Local Police News- On The Beat
The body of a man found washed up on the beach at Lennox Head on February 25 has been identified as 27-year-old Canadian tourist Francis Bernard. Police believe he may have drowned at Suffolk Park, where his car and personal items were found, and that his body was dragged around 10km to Seven Mile Beach. Mr Bernards body will be cremated and sent to his family in Canada.
A 21-year-old Lennox Head man has died after crashing his car near Broken Head around 3am on Friday. Police say Duncan Bennett was driving his 2005 Mazda sedan south along the Coast Road when he lost control of the vehicle, which rolled a number of times before landing in a ditch. The crash was not reported to police until 2.47pm as the vehicle could not be seen by passing motorists. Emergency services attended the scene, however, Mr Bennett was already deceased. Ballina Police are preparing a report for the Coroner.
Police are seeking information from the public following a break-in at the Ballina Fair Shopping Centre between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday. Thieves broke in through the roof and were able to enter several stores via ceiling cavities. They stole a small amount of money from a coffee shop as well as cash and a large quantity of scratchies from the newsagency. They also gained access to a jewellery store and the OPSM clinic, but no property was stolen. The thieves caused significant damage to the shopping centre during the theft. Any information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699.
A 43-year-old Nimbin man has been charged with drug supply, possession and cultivation charges after police allegedly found a hydroponic cannabis crop on a property near Nimbin during a recent raid. The crop had an estimated street value of $100,000 and packaged cannabis was also seized. The man will appear in Lismore Local Court on March 20.
A 22-year-old Kyogle man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm following an altercation in Larkin Street, Kyogle, between 12.30am and 12.45am Sunday. The man allegedly attended a private party where he seriously assaulted a 34-year-old victim following a brief verbal exchange. The victim was treated at Kyogle Hospital.
A 48-year-old Kyogle man was charged with high range PCA last Friday after he blew 0.155 seven times the legal limit. The man, who was caught on the Summerland Way around 11.30pm, was already disqualified from driving until 2008.
Several vehicles were damaged in Casino over the weekend. These include: a 1989 Mitsubishi in McDougall Street between 12am and 1am Sunday; a 1996 trailer and Toyota Camry in Wattle Street between 10.30pm and 11.30pm Saturday; and a 1994 Camry wagon in Frederick Street between 7pm Saturday and 8.30am Sunday. The damage rendered all three cars inoperable. Any information to Casino Police on 6662 0099.
A torch, two helicopter flares and a number of drugs were stolen from an ambulance whilst officers were helping a patient in Banksia Street, Casino, between 5am and 5.30am on Saturday. Ambulance officers found everything except the torch a short distance away. Any information to Casino Police on 6662 0099.
A laptop and discman were stolen from a home on Dufficys Lane, Tintenbar, between 10.15am and 1.15pm on Monday. Any information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699.
Two men have been detained following an alleged break-in in Platypus Drive, Uralba, between 4pm and 4.10pm on Monday. On returning home the 55-year-old resident saw a blue Holden Commodore parked near her home with a male occupant inside. When she entered the driveway she saw another young man flee the area. She then noticed her plasma television on the footpath. The men were found a short time later and investigations are continuing.