Tasmania Police Latest News Tasmania Police Latest News feed http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/ Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:06:57 +1000 Attempted armed robbery at Hillcrest Newsagency Montello <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Police are appealing for information about and witnesses to an attempted armed robbery at the Hillcrest Newsagency in Montello, Burnie where two male offenders entered the shop about 7pm on Wednesday night.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The men were armed, one with a handgun and the other with a knife, demanded cash from the female staff member who was working alone in the shop at the time.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The cash had already been secured and the offenders fled empty handed.</span></p> <p> It is unknown whether the offenders had access to a vehicle, or at this time, in which direction they went.&nbsp; They were both wearing stockings over their heads and hooded windcheaters with a large motif on the front, possibly a cartoon hand peace sign, blue track pants and white running shoes.&nbsp; The men are both of slim build, one slightly taller than the other.</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Any information can be provided to police by calling 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.&nbsp; Information can be provided anonymously.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;"><img alt="" src="/uploads/image/MR14135 Attempted Armed Robbery 16_4_14.jpg" style="width: 347px; height: 503px;" /></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5237/Attempted+armed+robbery+at+Hillcrest+Newsagency+Montello Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:53:00 +1000 Drink Drivers Apprehended <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Tasmania Police are concerned at the start of the Crossroads Campaign for Easter 2014.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Operation Crossroads commenced at 12:01hrs this morning and within the first 8 hours of the operation Southern District police apprehended 4 drink drivers, 3 or which were Provisional Licence holders.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Tasmania Police as part of Operation Crossroads are targeting drink driving offenders using a range of strategies, including covert operations.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">One of the offenders apprehended was a provisional licence holder (therefore not allowed to have any alcohol whilst driving) was apprehended in Sandy Bay with a reading of .193, this was the second offence for this driver.&nbsp; At the time of apprehension he was travelling with a passenger in the vehicle.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;Tasmania Police remind all drivers of the need to take responsibility during this Easter period. We will continue to focus on drink driving, speed and other factors that heighten the risk of being involved in a serious or fatal crash,&rdquo; said Sergeant Reardon.&nbsp;</span></p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5236/Drink+Drivers+Apprehended Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:51:00 +1000 Easter Road Safety 2014 <p> <em><strong>Drive safely and have a happy Easter</strong></em></p> <p> Operation Crossroads, the national road safety operation over the Easter period, is underway from 00:01 Thursday 17 April &ndash; 23:59 Monday 21 April 2014.</p> <p> Everyone has the right to travel on the road safely and Operation Crossroads is about maximising police resources to target unsafe driving on our highways and arterial roads.</p> <p> &ldquo;We want everyone to have a safe Easter on our roads&rdquo; said the Commissioner of Police, Darren Hine.</p> <p> &ldquo;There have been four fatalities on Tasmanian roads in the past three weeks. These are tragic events for family and friends.&nbsp; No one wants a tragedy like that to impact on their family,&rdquo; said Mr Hine.</p> <p> We all know how to stay safe on our roads. Don&rsquo;t make the wrong choices. Remember the Fatal Five:</p> <ul> <li> speed</li> <li> seatbelts</li> <li> alcohol/drugs</li> <li> distraction</li> <li> fatigue.</li> </ul> <p> Road safety is a shared responsibility. If we all play our part we can bring the road toll down.</p> <p> &ldquo;There&rsquo;ll be a marked increase of police on our roads conducting High visibility patrols, Speed Cameras, and RBT sites.</p> <p> &ldquo;This year we will also have a focus on targeted mobile RBT patrols in rural areas.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s safe to drink and drive because you&rsquo;re in a regional area,&rdquo; said Mr Hine.</p> <p> These strategies are all aimed at increasing road safety awareness, and reducing serious injury crashes.</p> <p> Motorists are also urged to contact 131 444, to report any incidents of dangerous driving.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our advice is to take your time getting to your destination, drive to the weather conditions, don&rsquo;t even consider driving if you&rsquo;ve had a few drinks, and obey the speed limit,&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5233/Easter+Road+Safety+2014 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +1000 Crime Stoppers Week 2014 <p> Crime Stoppers Week 2014 (28 April - 4 May) aims to encourage and empower Tasmanians to join Crime Stoppers Tasmania in its mission to assist and support crime solving, by helping Tasmanians recognise that they play a part in keeping their community safe.</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5232/Crime+Stoppers+Week+2014 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +1000 Damage Caused to Metro Bus <p> As a result of investigations undertaken by Metro Police in relation to damage caused to a Metro Bus at Clarendon Vale yesterday a young person has been spoken to by police and will be dealt with under the <em>Youth Justice Act</em>.</p> <p> Inspector Woolley, Officer-in-Charge of the Hobart Police stated that &ldquo;Tasmania Police will not tolerate people who discharge missiles at buses. The safety of drivers and passengers travelling on buses are a high priority and anyone identified causing this type of danger will be subject to further proceedings.