Police briefs: Online scam targets mobile phone sellers

Police are appealing for public assistance as they investigate a string of robberies targeting mobile phone private sellers in Sydney’s west involving an online marketplace – including Canley Heights.

Since December 2016, officers from Flemington Local Area Command have received a number of reports of robberies which have occurred in similar circumstances. Each of these robberies have involved users of the online marketplace ‘Gumtree’ meeting with prospective buyers to sell their mobile phones.

Police have released vision of a vehicle which was seen in the area of one of the incidents in Strathfield South just after midday on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Pedestrian struck

Police are continuing investigations after a pedestrian died on Monday morning after he was struck by a vehicle in Sydney’s south-west on Sunday. Shortly before 8am, emergency services were called to Peel Street, Canley Heights, after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The 55-year-old man sustained head and arm injuries. 

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Liverpool Hospital where he later died. A 65-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy in the Honda CRV were uninjured, with the female driver taken to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory testing. Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit  are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Bus and truck collide

Several people were taken to hospital after a crash in Wetherill Park on Tuesday morning. About 9.40am, emergency services were called to Davis Road following reports of a crash between a bus and a garbage truck.

Police have been told a garbage truck travelling on Davis Road and a bus travelling on the Transitway collided, causing the bus to leave the road and hit a number of parked cars in a car park. The bus was carrying about 20 passengers at the time.

NSW Ambulance paramedics have treated 15 of the passengers at the scene for various injuries including fractures and bruising. The male bus driver was trapped for a short time, before being released.