Man charged after Tweed raid uncovers drugs, guns and cash

A man has been charged with a string of offences after police raided a property in Tweed Heads, uncovering drugs, firearms and almost $10,000 cash.

Officers executed a Firearms Prohibition Order search at the premises on Minjungbal Drive shortly after midnight on Sunday.

During the raid, police located a .22 calibre home-made pistol, electronic stun device, extendable baton, knife, and a number of prohibited drugs including alprazolam, cocaine, methylamphetamine, cannabis and gamma-butyrolactone.

More than $9,000 in cash was also seized, which police allege is the proceeds of crime.

A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with 15 offences including acquire pistol-subject to firearms prohibition order, Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, possess and supply prohibited drug and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail and appeared at Lismore Bail Court today, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow.

Police say inquiries are continuing.

The view from the Tweed Heads lookout over Duranbah

Woman critical after falling 10m down cliff at Point Danger

A young woman is fighting for life after falling around 10 metres from a lookout at Duranbah in the Tweed Shire.

Emergency crews were called to Point Danger around 11.50am on Thursday after a member of the public found the injured woman at the bottom of the cliff.

The woman, believed to be aged in her 20s, suffered significant injuries in the fall.

She was treated at the scene by both Qld and NSW paramedics before being airlifted to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC the woman remains in a critical condition.

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Man busted more than 7 times the legal limit after carpark crash near Tweed Heads

A man has been busted driving more than seven times the legal limit after a crash in a shopping centre car park on the NSW Far North Coast.

The 45-year-old was allegedly behind the wheel of a white Holden Commodore when it collided with a Toyota hatchback in the car park of a shopping centre on Leisure Drive, Banora Point, around 3.30pm on Sunday.

Thankfully, nobody was injured in the crash.

Police attended and took the man to Tweed Heads Police station where he was breath tested, allegedly returning a blood alcohol reading of 0.359.

The man was also in possession of two drivers licences from two different states.

He was previously the holder of a NSW driver’s licence that was disqualified from driving until 2024 due to high range PCA offences.

The man was also in possession of a Queensland driver’s licence that police will allege was illegally obtained.

He was charged with drive with high range PCA, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period and not mention disqualification in licence application.

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

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Trio arrested, one on the run after ramming Tweed Heads police car

Three people have been charged, while a fourth is on the run, after allegedly ramming a police vehicle in a stolen car in Tweed Heads yesterday.

Officers first spotted a black Jeep Cherokee driving through a service centre along the Pacific Motorway at Chinderah around midday.

Police say that when they approached the vehicle, the 4WD ‘accelerated harshly’, narrowly avoiding one of the officers.

It then rammed two vehicles, including a police car, before coming to a stop.

More police units, including the dog squad, were called in and arrested three out of the four people who were in the Jeep.

It’s understood the fourth fled the scene, with police confirming they are still trying to track them down.

When officers searched the vehicle, they also found a .22 calibre rifle, a number of knives, a small amount of methylamphetamine and stolen identity documents.

A 21-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were taken to Tweed Heads police station and have since been charged.

They were all refused bail to appear in court today.

Two police officers were in the vehicle at the time it was rammed, but they luckily escaped injury.

A 30-year-old man was charged with three offences including being carried in a conveyance taken without consent of the owner, possess prohibited drug and custody of a knife in a public place.

A 21-year-old man was charged with being carried in a conveyance taken without consent of the owner and goods in custody.

A 24-year-old woman was charged with seven offences including being carried in a conveyance taken without consent of the owner, possess prohibited drug, custody of a knife in a public place, goods in custody and three outstanding warrants.

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Tweed Council declares ‘housing emergency’ in the Shire

Council has declared a housing emergency in the Tweed, due to what they say is a lack of availability and affordability.

Councillors met on Thursday and agreed to write to both the Federal and State Governments requesting they explore further opportunities for “additional social and affordable housing”.

According to Mayor Tweed Mayor Chris Cherry, a growing number of residents were now finding they could no longer afford to live in the Shire.

“Council highlighted the lack of affordable and available housing in the Tweed back in 2018. COVID has accentuated this and what we are now seeing is a marked acceleration in this trend caused by people moving from cities and buying properties in the Tweed,” she said.

“Local real estate agents are reporting record sales and the increase we’ve seen in rent is unprecedented.

“Given that we’re also experiencing historically low rental availability, it signifies that there is stress right across the rental market. This translates on the ground to families with two incomes who cannot afford to live in the Tweed.”

Council is also now looking at options for providing temporary accommodation for residents who have been forced to sleep in their vehicles.

“We are looking to identify properties that could provide this type of ‘vanpacker’ accommodation with appropriate facilities as a transition point until permanent housing can be found,” Cr Cherry said.

“This is a whole of community and whole of government issue.

“With rising rough sleeper counts, the situation is getting much worse on a daily basis as the buying boom continues.”