Local Police News- On The Beat

Lismore Detectives have arrested and charged a 31 year-old Lismore man for the murder of a man more than six years ago.

The body of Peter Timothy Allen, 43, was found in his home in Avondale Avenue, Lismore, on November 26, 2000. An electrical fault was originally found to be the cause of the fire.

As a result of new information from the public, detectives established Strike Force Carraboi in July last year to investigate Mr Allens death.

The new information indicated the fire had been deliberately lit by someone who knew Mr Allen was inside the house and i

n January this year Lismore detectives door-knocked the Avondale Avenue area, canvassing residents for any information which could help break the case.

Detectives arrested the man at a house in Ballina Rd, Lismore, on Tuesday, February 13. He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with one count of murder and other offences.

The man was refused bail and appeared in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday. His case was adjourned to a later date and he will remain in custody.

Anyone who had contact with Mr Allen around the time of his death to call Lismore Detectives on 6622 3159 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Pacific Highway was temporarily closed to traffic on Monday evening after a truck travelling south lost control and crashed into a power pole near Ross Lane, north of Ballina, around 5pm.

Live wires fell onto the truck and power to the area had to be cut before the driver could be dragged free. He escaped with only minor lacerations.

Wildlife carer Lance Ferris was horrified to discover a Pacific black duck had been shot through the neck with an arrow at Lake Ainsworth over the weekend, and hes now offering a substantial reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the culprits arrest. The Australian Seabird Rescue founder was notified that a bird was injured on Saturday and ASR volunteers immediately launched a rescue mission. The bird was captured and the arrow removed. The duck is now expected to make a full recovery.

It was later discovered that 40 arrows and two archery bows had been stolen from the Lennox Head Sport and Recreation Centre in January.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should phone ASR on 6686 2852.

The Pacific Highway near Woodburn was closed for around 12 hours on Friday after power lines were brought down when a semi-trailer crashed. The truck was travelling south on the highway around 12.30am when it lost control and rolled. No other vehicles were involved and the truck driver was uninjured.

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