Thursday, 21 November 2019

45 Additional Assault Charges Laid Against Newcastle Man

BY MADELAINE MCNEILL

A Newcastle man already before the courts is now facing 45 additional sexual assault charges.

The 32-year-old was first arrested in August and charged with 10 offences, following investigations into reported indecent assaults alleged to have occurred between 2005 and 2014.

Following further inquiries, officers on Wednesday arrested the man for a second time.

The new charges include 26 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 7 counts of inciting an underage person to commit an indecent act.

He remains bail refused and will face the new charges at Newcastle Local Court on December 19.



Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Driver Killed on New England Highway

BY MADELAINE MCNEILL

Police have confirmed a woman has been killed in a serious crash in the Upper Hunter.

A car and truck collided at the intersection of the New England Highway and Glennies Creek Road at  Camberwell, north of Singleton about 10:40am.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

The male truck driver has been taken to Singleton Hospital for mandatory testing.

The New England Highway is expected to be closed for several hours as police conduct investigations.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.




EXCLUSIVE! Off-Duty Detective Assaulted By Alleged Speeding Driver At East Maitland

BY IAN CROUCH

A man is due to front court today accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer at East Maitland on Tuesday night.

The Detective Senior Constable was walking his dog along Park Street just before 8.00pm when it's alleged he saw a car being driven at high speed for 100 metres down the road. It's claimed the car then skidded sideways into a corner and took off before returning and stopping in the street.

The officer yelled out to the 32-year-old man who was driving the car, saying there were children in the street.

Police say the man then crossed the road and threatened the detective, challenging him to a fight.  The officer tried to walk away but it's alleged the man threw a punch which missed, with the man grabbing the detective.

The pair became involved in a violent struggle as the detective's partner called for help.

Police arrived a short time later and arrested the man - he's been refused bail on 7 charges including assault police, negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and is due to face Maitland Local Court today.

The detective suffered minor injuries to his chest, hand, elbow and lip and is expected to return to work today.


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UPDATE! Missing Woman Located

BY MADELAINE MCNEILL

Police have confirmed Doris Wheeler has been found safe and well.

EARLIER:

Police are seeking assistance to find an elderly woman missing from Lakelands since Tuesday morning.

Doris Wheeler was last seen at Gosforth Grove at around 11 o'clock.

The 99-year-old lives with dementia and there are concerns for her welfare due to her age and condition.

Doris is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 154cm tall with a slim build and grey hair.

Anyone who may have seen Doris or has information about her whereabouts is urged to call Triple Zero (000) or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Monday, 18 November 2019

Man Charged over String of Newcastle Assaults

BY MADELAINE MCNEILL

A man is due to face court accused of robbing and assaulting a number of people, including a police officer, across Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

The 25-year-old is accused of threatening and demanding cash from a man on Brown Road, Broadmeadow around 1pm, before forcing him to the ground and stealing a mobile phone, a pair of glasses, headphones and a powerbank.

About five minutes later, police say the same man entered a store on nearby Belford Street, where he allegedly grabbed a 44-year-old woman and forced her to the ground.

A struggle ensured and the man fled the scene.

Police allege the man approached a car on Church Street, Mayfield, an hour later and assaulted a man sitting in the passenger seat while demanding cash and the keys to the car.

Officers were called to the scene and managed to arrest the man after a short foot chase, during which a male constable was spat at.

The man has been charged with aggravated robbery, common assault, aggravated assault with intent to rob and assaulting a police officer.



Friday, 15 November 2019

Four Cars Destroyed In Early Morning Fire At Windale

BY IAN CROUCH

Four cars have been destroyed in an an early-morning fire at Windale.

Fire crews from Charlestown and Tingira Heights were called to a villa complex in James Street at 5.15am on Friday.

First reports suggested one of the villas was also on fire - crews managed to douse the flames before they could spread.

Police have set up a crime scene as investigations continue and are appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity near the villas to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, a Total Fire Ban is again in force until midnight on Friday with a Severe Fire Danger expected in the Greater Hunter.



Thursday, 14 November 2019

Police Investigate Late Night Theft On Campus At Newcastle University

BY IAN  CROUCH

Police are searching for two young men involved in a robbery overnight at the Newcastle University's Callaghan campus.

A 20-year-old woman was walking along the Ring Road towards Warabrook Railway Station at about 10.50pm on Wednesday listening to music through headphones.

She didn't notice two males who approached her from either side.

Police say the pair, who had their faces covered with hooded jumpers, demanded her handbag.

She complied and the pair ran off towards the Bar on the Hill.

The young woman gave chase but the bandits managed to escape.