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One of city’s finest honoured with medal

Monday, 15th May, 2017

Reginald Pinkerton inspects the latest police vehicle in operation ... the 93-year-old began his career as a mounted trooper.PICTURE Michael Murphy Reginald Pinkerton inspects the latest police vehicle in operation ... the 93-year-old began his career as a mounted trooper.PICTURE Michael Murphy

A well-known police officer in Broken Hill during the ‘60s and ‘70s - Reginald Pinkerton - was awarded his National Police Service Medal on Saturday night during a reunion of more 100 former officers who served in the Far West.

The 93-year-old travelled with his family from Adelaide for the Barrier Local Area Command Reunion at the weekend, with his son Peter making the arrangements for the presentation at a function at the Barrier Social Democratic Club. 

The National Police Service Medal recognises officers of good ethical conduct who have served at least 15 years in the force, a feat certainly accomplished by Reginald.

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Deadly Cache

Thursday, 2nd October, 2014

Police dug down about a metre to find the stash of stolen firearms. Police dug down about a metre to find the stash of stolen firearms.

Rifles, tasers, a pistol and ammunition found buried in the bush near Broken Hill were most likely stolen from gun owners in the city and district, police said yesterday.

Police found the weapons wrapped up and buried about a metre deep on a track off the Tibooburra road, about 30 kilometres from the city, on Monday.

Among them were six .22 calibre rifles, an air rifle, a .44 calibre revolver pistol, four hand-held tasers, and ammunition. 

Only police are permitted to use tasers, which deliver a powerful electric shock to subdue violent offenders, but Detective Acting Inspector Matt McCarthy said criminals bring them in from overseas. 

“The only way people can get them is to illegally import them,” he said. “They are banned under the Prohibited Weapons Act,” he said yesterday.

The discovery of the weapons cache was made as part of a long-running investigation by Broken Hill detectives into the theft of firearms from the homes of registered gun owners in Broken Hill and district.  

“We have identified numerous firearms stolen in Broken Hill and surrounds and we are trying to confirm if (the weapons found) are among them or if they have been brought in,” DAI McCarthy said.

“But we suspect they might have been stolen from Broken Hill.”

The next step is to run forensic checks and to have the serial numbers and descriptions of the weapons that were found examined to see if they match the guns reported stolen. 

Police are also appealing for information from the public. 

They are asking for anyone with information that might help their investigation to call them on (08) 8087 0299; Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000; or the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

Police also reminded people not to report crime information to the NSW Police Force’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Police powers under review

Wednesday, 13th February, 2013

Laws that give police more powers to stop alcohol-fuelled violence are being put under the microscope. Laws that give police more powers to stop alcohol-fuelled violence are being put under the microscope.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Laws that give police more powers to stop alcohol-fuelled violence are being put under the microscope.

Less than two years after its implementation, the NSW Ombudsman is conducting a sweeping review of police powers to move intoxicated people on.

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Spate of thefts leaves North residents in shock

Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

Fisher Street resident Belinda Day said the thefts had shocked people in her quiet street. Fisher Street resident Belinda Day said the thefts had shocked people in her quiet street.

By Emily Roberts

A spate of thefts from motor vehicles over a couple of nights has left a number of North residents very angry.

Between Sunday night and Monday night, at least 14 cars were broken into while parked in the streets surrounding Morgan Street, police said yesterday.

Items that have been reported missing including an iPod Nano, money, wallets, personal papers and handbags.

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Resident 'bashed, robbed'

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Resident 'bashed, robbed' Resident 'bashed, robbed'

Police are searching for three women who allegedly assaulted and robbed an elderly man in his Crystal Street home.

They first entered his home about 7pm on Sunday and robbed him of a small amount of cash and then returned about 4pm on Monday, pushed him over and again stole his money, police said yesterday.

The women were described as being of Aboriginal appearance, with one about five feet tall with black hair and wearing a white t-shirt or tank top.

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