Local Police News- On The Beat

A 44-year-old Coraki man has been charged with the cultivation and deemed supply of a commercial quantity of cannabis as well as firearm offences after a police search of a 225 acre property at Myall Creek Road, Coraki, on Tuesday morning. The search followed a flyover by a police helicopter on Monday. Police seized 90 hydroponically-grown cannabis plants from two caravans and a further 77 plants growing on the property up to 1.5m tall as well as 1.5kg of dried cannabis and a 303 rifle. The man has been bailed to appear in Casino Court on February 21.

Police are preparing a report for the Coroner following the death of a 27-year-old parachutist at a rural property on Peacock Creek Road, Bonalbo, during the Superfreak Festival last Sunday night. The man, a tourist from Iceland, had jumped from a helicopter with another parachutist but his parachute failed to open properly and he died at the scene. The second parachutist safely completed his jump.

Police are asking for help from the public in their investigation of an armed robbery in William Blair Drive, Goonellabah, last Thursday night in which an 18-year-old Bateau Bay man was threatened with a handgun. Police said the offender approached the window of the victims red Nissan sedan at around 8.30pm and demanded money while threatening him with a gun. The man, who fled on foot after he was handed an amount of cash, is described as around 1.8 to 1.9 metres tall with brown eyes and a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing a dark, long-sleeved top, dark pants, white shoes and a red and black striped glove. Information to Lismore police on 6623 1577 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A 29-year-old woman from Victoria was assaulted while camping in the Alstonville area last Sunday night. Police said some young males went to a property at Commercial Road, Alstonville, where the woman was camping and tried to remove tent pegs from her tent. When she challenged them, one of the males hit her with a wooden paling, causing a minor injury to her head. Information to Alstonville Police on 6628 0244 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Operation Novice Driver targeting P-plate drivers, which was due to end last Saturday, has been extended until the end of the month. Over the past three weeks 46 people have been charged with licence-related offences 20 with speeding and 15 with other traffic charges. In that same period local police also participated in Operation Safe Arrival, which ended last week and conducted 4533 breath tests with 28 drivers charged with drink driving. A total of 790 drivers were detected speeding by cameras, 165 drivers were pulled over by highway patrols for speeding and 23 drivers were charged over seatbelt offences. Police said they were concerned with the number of drink drivers caught during both operations.

Police are seeking witnesses to the theft of a box trailer loaded with building materials from a building site in Hotham Street, Casino, on Monday night. The grey-coloured tandem box trailer was sighted being towed by a light-coloured sedan in a southerly direction towards Simpson Parade. Information to Casino Police on 6662 0099.

Motorists are being warned to drive to road conditions after a four vehicle rear-end collision on Monday afternoon near the intersection of Ballina Road and William Blair Drive, Lismore Heights. No one was injured in the accident.

A welder, spear gun and tools were stolen from a shed in Antrim Street, Ballina, last weekend. Information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699.

A kayak valued at $750 was stolen from a property in Camoola Avenue, Ballina, and a tent valued at $1600 was stolen from a property in Piper Drive, Ballina, last Sunday night. Information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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