Three people on the run after smash and grab at Gold Coast shopping centre

UPDATE @ 9.20AM | A security guard has sustained injuries after smash and grab incident in Helensvale early this morning.

The 40-year-old was confronted by three offenders at the Westfield Helensvale around 4.30am, after they’d smashed their way through to the Prouds Jewellers store.

They were in the process of stealing a substantial amount of jewellery, when the security guard tried to stop them.

One was holding a large ice pick style implement, which they used to threaten the guard before getting away.

The security guard sustained a minor injury to his hand when the offenders drove off.

Their dark coloured car was last seen travelling east along Brisbane Road.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ 7.00AM | Police are hunting three offenders, after a smash and grab at a popular shopping centre on the northern Gold Coast.

A dark coloured sedan was used to ram through the entry of Westfield Helensvale around 4.30am, before it then drove through the centre to the Prouds jewellery shop.

The group were able to gain access, before grabbing a ‘substantial’ amount of jewellery and fleeing.

It’s understood the same car was driven out of the centre, and was last seen travelling east along Brisbane Road.

Police are now on scene, with crime tape cordoning off the centre.

They’re looking through CCTV footage as well.

Investigations are continuing.

It follows a similar incident that happened in Upper Coomera yesterday morning, where thieve broke into a Coles shopping centre.

Related article: Popular Gold Coast shopping centre closed following ‘break and enter’

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You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Discover Southern Cross University during month-long virtual Open Day

In these times of disruption, everyone is doing things differently, including Southern Cross University.

They are going virtual for their Open Day this year, with a month-long event kicking off on August 17.

Discover Southern Cross University will feature an array of digital experiences, allowing potential students to connect with academics and study experts in live sessions and explore physical spaces with 360-degree virtual tours.

Vice President of Engagement, Ben Roche said the 26-day Discover program will cover all study options.

“Our Discover program connects you as a future student with the people who may one day be your lecturers,” he said.

“Our academics are experts in their fields, with deep knowledge of the careers open to graduates. That’s something we know students are really focused on when they choose their course.

“Not only can you connect with your future lecturers at Discover Southern Cross University, but you will also have the chance to interact with your future peers. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to really get a feel for how a Southern Cross experience can take you even further,” Mr Roche said.

While COVID-19 has been the catalyst, Mr Roche said the University is embracing its top-notch online technology to deliver one of the most exciting Open Day experiences yet.

“As one of Australia’s leaders in online education over the past two decades, Southern Cross knows that an authentic connection with other people online is paramount,” he said.

“No matter where you live are in Australia, we encourage you to take the time to rethink, redefine and reset your future with Southern Cross.”

Discover Southern Cross University runs from August 17 to September 11. For more information or to create your own Discover Southern Cross University experience, visit: scu.edu.au/discover.

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Alarm triggered at Broadbeach high rise after car bursts into flames

Emergency services have rushed to Broadbeach this morning, after a car burst into flames in a high rise carpark.

It happened in the basement of the Avani building along the Gold Coast Highway around 6.30am.

The flames set off the building’s alarm which triggered the 000 call, reports Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

But it’s unclear if the whole building had to be evacuated or not.

Fire fighters had the blaze under control by 7.00am, with paramedics and police also on scene.

No injuries have been reported just yet.

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Man injured in horror tractor accident in hinterland

LATEST @ 5.30 PM | A man has miraculously escaped serious injury after a horror tractor accident in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Critical care paramedics and the High Acuity Response Unit were called to Beechmont Road in Witheren, near Canungra, just after 3.45pm this afternoon.

Upon arrival, they found a man suffering neck pain and chest injuries after a tractor rolled 20 metres down a steep embankment.

The man, aged in his 20s, was treated at the scene before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson confirmed he was transported in a stable condition.

EARLIER @ 4.30 PM | Emergency crews are currently on the scene of a serious tractor accident in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Critical care paramedics and the High Acuity Response Unit were called to Beechmont Road in Witheren, near Canungra, just after 3.45pm this afternoon.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said it’s understood a tractor rolled approximately 20 metres down a steep embankment.

One person, a man, is currently being assessed on scene by paramedics for chest injuries and shoulder pain.

Thankfully he’s believed to be in a stable condition.

There are no further details available at this time.

Popular Gold Coast shopping centre closed following ‘break and enter’

UPDATE @ 11.30AM | TWO offenders are on the run, after a break and enter in Upper Coomera early this morning.

Police are investigating, after reports the Coles along Reserve Road was broken into before 4.00am.

A Queensland Police spokesperson says initial investigations indicate two offenders forced entry through the emergency exit doors of the store.

A short time later the offenders left the store with a box of unknown property.

Police investigations continue.

EARLIER @9.00AM | A popular shopping centre in Upper Coomera has been closed this morning, with reports investigations are underway.

Local cafe ‘Coffee Reserve’, along Reserve Road, posted to Facebook this morning, saying that the Coles shopping centre is closed due to a break and enter overnight.

“Coles is closed for a few hours due to a Break and Enter overnight. However we’re still serving beautiful coffee,” the post reads.

A photo has also been posted, with police tape strung up outside the Coles.

The cafe also reports that there’s a ‘carpark full of detectives’ on scene, and someone taking photos of the scene.

Coles is closed for a few hours due to a Break and Enter overnight. However we're still serving beautiful coffee

Posted by Coffee Reserve on Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Queensland Police have confirmed they were called to the scene just before 4.00am due to reports of a break and enter.

More to come.