Moree police kept busy during the Christmas break

BARWON Local Area Command police officers were kept busy during the Christmas break, with investigations underway into nine break-ins and 16 assaults –12 of which were domestic-related – amid a raft of offences.

Acting superintendent Andrew Hurst said local police have had a busy Christmas period and urges residents to be “extra aware”.

“While police are currently engaged in a number of strategies aimed at removing offenders from our streets, public co-operation is often vital in identifying offenders. Look out for your neighbours and be extra aware of what is happening in your area,” Mr Hurst said.

“There are people in these communities who are aware of who is committing these crimes and they need to come forward, either in person or anonymously,” he said.moreepolicecar

“Thieves are quick to pick up on homes with relaxed security measures and will quickly break in, taking mobile phones, wallets and keys which are all too often left within easy reach of the point of entry. This makes it extremely easy for offenders to then steal vehicles parked outside.

Residents need to be more conscious of the security of their homes and vehicles and take basic steps to ensure they are less likely to become a victim,” Mr Hurst said.

Since Friday, December 23 police have attended to:

  • Nine (9) break-ins;
  • Ten (10) stealings;
  • And sixteen (16) assaults (12 being domestic related)

Other events of significance include:

  • A 30-year-old male charged with mid-range PCA at Mungindi Friday night;
  • A 68-year-old man rescued after driving in to a flooded causeway at Garah early Christmas Eve;
  • A 37-year-old male arrested on outstanding warrants for violence;
  • A 22-year-old male arrested and charged at Wee Waa for offences including break and enter, arson and theft;
  • A 49-year-old male driver charged with high range PCA and drive whilst disqualified on the Newell Highway;
  • The seizure of a quad bike from a female in Gwydir Street on Tuesday evening;
  • Recovery of a stolen quad bike on Tuesday evening; and
  • A multiple vehicle crash on the Newell Highway 60km north of Moree Tuesday night which left a 45-year-old male hospitalised with suspected neck injuries

Police urge residents to report any suspicious behaviour immediately.

Anyone with information that may assist police in relation to people wanted by the police; unsolved crimes and/or future crime that is being planned; or suspicious and unusual activity are urged to contact Police either by phoning Barwon Local Area Command on 02 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.