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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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Cop drive hits town

Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

Sergeant Stephen Lowe, Aboriginal Recruitment Officer, with Senior Sergeant Meg Burke at their stand on the lawn outside the police station yesterday. Sergeant Stephen Lowe, Aboriginal Recruitment Officer, with Senior Sergeant Meg Burke at their stand on the lawn outside the police station yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

The NSW Police Recruitment team was in the city yesterday to encourage more locals to join the force.

They have been travelling around the State and this was their first visit to the city although Senior Sergeant Meg Burke said they were hoping to return each year from now on.

"The aim of the trip is to spread the recruitment message to remote areas of NSW and provide valuable information on how to join the NSW Police
Force," Senior Sgt Burke said.

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