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Albury LAC thank community for their support during ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign

Police from Albury Local Area Command (LAC) have thanked the community for their ongoing support during the recent ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

The Commonwealth-funded campaign is currently being conducted in States and Territories across Australia.

While members of the public are urged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers; ‘Dob in a Dealer’ is targeting the manufacture, supply and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methylamphetamine) in the community.

‘Dob in a Dealer’ was promoted across Albury/Wodonga Local Area Commands between Wednesday 13 July 2016 and Sunday 24 July 2016.

Police and Crime Stoppers conducted intensive community-engagement activities at locations across the command, encouraging members of the public to report information about prohibited drugs.

Over the course of the campaign and in the weeks that followed, Crime Stoppers received a number of Information Reports from the community relating to possible drug activity in the local area.

Albury Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Evan Quarmby, thanked the community for getting behind the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

“During the campaign we received 18 Information Reports via Crime Stoppers about suspected drug activity across our region, all of which will now undergo further investigation,” A/Supt Quarmby said.

“We know that a whole-of-community approach is required to tackle the spread of ‘ice,’ so it was positive to see the calls coming in with valuable information.

“I’d also like to urge the public to please keep the calls coming in; ‘ice’ does not discriminate and continues to affect people of all demographics right across the state of NSW,” A/Supt Quarmby said.

“It’s also important to remember that your call to Crime Stoppers could very well change someone’s life. This drug has the potential to ravage lives but don’t forget help is available and it’s never too late to make that change.

“For the money-hungry criminals who manufacture these dangerous substances it’s all about the bottom line; the wellbeing of their customers is simply not of concern, which is why you can never be sure what you’re consuming,” A/Supt Quarmby said.

“Do not underestimate the important role you can play in helping us track down and arrest those involved in manufacturing and distributing ‘ice’ across our neighbourhoods – your phone call could make an enormous difference.”

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said people who live and work within Albury Local Area Command can still report information confidentially and anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

“While the campaign has come to a close in Albury LAC, the issue of illegal drugs has not – and we urge the community to continue reporting drug-dealing or drug-manufacturing activity to Crime Stoppers,” Mr Price said.

“We’re calling on members of the public to step up and stamp out ‘ice’ in their community – together we can affect real change.

“Calls made to Crime Stoppers are directed to a state-wide call centre and they’re completely confidential. You do not have to identify yourself and you will not be compelled to participate for a court case,” Mr Price said.

“Most importantly, every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce drug supply – so if you know something, say something.”

In NSW, the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is being held in 21 metropolitan and regional local area commands over a six-month period between March and September 2016.

The campaign runs in each command for two weeks, during which local officers and Crime Stoppers representatives host a number of activities to inform local residents of how they can take part and show their support.

Police appeal for information after child approach – Yass

Police are appealing for public assistance after a child was approached by the same man twice in Yass this week.

Police have been told about 2pm (Sunday 14 August 2016), a 14-year-old girl was walking along Comur Street, Yass where she was approached by a man in a white 4WD.

The girl ignored the man and continued walking.

Shortly before 6pm (Wednesday 17 August 2016), the girl was walking along Hume Street, Yass and was approached by a man in a small black hatchback.

On both occasions, the man asked the girl to come to the vehicle.

The girl declined and the man drove away.

Police from The Hume Local Area Command are investigating both incidents and would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, olive complexion, with a large build.

The vehicles are described as being a white 4WD with roof racks and a small black hatchback.

Police are urging for anyone who may have dash cam footage from around the area at the time of the incidents to contact them.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including;

– Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

– Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.

– Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

– Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.

– Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

– If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.

– If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Police investigate home invasion near Albury

Police are investigating after a man in a wheelchair was injured during a home invasion near Albury yesterday.

Police were told, about 7.15pm (Tuesday 16 August 2016), two people attended a home on Kottoff Street, Lavington, and assaulted a 38-year-old male resident after he answered the door.

The pair demanded cash, jewellery and drugs before they began to rummage through the house.

The 38-year-old male resident punched one of intruders, but was pushed to the ground, out of his wheelchair.

The two people then left the premises after taking cash and electronic items from the house.

Police from Albury Local Area Command attended the scene and established a crime scene.

Investigators would like to speak with two people who may be able to assist with inquiries.

One is described as being male and of Caucasian appearance, with short brown hair and had his face covered. He was last seen wearing dark clothing at the time.

