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Man charged over horrifying hit and run of Gold Coast cab driver

UPDATE 3.30PM SATURDAY: A man has been arrested and charged over the horrifying hit and run of a cab driver in Surfers Paradise on Friday.

The 33-year-old man from Broadbeach was arrested on Saturday morning and later charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

The man is accused of mowing down the 29-year-old cab driver in a black Holden Cruze on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm on Friday.

The shocking incident, which unfolded in front of horrified witnesses, the majority of whom were tourists, was captured on CCTV.

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The footage shows the black Holden Cruze striking the cab driver as he stood next to a parked maxi taxi.

The victim, a local man from Labrador, was thrown into the air and onto his face.

He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

The 33-year-old man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court May 26.

FRIDAY: A manhunt is under way on the Gold Coast for a driver who mowed down a cabbie in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.

The shocking hit-and-run occurred on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm and was captured on CCTV.

A black sedan, described by police as a Holden Cruze, was caught on camera ploughing into the cab driver at high speed before driving off.

The cabbie, a 29-year-old Labrador man, can be seen in the footage standing on the roadway beside a parked maxi taxi when he was struck.

The sedan hit the man with so much force, he was thrown over the bonnet and into the air before landing on his head.

The sedan also side swiped the parked taxi.

According to 7NEWS, the cab driver and the driver of the sedan had been engaged in a heated argument moments before the hit-and-run.

Shocked witnesses raced to the injured cab driver’s aid and attempted to stop the black sedan, but it sped off.

The 29-year-old was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police said the man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police, including officers from the Forensic Crash Unit, are investigating the incident and are attempting to track down the driver of the black sedan, which is described as a Holden Cruze with Queensland registration 816-VJS.

Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run, or anyone who may have information that could assist police in locating the driver of the sedan, has been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Three men charged with shipping 42kg of crystal meth to Australia

Two Taiwanese nationals and a Brisbane man are facing the possibility of life in jail after having been charged with importing approximately 42 kilograms of the destructive drug ice into Australia.

Australian Border Force officers allegedly uncovered the large quantity of crystal meth on a shipment that arrived in Sydney at the beginning of May.

The drugs were allegedly found concealed within two large steel rollers.

PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

The 42kg of meth was found concealed within two steel rollers PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police identified the people behind the sea consignment and, on Wednesday afternoon, conducted simultaneous raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

The two Taiwanese nationals aged 28 and 38 were arrested at an address at Hurstville, in Sydney’s south, while a 37-year-old man was arrested at Sunnybank in Brisbane.

The Taiwanese nationals were each charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth) and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code (Cth).

They were scheduled to appear in the Sydney Central Local court yesterday.

The Brisbane man was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth).

He was scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Arrest court yesterday.

The 42kg of meth was found concealed within two steel rollers PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

The 42kg of meth was found concealed within two steel rollers PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

Australian Federal Police Commander Paul Osborne, Manager Crime Operations, said the interception of the importation and the charging of the three men was a clear win in the fight against illicit drugs.

“Our officers and partners are committed to identifying and disrupting importations such as this, and it is particularly satisfying to know that at least 420,000 street deals of methamphetamine won’t be available in our communities as a result of this hard work,” Commander Osborne said.

Australian Border Force Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald said the detection demonstrated the value in using intelligence to identify and target high-risk sea cargo.

“The ABF works closely with our domestic and international law enforcement partners, including the AFP, to share intelligence and target criminal activity at the border,” Commander Fitzgerald said.

“In this case, we’ve stopped a significant quantity of dangerous and illegal drugs from reaching the community and potentially causing great harm.”

If convicted, all three men face life imprisonment.

Investigations are continuing.

NSW police officer suspended on serious domestic violence charges

A New South Wales police officer has been suspended from duty after being charged with several serious domestic violence offences.

According to a police statement issued to media overnight, the male Superintendent has been charged with two counts of assault occassioning actual bodily harm, intimidation and five counts of common assault.

The officer, who is attached to a specialist command, fronted Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday and is due to reappear in the same court on 26 May.

He has been suspended from official duty with pay.

Fourth person charged following discovery of man’s body in old mine

Homicide detectives have charged a fourth person over the murder of a 56-year-old man whose body was found dumped in a disused mine in regional Victoria.

The 56-year-old’s remains were located in the old mine at Whroo, around 160km north of Melbourne, on Saturday 12 March.

A 24-year-old Kyabram man was arrested on Friday and charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

It follows the arrest of a 26-year-old Traralgon man charged with murder, and a 30-year-old Tongala woman and a 34-year-old Echuca man charged with accessory after the fact.

The 24-year-old fronted the Shepparton Magistrates’ Court where he was bailed to reappear on 30 August.

Detectives say they have now arrested all those believed to have been involved in the 56-year-old’s murder.

Despite the arrests, police are calling for people to come forward who may have purchased property belonging to the deceased man.

It is understood that between February and March this year, a number of household items were sold from a property at 8 Larsen Street in Mooroopna and police are asking those people to please make themselves known.

The various items were advertised online and through word-of-mouth and police are hoping to reunite the belongings with the family of the deceased man.

NSW police officer charged with ‘furious driving causing bodily injury’

A New South Wales police officer will face court next month, charged with furious driving causing bodily injury.

A statement released to media overnight said the 29-year-old Constable attached to a Local Area Command within the South West Metropolitan Region was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice pm Friday.

He will appear before Burwood Local Court on Wednesday 18 May.