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Police appeal for information on missing woman in state’s Central Hunter region

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a woman missing from the state’s Central Hunter region since yesterday.

Bindi Cheers, 44, was last seen about 2pm (Sunday 24 July 2016), at a race club on Racecourse Road, Clarendon.

When Mrs Cheers failed to return home, officers attached to Central Hunter Local Area Command were contacted and commenced searching for her.

It is believed Mrs Cheers may have driven to a service station on Enterprise Drive, Beresfield, prior to going missing. She is believed to be on foot.

Mrs Cheers is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of slim build, with a fair complexion.

She was last seen wearing grey cargo pants, running shoes, and may be wearing a maroon jacket.

Anyone who may have seen Mrs Cheers is urged to contact Maitland Police via Crime Stoppers.

A search around the Enterprise Drive, Beresfield location will commence at first light today (Monday 25 July 2016).

Fatal crash south of Newcastle

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a motorcyclist south of Newcastle yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Flowers Drive, Catherine Hill Bay, about 3.15pm (Saturday 23 July 2016), following reports of a collision between a motorcycle and a car.

The rider, a 33-year-old man from Medowie, was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics; however, died at the scene.

The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man, was not injured. He was taken to Belmont Hospital to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.

A second motorcycle rider, a 47-year-old man from Singleton, was injured after the initial impact. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital with a suspected broken leg and ribs.

Flowers Drive was closed for several hours while police examined the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the crash to come forward.

Police investigate fatal crash north of Maitland

Police investigate fatal crash north of Maitland
Friday, 22 July 2016 05:16:41 PM

Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash north of Maitland this morning.

Just after 6.40am (Friday 22 July 2016), emergency services were called to Gresford Road, East Gresford, following reports a car had left the road and hit a tree.

The driver and only occupant, an 18-year-old female P-plate driver, died at the scene.

Officers attached to Central Hunter Local Area Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attended and are investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Renewed appeal for missing person after reward increased to $100,000 – Armidale


Police are renewing their appeal for information into a man who has been missing from Armidale since 1993, after a reward relating to his disappearance was increased to $100,000.

William “Bill” Roach, who was aged 25 at the time, was last seen on Grafton Road Armidale, on Friday 31 December 1993.

Strike Force Annan was established in 2003 to examine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant has approved a reward increase of up $100,000 for information leading to the location of William Roach.

This is an increase of $50,000 from the prior reward.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Toy Grant said the smallest piece of information could provide clues needed to close the case.

“Mr Roach’s family deserve to know what happened to him. They have waited long enough for answers about his disappearance,” Mr Grant said.

Acting Inspector Stuart Gray, Crime Manager at New England Local Area Command, says he hopes the reward will help solve the case.

“We hope that this increase in the reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring a resolution to this investigation”.

“I’d urge anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant you think it may be, to come forward,” Acting Inspector Gray said.

Investigators from Strike Force Annan have been following a number of lines of inquiry and executed a crime scene warrant at a property on the outskirts of Armidale in late February.

Anyone with any information can contact Armidale Detectives on 02 6771 0699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Police to host information sessions with Aboriginal communities – New England LAC

Police from New England Local Area Command (LAC) will next week host information sessions to discuss ways police and Aboriginal people can work together to create stronger, safer communities.

The information sessions will take place at various locations within the command, in the state’s north-west, between Monday (25 July 2016) and Thursday (28 July 2016) next week.

The sessions are being conducted as part of the NSW Police Aboriginal Strategic Direction (2012 – 2017), which is a blueprint for how LACs engage and interact with Aboriginal communities.

This policy aims to build strong relationships between police and Aboriginal people, and deliver meaningful outcomes for their local communities.

It has four key priority areas: to ensure community safety; improve communication and understanding between police and Aboriginal people; reduced involvement and improved safety of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system; and Aboriginal youth offending.

“Over the next few months, we are hosting information sessions at more than 40 commands across NSW to enhance community knowledge about the Aboriginal Strategic Direction,” NSW Police Force Corporate Spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said.