&rdquo;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5231/Damage+Caused+to+Metro+Bus Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:55:00 +1000 Medivac Waterfall Valley <p> On Tuesday 15 April 2014 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend Waterfall Valley Hut near Cradle Mountain for a walker suffering from a cardiac condition.</p> <p> The helicopter flew to the area, landed and transported the male back to Hobart. He is in a satisfactory condition.<br /> &nbsp;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5230/Medivac+Waterfall+Valley Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:55:00 +1000 Release of Name of Driver Killed in Motor Vehicle Crash <p> Tasmania Police have released the name of the driver who was killed in a single vehicle crash on the Bass Highway at Hellyer Beach on Friday 4<sup>th</sup> April 2014.</p> <p> He was Xiang LI, 26 years of Deacon Street, Burnie.</p> <p> It is believed Mr. LI lost control of his white Toyota Camry sedan when he was travelling west on the highway. The vehicle travelled off to the left side of the road before veering back across both lanes and into a stand of trees.</p> <p> Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing and a report is being prepared for the coroner.</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5227/Release+of+Name+of+Driver+Killed+in+Motor+Vehicle+Crash Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:15:00 +1000 Fatal Crash Colebrook Road Campania <p> A 54 year old woman from Colebrook died as a result of a two vehicle crash on Colebrook Road near Campania at approximately 5.30am on Monday 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of April 2014.</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The deceased was the driver and sole occupant of a blue Toyota Corolla hatch which was being driven south on Colebrook Road.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">At this time a grey Mitsubishi van being driven by a 45 year old man from Victoria was travelling in the opposite direction.&nbsp; The Mitsubishi van has veered to the incorrect side of the road and a head on crash has occurred between the two vehicles.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Attempts to revive the deceased at the crash scene were unsuccessful.&nbsp; The driver of the van was conveyed to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance.&nbsp; He was admitted to hospital.&nbsp; His injuries are not life threatening.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The crash investigator, Senior Constable Kelly Cordwell would like to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed the crash or seen either vehicle prior to the incident.</span></p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5225/Fatal+Crash+Colebrook+Road+Campania Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +1000 Gary James Harper <p> Detectives at Launceston CIB would like to speak to 33 year old Gary James Harper. &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Gary Harper is described as 179 cm tall, medium to stocky build, blonde hair and blue eyes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">If you see Gary Harper, do not approach him.&nbsp; Please immediately contact the Police Assistance Line on 131444.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Anyone with information concerning Gary Harper&rsquo;s whereabouts is asked to contact Launceston detectives either directly via 03 6336 3701 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.</span></p> <p> <img alt="" src="/uploads/image/MR14133 Harper.jpg" style="width: 395px; height: 495px;" /></p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5224/Gary+James+Harper Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:00 +1000 Tasmania Police Boosting Numbers <p> Recruitment at Tasmania Police is gearing up to boost police numbers this year.</p> <p> A new recruit course is now scheduled to start at the Tasmania Police Academy next month, offering a new career opportunity to 20 new trainee Constables.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is an exciting opportunity as we rebuild our numbers to 1,228 with a recruitment strategy over the next 4 years,&rdquo; said the Commissioner of Police, Darren Hine.</p> <p> &ldquo;The recruits for this new course have been selected from previous applicants. The recruits will graduate in December 2014, ready for the busy holiday period,&rdquo; said Mr Hine.</p> <p> And more recruitment opportunities are opening up: Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open (14 April) for committed, community-minded people wishing to pursue a career within Tasmania Police.</p> <p> &ldquo;If you&rsquo;ve got the right stuff, Tasmania Police wants you.&nbsp; We are seeking 20 outstanding trainees for our July course, which graduates in February 2015,&rdquo; said the Commissioner of Police, Darren Hine.</p> <p> EOI are invited from Monday 14 April to 28 April 2014.&nbsp; These EOI will also form the pool of applicants for consideration for placement in any further courses up until March 2016.</p> <p> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s no doubt that a career with Tasmania Police is a challenging, rewarding and diverse role in helping to keep Tasmania a safe community,&rdquo; said Mr Hine.</p> <p> The recruiting process is rigorous and, as well as a number of prerequisites, applicants are required to undergo criminal history clearance, basic literacy examinations, job suitability testing and a physical assessment.</p> <p> &ldquo;Last year we received an overwhelming number of applications and expect a similar response to this new recruitment drive,&rdquo; said Mr Hine.</p> <p> &ldquo;Over a 29 week course, recruits will undertake training including road policing, physical training, scenario based training and investigations and operational skills.&rdquo;</p> <p> In addition, the 19 recruits who commenced their training in October will graduate on 2 May.</p> <p> Those wishing to be considered for appointment to Tasmania Police are encouraged to submit an <a href="http://www.police.tas.gov.au/join-us/expressions-of-interest/">Electronic Expression of Interest.