Local Police News- On The Beat

Detectives are appealing for information after a home invasion in Fisher Street, Ballina, last Wednesday night, in which a 55-year-old Broadwater man was seriously assaulted. The man, who was caring for a three-month-old child, was struck several times with a weapon, believed to be a knife, after he went to investigate someone breaking into the house. He managed to fend off his attackers and was later airlifted to a Brisbane Hospital for further assessment. The child was unharmed. Police say the offenders, who may have been injured during the incident, were last seen leaving in a late model dark-coloured sedan. Anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the Fischer Street area or have further information should contact Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police have netted 1862 cannabis plants worth an estimated $1.8 million around the Northern Rivers as part of an ongoing cannabis-eradication program. The raids occurred around Nimbin, Lillian Rock, Cawongla, Kyogle, Bonalbo, Casino and Drake. Three people were charged with cultivating a prohibited plant.

A 35-year-old Casino woman has been charged with bestiality and offensive conduct after an incident involving a horse in North Lismore on Monday morning. Lismore Police are calling for witnesses to the incident, which occurred about 9.15am on the corner of Terania and Wilson streets. The woman will appear in Lismore Court on December 18. Any information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599.

The driver of a semi-trailer which ran off the Pacific Highway and crashed into the Richmond River south of Ballina last Saturday morning was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital, where he was treated for facial and spinal injuries. The 28-year-old man, from Ellenborough, managed to escape the cabin of his vehicle, which was carrying a container full of rubber beads. It took emergency service several hours to extract the truck.

A Goonellabah resident was one of 15 people arrested on Monday morning in a statewide police operation targeting drugs and firearms. Police seized swords, cash and drugs from three heavily fortified homes in Sydney. Police have urged anyone with any information about illegal drugs or firearms to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Owners and tenants of industrial premises in the Russellton Industrial Estate near Wollongbar are being warned to secure their premises following several break and enter offences in the area on Tuesday night. The buildings were ransacked as offenders searched for cash and valuables. Information to Alstonville Police on 6628 0244.

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