“It’s not the first time we have reached out to Aboriginal communities about the policy; we held a similar round of community-engagement activities in 2012 and 2013.

“However, we are taking this opportunity to revisit Aboriginal communities across the state – including within New England LAC – to reinforce the powerful ways in which police and Aboriginal people can work together to build stronger, safer communities,” he said.

“As the Aboriginal Strategic Direction is up for review next year, we will also be seeking input on how we can forge even more productive partnerships between police and Aboriginal people in the future,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

Representatives from the NSW Police Aboriginal Co-ordination Team will run the information sessions, which are taking place within New England LAC at the following locations and subsequent times:

Monday 25 July

12.30pm: Armidale Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale)

Tuesday 26 July

11am: Guyra Local Aboriginal Land Council (187 Falconer Street, South Guyra)

2pm: Glen Innes Aboriginal Land Council (181 Lang Street, Glen Innes)

Wednesday 27 July

8.30am: Linking Together Centre (16 Waratah Avenue, Inverell)

11am: Best Access Centre (4 Amethyst Street, Tingha)

Thursday 28 July

10am: Tenterfield Shire Council (247 Rouse Street, Tenterfield)

Fatal crash – Tamworth

Police are investigating following a single vehicle crash south of Tamworth today.

About 3pm (Tuesday 19 July 2016), police and emergency services were called to a crash on the New England Highway, about 25km south of Tamworth.

Initial investigations suggest a Peugeot with four occupants in the vehicle, rolled leaving them trapped for a short time.

A 73-year-old male front seat passenger died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

Three other people in the car, the 64-year-old male driver and two 64-year-old female rear seat passengers were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

One female passenger was airlifted by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle with serious injuries.

The driver and other female passenger were taken by Ambulance to Tamworth Base Hospital with minor injuries.

A crime scene was established with Crash Investigation Unit officers in attendance.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Critical incident – Maitland

A critical incident has been launched after a woman died while in custody at Maitland Police Station.

About 12.45am (Monday 18 July 2016), police located and detained a 36-year-old woman who appeared intoxicated, walking along Wollumbi Road, Cessnock.

The woman was transported by police to Maitland Police Station and placed in a holding cell.

About 6am the woman was found deceased.

A Critical Incident Team from Newcastle will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

All information will be provided to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading to the woman’s death.

The welfare of the police officers has been addressed and they are being supported.

The woman’s family has been notified and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family.

Critical incident – Newcastle

A critical incident has been launched after a man fell from an elevated driveway at a hospital in Newcastle last night.

About 11.30pm (Monday 18 July 2016), police escorted a 30-year-old man to Mater Hospital, Newcastle, to seek medical assistance.

While at the hospital it is alleged the man ran through an open security door. He was seen to jump over a railing and landed on the concrete below, sustaining head and internal injuries.

The man was taken to John Hunter Hospital and remains in a critical condition.

A Critical Incident Team from Lake Macquarie will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

Police appeal for information following alleged assault – Newcastle

Police are appealing for information following an alleged assault of a 44 year-old man at a hotel in Newcastle.

About 12.55am today (Sunday 17 July 2016), it is alleged that a man punched another man at a hotel in Beaumont Street, Hamilton, causing him to fall to the ground before allegedly stomping on his head.

The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

Officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations.

As part of their investigation, they would like to speak to a man who is believed to have an Irish accent who may be able to assist them.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Doctor charged with further alleged sexual offences upon patients – Newcastle

A doctor has been charged with additional sexual and indecent assault offences allegedly committed upon patients in Newcastle.

Police will allege between 2003 and 2012, six female patients of the specialist clinic on Watt Street were sexually and indecently assaulted by a male doctor during consultations.

Strike Force Yatala was formed to investigate the incidents.

Officers attached to Strike Force Yatala today (Friday 15 July 2016) laid additional charges.

The 63-year-old man was additionally charged with 24 further offences of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

The man is due to appear next at Newcastle District Court on Thursday 28 July, 2016.

Meanwhile, inquiries are continuing and police are encouraging anyone who feels they may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation to contact Newcastle Detectives.