL crime has been put under the spotlight as never before so it’s great to see that three men will face an array of charges after being caught by police allegedly poaching 38 goats from properties northwest of Cobar last Friday, November 1.
Police responded after receiving reports of illegal hunting and goat poaching on a Louth Road property and a short time later stopped a light truck within close proximity to the property.
It’s alleged the truck’s rear cage contained 38 rangeland goats, as well as three hunting dogs which were found not to be micro-chipped.
Police spoke with the male occupants, two aged 27 and a third aged 28, before conducting a search of the vehicle and the men, and following inquiries the truck was seized under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act.
The three Cobar men will be served with Future Court Attendance Notices for an array of offences.
Investigations continue with the assistance of Investigators from the Rural Crime Prevention Team.
Central North Police District Commander, Superintendent Andrew Hurst, said rural crime and the offenders causing harm to the rural community continue to be of focus.
“We are working hard to strengthen relationships between the rural community, and local police, including the Rural Crime Prevention Team, to encourage people to report rural crime so we can target suspects and disrupt criminal activity,” Supt Hurst said.
Rural Crime Prevention Team State Coordinator, detective inspector Cameron Whiteside, said this result is a great example of timely reporting and the commitment of the local uniform police at Cobar to tackle rural crime.
“This interaction is on the back of a recent community forum in Cobar where the Rural Crime Prevention Team highlighted the need to call their local police immediately and report all rural crimes,” Det Insp Whiteside said.
“The forum also outlined measures that farmers can take to prevent these crimes, what to do when you are a victim of a rural crime and how to report it in a timely manner.
“The Rural Crime Prevention Team will continue to work with regional, rural and remote police in preventing and responding to rural crime, while disrupting those responsible,” he said. Walgett drug charges
A 31-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with drug supply offences after methylamphetamine and cannabis were allegedly found during a vehicle stop near Walgett.
Late last week, officers conducted a vehicle stop on the Castlereagh Highway, approximately 10km south of Walgett.
Police spoke with the occupants of the Holden Commodore station wagon, during which the 31-yearold male passenger allegedly produced a backpack from the passenger foot well which contained cannabis leaf and other drug paraphernalia.
A search was conducted of the vehicle and the occupants during which a quantity of methylamphetamine was allegedly located in the man’s shoe.
He was arrested and taken to Walgett Police Station where he was charged with supply prohibited drug (x2).
He was granted conditional bail to appear before Walgett Local Court on Tuesday, November 12.
Central North Police District Commander, Superintendent Andrew Hurst, said the arrest stemmed from information provided by the community.
“The Central North Police District will continue to target the supply of prohibited drugs in our communities, and the people who are transporting drugs,” he said.
“This arrest was the result of information from the community, and excellent teamwork from the various units and teams that work at the Walgett Police Station.”
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The truck which police say contained 38 rangeland goats.
Delroy brigade members at South Dubbo Public School’s fete