Police lights NSW

Fatal truck and car crash blocks off NSW highway

POLICE have been forced to shut down the Sturt Highway at Narrandera after a driver was killed in a horror collision on Friday.

Emergency services rushed to the scene around 7.30am following reports of a crash between a truck and a car about 16km west of Narrandera.

It’s understood the driver of the car died at the scene.

The Sturt Highway is currently closed in both directions while emergency services deal with the incident.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted at Kidman Way in Darling Point and can travel via Whitton-Darlington Road to Whitton then Benerembah Street, Binyah Street, Whitton Road and Canal Street to Leeton, Binya Street to Yanko, then Irrigation Way and the Newell Highway to Narrandera to re-join the Sturt Highway.

The westbound diversion is the same in reverse.

Drug Supply Strike Force Royden

NSW trio charged over $17M ‘dark web’ drug syndicate

THREE people have been charged over a $17 million online drug syndicate in what police believe is the “first and largest penetration of the dark web” in Australia.

The 25-year-old man and two women, aged 20 and 24, were arrested on Thursday following an near 10 month investigation in to the supply of illicit drugs across New South Wales.

During their investigation, detectives identified a “sophisticated online drug distribution network” operating from the South Coast.

Officers executed five search warrants yesterday, allegedly seizing officers recovered 2.5kg of white powder, 200g of MDMA, more than 100,000 LSD tabs and a significant quantity of Xanax made to “look like candy”.

Drug Supply Strike Force Royden

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Sophisticated computer equipment, a significant quantity of cash and several vehicles including a Maserati and a Mercedes-Benz were also seized.

Police will allege in court that the man was operating as on online vendor on the dark web, selling prohibited drugs and prescription medications.

The women are accused of then packaging and posting the items to buyers across Australia.

An initial analysis of the vendor crypto-currency wallets indicates that more than $17 million has been transacted in recent years.

“This is probably the first and largest penetration of the dark web in Australia and it’s resulted in taking out a syndicate who have dealt around $17 million of drugs across the nation,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said at a press conference on Friday.

All three are charged with large commercial drug distribution offences and were refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

Police searching for missing girl who may be travelling from QLD to NSW with older man

POLICE are asking for help to try and find a 13-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Toowoomba and may be travelling with an older man to New South Wales.

The girl was last seen at a home on Talbot Street at around 11pm on Wednesday.

It’s believed she may be travelling with a man aged in his 30s, who is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 185cm tall and of a slim build with short brown hair.

They could be in a silver 2007 Nissan Navara with Queensland registration 886-WHK.

It is possible they are travelling to the Murwillumbah area in New South Wales.

Police hold concerns for her welfare due to her age.

The girl is described as having a fair complexion, around 155cms tall with blue eyes and dark blonde hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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.

Crime Scene Tape

Horrific: Woman ‘bound, gagged and raped’ by stalker

A MAN charged with stalking, secretly filming and raping a woman in country New South Wales will spend at least the next seven weeks behind bars after being refused bail over the horrifying attack.

The 54-year-old woman told police she had only just returned home to her house in Tamworth when she was “detained by an unknown man” who then allegedly bound, gagged and raped her before running away.

The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Tamworth Base Hospital.

A crime scene was established at the woman’s home and was examined by specialist police.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad later spoke with a 58-year-old man who they allege had made numerous attempts to contact and see the woman in the days following the attack.

While looking through the man’s phone, investigators allegedly found videos of the woman that had been filmed from outside her home without her knowledge.

The man was subsequently charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of filming a person in private act in circumstances of aggravation, and two counts of peep or pry.

He was also charged with stalking or intimidate with intent to cause fear or physical harm.

The man appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday where he was formally refused bail.

He’s due to re-appear in the same court on Tuesday, April 9.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831

Woman, 85, woken by intruder sexually assaulting her

A MAN has been arrested, charged and refused bail after allegedly breaking into a retirement home in the middle of the night in Central West NSW and sexually assaulting an 85-year-old woman while she slept.

The elderly resident told police she was asleep in her Blayney unit when she was woken by the 41-year-old man touching her about 11.40pm on Monday.

Police said the woman confronted the man, who she said was “committing an act of indecency”.

The man left the room and the woman escorted him out of the unit, police said.

Terrified, the elderly woman called police after the man proceeded to peep through her bedroom window.

Following inquiries, the woman’s alleged attacker was arrested at a home in Cowra on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old was taken to Cowra Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break & enter and commit serious indictable offence, sexually touch another person without consent.

He was also charged with break & enter house and steal, receive property – theft, possess prohibited drug, and possess unregistered firearm relating to a separate break-in in Blayney on Monday night.

The man was refused bail in Bathurst Local Court on Wednesday, where he is due to appear again on April 8.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831