</a></p> <p> For further information<a href="http://www.police.tas.gov.au/join-us/"> visit the Join Us section of the Tasmania Police webstie</a>.</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5219/Tasmania+Police+Boosting+Numbers Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:21:00 +1000 Vehicle Hooning - East Devonport <p> On Saturday the 12 April 2014 Police attended North Caroline Street in response to calls from concerned residents in relation to hooning behaviour.</p> <p> As a result police attended and clamped a vehicle being driven by an unaccompanied learner for the offence of &#39;operating a vehicle in a public place in an exhibition of speed&#39;. The clamp will remain in place for a period of 28 days.</p> <p> This is the tenth vehicle clamped by Devonport Station this month. The majority of the vehicles clamped during this period were for the offence of &#39;operating a vehicle in a public place in an exhibition of speed&#39;, other vehicles have also been clamped as a result of drivers evading police, exceeding the speed limit by over 45km/h and driving whilst disqualified.</p> <p> Some vehicles have been clamped until the conclusion of their court proceedings at which time Tasmania Police may make application for disposal of the vehicles.</p> <p> Tasmania Police will have additional officers performing road safety operations over the Easter break and drivers are urged to drive safely and follow the road rules.</p> <p> Any person who witnesses examples of vehicle hooning in their area are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Tasmania on 1800 333 000.<br /> &nbsp;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5222/Vehicle+Hooning+-+East+Devonport Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:10:00 +1000 Helicopter Rescue - Adventure Bay 12-April <p> At approximately 10:00am on Saturday 12/4/14 a 53 year old, 26 year old and a 6 year old child were involved in a boating accident at Coal Point, Adventure Bay. The accident occurred whilst attempting to retrieve a net into the 18 foot fibreglass boat. The net became entangled in the propellers and as a result the boat washed onto rocks at Coat Point.&nbsp; All of the occupants attempted to climb onto the rocks but the child was swept away momentarily until he was rescued by the 26 year old.</p> <p> Eventually all three made it safely ashore and used a mobile phone to call for assistance. Due to their location and the sea state the police vessel &ldquo;Relentless&rdquo; was unable to access them and the Bruny Island police officer was unable to access them by land due to cliffs.</p> <p> The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was then activated and winched a paramedic to their location. All three of the occupants were then winched from the rocks and flown to helicopter base in Hobart with no injuries. The boat had sunk by the time the helicopter arrived.</p> <p> The occupants were all wearing PFDs.</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5221/Helicopter+Rescue+-+Adventure+Bay+12-April Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:51:00 +1000 Off Duty Police Officer Charged With Assault <p> A 34 year old man from Glebe Hill has been charged with assault after an incident at Howrah in the early hours of Saturday, 12 April 2014.</p> <p> It will be alleged the man assaulted a male taxi driver. The driver sustained facial abrasions in the alleged assault.</p> <p> The man is a Constable in the Southern District. He was off-duty at the time.</p> <p> Professional Standards officers are investigating. He has been bailed to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court, on 12 May 2014.</p> <p> A decision whether the officer will be stood down will be made on Monday.</p> <p> It is not appropriate to comment further as this matter is before the court.</p> <p> Scott Tilyard<br /> Deputy Commissioner</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5220/Off+Duty+Police+Officer+Charged+With+Assault Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:40:00 +1000 Child Exploitation Material charges <p> A 48 year old Cygnet man has been charged with Involving a Young Person under 18 in the Production of Child Exploitation Material</p> <p> The charges are the result of joint investigation between New South Wales Police and Tasmania Police.&nbsp;</p> <p> Police will allege that material located in New South Wales late last year was filmed in Tasmania in 2006 and involves a 5 to 6 year old child.</p> <p> The man who cannot be named for legal reasons will appear in Hobart Magistrates Court later this afternoon.<br /> &nbsp;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5215/Child+Exploitation+Material+charges Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +1000 Warning on fake notes <p> Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch is currently investigating two reports involving the passing of counterfeit $100 notes at local fast food outlets. Two separate incidents have been reported in the Launceston area this week.</p> <p> On each occasion a $100 note has been used to purchase small quantities of food at the &ldquo;drive through&rdquo; of local KFC and Hungry Jacks outlets.&nbsp; Whilst the notes appear to be of a reasonable quality on one side, the reverse side of both notes is fairly poor.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are asking people to be on the look out for any currency, particularly $100 notes, which they believe may be counterfeit,&rdquo; said Detective Senior Sergeant Ruth Orr.</p> <p> &ldquo;People involved in the retail industry should be aware of these incidents and contact police if they are suspicious of any notes they receive.&rdquo;</p> <p> Any information in relation to the counterfeit notes can be passed to the Launceston CIB on 6336 3911 or please contact Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5214/Warning+on+fake+notes Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:28:00 +1000 Launceston CBD Crash <p> A 52 year old West Launceston woman returned a breath analysis of 0.243 following a two vehicle crash in Launceston CBD at 10:09am this morning.