Police Gold Coast

Seven new police officers sworn to serve on the Gold Coast

SEVEN new police recruits will spend their first year in the force on the Gold Coast.

The group are among 78 new police officers who were sworn into the Queensland Police Service after completing 25 weeks of intensive training to prepare for their new roles serving the community.

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the arrival of the seven recruits to the Gold Coast was much anticipated.

“I’m pleased to announce three first-year Constables will be deployed to Nerang Station shortly,” Ms Scanlon said.

“Southport, Coomera and Broadbeach will share the remaining four officers as we work towards a safer Gold Coast for everyone.”

The Queensland Government has promised to boost police numbers by 400 officers over the next three years to keep Queenslanders safe.

“400 new officers over the next three years will ensure the QPS is adequately resourced to serve communities,” Ms Scanlon said.

“I’m proud to be part of a government that supports frontline services.”

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Search continues for convicted criminal in Gold Coast bushland

UPDATE @ January 17: THE search continues for a notorious bank robber who remains on the run on the Gold Coast.

Brendan Berichon fled into burning bushland near Maudsland after police visited his Pacific Pines home on Tuesday afternoon.

The 41-year-old has not been seen since.

A major search involving the dog squad and polair has been ongoing, however no one has been able to track down the convicted criminal, who is wanted over alleged serious domestic violence offences.

Despite Berichon’s criminal history, Queensland police have stressed that there’s no threat to the community.

The manhunt continues.

Anyone who see’s anything suspicious is being 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.

EARLIER @ January 16: A major manhunt is continuing in the Gold Coast hinterland today for notorious bank robber Brendan Berichon.

Berichon, who is linked to the infamous “Postcard Bandit” Brendan Abbott, is believed to be on the run in burning bushland at Maudsland.

The convicted criminal, now aged 41, is understood to have fled after police went to his Pacific Pines home on Tuesday afternoon.

He’s wanted over alleged domestic violence offences, however is mostly known for his role in helping Abbott escape from Wacol prison in 1997.

The pair then went on a crime spree which included robbing a number of banks in Queensland before the duo were arrested and jailed.

Residents in the area are being told there’s no threat to the community.


Donna Gates

Gold Coast’s Kirra Boardwalk to undergo major revamp

The popular Kirra Boardwalk will be closed to the public from May as it undergoes major upgrade works.

It comes after Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the existing wooden boardwalk had reached the end of its design life and was no longer fit for its purpose as a high-use public structure.

“The project will ensure the ongoing structural integrity and durability of the popular Kirra Boardwalk,” Ms Gates said.

“It is 173m in length and runs parallel with Marine Parade. This area is an integral part of the iconic Coolangatta beach esplanade.”

Built in 2001, the boardwalk is 1.8m wide and separates Kirra Beach and Marine Esplanade.

It’s understood the project will involve the removal of the existing boardwalk and sub structure to make way for the installation of the new boardwalk.

Ms Gates said the project is currently out for tender, with council “waiting to see what comes from that” in terms of what materials will be used.

“We’ll wait and see but it might not be 100% timber, it may be a mixture of concrete and timber, it just depends on what comes from the tenders,” she said.

Construction is expected to start in May, with a pedestrian detour to be put in place along Marine Parade.

“It may take up to six months so we ask all residents and visitors to be patient,” Ms Gates said.

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Motorcylist injured in Hope Island crash

A MAN has been rushed to hospital following a motorcycle crash in Hope Island late last night.

The accident happened at the intersection of Hope Island Road and Magnolia Drive.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 11.30pm Monday.

The man was treated by paramedics for back, shoulder and leg injuries before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

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

House Fire

Fire crews battle ferocious house fire on northern Gold Coast

FIRE crews have spent an hour working to extinguish a large blaze at a home in Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast overnight.

The fire broke out at a house on Percy Earl Crescent around 7.30pm on Sunday.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesperson told myGC three urban crews and two rural fire crews rushed to the scene, with the flames under control by about 8.30pm.

It’s understood the blaze started in the rear of the single storey home, however soon spread to the roof, causing significant damage.

Queensland Ambulance crews were also called, however no one was injured.

It’s not yet known what sparked the blaze.

Fire investigators are expected to return to the scene today.