Daily Archives: 25/06/2015

Four LACs join forces in operation to tackle crime in Hunter region

Police from four local area commands within the Hunter region are joining forces in an operation to combat property theft, drug supply and other offences.

Operation Quad LAC will involve police from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City, Port Stephens and Central Hunter Special Operations Groups.

The operation will run over the next two weekends, and involve the four commands sharing intelligence and resources to conduct targeted, high-visibility patrols.

Specifically, Operation Quad LAC will:

  • Target offenders and known locations;
  • Target offenders with outstanding warrants and court attendance notices;
  • Conduct compliance checks on offenders with current bail conditions; and
  • Perform mobile random breath testing.

The crimes to be targeted by Operation Quad LAC include property offences, such as break-and-enters. Officers will also have drug suppliers in their sights.

“Throughout this operation, we will be undertaking numerous proactive policing strategies with our colleagues within the Newcastle City, Port Stephens and Central Hunter commands,” Lake Macquarie Local Area commander, Superintendent Brett Greentree, said.

“Crime knows no boundaries, so it makes perfect sense for us to share resources in this way,” he said.

“Our other vital partnership is with the local communities in these areas, and as always, we ask that anyone with information about crime to come forward and report it to police,” Supt Greentree said.

Truck driver charged over death of elderly man on Hume Highway

The driver of a truck that hit and killed an elderly man on the Hume Highway near Yass in March will face court charged with a number of driving offences including dangerous driving and driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

An 83-year-old Queensland man was killed in the crash at the Mantons Ridge intersection on March 11.

He was standing in the path of oncoming traffic speaking with the driver of a second car when he was hit by the B-double truck. He died at the scene.

The truck driver, a 46-year-old Yass man, was arrested and charged with three offences on June 18.

He will face court charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and driving a vehicle with an illicit drug present in his blood.

He has since been given conditional bail to appear at Yass Local Court on August 4.

Police appeal after man commits indecent act – Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man committed an indecent act in Newcastle this morning.

About 9am (Wednesday 24 June 2015), a 16-year-old girl was walking on Lawson Street, just before Everton Street, when a car has pulled up near her.

The girl has looked into the car at the driver, a man, who was committing an indecent act in the VX Holden Commodore.

Becoming afraid the girl crossed the road and approached men who were working, and told them what had occurred.

Police were notified and officers from Newcastle Local Area Command attended and patrolled the location but were unable to locate the man or the vehicle.

An investigation was commenced and police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information that may assist with their inquiries are urged to call Newcastle Police Station 02 4926 6599 or Crime Stoppers.

Investigators would also like to speak to a man who may be able to assist, he was described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 20 and 30, of medium build, with dark hair and was wearing grey jeans, checker boxer shorts and a black shirt.

The car was described as a white VX Holden Commodore, with a partial QLD registration starting with 749.

Man charged over XPT assault – Albury

A NSW TrainLink employee was assaulted and a man arrested when the XPT stopped at Albury this afternoon.

Police from Albury Local Area Command met the train shortly after 3pm (Wednesday 24 June 2015), responding to a report that an employee had been assaulted.

Police were told the man was allegedly punched several times, and kicked when he fell to the ground.

The 59-year-old man was taken to Albury Base Hospital where he was treated for facial and head injuries. He has since been released.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man from Marulan, who was seated in the train.

He was taken to Albury Police Station where he was charged with assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, malicious damage and offensive language.

He will be refused bail to Albury Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 25 June 2015).