Local Police News- On The Beat

Nimbin Hemp Embassy had a front window and several show cases smashed, as well as goods stolen, during a break-in last Thursday night. Nimbin Hemp Embassy spokesperson Michael Balderstone estimates the damage bill to be between $5,000 and $10,000. Night-time security in Nimbin has been a real problem since the regular patrols stopped some five or six years ago, Michael said. Its one of the main reasons we got security cameras installed in the village six months ago, and were hoping the footage will shed some light on who the perpetrators are. Its a very close community and often people come forward the next day after such an event, say sorry and make amends, but on this occasion we havent heard from the culprits. Any information to Nimbin Police on 6689 1244.

A 50-year-old Queensland man appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday after being charged with four counts of rape. The man allegedly sexually abused an intellectually disabled female between late 2005 and early 2006.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with murdering his father after the discovery of human remains on a property at Tabulam last Wednesday. In late January a 56-year-old man went missing from the property, and failed to contact his children, friends or work colleagues for more than a month. On February 23 the man was reported missing by his family as it was out of character for him not to make contact. After discovering the mans remains on the property, his 22-year-old son was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station. He was later charged with murder. He has been refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court next Wednesday, March 22.

A 47-year-old Cawongla man has been charged with possession and cultivation after police found 39 cannabis plants and leaf, with an estimated street value of $82,000, on his property last Wednesday morning.

A house in Bright Street, Lismore, was ransacked and a considerable amount of goods were stolen during a break-in between 11.55pm Sunday night and 5am Monday morning. Thieves stole a laptop, mobile phone, DVD discs, a discman, wallet and cash as well as two pushbikes. Any information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599.

A 46-year-old Lismore man has been charged after a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson pistol and a considerable amount of cash were allegedly found in his car when he was stopped in Diadem Street, Lismore, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Police are investigating.

A set of golf clubs was stolen from a shed in Riverside Drive, West Ballina, between 12pm Saturday and 10am on Monday. Any information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699.

Farmers are being warned to secure valuables on their property after a $1900 water pump was stolen from a paddock on Spring Grove Road, Spring Grove, sometime up to 7am on Saturday. The pump is a Southern Cross.

A Playstation, DVD player and other valuables were stolen from a house in Callune Terrace, Goonellabah, between 8.15am and 6pm on Tuesday. Any information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599.

A number of break-ins and thefts occurred in the local area last Wednesday, including: A considerable amount of electrical appliances were stolen from a home in Platypus Drive, Uralba, between 10.15am and 12.30pm; a home in Bagot Street, Ballina, was broken into around 4.05pm; a home in Daydream Avenue, Ballina, was broken into between 7.30pm and 10pm; electrical goods were stolen from a property in Aurora Street, East Lismore, between 8.30am and 9.30am; electrical good and appliances were stolen from a premises in Allingham Place, Goonellabah, between 7.30pm and 8.35pm; a lawn mower was stolen from a house in Baillie Street, North Lismore, up to 3.30pm; and three homes were broken into in Parkes Street, Girards Hills, between 7.30pm and 9.15pm. Any information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599 or Ballina Police on 6681 8699.

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