POLICE NEWS | Police crackdown at Westfield

Westfield crackdown

Last Thursday, the Liverpool police pro-active unit ran a shoplifting operation in conjunction with Westfield security. Police identified 15 retail theft offenders and one drug offender. The 16 offenders were given court-attendance notices, five criminal-infringement notices and three youth cautions. Police saturated the Westfield shopping centre and spoke to several people – 16 were directed to leave the premises as a result of their behaviour. Police will continue to conduct similar operations with Westfield stores in the future.

Held up at scissor-point

About 11.10pm last Sunday, a Dandenong man, 32, drove into Caltex Moorebank in a red Ford hatch. He went to the counter and asked for cigarettes and took them without paying. He argued then took scissors from the store and made threats, demanding money, cigarettes and personal property. The operator handed over his phone. The man left. Police later found the car on Speed Street at Liverpool and learnt it had been stolen at Dandenong last Saturday. About 3.30am on Monday, Police patrolling Liverpool CBD saw the offender walking along George Street. He was arrested and taken to Liverpool police station where he was charged with armed robbery and having stolen property from interstate. Bail was refused and he was due in Liverpool court yesterday.

An armed robbery at Bonnyrigg

Fairfield police are investigating the armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant at Bonnyrigg last Friday morning. Officers got reports that a man had entered the restaurant on Elizabeth Drive about 3.45am. Police were told the man, believed to be armed with a knife, approached one of the attendants and the store’s manager. He allegedly took cash from the premises and ran away. He is described as being of Asian appearance and had a scarf covering his face, he was about 165cms tall with a small build. He was wearing a black-hooded jumper, grey tracksuit pants, red Asics shoes and black gloves. A crime scene was established and examined by specialist police. Investigations are under way.

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Woman, 73, is trapped in car

About 2.30pm last Wednesday, a woman, 73, was driving south on Elizabeth Drive at Liverpool and an unknown woman was driving a blue Kia Carnival north. Witnesses said the car was speeding. The Kia followed a slight bend in the road but the driver lost control, mounted the median strip and collided with the other car despite the driver’s evasive action. After the collision, the Kia continued back onto the right side of the road and continued north before turning into Copeland Street. A witness followed the car and saw it stop at a unit block. The woman driver was described as Islander in appearance, of large build with face and arm injuries got out and left. As a result of the accident, the senior woman was trapped in her car.  She was freed a short time later and taken to Liverpool Hospital with minor injuries. Traffic was significantly affected for about two hours in the area.

  • Details about the Kia driver to Liverpool police. 

Serious factory fire: No one hurt

About 1.30pm last Wednesday, Liverpool police and Fire & Rescue were called to a factory fire on Jedda Road at Prestons. Employees and people from surrounding factories were evacuated. The fire caused damage to the building which will probably be demolished. Investigations say the fire was due to staff welding. Several people, including police and Fire & Rescue personnel, had to be decontaminated at the scene due to potentially contaminated smoke. Investigators deemed the cause of the fire non-suspicious.