ON THE BEAT: with Gloucester Police

A wrap-up of incidents involving police that occurred in the Gloucester district in the past couple of weeks.
A wrap-up of incidents involving police that occurred in the Gloucester district in the past couple of weeks.

Taree man faces negligent driving charge

POLICE have charged a Taree man with negligent driving after an accident on the Bucketts Way that left a female passenger injured.

Police said the crash occurred on the Bucketts Way about 2km east of Gloucester on June 23 when a white Silver Service sedan crossed to the wrong side of the road.

A Gloucester woman returning from a hospital visit in Taree was injured and emergency service crews were forced to cut the passenger side door from the vehicle to access the woman.

She was later transported by road ambulance to Taree with back injuries.

The vehicle’s driver has been issued with an infringement notice for negligent driving.

Police have also sent a question of fitness to the Roads and Maritime Service in relation to the man’s ability to maintain and hold a NSW driver’s licence.

Injured rider charged

A MOTORCYCLIST who suffered serious leg injuries in a crash on Christmas Day last year has been charged with offences including riding without a licence and negligent driving.

The 37-year-old was thrown from his bike as a result of the crash and was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being transferred to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

Police checks revealed that the motor-cycle was not registered nor had it been at any previous time.

A check of the police database revealed that the man had an expired licence and had never held a rider’s licence. 

He will appear at Gloucester Local Court in August.

Crash driver was drinking

A MAN has been charged with mid-range drink driving after crashing his car on Wallanbah Rd.

The 31-year-old was taken to hospital following the crash on May 23.

Analysis of a blood sample revealed a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.126.

The man will appear at Gloucester Local Court in August. 

His driver’s licence was suspended pending the outcome of the court appearance. 

P-plater over limit 

A P-plater will appear in court in August after he was charged with drink driving.

The 39-year-old was stopped by police in Church St on June 9 and later returned a special range blood alcohol reading of 0.037.

The legal limit for P-plate drivers is 0.

The car in which the man was driving was a prohibited vehicle for his class of licence and the man’s licence had expired. 

Rider displayed false plates

A MAN will face a charge of displaying false plates following a crash involving a car and a bike in Krambach in May.

Police spoke with the 59-year-old rider following the crash after checks revealed the bike had been displaying false number plates.

The accused was cooperative with police and made full admissions to the allegations. 

He will appear at Gloucester Local Court in August charged with riding an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and displaying false number plates.

Drugs seized from home

POLICE have seized a small amount of drugs from a home on Lavers St.

Officers attended the home about 3pm on June 5 and spoke with a 24-year-old man and later seized a bong and a small amount of cannabis.

The man was dealt with under the cannabis cautioning scheme and the drugs were destroyed.

Woman fined for racial abuse

A KILLARNEY Vale woman who verbally abused visitors to the town has been fined $500.

Police were called to a premises in Denison St about 6.30pm on June 10 after reports the 53-year-old woman had been racially abusing visitors to the town.

The woman was removed from the area and issued with an on the spot fine for offensive behaviour.

Teen caught without plates

A TEENAGE driver has been fined for driving without his P-plates.

The 18-year-old was stopped by police on Ravenshaw St and issued with a $236 on the spot fine.

The teen will also lose two demerit points.

Police issue P-plate warning

POLICE have issued a warning to P-plate drivers to abide by their licensing conditions.

It comes after officers issued notices of suspension to three Gloucester P-plate drivers.

All of the drivers have been banned from getting behind the wheel for three months.

“We would like to remind young drivers that holding a licence is a privilege, not a guarantee,” Senior Constable Scott Chester said.

“Motorists should drive to the conditions and obey the road rules relevant to their class of licence.”

Memorial hedge damaged

POLICE are seeking information after a hedge at the Gloucester Clock Tower Memorial was damaged.

Anyone with information as to who may be responsible for the damage is urged to contact Gloucester Police on 6558 1204.

Dispose of needles appropriately

POLICE have issued a reminder that needles and other sharp items should be disposed of in the bins provided around town.

“Police would like to remind locals who need to use certain services that needle and sharp disposal bins are located behind the town library and in Billabong Park,” Senior Constable Scott Chester said. 

“Discarding these items in local parks and scattered across the ground randomly is negligent and extremely dangerous.”