Amber Alert cancelled after newborn baby found safe in Tweed Heads

UPDATE 11PM | A NEWBORN baby girl who was reported missing from the Gold Coast University Hospital on Friday afternoon has been found.

The baby was found safe and well by police in Tweed Heads a short time ago. Police have thanked the public for their assistance.

An Amber Alert was issued for the baby after she was taken by her parents from the hospital just hours after she was born. The alert has since been cancelled.

UPDATE 8:30 PM | POLICE continue to seek urgent public assistance to help locate a newborn baby girl missing from the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The baby, who was taken from the hospital around 3.30pm, is believed to be in the company of a man, a woman and a young girl.

Police have released images of the missing four, taken from CCTV footage at the hospital and on a bus.

The four were last seen at an address on Waikiki Avenue in Palm Beach, however they may now be travelling towards Banora Point in a grey or silver Kia Carnival vehicle, similar to the one pictured below.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the four to contact them on 131 564. Please ring 000 for life threatening information about this incident.

• The 45-year-old man is described as Caucasian in appearance with a shaved head, beard and was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt and black board shorts and carrying a multi-coloured bag with black strap, a brown leather bag and a black bag

• The 30-year-old woman is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 170cm tall with brown wavy hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt and black skirt.

• The girl, who police now say is possibly aged 12-14 -years-old, is described as having brown shoulder-length hair and was last seen wearing a blue jumpsuit with white stripes and white sandals.

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EARLIER: POLICE are seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a newborn baby girl who went missing from the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The baby was taken from the hospital at around 3 o’clock this afternoon and may be at significant risk. She is believed to be in the company of a man, a woman and an 8-year-old girl.

The woman, pictured below, is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 170cm tall with brown wavy hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt and black skirt.

The man, pictured below, is described as Caucasian in appearance with a shaved head, beard and was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt and board shorts.

The 8-year-old child was last seen wearing a blue jumpsuit.

They were last seen in the vicinity at Crestwood Drive near Watergum Street at Parkwood around 3.30pm, however, may now be in the Southport area near Short Street.

  • Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.
  • Please ring 000 for life threatening information about this incident.

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Information wanted on vegetation vandalism in Tweed

Tweed residents are being urged to help catch vandals who have cut down trees in two areas of the shire and set fire to a new riverside planting.

Tweed council have revealed that vandals used a chainsaw to cut down two 5-metre tall Weeping Lilli Pillis (Waterhousias) at Col Wiley Park, near Byangum Bridge on the evening of Friday 18 November. They also condemned a third by cutting about 75 per cent through its trunk, forcing it to be removed by Council.

Last week, Council staff working to stabilise the riverbank adjacent to Tweed Valley Way, near Bartletts Road, Tumbulgum, discovered vandals had cut down about 20 river mangroves (Aegiceras corniculatum) and set fire to a new riverside planting of Lomandra in the same area.

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Mangrove damage. PHOTO: Supplied by Tweed Shire Council

Mayor of Tweed Katie Milne has appealed to the community to help catch the vandals. “Council is committed to going all out to try to find the offenders and we’d like to call on the community to assist us with this process – someone must have heard the chainsaws.

“Trees are not just for amenity, they provide important habitat and act as a buffer to erosion. Riverbank vegetation has a vital role to play along Tweed Valley Way in preventing erosion of this major road, which is costing Council millions in revetment works. We need the community to understand the significance and get on board to provide information to help us catch vegetation vandals.”

Council will grind back the stumps left at Col Willey Park and replace the trees as soon as it can, but it will take years for them to reach a similar height to the ones cut down.

The Lomandra planting, undertaken to complement the rock revetment stabilisation work and planted through jute matting, will need to be re-done adding an extra $1500 to the cost of the job.

Council has also reported the clearing of the mangroves to the Fisheries Department for further action, as all marine vegetation is protected under the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Council on (02) 6670 2400 or email TSC@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

 

NSW Ambulance

BREAKING: Two people survive Tweed plane crash

TWO people have miraculously survived a light plane crash at Tweed Heads.

It’s understood the two-seater aircraft lost power around 4.30pm AEDT and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock near Fraser Drive.

Paramedics are assessing the pilot and sole passenger at the scene.

Early reports suggest they have escaped uninjured.

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Photo supplied to myGC by Taylah Cush

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Photo supplied to myGC by Taylah Cush

Photo supplied to myGC

Photo supplied to myGC by Taylah Cush

Photo supplied to myGC

Photo supplied to myGC by Taylah Cush

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Police investigating fatal crash near Tweed Heads yesterday

 

Investigations are underway into the death of a motorcyclist in northern New South Wales yesterday morning.

At around 10:15am on Mondy, a Toyota Hilux and a motorcyle collided at the intersection of Numinbah Road and Couchy Creek Road, Numinbah.

The 23-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene, while the 87-year-old was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital but was not injured.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit have attended the scene and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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Investigations underway after ambulance damaged by rock near Tweed

Police are appealing for information after a rock was thrown at an ambulance near Tweed Heads on the weekend.

Police said that around 9.30pm on Saturday, the ambulance was travelling south on the M1 Motorway at Road Mountain when it was hit by a rock.

Luckily, the driver and his female passenger escaped injury, however the front windscreen of the vehicle sustained damage.

Investigations are now underway with anyone who may have witnessed the incident urged to come forward.