NEWS OPIN­ION AND ANALYSIS

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency report - by JOHN RYAN

Po­lice awards

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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PHOTO: NSW PO­LICE

The truck which po­lice say con­tained 38 range­land goats.

Del­roy brigade mem­bers at South Dubbo Pub­lic School’s fete

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