Op­er­a­tion Straw­berry Fields nabs driv­ers

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Po­lice ran an op­er­a­tion that in­cluded a traf­fic man­age­ment point at Koonoomoo on Sun­day and Mon­day.

The fo­cus was to re­duce road trauma by tar­get­ing drink and drug driv­ers trav­el­ling to and from the Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val at Tocumwal.

Po­lice had mo­bile units, so­los, drug bus and au­to­matic num­ber­plate recog­ni­tion dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

The op­er­a­tion showed some peo­ple were putting them­selves, pas­sen­gers and other road users at risk by tak­ing drugs and driv­ing.

Po­lice de­tected 60 driv­ers with drugs in their sys­tem while driv­ing and eight over the le­gal al­co­hol limit. More than 400 other traf­fic of­fences were de­tected dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.


Co­bram po­lice were kept busy on Wednes­day with a num­ber of in­ci­dents.

A man was taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion near Fin­ley beach, Koonoomoo. The man’s red utility col­lided with a tree; he sus­tain­ing mi­nor in­juries and was taken to hos­pi­tal. The cause of the col­li­sion is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Two ve­hi­cles col­lided at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mur­ray Val­ley Hwy and Co­bram-Koonoomoo Rd. One ve­hi­cle failed to give way and col­lided with a sec­ond ve­hi­cle. Both driv­ers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries and a penalty no­tice was is­sued to one of the driv­ers.

Of­fender/s stole a large amount of cop­per wire from a stor­age shed on Mur­ray Val­ley Hwy, Strath­mer­ton.

About 5 pm, fire bri­gades were called to a grass­fire out­side San­toro Fruit Shed, My­wee-Koonoomoo Rd, burn­ing about 1000 sq m of grass and scrub. The fire is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to phone Co­bram Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit on 5871 1977.

A car was burnt out­side a Glory Court prop­erty on Sun­day. The cause is not yet known and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should phone Co­bram po­lice on 5871 1 977.


Of­fender/s stole cash, a lap­top com­puter and as­sorted items form a staff room at the Prep-12 Col­lege in Gil­more St on Novem­ber 13.

A light re­moval­ist-style truck was stolen from a Bel­more St mo­tor inn overnight Thurs­day. The truck’s reg­is­tra­tion is S075 BXB and it con­tained gym equip­ment and fur­ni­ture.

A unit in Conifer Close was de­stroyed by fire on Fri­day. Noone was in­side the prop­erty at the time and the cause was not yet known, in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.


Some time be­tween Novem­ber 9 and 15, of­fend­ers forced en­try to a McGre­gor St prop­erty and stole two Fu­jitsu air­con­di­tion­ing units and the out­side com­pres­sors.

Of­fend­ers forced en­try to Home Hard­ware in Melville St on Fri­day, caus­ing dam­age and steal­ing cash.

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