The second person is described as being possibly female and of Caucasian appearance with long light brown hair in a pony tail and also had their face covered. They were last seen wearing dark clothing as well.

The resident sustained a minor injury to hand and grazing during the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Albury Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Provisional driver suspended, fined after caught allegedly doing 174 km/h

A female P-plater has been suspended from driving and fined after she was allegedly caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h yesterday.

About 7.20am Tuesday (16 August 2016), Traffic and Highway Patrol officers detected a silver Toyota Aurion travelling at a speed over the 110km/h limit on the Hume Motorway.

The vehicle’s speed was checked at 174km/h and police stopped the vehicle and spoke to the 23-year-old female driver of the vehicle.

An alcohol breath test returned a negative result and the driver was issued an infringement for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, which carries a penalty of $2306, six demerit points and an automatic licence confiscation and six-month suspension.

Calls for inquiry after former Gundagai Hospital site value jumps 500 per cent

An old hospital site in southern New South Wales has sold for the second time in a year — for a 500 percent profit.

The NSW health department sold the old Gundagai hospital in early 2015, after building an new hospital next door.

Contracts have now settled for the old hospital’s next sale, to a Sydney doctor, for $650,000.

NSW Upper House MP Mick Veitch, who was born in the old Gundagai hospital, was astounded when he heard the price.

“Well, I’m gobsmacked. Congratulations to the person who bought it for $110,000 and was able to turn it around for so much money in such a short time,” Mr Veitch said.

“At the time, I was concerned that the old site sold for significantly below what I thought was the market value. And this new sale shows my views were justified.”

“There does need to be some investigation as to why the difference in the price.”

Gundagai community leaders shared Mr Veitch’s concerns about the original sale.

Elders real estate principal Jim Saunderson said the latest sale was embarrassing.

Gundagai GP Paul Mara says it was further evidence of the need for a public inquiry.

“How did the health department arrive at that sale price of $110,000, only for it to be sold for so much just a year later?” Dr Mara said.

In 2014, a Gundagai community group opted not to bid for the hospital, because they could not raise enough money to meet the listed price.

They were outraged when they learned the State Government then sold it for significantly lower than the listed price.

Mr Veitch said records obtained under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 showed NSW Health was concerned about the cost of asbestos remediation.

“And that’s part of the reason the health bureaucrats at the time let the building go for the price they did,” Mr Veitch said.

New owner considers plans for refugee support

The new owner, Sydney general practitioner Nirmal Taluja, said the site was listed for $1.5million, but she negotiated for $650,000.

According to her practice website, Dr Taluja has 40 years’ medical experience, including as head doctor at Sydney’s Auburn Hospital.

“What I’m thinking is why don’t I make an establishment centre to help refugees?” she said.

“The government can achieve so much out of that if you do a settlement commission where the people can start, and the government can give them incentives rather than unemployment benefits.”

She said the centre would teach refugees how to farm, before assigning them some land to look after.

“Of course I have to do a lot of work for it. I’d like to have Australia do something for these refugees, but we have some gain out of it,” Dr Taluja said.

She said it was one of three options she was considering.

The others were a boarding house for homeless people, and a palliative care centre.

“Gundagai is beautiful. I would love to retire there myself,” Dr Taluja said.

“Whatever is proposed for the site isn’t as important now as what will happen about the remediation of that building and that site,” Mr Veitch said.

“There are asbestos issues, and we need to make sure the remediation is done properly.”

Dr Taluja said she would now approach government and community groups for assistance realising one of her plans.

BMW confiscated after driver caught at 200km/h on Hume Highway

A man in a hurry has lost his licence, a stack of cash and his BMW after he was allegedly clocked at 200km/h on the Hume Highway on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old was first noticed whistling along the dual-carriageway by highway patrol officers conducting speed checks at Mundarlo, near South Gundagai, around 5pm.

The vehicle was stopped near the Snowy Mountains Highway soon after, and police spoke to the man behind the wheel before issuing him with a $2350 infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

The BMW was towed from the scene and it will be three months before it is back in the hands of the owner, police said.

It’ll also be a further three months until he can get back behind the wheel after being dealt a six-month licence suspension along with the fine and confiscation.

Excessive speeding and dangerous driving on NSW roads continues to be a target of police, the head of NSW Police’s traffic and highway patrol command Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.

