Local Police News- On The Beat

An extensive land, air and sea search for a missing surfer off Lennox Head was scaled down yesterday (Wednesday) after his surfboard was found. The 34-year-old German backpacker was surfing with friends at Seven Mile Beach on Sunday afternoon when he went missing, feared drowned.

A 23-year-old Ballina man alleged to have fired a projectile from a moving car which hit and injured a 15-year-old boy in the neck last Saturday night will face Ballina Local Court on February 22. Police said the youth was walking with two friend along River Street, Ballina, when they were approached by a vehicle driving close to them in a menacing manner. The group lost sight of the vehicle before it approached them again on Fisheries Creek Bridge and the projectile was fired. The victim was taken to Ballina Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Lismore Base Hospital for surgery before being released. The offender was charged with malicious wounding, discharging a firearm in a public place and intimidation. He was granted conditional bail.

A man was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after being bitten by a snake while working on a ride-on mower at Yorklea, south of Casino. The man was bitten on the upper right leg by what was believed to be either a black or brown snake. His condition was reported as stable. Last week, a 60-year-old Lismore man was bitten by a brown snake near as he walked near the swimming pool of the Roadrunner Caravan Park west of Lismore and was also hospitalised for treatment. His condition has improved.

A Lismore youth was arrested in connection to robberies at Lismore Heights on Monday night. Police were called to Lismore Heights Primary School at around 11.30pm where they found the main office window had been smashed and surrounding buildings ransacked. Shortly afterwards, police saw several youths across the road trying to break into the Lismore Heights Bowling Club and gave chase on foot, catching one of the culprits. A laptop and computer screen from the school and alcohol from the bowling club were recovered.

Thirteen new police recruits will soon boost the number of officers in the Richmond Area Command after a record number of trainees graduated from the police academy in Goulburn on Tuesday. A total of 799 graduates, made up of 183 women and 616 men, increased the ranks of the NSW police to 15,300 officers. The new probationary constables are due to start work this week.

Police liaison officers will be available at Richmond local area high schools from this week to work with parents, students and teachers to address local issues, including youth crime, as part of a new state government program involving 40 police liaison officers across the state. A police spokesman said the liaison officers, trained in implementing crime-prevention workshops and other educational programs, would provide support to teachers and students alike. He said the program was a positive step in addressing youth issues before they manifested into more serious crime and anti-social behaviour.

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