Man charged after allegedly crashing stolen car into pedestrian following pursuit

A man has been charged after allegedly crashing a stolen car into a pedestrian following a number of wild pursuits over the border.

The 22-year-old broke into a unit on Kennedy Drive in Tweed Heads just before 5.00pm yesterday and allegedly stole a Mitsubishi Lancer.

Just a few hours later, the man also allegedly broke into two nearby units on Gray Street, however he left empty handed.

Police were called and while driving to the scene they saw the stolen car allegedly drive through a a red light at the intersection of Gray Street and Kennedy Drive.

Officers attempted to intercept the vehicle, however it failed to stop, forcing them to initiate a pursuit of the car which was being driven at speeds of up to 100 km/h along Kennedy Drive.

The vehicle also drove through a border-controlled roadblock at Kirra on the Gold Coast, with officers calling off the pursuit due to safety concerns.

About 10.00pm last night, the man then allegedly struck another man in the driveway of a home on Kennedy Drive in Tweed Heads before he drove off, ramming a police car.

The victim was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital where he’s being treated for a fractured cheek and lacerations to his hip.

The stolen vehicle was later found at Currumbin Beach where the man is alleged to have car-jacked another vehicle, forcing the driver to take him to Gollan Drive in Tweed Heads.

Shortly after, police managed to track down the man at a nearby home on Perch Place where he was arrested.

He’s since been charged with a string of offences including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, three counts of aggravated break and enter with intent, police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous.

He has also been slapped the charge of use weapon to avoid apprehension, drive while unlicensed, and take and drive conveyance.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court today, where he was remanded in custody to appear in the same court on Monday 25 May.

Tweed Mayor shocked at amount of locals outside, pleading “stay home NOW”

The Tweed Mayor has pleaded with the local community to stay home wherever possible, outraged that people are still out and about.

Mayor Katie Milne says only essential workers and those making vital trips to the supermarket should be around at the moment, as the state battles to contain the spread of coronavirus.

It comes just a day after Queensland shut the border to New South Wales, to limit the chances of community transmission crossing into Queensland.

Mayor Milne has even backed calls to have the border blocked the toehr way as well, to stop Queenslanders coming into New South Wales.

She says the Tweed Shire needs to be vigilant.

“I can’t believe how many people are still out in Tweed. Only people who need to go to work should be out now,” Cr Milne said.

“Nurses and doctors around the world are calling on people to stay home with the message, ‘I stay at work for you, please stay at home for us’.

“We must be even more vigilant in our Shire. We have 32 per cent of our residents aged over 60 and 4.4 per cent of residents are Aboriginal – they are all in the vulnerable category,” she said. (Health authorities have said some people have an increased risk of contracting respiratory illnesses, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent).

“We also have an international airport on our doorstep with the added risks that brings and hospital facilities that were already stretched.

“Young people are not immune. In NSW, five children under nine years of age are infected, 31 in the 10-19 age bracket, and 230 in the 20-29 age bracket – which has the highest number of infections – and young people are dying around the world.

“All Tweed residents need to think about their loved ones and take this virus extremely seriously.

“There are no general shortages of food products in those countries badly affected around the world, such as China, Italy, Korea or Japan, so people can stop worrying about stocking up.

“It was probably a good idea for residents to stock up for a few weeks so we don’t have to go out for a while but there doesn’t appear to be any need to stockpile for months.

“Every product has been touched by numerous hands in the manufacture, packaging, and supply chains so you may be putting yourself at risk every time you shop.

“Remember to care for one another at this time. It’s Neighbour Day on Sunday which is a great reminder at this time to please phone your neighbours regularly, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to check if they are OK but keep your distance for their sake,” she said.

For more information on Tweed’s response to the virus, click here.

Nearly $12 million worth of cannabis plants destroyed in major bust

Nearly $12 million worth of cannabis has been seized and destroyed following a major drug bust over the border.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad came across the huge haul during this year’s Cannabis Eradication Program, which targets the outdoor cultivation of cannabis throughout Northern NSW.

During the program, detectives seized 5,818 plants, with an estimated potential street value of $11.6 million.

This includes more than 3,100 plants and 5kg of cannabis head seized in the Coffs Police District between 3 and 7 February, more than 1,690 plants seized in Richmond Police District between 24 and 28 February, and 1,015 plants seized in Tweed/Byron Police District between 9 and 12 March 2020.

PHOTO: NSW Police

According to officers, many of the crops were found growing in remote dense bushland.

“All the plants were certified by an agronomist and have since been destroyed,” police said.

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In total, 25 people were served Court Attendance Notices for offences relating to the cultivation of cannabis.

Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Watson, said police have been confronted with challenging conditions this season.

“The environment has been extremely challenging for police – we had the bushfires, rain, flooding – so to say the criminals are doing their best to get into really remote areas is an understatement,”” Det Supt Watson said.

“The expertise and assistance of our specialist units is essential to the success of the program and this year has been no different.”

Pair charged after tip-off leads police to stash of drugs, weapons in the Tweed

A tip-off has led police to a huge haul of drugs, weapons and cash at three properties just over the border.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad executed a search warrant at a rural property at Uki, about 45km south-west of Tweed Heads, about 9.30am yesterday.

During the search, officers allegedly discovered around 4000 MDMA pills, 12 hydroponic cannabis plants, two rifles, three pistols, firearm parts and ammunition, a crossbow, and a large safe.

A 36-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

He has since been charged with cultivate prohibited plant – small quantity, cultivate prohibited plant – indictable quantity, supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity, manufacture prohibited firearm without licence/permit, possess more than three unregistered firearms, one is prohibited/pistol, and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

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During the search of a second property, officers allegedly uncovered a large hydroponic cannabis cultivation setup concealed under the house and seized more than 300 cannabis plants and more than $15,000 cash.

A 29-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with cultivate prohibited plant – large commercial quantity, enhanced indoor cultivate – large commercial quantity – expose child, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

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Both men were refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Meanwhile, a third property was also searched, with officers allegedly locating and seizing one kilogram of cannabis, a rifle, ammunition, and more than $50,000 cash.

Investigations are ongoing.

Fox traps to be set up across Fingal Head this week

Locals and tourists are being warned that traps are being set up in bushland at Fingal Head this week in a bid to reduce the overall fox population in the area.

Soft-jaw trapping will be undertaken from today through to Friday 20 March, however council says dates could be extended if too few foxes are caught.

The trapping is being conducted to protect native wildlife including threatened birds such as Pied Oyster-catchers and Beach Stone-curlews.

Council’s Program Leader Pest Management Wildlife Protection, Pamela Gray says it is critical that the community heed the warnings and look out for signage.

“Access to the trapping site is prohibited to everyone, except staff involved in the trapping. Please ensure that you and your pets do not enter these areas,” she said.

“Signage is in place at all entrances to the trapping site and won’t be removed until the trapping has finished.”

Soft-jaw traps have coil springs that hold animals once trapped.

“We need to carry out these works as foxes pose a significant threat to native wildlife, domestic pets and livestock,” Ms Gray said.

PHOTO: Supplied | Location of fox trapping area at Fingal Head.

Traps will be covered (inactive) over the weekends and tracks leading to each of the trapping areas (pictured in the image above) are clearly signposted.

“It is the responsibility of individuals to keep themselves, their children and their pets out of the trapping areas.”

If any domestic pets are caught in the traps they will be taken to Council’s interim animal holding facility, however there are fees associated with the retrieval of registered domestic pets.