“We are working hard to educate people on road safety through campaigns like Toward Zero, which is about lowering the road toll, but we also need to continue to target bad driver behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Our ongoing road enforcement activities across the state aim to ensure those people who are putting put their own lives and the lives of others at risk on our roads by doing the wrong thing are targeted and detected.”

Man to appear at court in relation to 1998 child sex offence – Darlinghurst

A man who failed to appear in court on a child sex charge 18 years ago has been arrested in Wagga Wagga.

Kings Cross detectives have been conducting recent inquiries into the man’s whereabouts following a review of outstanding cases.

The man had initially been arrested by police on 30 January 1998 for the offence of sexual assault upon a child, allegedly relating to a 14-year-old girl, in Darlinghurst.

A conviction warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court.

Last month, police in Victoria arrested the 39-year-old man after information was provided by Kings Cross detectives.

He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court in late July and was granted bail to reappear at Central Local Court in Sydney on Wednesday 3 August 2016, but failed to appear.

A new warrant was issued for the man’s arrest and he was located by police from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command the following day.

The 39-year-old man has been refused bail and is expected to appear at Central Local Court on Friday 12 August 2016.

Krueger delivers new PBS Super B-double

Krueger Transport Equipment has just completed the construction of a new PBS-approved Super B-double skel for Canny Carrying – a purchase that will benefit the Victorian fleet’s container service in more ways than one.

The Hume Highway remains one of the Australia’s most important transport routes – over 800km of road linking Melbourne and Sydney. On the southern end of the route, family-owned Canny Carrying cherishes the highway as much as its own yard and specs its vehicles to get the most out of every trip.

Canny uses the Hume daily to transport a variety of freight, including general goods, local commodities, chemicals and farming machinery to be either exported or for its end customers in New South Wales and Queensland. “Those runs also include traveling between our Wangaratta site to our depot in Derrimut, Sydney or Albury, as well as long haul trips to Brisbane,” says Co-Director, Greg Canny. “A large portion of goods are delivered via containers, so it’s vital that our trailing gear is up to the task.”

Instead of adding more trucks and trailers to carry out more jobs, Greg says he has found the ideal solution to address Canny’s job requirements and still keep vehicle purchases to a minimum – making the most out of the company’s longstanding relationship with trailer expert, Krueger.

NSW man caught travelling 200km/h near Gundagai

A man has had his car confiscated, been fined more than $2300 and had his license suspended after he was allegedly detected travelling at 200km/h near Gundagai this afternoon, NSW Police say.

Just after 5pm today, officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on the Hume Highway at Mundarlo, near south Gundagai, when they observed a white BMW travelling at an alleged 200km/h in a 110km/h marked zone.

The vehicle was stopped near the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection and police spoke to the male driver, who was the only occupant.

The 42-year-old man was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, which carries a $2350 fine.

The man’s BMW was towed from the scene and will remain confiscated by police for three months. His driver’s licence was suspended for six months.

Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said excessive speeding and other dangerous behaviour on our roads would not be tolerated.

“We are working hard to educate people on road safety through campaigns like ‘Toward Zero’, which is about lowering the road toll, but we also need to continue to target bad driver behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Our ongoing road enforcement activities across the state aim to ensure those people who are putting put their own lives and the lives of others at risk on our roads by doing the wrong thing are targeted and detected.”

Man caught travelling 200km/h near Gundagai

A man has had his car confiscated, been fined more than $2300 and had his license suspended after he was allegedly detected travelling at 200km/h near Gundagai this afternoon.

Just after 5pm (Tuesday 9 August 2016), officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on the Hume Highway at Mundarlo, near south Gundagai, when they observed a white BMW travelling at an alleged 200km/h in a 110km/h marked zone.

The vehicle was stopped near the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection and police spoke to the male driver, who was the only occupant.

The 42-year-old man was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, which carries a $2350 fine.

The man’s BMW was towed from the scene and will remain confiscated by police for three months. His driver’s licence was suspended for six months.

Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said excessive speeding and other dangerous behaviour on our roads would not be tolerated.

“We are working hard to educate people on road safety through campaigns like ‘Toward Zero’, which is about lowering the road toll, but we also need to continue to target bad driver behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Our ongoing road enforcement activities across the state aim to ensure those people who are putting put their own lives and the lives of others at risk on our roads by doing the wrong thing are targeted and detected.”