On the Police beat

Broken Hill’s Barrier Police have been busy planning and implementing changes to the way they work around town, and with community support to keep crime statistics down they’re looking forward to enjoying St Pats Race Day and all the big events planned for the Silver City throughout the year.

If you saw emergency services vehicles and staff gathered at Sturt Park today (Tuesday February 27) we can confirm there was no emergency at the park. Barrier Police got together with Fire & Rescue, Ambulance, and Corrections crews for a fun colour run as part of a fitness challenge and awareness campaign, and the Barrier Truth will have photos and all the details about the event in Saturday’s paper.

Here’s the week in review:


A 38-year-old female was arrested on Kaolin St at 9pm on Wednesday February 21 for biting a police officer on the arm “during a scuffle with police”, Barrier PD Acting Inspector Matthew McCarthy told the Barrier Truth.

When police approached a male offender with a warrant out for his arrest, the female allegedly attacked a police officer and was arrested along with the man. A court date is to be set for both offenders.


A male accessed a rear door to a Lane St business around 2am yesterday (Tuesday February 27), but when the owner reported the break in and turned up with police, they found the alleged thief still on site. Police chased the man but were unable to catch him. Residents are urged to check their CCTV cameras and to report suspicious footage.


If you’ve noticed a silver Holden Commodore (DE 90 XU) sitting on Crystal St with its windows down for the last few weeks, it has now been moved and reported as stolen. Police are asking for public assistance to have the vehicle returned to its owner.


Barrier PD officers stopped a 36-year-old male for a random breath test at 11pm on Saturday February 24 on Lane St. Police say the man produced a positive reading of .123, which is mid-range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA). He was charged and his licence was suspended. His case will be heard at Broken Hill Local Court.


Barrier PD are warning residents to be mindful of fake websites that lead to fraud, and they’re asking people to report the sites to ScamWatch.

Police are urging people across the state to watch out for fraudulent websites that often look almost identical to authentic sites. The fake websites generally contain sponsored links or advertising that tempts unsuspecting users to enter personal data, including credit card details.

How to identify fake websites

Check the domain (URL) name closely to look for:

  • The use of numbers instead of letters
  • Dashes (-) or underscores (_) instead of full stops (.)
  • Capitals instead of lowercase letters, or extra letters
  • Spelling mistakes

If still unsure, check the:

  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Reviews of the website
  • Domain address and its details, by using a number of malicious website searching tools

To report a suspected scam, you can either contact Broken Hill police on 8087 0299 or go to:


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