</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Police and emergency services were called to the intersection of Wellington and York Streets following the crash in which the driver of a silver Subaru sedan entered the intersection on a red light and collided with a blue Utility travelling on York Street.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The woman driver of the Subaru was breath tested at the scene and returned a positive reading.&nbsp; She was subsequently conveyed to Launceston Police Headquarters where she submitted to a breath analysis.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">She was arrested and charged for exceeding the prescribed alcohol limit for the driver of a motor vehicle.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The woman was further issued with an excessive drink driving notice disqualifying her from driving for a period of twenty four (24) months and will appear in court at a later date.</span></p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5213/Launceston+CBD+Crash Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:34:00 +1000 Charges Over Illegal Vehicle Hire <p> Police have charged a twenty one year old Devonport man in relation to illegally hiring out a private vehicle, a practice known as &lsquo;Des-ing for dollars&rsquo;.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s alleged the man used his vehicle as an unlicensed taxi when offering to drive people home in the Devonport area in the early hours of Sunday 6 April. The man was issued with an infringement notice relating to a charge under the Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Act 2008.</p> <p> Police are continuing to monitor the practice of &lsquo;Des-ing for dollars&rsquo;, or acting as a designated driver for payment, as part of their duties associated with the policing of licensed venues and public events along the Northwest Coast.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Nominating a designated driver amongst your friends is a safe option to plan how to get home after a night out.&nbsp; Police fully support designated drivers as a valuable way to reduce the incidents of drink driving within the community,&rdquo; said Sergeant Craig Harvey.</p> <p> &ldquo;There is no concern about friends making a financial contribution to their designated driver to cover the cost of their ride home.&rdquo;</p> <p> Acting as a designated driver with friends should not be confused with the practice of &lsquo;Des-ing for dollars&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp; &lsquo;Des-ing for dollars&rsquo; is the illegal practice of offering a private vehicle for hire without appropriate public vehicle licenses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;This practice leads to concerns regarding safety issues for both passengers and drivers of vehicles that may be &lsquo;Des-ing for dollars&rsquo;, as well as issues regarding insurance and any subsequent injury to persons or property.&rdquo;</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5205/Charges+Over+Illegal+Vehicle+Hire Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:31:00 +1000 Police Assistance Line 131 444 <p> The Police Assistance Line (131 444) is a national number for people to contact police for non-emergencies. For example, call 131 444 to report irresponsible driving or a noisy party. 131 444 calls are charged at a local rate (except for mobiles).</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/1676/Police+Assistance+Line+131+444 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:55:00 +1000 Motor Vehicle & Pedestrian Crash Bass Highway Wivenhoe <p> <strong style="font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Crash M/V Pedestrian, Bass Highway, Wivenhoe.</strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">On the 8/04/2014 at approximately 00:56hrs police were called to attend an address on the Bass Highway, Wivenhoe in relation to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:-2.0pt;"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">Tasmania Ambulance Service personnel were working to stabilise the pedestrian at the scene, when police arrived.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:-2.0pt;"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The pedestrian was identified as a 34 year old man from Burnie. &nbsp;He was taken to the North West Regional Hospital for further consultation where he was stated to be in a stable but serious condition.</span></p> <p style="margin-left:-2.0pt;"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The cause of the crash remains under investigation.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Acting Sergeant CRAIG</p> <p> Burnie Police Station</p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5204/Motor+Vehicle+%26+Pedestrian+Crash+Bass+Highway+Wivenhoe Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +1000 Fatal Crash Cadbury Road <p> A 20 year old man from Chigwell died as a result of a two vehicle crash on Cadbury Road, Claremont at approximately 5.30pm on Monday the 7<sup>th</sup> day of April 2014.</p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The deceased was the rider of a Suzuki motor cycle travelling in a southerly direction on Cadbury Road. Whilst negotiating a left hand curve the deceased has lost control of his motor cycle.&nbsp; The motor cycle, deceased and a 20 year old female pillion passenger on the motor cycle have slid along the road surface.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The motor cycle and the deceased have collided with the front of a dark coloured Toyota sedan which was being driven in the opposite direction by a 41 year old woman from Claremont.&nbsp; The car driver was shaken but not injured.&nbsp; The pillion passenger was conveyed to the Royal Hobart Hospital and admitted.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5;">The crash investigator, Senior Constable Kelly CORDWELL would like to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed the crash or seen either vehicle prior to the incident.</span></p> http://www.police.tas.gov.au/news/posts/view/5203/Fatal+Crash+Cadbury+Road Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:01:00 +1000