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Wanted man found hiding under a bed by police


Officers assigned to the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were kept busy during the past week.

This morning (Friday 15 January), a Woodberry man was arrested in connection to a break and enter in Medowie last month.

It is alleged the 47-year-old broke into the premises, stealing money and firearms that were secured in a safe within the property.

Scene of Crime officers attended the Medowie address and, as a result, the male was forensically identified.

Police located the man in Woodberry today attempting to conceal himself under a bed.

He was arrested without incident and taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station before appearing at Raymond Terrace Local Court where he was bail refused until 1 February.

Meanwhile, an Albion Park couple were lucky to avoid serious injury on Monday 11 January when the caravan they were towing hit the side of a prime mover on the Pacific Highway at Twelve Mile Creek.

The driver, heading south, attempted to overtake the truck.

But, at the time of the act, the van began to fish-tail causing it to impact with the bigger vehicle and then roll onto its side, coming to rest in the middle of the highway.

The female driver sustained minor injuries and her male passenger was uninjured.

Police claim speed was not a factor in the collision nor was fatigue.

Even though the highway was affected for a period of time, officers were able to set up a contraflow.

Then, on Wednesday, a Cessnock man presented himself to Maitland District Hospital with minor stab wounds after allegedly being attacked near his home.

The victim reported he was riding his trail bike in bushland adjacent to Alkira Avenue about noon on 13 January when he was attacked by three unknown males.

The man had cuts to the abdomen and arm.

During this assault, he was then hit in the back of the head with an unknown object causing him to lose consciousness.

The man was able to return to his home, where a friend escorted him to the medical facility for treatment.

Enquiries are continuing in an attempt to identify the assailants.

Also on Wednesday, a Tuncurry man underwent surgery at John Hunter Hospital after he was involved in a collision at the intersection of the Myall Way and the Pacific Highway, Tea Gardens.

At the time, the 64-year-old was riding his motorcycle south-bound with a group of other motorcyclists.

However, a 78-year-old Hawks Nest man was waiting to turn across the highway into the Myall Way when his vehicle accelerated out into the traffic colliding with the rider.

The accident was witnessed by numerous people who immediately contacted police.

An off-duty Care Flight doctor stopped at the scene and rendered first aid.

Officers cleared an area for the rescue helicopter to land and the man was flown to Newcastle, with injuries to his legs, pelvis and head.

The highway was disrupted for approximately one hour while police cleared the scene.

The male motorist was taken to Bulahdelah hospital for mandatory testing.

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