AceBreakingNews – Four people charged with firearm, weapons and drugs offences following pursuit – Coffs Harbour
Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Dec.09: 2023: Thursday, 07 December 2023 05:46:08 PM: NSW Police News: TELEGRAM Ace Daily News Link https://t.me/+PuI36tlDsM7GpOJe
Around 8am on Tuesday (5 December 2023), officers from the Mid North Coast Highway Patrol were patrolling in the Pacific Highway at Kundabung, when they observed a silver BMW X3 travelling at alleged speed of 146km/h in a 110km/h zone.
A pursuit was initiated after the vehicle failed to stop; however, was terminated due to safety issues.
Four men were later allegedly seen abandoning the BMW in Frederickton before they all left in a Toyota Hilux.
Around 12pm that same day, a Toyota Hilux was sighted on the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbor, where police engaged in a pursuit and successfully deployed road spikes.
The vehicle came to a stop at Moonee Beach with police arresting three men, aged 28, 38 and 40, and a 28-year-old woman.
During a search of the Hilux, the men and the woman, police seized a firearm, ammunition, knuckle dusters, flick knife, cocaine, methylamphetamine, a sum of cash, allegedly stolen fishing gear, and the registration plates from the BMW X3.
The men and woman were taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station.
They were all charged with:
– Possess unauthorised pistol
– Possess unregistered unauthorised pistol in public place
– Possess loaded firearm public place
– Use, supply stolen firearm or firearm part
– Receive property stolen outside NSW greater than $15,000
– Deal with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000
– Not keep firearm safely – pistol
– Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority
– Deal with property proceeds of crime equal to or greater than $100,000
The 40-year-old and 38-year-old men both received two additional charges of possess prohibited drug, and the 28-year-old man received an additional two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.
They were all refused bail and appeared before Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday (Wednesday 6 December 2023), where they were all formally refused bail.
AceBreakingNews – Proving the adage that every great journey begins with a single step, a walk against domestic violence that started on New South Wales’ north coast five years ago has seen 200 people take the streets of Ballina in what is now an international movement.
Ballina Rotary Club president Dave Harmon, who organised the Domestic and Family Violence Walk, is a man motivated by tragedy.
He was at the funeral of a friend who had been killed by her partner when he decided it was time to stake a stand.
“She was murdered in front of three young children by her partner and I remember thinking that day, ‘What the hell is going on with domestic and family violence in our towns and cities?’,” Mr Harmon said.
“I went home and talked to my wife about it and then I took it to Rotary, and that year 2019 we adopted domestic and family violence as as our principle cause.
“It’s amazing what’s happened moving five years ahead … today we have 110 events and activities right throughout Australia happening.”
Mr Harmon said the movement had also spread across the Pacific Ocean into 16 countries, including New Zealand and Fiji.
“If we want to make a change, the whole of community needs to be involved,” he said.
“Don’t be a bystander. We need to really step up and be visible and be loud.”
Commissioner joins march
The 200 people who marched through the streets of Ballina today were willing to do just that.
Among them was the state’s first stand-alone Women’s Safety Commissioner, Hannah Tonkin.
“This event is so important … so I’ve come up from Sydney to show my support for this whole-of-community effort,” she said.
“We know from the Australian Bureau of Statistics that one-in-four women experience violence from a current or former partner.
“We’re seeing this year more than one woman a week killed, murdered by domestic and family violence.
“It’s absolutely shocking.”
There were more than 34,000 cases of domestic-violence-related assault recorded in NSW in the last 12-month reporting period, with more than 1,000 of those in the Richmond-Tweed region.
‘Tip of the iceberg’
But survivors like Linda, who joined today’s march, believe the extent of the problem is much worse.
“ It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.
“A lot of it happens behind closed doors, and because we’re not speaking out in our own homes about what is happening, we’re not aware of it.”
East Ballina woman Aislinn told the ABC the event was an emotional experience for her.
