Local police news
Police are appealing for witnesses to two bashings in Lismore on Saturday night. A 17-year-old youth who was walking with his bike along Ballina Street, near the corner of Dawson Street, around 11pm-11.30pm was approached by one of three men who got out of a car, described as a paddock or outback vehicle. The man demanded the bike then punched the youth several times in the face. He is described as about 18 years old, of Aboriginal appearance, about 176cm tall, skinny and wearing a dark shirt and track pants. At 11.30pm, an 18-year-old man was assaulted and robbed by two men on the corner of Ballina Street and Wyrallah Road. The attackers were described as aged around 18 and of Caucasian appearance with one having shoulder-length wavy brown or blonde hair. Police are keen to speak to a man and woman believed to have witnessed the attack. Information to Lismore Police on 6626 0599.
Police from the Richmond Local Area Command are pleased with the results of Operation Tortoise which ran over the holiday weekend. Police conducted more than 2100 random breath tests resulting in 10 arrests for drink driving with 10 other traffic charges recorded. Some motorists ignored the warning that double-demerit points would be in effect, with 182 drivers caught for speeding and three for seatbelt offences.
A 45-year-old Goonellabah man has been charged with cultivating and possessing cannabis after police from Richmond Local Area Commands Target Action Group (TAG) conducted a search warrant on a Goonellabah home last Wednesday morning. A number of large cannabis plants, an amount of dried cannabis leaf and heads, bongs, and associated drug related items were seized. The following day, TAG officers conducted another search warrant on a home at Dunoon Road, Dunoon, and seized 40 hydroponically grown cannabis plants, an amount of dried cannabis leaf and heads, and associated drug related items. A man and a woman were helping police with the investigation. Detective Inspector Steve Clarke said it was the third search warrant in three days where police had seized a large amount of prohibited drugs.
A young female horse rider who fell from her horse while competing in a pony club event at Bangalow Showground on Saturday afternoon was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital by the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. She was in a stable condition.
A 21-year-old man suffered a possible spinal injury after he fell down rocks while trying to retrieve a fish his friend had caught at the north wall in Ballina on Sunday afternoon. SES members and volunteers from the Ballina Jet Boat Rescue Service helped to carry the man up the rocks to a waiting ambulance, which took him to Ballina Hospital, where he was in a stable condition.
A 24-year-old man injured his head while jet skiing in the Richmond River at Ballina last Friday. He was rescued by volunteers from the Ballina Surf Rescue Jetboat who took him to shore at Lighthouse Beach where an ambulance conveyed him to Ballina Hospital.
Police are investigating the theft of a Shetland pony called Merlin from a property at Caniaba Street in South Lismore at around 6.45am on Tuesday morning. The 31-year-old owner of the pony was alerted to the theft by a neighbour who saw a young man walking the pony along the side of the road. When the young man was approached he ran, abandoning the pony. Information to Lismore Police on 6626 0599.
Push bikes are being targeted by thieves with reports of several bikes stolen from the Lismore area recently. The police exhibit section has several bikes which have been found or handed in and police are waiting for owners to identify them. Last weekend a Mongoose villain BMX was stolen from the rear yard of a home in Oakley Street, East Lismore.