Man allegedly threatened neighbour with pistol over street parking

A man’s been charged after allegedly threatening a neighbour with a pistol in Bilambil Heights yesterday.

Police were called to an address along Tweed Street around 2.00pm on Saturday, after a 39-year-old woman reported receiving threatening texts from her neighbour regarding street parking.

Police will allege that her 46-year-old male neighbour drove past around 4.30pm, and allegedly pointed a pistol at her through the window.

Officers then approached the man and removed him and another woman from the vehicle, before finding two replica flintlock pistols in the car.

The pair were arrested at the scene and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The man was charged with use carriage service to menace/harass/offend, armed with intent commit indictable offence, possess unauthorised pistol, and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

He fronted court yesterday where he was granted conditional bail to reappear at the same court on Wednesday.

The woman was released without charge.

Multiple schools closed due to flooding in Tweed, Gold Coast

LATEST @ 11.30 AM | Coombabah State School is the latest education facility on the Gold Coast to close this morning due to the wild weather.

The school sent out a message to parents a short time ago, informing them of the development.

“We have been advised that due to localised flooding our school will be closing. Please collect your child/children if possible,” the school said in a post on Facebook.

Biggera Waters State School, Pacific Pines State High School and Pimpama State School on the northern Gold Coast are also among several schools who have closed their doors today due to localised flooding.

“Pimpama Parents & Carers please collect your child/ren from school as soon and as safely as you can. There is only one access open along Rifle Range Road,” Pimpama State School said in a post on Facebook.

FULL LIST OF CLOSED SCHOOLS ON GOLD COAST / TWEED:

  • Coombabah State School
  • Pacific Pines State High School
  • Biggera Waters State School
  • Pimpama State School
  • Kings Christian College Pimpama
  • Norfolk Village State School
  • Tallebudgera State School
  • Currumbin Valley State School
  • Tweed River High School
  • Mount St Patrick College Murwillumbah
  • Pacific Coast Christian School

EARLIER @ 6.45 AM : A number of schools have closed their doors to staff and students today, due to the heavy rainfall.

Tallebudgera State School is closed this morning, due to flooding in the area.

Tweed River High School is closed, with a number of roads blocked near the school this morning.

A school representative says the school is non-operational today, and is urging staff and students not to come in.

Mount St Patrick College Murwillumbah has also closed its doors, due to the flooding as well.

Texts have been sent out to parents at both schools.

Meantime, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a minor to moderate flood warning for the Tweed River, with areas around Tumbulgum and Chinderah of particular concern.

Flood Water Rising

Flood warning issued for Tweed River

A flood warning has been issued for the Tweed River, as heavy rain continues lashing the region.

The Bureau says a minor to moderate flood warning is in place, with areas around Tumbulgum and Chinderah of particular concern.

“Moderate flooding may occur along the Tweed River at Tumbulgum.

“The Tweed River at Tumbulgum is likely to reach the moderate flood level (1.80 m) early Thursday afternoon.

“The Tweed River at Chinderah (Barneys Point) is likely to reach the minor flood level (1.30 metres) around 01:00 pm Thursday with the high tides,” the warning reads.

The following safety advice has also been issued for those in the area.

In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

– Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
– Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
– Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
– Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.

For the latest information regarding warnings, click here.

Water restrictions lifted in Tweed, thanks to heavy rain

Good news for Tweed residents this morning, with water restrictions officially lifted following decent rain.

Clarrie Hall Dam is now at 100 per cent, with local council reporting there are significant river flows at Bray Park Weir.

Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham says residents can go back to normal, though still encourages locals to do their part where possible.

“This last lot of rain has taken the dam level from 82.5 per cent on Wednesday 5 February to 100 per cent yesterday.

“The rain has caused a number of maintenance and safety issues in our public parks and these take priority over turning back on beach showers and taps, so please be patient as we work through this. It may take up to two weeks.

“No further business restriction permits will be issued and any business with a Level 2 Restriction permit has now expired,” Mr Burnham said.

The region received a whopping 200mm of rainfall in the catchment area in recent days.

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Boys, aged 13 and 14, charged over alleged car thefts

Two kids aged 13 and 14 are among four people who have been charged following investigations into alleged car thefts and other property offences across Far Northern NSW and the Gold Coast.

The pair were taken into custody at a home on Leisure Drive in Banora Point yesterday afternoon after officers found a car key at the property which belonged to a blue Toyota Corolla stolen from a Queensland address.

A second stolen vehicle, a silver Lexus, was later found at a home on Dundee Drive in Banora Point.

The two boys were charged with two counts of receive property stolen outside NSW greater than $15,000, and one count of possess implements to enter/drive conveyance.

Both teens were refused bail to face a children’s court today.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man and 21-year-old man were also arrested yesterday after being stopped by police who were patrolling Tweed Heads South.

It’s understood the younger man attempted to flee when he spotted officers, forcing them to chase him down.

“The man continued to resist arrest before being restrained; during the arrest, a senior officer received minor injuries,” NSW Police said.

A search of the older man also uncovered a set of knuckle dusters.

Both men were taken to Tweed Heads Police station, where the 19-year-old was charged with an outstanding warrant, two counts of goods in custody, two counts of resist officer, and one count each of assault officer, possess prohibited drug and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

The 21-year-old was charged with assault police and possess prohibited weapon.

Commander of the Tweed Byron Police District, Acting Superintendent Brendon Cullen, said police will continue to target repeat offenders within the district.

“Stolen motor vehicles have seen a spike in the Tweed/Byron area in recent weeks. We are determined to disrupt those people who enter our community and steal motor vehicles,” Acting Supt Cullen said.

“Tweed Byron Police, with the assistance of our cross-border neighbours at the Gold Coast, will be actively pursuing and targeting offenders who continue to commit crimes in NSW and QLD.”