The Weekend Post : 2019-01-12

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NEWS 18 SATURDAY JANUARY 12 2019 CAIRNSPOST.COM.AU Accused accessory charged A 42-YEAR-OLD Bentley Park man accused of being a getaway driver in an armed robbery in Woree last year is facing charges of armed robbery and being an accessory after the fact. Another man entered the Puma fuel station on the Bruce Hwy on the night of April 22 armed with a knife and made demands to the attendant before fleeing on foot with a sum of money. It will be alleged that he ran to a waiting vehicle in a nearby street and was driven away. A then 22-year-old Bentley Park man was arrested and charged over an incident on May 11 last year and remains in custody. Detectives allege the 42year-old was driving the vehicle involved in the offence. “We’ll be alleging that he enjoyed some of the proceeds of the robbery,” Cairns police senior constable Russell Parker said. The man was charged with armed robbery and an alternate charge of being an accessory after the fact. He will appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on January 16. JANESSA EKERT at the Queensland Academy. “Football was a pretty big thing when I was at the police academy.” He secured a permanent spot in Cairns as a general duties officer in 1982. “Cairns was probably seen as pretty much a frontier place, it was seen as the end of the line to a degree so it had that feel about it,” he said. “Cairns itself was also changing at that time, tourism was starting to pick up.” He also did his fair share of tours throughout the Cape including at Aurukun, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw and Lockhart River. He left for Brisbane in 1988 but returned in 2007 covering a number of roles including most recently as the Cairns Metro Inspector. “Funnily enough I was originally going to be a schoolteacher,” he said. But he applied to the academy on a whim and joined as a 15-year-old school cadet. “I’ve stayed right through, so a career police officer from a very young age,” he said. “It’s the challenge of the job. It’s an exciting job, an interesting job. Every day is different even at my rank.” Police [email protected] AFTER more than 30 years Inspector Peter Mansfield still remembers the moment Cyclone Winifred struck the Far North. “I remember vividly… the wind came from the west so it came down the hills behind Cairns, it really roared down those hills,” he said. Insp Mansfield has spent nearly half his 38-year policing career in the Far North, but tomorrow he heads back to Brisbane to take up a role with the Ethical Standards Command. During his time he has been involved in a number of major events including Cyclone Winifred in 1986, Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and the fatal tilt train crash near Cardwell in 2008. “They’ve really stuck in my mind,” he said. Insp Mansfield got his first taste of the Far North through a QPS football tour soon after he was sworn in as a 19-yearold in the early ’80s. “I was lucky enough to come up on a football trip with a police team with Mal Meninga and Ash Lumby,” he said, adding that in those days Wayne Bennett had been a physical education instructor Dip in number of dog attacks DECEMBER was the quietest month for dog attacks in Cairns for the past three years. The finding comes as Ergon Energy workers and meter readers say they won’t enter yards where dogs are not securely restrained, as part of new safety measures being introduced this month. The energy provider recorded 71 injuries from dog bites and 199 other incidents and close calls between July 2017 and October 2018. Ergon Energy’s new safe entry measures will begin on Monday. WHOLE VICTORIAN YEARLING ANGUS RUMP [email protected] facebook.com/TheCairnsPost www.cairnspost.com.au twitter.com/TheCairnsPost (SLICED FREE) 99 11 $ BETTER CHEAPER MEAT WEEK AFTER WEEK OPEN 7 DAYS kg Mon M – Fri 6am – 6pm | Sat 6am – 5pm | Sun 6am – 4pm BONED & ROLLED VICTORIAN LAMB LEGS FROZEN MACKEREL BITES 999 999 1299 999 $ $ MEATY PORK RIBS kg kg (APPROX 2KG) ECONOMY T-BONE STEAK $ $ kg ea (1KG PACKS) (MIN 1.5KG) Ph 4033 2811 | 36-38 ISHMAEL RD, EARLVILLE | www.cairnsbulkmeats.com.au CCPE01Z01MA - V1

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