“When we started the march, I started to feel teary straight away. It’s just so powerful to see everyone turn out,” she said.
“I have a little daughter and it’s important to me she has a good future and I really hope that things change.
“My son is at school and I hope he will grow into a respectful man. It’s something we need to think about every day.”
The outbreak of storms will follow Australia’s lowest September-October rainfall on record, below the previous driest start to spring in 2019 leading up to Black Summer.
While the upcoming rain will have a net positive effect, including helping to slow the spread of fires and supplying drought relief, thunderstorms have the potential to bring pockets of damaging winds, hail and flash flooding.
An ideal weather pattern for thunderstorms
The sudden shift in conditions is the result of a change in the wind direction with the hot, dry westerlies of the past two months replaced by a moist north-easterly off the Coral Sea.
This influx of humid air from a warm tropical sea has destabilised the atmosphere, finally setting up a weather pattern conducive for thunderstorms, a spring staple for the eastern seaboard that has been noticeably absent this year.
The first round of storms will develop today over south-east inland Queensland and north-east NSW, peaking in the afternoon then dissipating overnight.
Showers will continue through the weekend and spread south to the Victorian border and north to Capricornia, but the best falls will come from thunderstorms over the fire grounds of southern Queensland and north-east NSW where around 20 to 50mm should accumulate by Monday morning.
Although the rain is welcome, a few severe thunderstorms are likely each day, capable of producing hail and damaging wind gusts.
Another notable feature of the storms during the coming days compared to typical spring thunderstorm outbreaks will be their slow movement and therefore their capacity to bring localised heavy rain and flash flooding.
The hit and miss nature of storms will ensure some regions miss out this weekend, however storm activity is likely to persist into next week, firing up from tropical Queensland to Gippsland until at least Wednesday.
The ongoing wet weather should boost weekly rain totals even further, possibly exceeding 100mm on the NSW north coast and ranges along with isolated falls above 50mm in south-east Queensland.
While not nearly enough to erase the significant rainfall deficits this year, totals should be the heaviest in six months across the Darling Downs and Northern Tablelands where the most damaging fires occurred this week.
So will the fires be extinguished?
Unfortunately, even a 50mm soaking is unlikely to put out the larger blazes, however the rain should assist in controlling their future spread while also preventing new fires igniting.
Even areas which see totals in the lower range of the forecast will benefit from the change to a cloudier, more humid pattern as bushfires burn at a slower rate when moisture increases.
Rain to follow a record dry start to spring
With fire activity increasing by the week and more areas entering drought, the rainfall situation this spring was becoming increasingly desperate each day.
Although a dry spring was inevitable considering El Niño and a positive Indian Ocean Dipole are both active, national rainfall during September and October was below all previous years back to at least 1900.
Australia received a paltry average of only 13mm through the first two months of spring, just 33 per cent of the long-term average and below the previous record of 15mm in 2019.
The lack of rain extends back through winter for the eastern seaboard and the proportion of NSW in drought rose above 50 per cent in late October according to the Department of Primary Industries.
Even less rain has fallen this year across the northern border — Brisbane’s 2023 total has crawled to just 470mm, well below the city’s annual average of 1133mm.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has extinguished the fire and a crime scene has been established.
Police said they were still conducting inquiries and confirming how many people were on board at the time.
It appears the plane took off from Canberra Airport about 2:30pm.
NSW Police superintendent Cath Bradbury said she believed a local resident had called emergency services after seeing flames in the vicinity of the crash.
“When police arrived with RFS services there was a small grass fire and obviously a catastrophic crash of a small light aircraft,” she said.
“The RFS extinguished the plane — unfortunately there are no survivors.
“We’re still establishing who was in the plane and how many, we do not know those details at this stage.”
She described the crash as “heavy impact, which has caused a fire”.
Superintendent Bradbury said there were “minimal witnesses” to the crash and asked that anyone who saw the plane while it was in the air contact police.
