Police

Man in wheelchair bashed, robbed by thugs on pushbikes

A MAN in a wheelchair has been punched in the head and robbed by a pair of teenage thugs on pushbikes while making his way home from the local shops in Townsville.

Police said the 22-year-old man was bailed up by two young males on pushbikes who were bumming smokes on Kern Brothers Drive in Kirwan around 11.45am.

When the man refused, police said one of the males allegedly stepped off his bike and punched him in the head before pocketing his wallet.

Two witnesses intervened and chased the thug down the street causing him to drop the man’s wallet before the pair continued to ride away.

The victim sustained bruising to his face, police said.

One of the men is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his late teens or early 20s and being about 180cm tall with a slim build, brown eyes and a moustache.

He was wearing a black Chicago Bulls t-shirt with white shorts and red shoes.

The second man is described as being about the same age with a dark complexion, 180cm tall, black hair and was wearing a black hooded jumper, dark long pants and riding a white mountain bike.

Anyone with any information is urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

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.

Cannabis

Man, 21, arrested after cops find million-dollar marijuana crop

POLICE will destroy more than $1 million worth of marijuana, found growing in Sydney’s north west.

Strike Force police seized 346 cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment from a property on Castle Hill Road, near Old Northern Road, at Castle Hill on Wednesday morning.

A NSW Police spokesperson said the plants had an estimated potential street value of more than $1 million.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Castle Hill Police Station where he was charged with large commercial cultivation of prohibited plant, and stealing electricity.

The Malaysian National has been remanded in custody and will in Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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

One dead, three critical after head-on crash

ONE person is dead and three others are fighting for their lives in hospital this afternoon following a horror head-on crash on the NSW Central Coast.

Police said a Mitsubishi Lancer collided head-on with a Range Rover Evoque on Wilfred Barnett Drive (also Central Coast Highway) in Magenta, north of Gosford, just after 11am on Wednesday.

Early investigations suggest the Lancer crossed onto the wrong side of the road before slamming into the SUV.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, a man believed to be in his 20s, could not be saved and died at the scene. Police confirmed he was the only person travelling in the car.

The male driver of the Range Rover and his two passengers, a man and a woman, were all trapped in the wreckage and had to be released by emergency services.

Once freed, the woman was flown to the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney while the men were rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

The occupants of the Range Rover are all said to be ‘elderly’ and, because of their age, are listed as being in critical conditions.

The road was closed for several hours following the crash while the scene was examined.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

The fatality comes after a 74-year-old man was killed when his Jaguar left the Hume Motorway and rolled near Picton Road at Pheasants Nest around 8.15am. Read more here.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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

Bankwest

Bankwest to close 29 branches across Australia’s east coast

Bankwest has today announced that it will be closing 29 branches across the east coast of Australia.

The bank confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that they’re “prioritising investment in digital and broker/third-party offerings to meet changing customer needs.”

It’s understood the branches will close over a three-week period from 17 August, reducing its east coast footprint to just 14 branches.

Managing Director Rowan Munchenberg said rapid changes in the digital space required Bankwest to make important decisions on where to invest.

“Many people still value face-to-face interactions, but customers increasingly expect seamless self-service options that allow them to do their banking when and where they choose,” he said.

“We’re seeing a consistent trend of customers choosing mobile banking over in-branch options for their transaction needs, with an 88 per cent rise in app logins over the past three years.

“So, we’re transforming our organisation to respond more rapidly to these changing customer needs by adopting new ways of working and embracing new technologies.”

Mr Munchenberg said the change had been a difficult decision to make, given a significant number of east coast staff would be affected.

“We will work with and support impacted colleagues in the coming weeks, doing what we can to help them identify other opportunities, be they within or outside of the Group,” he said.

“We are writing to affected customers to outline options, such as using Australia Post’s [email protected] services and, for business customers, taking advantage of CBA branches.”

Branch closure details:

– Charlestown NSW, August 17

– Carindale Queensland, August 17

– Southland Victoria, August 17

– Randwick NSW, August 20

– Chermside Queensland, August 20

– Box Hill Victoria, August 20

– Bondi Junction NSW, August 22

– Indooroopilly Queensland, August 22

– Doncaster Victoria, August 22

– Top Ryde NSW, August 24

– Mount Ommaney Queensland, August 24

– Eastlands Victoria, August 24

– Blacktown NSW, August 27

– Loganholme Queensland, August 27

– Highpoint Victoria, August 27

– Bankstown NSW, Aghust 29

– North Sydney NSW, August 29

– Knox City Victoria, August 29

– Miranda NSW, August 31

– Mount Druitt NSW, August 31

– Airport West Victoria, August 31

– Chatswood NSW, September

– Castle Hill NSW, September 3

– Hornsby NSW, September 5

– Eastgardens NSW, September 5

– Burwood NSW, September 5

– Penrith NSW, September 5

– Warringah Mall NSW, September7

– Lake Haven NSW, September 7

Police Tape

Missing woman’s death ‘not suspicious’

POLICE say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman whose body was found on the NSW North Coast, two days after she went missing.

The 65-year-old was last seen getting out of a car on Fernleigh Road at Fernleigh on Monday morning.

She was reported missing by her family and an extensive search operation followed, involving both officers from the Richmond Police District and State Emergency Service (SES) personnel.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, NSW Police confirmed the woman was deceased.

Officers located the woman’s body at Tintenbar, south of Fernleigh, on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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