Man accused of filming children in local shopping centres on NSW far north coast

A TIP OFF has lead police to charge a man with numerous child abuse offences, after he allegedly filmed children in public on the NSW far north coast.

Nimbin Police were started an investigation back in February last year after receiving information a man was filming children in the local township.

During investigations, they spoke with a 28-year-old man and seized his mobile phone.

Police will allege the phone contained over 300 images of young people, including images taken in shopping centres.

On Thursday afternoon, police arrested a 29-year-old man at Nimbin and he was taken to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with possess child abuse material, disseminate child abuse material, deal with identity information to commit indictable offence and film person in private act without consent.

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.

Power Lines Storm

Thousands of Gold Coast homes without power

Thousands of Gold Coast homes have woken up in the dark this morning, due to a power outage.

Residents across Biggera Waters, Labrador and Runaway Bay are mostly affected, since around 6.00am.

Energex says the cause of the outage is currently ‘under investigation’.

It’s understood work is already underway to try and restore power as soon as possible.

Roughly 30 streets are currently without power.

Petrol Pumps

Gold Coast’s record cheap fuel prices are over

One of the only perks of the coronavirus crisis – cheap fuel – appears to have ended.

The RACQ says the days of record cheap prices are now behind us, with the cost of fuel across the south east now well and truly on the increase.

The monthly June report shows the average price on the Gold Coast is up by 14.1 cents to 117.4 cents a litre.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith says the increase is due to recovering oil prices over May and June, despite still sitting at around $US 40 per barrel compared to $US 60 in January.

“It was good while it lasted but unfortunately the days of ULP for less than 100cpl are behind us for now.

“Oil prices were higher in June due to an increase in demand as Governments lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“At the same time, there was a substantial drop in oil supply due to the production cuts agreed to by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies including Russia.

“There was also a dramatic reduction in US shale oil production,” Ms Smith said.

But we’re being told it’s not all bad news, with Ms Smith saying Gold Coast is still the cheapest area across the southeast to buy unleaded for the third consecutive month.

“The good news for Gold and Sunshine Coast drivers is it was cheaper to fill up at home than Brisbane, which had an average price of 122.1cpl.

“If you’re going on a road trip make sure you check whether it’s cheaper to fill up at home or when you reach your destination,” she said.

We’re also being warned to hold off filling up now if possible, with the south east still in the expensive phase of the unleaded price cycle.

The latest average prices for the Gold Coast were sitting at around 137.7cpl.

Gold Coast Suns superstar likely headed for surgery

Just as things were looking bright for the Gold Coast Suns, their star player has been put in doubt, with surgery now looking likely.

Number one draft pick Matt Rowell was injured in the side’s clash against Geelong over the weekend, with scans since showing he dislocated his shoulder.

It comes after a number of wins for the struggling side, launching them up the AFL ladder within weeks of the season restart.

Matt Rowell had largely been thanked for the side’s new found confidence, but it wasn’t to last.

Officials are now deciding whether or not the 19-year-old undergoes surgery.

Coach Stuart Dew told Fox Footy last night that they definitely won’t be rushing this decision, and need to make sure it’s the right one.

“We want to make sure we look after him and make sure he has a long career, and not get blinded by the previous four weeks, as hard as that is,” he said.

“The conservative and probably most sensible given his age and position he plays is to have surgery.

“He’s going to get in these positions a lot in terms of getting tackled and put to the ground.

“It’s really important we take a breath and do what’s best.

“Whatever’s best for Matt is going to be best for our football club because we clearly see him as a long-term player for our football club,” Dew said.

The Suns General Manager of Football Jon Haines confirmed the dislocation yesterday, with Rowell still with the team in Wollongong for now.

“He’s in good spirits, he’s frustrated and disappointed obviously, but that’s the type of person he is,” Haines said.

“He’s been terrific. He’s rejoined the group and depending on what path we take with our decision, we’ll make a decision on whether he stays here or not.”

Police NSW

Tweed-Byron police shut down 1000+ house party

Police over the border have been called to number mass gatherings over the past week, prompting a new reminder to party-goers.

Officers attended one house party in Byron Bay with over 200 people in attendance.

While another in Wilsons Creek was found to have over 1000 people in attendance.

Both parties were immediately shut down, with attendees told to go home. It’s unclear if any fines were issued.

In New South Wales, current restrictions mean that home gatherings are still limited to 20 people.

Officers from the Tweed-Byron Police District are also urging the community to report any house parties to their local police at the time.

Over the past week Police in the Tweed Byron District have responded to numerous calls to large house parties in recent…

Posted by Tweed-Byron Police District on Sunday, 5 July 2020