Several people were charged and thousands of canna

Several people were charged and thousands of cannabis plants were seized by NSW Police on the Northern Rivers recently as part of a four-month cannabis-eradication operation. Drug-squad detectives work closely with local area commands as well as the police Airwing and dog unit to locate plantations each year. In the Richmond Local Area Command, 57 locations were searched between February 11-15 February and officers seized 1749 cannabis ranging in size from 1m to 4.5m. The plants, which were destroyed, had an estimated potential street value of $3.6 million. A 51-year-old Woodburn man was charged with cultivating and possessing a prohibited plant and a 59-year-old Lillian Rock man was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant.

Twin 18-year-old brothers from Lismore were seriously injured on Monday night after the driver lost control of the four-wheel-drive ute in Terania Street, Lismore, and collided with a wooden power pole, snapping it in two. One of the brothers was ejected through the windscreen and the other had to be released from the wreckage by rescue workers. They were both taken to Lismore Base Hospital one suffering head and internal injuries and the other with two broken legs but were transferred on Tuesday by the Westpac Life Saver helicopter to Gold Coast Hospital. Police accident squad is investigating the accident.

A 26-year-old Lismore man was allegedly set on, assaulted and robbed by group of men when he arrived home at his Diadem Street home in the early hours of last Saturday morning. The victim, who was treated for minor in juries at Lismore Base Hospital, had an amount of cash stolen and his glasses broken. Information to Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A four-year-old boy who injured his arm after falling about 2.5 metres was airlifted on Tuesday by the Westpac Life Saver rescue helicopter from Tabulam to Lismore Base Hospital. He is in a stable condition.

Police are urging people to be wary of a mail scam circulating in the Lismore area sent from Madrid. The scam invites the receiver to contact them in relation to a person who died in Europe without leaving a will and who left a large sum of money, inviting receivers to share the spoils equally by sending their details to legitimise the contact. Residents are urged to ignore the letters and not to send any personal details, especially banking details.

A crop-dusting helicopter pilot was lucky to survive a crash into powerlines at Lower Peacock Creek near Bonalbo last Thursday afternoon. The pilot, who managed to escape from the wreckage before rescuers and paramedics arrived, suffered chest injuries and was airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver rescue helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital, where his condition was reported to be stable. The crash is being investigated.

Rescuers called off an extensive air and sea search for missing trawler skipper Charlie Picton late last week. The popular 39-year-old Yamba fisherman and father of two young boys had not been seen since he and his two deck hands were thrown overboard in the early hours of last Wednesday morning when their trawler Sea Rogue snagged its nets on a reef and sunk around 12 kilometres off the coast off Brunswick Heads. The three were left clinging to a fish-tub lid and one of them, Michael Williams, 40, swam for more than 10 hours to reach shore and alert rescuers. A second crewman, John Jarrett, was found floating on the tub lid by a rescue helicopter last Thursday morning nine kilometres off Lennox Head. Both survivors were treated in hospital and later allowed to leave.

A 28-year-old Ballina man who allegedly assaulted and punched police while they were arresting an 18-year-old Ballina man for malicious damage was himself arrested last weekend. The younger man allegedly stood in the path of a vehicle in Kalinga Street, West Ballina, and, as the driver attempted to drive around him, broke off the radio aerial and smashed the windscreen.

A 55-year-old man suffered minor injuries after he was assaulted by an unknown man in his yard in Leycester Street, Lismore, early last Wednesday morning. The assailant is described as 180cm tall with short, light-brown hair, medium build, broad shoulders, wearing light-coloured long pants and T-shirt. Information to Lismore police on6626 0599.


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