Paramedics injured after ambulance crashes and flips

Two paramedics been injured after their ambulance rolled following a crash in Burleigh Waters.

The ambulance was on its way to a medical job around 3.40pm when it collided with a four-wheel drive at the intersection of Bermuda St and Reedy Creek Rd.

It’s not clear if the ambulance was under lights and siren at the time.

The ambulance ended up on its side, trapping the two paramedics inside.

Fire fighters were forced to cut through the windscreen to free the pair.

They have since been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in stable conditions with minor injuries.

A QAS spokesperson say the driver of the other vehicle declined treatment.

LNP holds Currumbin as Labor concedes defeat in by-election

The LNP will retain the seat of Currumbin, with Labor conceding defeat following Saturday’s by-election.

Labor’s candidate Kaylee Campradt admits there’s now no way she get in front of the LNP’s Laura Gerber.

The latest count shows Ms Gerber leading 51.2 per cent to 48.8 per cent after preferences.

The result shows a 2 per cent swing against the LNP.

“It’s been a really tough campaign and I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in the community for your sport, your encouragement, particular;y the friends and family who have been on this journey right from the very beginning,” Ms Campradt said in a video posted on Facebook.

“It’s been tough but i feel really, really proud of what we’ve done and the campaign that we ran.

“I’m a bit devastated, we nearly got there, it’s a really close result but I am conceding, I cannot get in front now.

Ms Campradt insists she will run again in the State election later this year, having already been pre-selected before the retirement of Jann Stuckey forced the by-election.

“This is my community and it’s always been my community.”

In a statement, Ms Gerber says it’s a privilege to have the support of the community.

“I would like to thank the people of Currumbin for backing the LNP’s plan to fix the M1, create more local jobs and get tough on crime.,” Ms Gerber said.

“I will fight hard for Currumbin and I will be straight to work tomorrow.”

Alarming spike in crime across the Gold Coast

New figures have confirmed crime is on the rise across the Gold Coast, with the level of increase higher than that of the whole State.

According to the 2018-19 Crime Report released on Tuesday, there was a total of 62,917 offences reported on the Gold Coast in that period.

That’s an increase of 6 per cent on 2017-18, while across Queensland, the increase was 3.7 per cent.

The spike has been led by an increase in assaults, robberies, and property and drug offences while there’s been a concerning jump in breaches of domestic violence orders.

There was an increase of 18 per cent in overall assaults, rising from 2924 in 2017-18 to 3,473 in 2018-19.

There was a total of 300 armed and unarmed robberies reported on the Gold Coast, an increase of more than 13 per cent.

Property offences including break and enters and property damage rose almost 6 per cent to 35,519.

Of those, there was 7,983 reported cases of unlawful entry, including to homes and businesses.

Drug offences have risen 11 per cent, up from 7727 to 8620 while there was 2,313 unlawful use of a motor vehicle offences, a rise of more than 6 per cent.

The Gold Coast has one of the highest rates of domestic violence order breaches in Queensland, second only to Townsville.

There was 2559 breaches recorded in 2018-19, an increase of 12.6 per cent.

The release of the annual report comes amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic is causing another immediate spike in crime across the Gold Coast.

Police sources have told myGC they are seeing an increase in break-ins and stolen cars, with many cases involving juveniles.

They say the closure of the border has also severely limited the illicit drug trade, which has seen some people take desperate measures.

There’s been a spate of break-ins at chemists across the Gold Coast in recent days, with five hit in one night on Sunday.

Police last night arrested ten people, mostly juveniles, over a string of car thefts and pharmacy robberies on Monday night.

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But Commissioner Katarina Carroll says statewide, the figures over the last few weeks don’t show any significant increase in crime.

Commissioner Carroll says the restrictions on people’s movements have seen a slight drop in robberies and unlawful entry to homes.

Cases of break-ins to businesses were steady while there was a slight drop in car thefts, and a significant decrease in assaults.

“It has only been a short period,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We need to keep our eye on this in the next few weeks because there will be some interesting trends that will result.”


Gold Coast company hosting free virtual trivia nights to keep you entertained at home

A Gold Coast company has come up with a creative and fun way to connect with friends and family, while putting your general knowledge skills to the test.

Starting tomorrow night, Time Out Entertainment will be hosting a free online trivia and gameshow nights, with locals encouraged to sign-up to take part.

State Manger Brad Allen told myGC the company has hosted trivia and gameshow trivia nights at pubs and clubs across the Gold Coast for seven years, but with all the venues closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to create an online version.

“In an effort and spirit of keeping people connected and entertained, we have worked tirelessly over the last couple of weeks, pairing with international service and tech providers to be able to launch live, online trivia nights, which we are beginning this coming Wednesday,” he said.

Mr Allen said they will be offering an array of fun, exciting and engaging entertainment over the coming weeks such as interactive trivia and various game shows for locals to enjoy right from their living rooms, free of charge.

“This will be something completely unique to anything else on offer in the country – with a live scoreboard and teams or individuals in households using their mobile phones as a buzzer to answer questions,” he said

“There is no economic benefit for us as a company to run this, there is no cost to the players or teams, it is just for fun and to keep people interacting in a fun way and stimulating their brains.”

Gold Coasters wanting to take part simply need to join the Online Venue Entertainment Facebook group, which has  all the information on the trivia events and how to be involved.

Ten teens arrested over string of car thefts, pharmacy robberies across the Gold Coast

Ten people between the ages of 12 and 19 have been arrested across the Gold Coast overnight, following a series of incidents.

Police say around a man and a teenage boy smashed into a business along Bienvenue Drive in Currumbin Waters around 10.30pm, before stealing a quantity of drugs.

Police attended and saw the two fleeing in a car, which they then tracked with the assistance of Pol Air.

They found the car at the end of Currumbin Creek Road in Currumbin Valley.

A 17-year-old has been charged with break and enter, while a 19-year-old is still assisting police with inquiries.

Police then located two stolen vehicles in the area, which they say were unrelated to the robbery.

A Mercedes had crashed at the intersection of Valley Drive and Rosewood Crescent.

Three girls and a boy had abandoned it before they were arrested nearby.

Police also deployed tyre spikes to stop a stolen Jeep on Tomewin Mountain Road, arresting two girls and a boy at the seven.

Seven youths aged between 12 and 15-years-old were arrested over the two stolen vehicles. Police say they are currently questioning those involved.

Later, around 12.30am, two men smashed into a pharmacy on Ashmore Road with a sledge hammer, before stealing cash and fleeing.

Police then saw a Black Mazda 323 sedan speeding down Ross Street a short time later, which is the vehicle believed to be involved with a number of other pharmacy robberies over the weekend.

Officers used tyre spikes to stop the car on Robina Parkway around 30 minutes later, after it evaded police at both Bermuda Street and Markeri Street.

The occupants abandoned the vehicle, police caught one of them hiding near the Robina Town Shopping Centre.

A 19-year-old Mermaid Waters man has been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and two counts of break and enter.

He is expected to appear at Southport Magistrates Court today.

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