She said police would be working through the night as part of their investigation.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said investigators were expected to arrive at the scene of the Cirrus light aircraft crash on Friday evening.
Over coming days, investigators with experience in aircraft operations and maintenance will conduct a range of evidence-gathering activities on site including site mapping, wreckage examination, and recovery of aircraft components for further examination at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra,” he said.
“Investigators will also seek to interview any witnesses and involved parties, and collect relevant recorded information including flight tracking data, as well as pilot and aircraft maintenance records, and weather information.”
The ATSB is calling on anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who has footage to contact the bureau via its website.
The ATSB said it would publish a report on the crash within six to eight weeks.
In a statement, Air Services Australia said its Joint Rescue Coordination Centre was “aware of the incident”.
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#AceNewsDesk – North Queensland locals have shared their outrage on social media after a juvenile crocodile was left to drown in a crab pot.
Residents discovered the dead crocodile, trapped in discarded fishing equipment on the bank of Townsville’s Bohle River on Thursday morning.
Community clean up group Tidy Up Townsville said it came across discarded fishing equipment regularly, but was prohibited from removing unmarked pots due to Fisheries Queensland regulations.
“I’m quite frustrated really. We see abandoned crab pots everywhere and we just can’t touch them,” coordinator Dave Dudley said.
“If we find anything we have to just leave it there. We’ll put it in a report and that’s all we can do.”
“It’s not just crocs, turtles get stuck in these things.”
The Department of Environment and Science (DES) said it was not uncommon for juvenile crocodiles to be entrapped in the crab pots.Adult crocodiles can also get their snouts caught in crab pots or become entangled.
And drowning isn’t the only threat from fishing apparatus, a deceased crocodile in 2021 was found to have ingested 13 mesh bait bags in its stomach.
DES said the accumulation of bait bags would have contributed to a slow and painful death.
Complacency in croc country
Five crocodiles have been euthanised in Queensland already this year due to interactions with humans, compared to three in 2022.
DES director of Northern Wildlife Operations, Lindsay Delzoppo, said the increase was due to people not taking appropriate precautions when in crocodile country.
“The past 20 years has seen quite marked increase in the number of interactions between crocodiles and humans,” Mr Delzoppo said.
“We’re seeing people putting themselves in danger knowing there are crocodiles in the water by walking into the water.Anyone with information about the harming of crocodiles in Far North Queensland is urged to contact the Department of Environment and Science.(Supplied: David White)none
“Or even in some cases, people with a bit of a bravado and showing off and having their friend take a video of them while they’re wandering around in the water.
“One of the issues we have is people either feeding crocodiles deliberately or leaving fish traps at boat ramps … all of a sudden, you have a crocodile that thinks it’s a great place to have a smorgasbord.”
He said the decision to euthanise an animal was not taken lightly.
“We try not to put them down. We try to capture them and put them in crocodile farms, but there are times when that’s just not an option,” he said.
Earlier this month the head and spine of a female saltwater crocodile was found on the banks of the Daintree River in far north Queensland.
“It’s really unusual … we’ve heard reports that people are cutting up those crocodiles with chainsaws.”
“We don’t know for sure but certainly they didn’t look in very good shape when we saw them, so we’re really asking people to let us know if they have any information about those incidents.”
Warning to fishers
Anyone found guilty of deliberately harming or killing a crocodile in Queensland faces a maximum fine of $32,243.
A spokesperson for Fisheries Queensland said the department conducted regular operations to rid Queensland waterways of abandoned and non-compliant crabbing apparatus and that most fishers do the right thing.
“Fishers can be fined $287 for failing to mark an apparatus correctly or failing to use a prescribed float,” they said.
“People who see suspected unmarked, lost or abandoned crabbing apparatus, are urged to make a report it to the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116 or through the QLD Fishing 2.0 app.”
Anyone who comes across entangled, stranded, injured, or deceased marine animals is urged to contact the Department of Environment and Science by calling 1300 130 372.
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