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11 July, 2021

Time to tap into your inner sleuth

PEOPLE of Mackay Region, it’s time to tap into your inner super sleuth! Fighting crime and keeping our community safe is everyone’s business and Mackay Police Senior Constable Steve Smith said knowing who to call when it counted was a big step in the right direction.

By Jacob Cumner

PEOPLE of Mackay Region, it’s time to tap into your inner super sleuth! Fighting crime and keeping our community safe is everyone’s business and Mackay Police Senior Constable Steve Smith said knowing who to call when it counted was a big step in the right direction.

 “We need people to realise that Triple-0 is there for a reason and if you see something suspicious happening  even if it is not a life-threatening situation – then people can call Triple-0,” Snr Cons Smith said. The need for a proactive community response was highlighted this week with a number of serious offences prompting Mackay Police to call on the public for assistance. At the weekend a man was taken to Mackay Base Hospital after being struck by a vehicle in an alleged hit and run incident.

The car involved in the event, which was later found abandoned in Paget, was reportedly stolen from an address on Nebo Road in the early hours of Saturday morning. The occupants of the vehicle – believed to be a small white Volkswagon T-Cross SUV – had not been located at the time of publication. 

In another matter, a vehicle, believed to have been stolen, was intercepted and its occupants arrested, in a dramatic police pursuit on Mackay-Bucasia Roadnear Bunnings. A police car was damaged in the incident, which occurred late last week. 

Then, on Wednesday, Mackay Police commenced a manhunt for a male who fled from police when the alleged stolen Nissan Navara he had been in was located on Horse and Jockey Road. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier that morning.

 A woman who was also an occupant of the vehicle also fled the scene and attempted to escape by swimming upstream in the Pioneer River. All of these events are in addition to a spate of ram raids, break-ins, machinery thefts and other crimes which have been reported by Mackay Local News online edition throughout the past week. Mr Smith urged the community to report suspicious behaviour by calling Triple-0 (000)


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