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Police News October 18: “Good week” in the Hill

Broken Hill Barrier Police have reported another “good week” in the Hill with a continuing decrease in property crime reports, and an unexpected shut down of a local drug lab.

Barrier Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Tom Aylett, says the number of property and vehicle thefts is continuing to drop since hitting a “purple patch” around the Mundi Mundi festival.

“Police have observed a downward trend in property crime offences over the last several weeks, with less break and enters, and less vehicles stolen – possibly a reflection of local police messaging around Lock it or Lose it – but it’s also due to a number of people who were involved in offences having had action taken against them,” Inspector Aylett told the Barrier Truth this week.

“The Mundi period saw a purple patch of unusually high incidents in a short amount of time, which understandably caused concern across the community,” said Inspector Aylett.

Drug lab bust

Barrier Police were busy over the weekend after officers unexpectedly discovered what they believe to be a clandestine lab setup after forcing entry to a Patton St home in Broken Hill South to execute a FPO (Firearm Prohibition Order) search at around 4pm on Friday October 13.

Police seized knuckle dusters, a knife, cannabis, mushrooms, and drug paraphernalia when the premises was searched with no one home at the time. A crime scene was maintained over the weekend. Investigations are ongoing.

Car accident

Around 7pm on Sunday October 15, emergency services were called to Crystal St after reports of a vehicle collision. Emergency services treated a 58-year-old Broken Hill woman for non-life-threatening injuries at the scene, before being transported to Broken Hill Base Hospital for treatment and mandatory testing with the matter remaining under investigation.

Operation Amarok – Stuart Campman

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man wanted for three outstanding warrants.

Stuart Campman, aged 37, is wanted by virtue of outstanding warrants. Officers from the Barrier Police District commenced enquiries into his whereabouts and are now appealing for public assistance to locate him. Alternately, Mr Campman is encouraged to hand himself in to the nearest police station.

Mr Campman is known to frequent Broken Hill and is described as of Caucasian appearance, of thin build, 170 to 175cm tall, 70kg to 75kg, with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who may have information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Police on 08 8087 0299 or Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information is treated in strict confidence and the public is reminded not to report information via Barrier Police District or Barrier Truth social media pages.

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