Man arrested in Byron carpark over supply of illegal guns

A man has been charged following an ongoing investigation into the supply of illegal firearms.

The 44-year-old was taken into custody by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad at a carpark on Bayshore Drive in Byron Bay yesterday.

During a search of his vehicle, police allegedly uncovered two pistols, ammunition and $2900 in cash.

“A short time later, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Kingscliff, where they seized electronic storage devices and computers,” NSW Police said.

The man, who police say is from Kingscliff, was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with two counts of acquire firearm without permit to acquire.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Mystery surrounds identity of skeletal remains found near Byron

Mystery surrounds the identity of skeletal remains found in bushland near Byron Bay yesterday, with police revealing it could be weeks before there is an answer.

Officers made the grim discovery around 1.20pm on Wednesday, while searching for missing woman Thea Liddle who disappeared in October last year.

The bones were uncovered in bushland off Tallow Beach Road, which is near where police also conducted a search for 18-year-old backpacker Theo Hayez, who has been missing since May 31, 2019.

“It is too early to determine if the remains are male or female; they will undergo forensic examination which could take a number of weeks to complete,” NSW Police said in a statement this morning.

“It is also too early to say whether the remains are linked to the ongoing search for the missing Northern NSW woman”.

A crime scene has been established at the location an investigation has been launched, with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Missing Persons Registry.

Police are expected to update the media on the bone discovery on Thursday morning.

No further information is available at this time

Wanted man could be hanging around Tweed Heads area

Residents in the Tweed Heads area are being asked to look out for a man wanted by police.

The Tweed-Byron Police District has posted a photo of Stefan McAndrew on social media, calling for community assistance to locate him.

Police report he has an outstanding warrant, but haven’t gone into details as to why.

Mr McAndrew is known to frequent the Tweed area, and could have been in the area recently.

Anyone who sees Mr McAndrew, or knows any information about his whereabouts is being urged to contact Tweed Head Police on 07 55069499.

Alternatively, anyone with information could call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Remains found in Byron bushland during search for missing woman

A crime scene has been set up after skeletal remains were found in bushland in Byron Bay during a search for missing woman Thea Liddle.

The 42-year-old was last seen in the Mooball area in the Tweed Shire on October 31 last year and hasn’t been seen since.

Her worried family reported her missing to Queensland Police in January this year, who then notified NSW police who have been desperately searching for Thea ever since.

It’s understood officers came across the grim discovery around 1.30pm on Wednesday, following a two-day search in and around Byron Bay, where Thea was known to have been residing in the months leading up to her disappearance.

It’s not yet known if the skeletal remains are male or female, or if they belong to Thea.

“The scene will be processed by forensic officers which will take a significant amount of time and police are expecting to maintain the crime scene into tomorrow,” a NSW police spokesperson said.


Detectives say Ms Liddel didn’t have a permanent place of residence and lived a “very transient lifestyle”.

“She shifted from place to place, changing campsites often and would opt for places in remote bushland away from the public,” Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Superintendent Dave Roptell told reporters on Tuesday.

“We are conducting thorough searches throughout these locations for any indication of Thea’s presence there.”

The missing woman has not accessed her bank accounts or social media pages since October last year.

Anyone who may have seen or spoken to Thea in late October or early November 2019 is being urged to come forward.

“Any piece of information may assist investigators,” Supt Roptell said.

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Man dies after crashing car through front porch of Murwillumbah home

A MAN has died after a horror crash on the NSW far north coast on Monday night.

The driver appears to have lost control of his vehicle while driving along Ewing Street around 8pm before crashing into a guard rail and then into the front porch of a home.

Emergency services quickly rushed to the scene. Police officers and paramedics tried desperately to render CPR but the 59-year-old driver could not be saved.

The man was the only person in the car and thankfully nobody inside the home was injured.

The house did sustain minor damage in the incident.

NSW Police will continue to investigate the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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