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Scrappy start to New Year

Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

One of the dogs that had a big night out on New Year’s Eve. PICTURE: Facebook One of the dogs that had a big night out on New Year’s Eve. PICTURE: Facebook

By Michael Murphy

The New Year started off with a bang in Broken Hill, but not the sort of bang that brings cheer to local authorities.

Firecrackers started fires, scared dogs hit the streets and an intoxicated driver ran into a parked car.

Firefighters put out two small fires in Sturt Park just after midnight.

“Some revellers let off fireworks on the Wolfram-Sulphide street corner,” said one resident, who lives nearby.

“Some longish grass along the fence of the Broken Hill swimming clubhouse caught fire and burned for a while, and there was another smaller grass fire about 40m away.”

Police said they had a busy night dealing with revellers, with one intoxicated driver causing a bit of damage.

“A 29-year-old male was involved in a family dispute, he was then involved in a motor vehicle accident where he hit a parked car,” a police spokesman said yesterday.

“Shortly after that he turned himself into Broken Hill Police.”

The driver crashed his Ford Falcon Ute into a Nissan Pulsar. This all happened between midnight and 1.30am yesterday morning.

Police conducted a search and found a small amount of cannabis after the man entered the station. The South Australian faces charges of assault, intimidation, malicious damage, negligent driving, driving while under the influence and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was bailed to appear in the Broken Hill Local Court on January 19.

A string of posts about dogs either lost or found were posted online over New Year’s Eve and into the day.

Most of the wayward animals were reunited with their owners, but one dog managed to find his way out to White Leeds Station, 7km south of Broken Hill.

Another dog made her way into the CBD and had a nap in the alcove at Torpy’s.

A big, horned goat was also seen heading into the Memorial Oval about 9am yesterday.

“Various shades of brown, legs appeared either dark brown or black,” one poster wrote.

“He or she bolted into Memorial Oval from Warnock Street.

“Probably still in there.”

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