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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Queensland fire and emergency truck

‘Large number’ of Gold Coast residents evacuated after midnight laundry fire

Residents of a Varsity Lakes building have had to be evacuated in the middle of the night after a fire broke out in a laundry.

Emergency services rushed to the property along Lake Orr Drive just before 1.00am, following reports of the blaze.

It broke out in the laundry room, but forced the evacuation of a ‘large number of people’, according to Queensland Ambulance.

A man in his 20s was assessed at the scene for smoke inhalation and minor lacerations to his hands.

Luckily, he did not require hospitalisation.

No other injuries were reported.

QAS Emergency Response Vehicle responding

Eight hospitalised from four separate Gold Coast crashes

Gold Coast paramedics have been kept busy overnight, responding to four separate incidents on local roads.

Early this morning, crews were called out to Gaven, following report of a truck and car crash along the Smith Street off ramp.

It happened just after 5.30am, with one person suffering neck pain. They were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Meantime, a person remains in a serious condition in hospital this morning, following a single vehicle crash in Miami last night.

It happened along Riviera Road around 8.00pm.

Queensland Ambulance report the person had suspected abdominal injuries, and was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Earlier last night, paramedics were called to a two car crash along Robina Town Centre Drive at 6.00pm.

Two elderly patients were taken to hospital in stable conditions.

While four people required hospitalisation after a two car crash in Nerang around 6.00pm as well. It happened along Yalkuri Drive and Beaudesert Nerang Road.

Three people were taken to the Uni hospital in stable conditions, while the fourth was taken to Pindara Hospital.

Queensland fire truck behind a palm frond

Emergency crews spend hours rescuing woman who crashed down embankment

Emergency services have spent hours winching a woman to safety, after a horror crash in the Gold Coast hinterland yesterday.

The woman had been on a motorcycle when she lost control and crashed down an embankment along Tamborine Mountain Road in Canungra.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and paramedics were deployed around 2.00pm, where they spent almost two hours trying to get the woman back up the hill.

The vertical rescue team were called in as well.

She was finally transported to hospital around 4.00pm, with head, shoulder and lower limb injuries.

Queensland Ambulance reports she’s in a stable condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital.

CONFIRMED: Qld woman at centre of COVID-19 mystery tests negative

A Queensland woman feared to have been the state’s latest case of community transmission has returned a negative result for coronavirus following further testing.

The 68-year-old woman from Ipswich was initially diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday, with her source of infection baffling health authorities.

However, there were concerns that it may have been a false positive after a follow up test returned a negative result.

Further testing was then conducted to determine if the woman actually had the virus or not, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirming overnight the woman was in the clear.

“A serology test for a 68-year-old Ipswich woman initially diagnosed with COVID-19 has come back negative,” the Premier said.

“The follow-up test was ordered after her first PCR test returned a positive result and her second test returned a negative result.

“The woman had initially been referred to a private pathology laboratory for a test by her GP, which came back positive. After being notified, Queensland Health performed follow-up tests, both of which were negative.”

The result means Queensland has actually recorded zero new cases of the virus for four days straight.

The state’s active case tally has also been altered down from twelve to eleven.