‘Off Beat’ Cessnock police news: Week ending August 6, 2017

Drugs located in vehicle on prison grounds

On Saturday afternoon Cessnock Correctional Centre officers searched the vehicles of a visitor on the grounds of the Cessnock jail.

It is alleged a 34-year-old male was in possession of a small quantity of the illegal drugs methyl amphetamine (commonly known as ice) and cannabis.

Police were summoned and legal action has been commenced against the man. Correctional officers and police commonly search jail visitors for drugs.

Motorcycles stolen

Between Friday, July 28 and Sunday, August 6, unknown persons broke into a garage in Aberdare St Cessnock and stole two motorcycles.

One of the bikes was a 2004 model American Iron Horse, painted purple with red flames. The other motorbike is a Yamaha YZ 450 dirt bike, mainly yellow in colour.

Anyone with information about the stolen motorbikes should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Be aware of kangaroos

Over the past few weeks, police have responded to a number of incidents where kangaroos have collided with vehicles in the rural areas surrounding Cessnock –  the latest on Sunday evening.

Motorists should be aware that the kangaroos are on the move, in particular between dust and dawn and pose a danger to road users.

Suspended driver

At 10am on Sunday, a local Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle in Wollombi Road, Bellbird for a random breath test.

Inquiries revealed the 25-year-old male driver was a suspended P-plate driver. His licence had previously been suspended for driving in excess of 30km/h over the speed limit. The man will now be attending Cessnock Court.

Disqualified driver caught doing burnout while intoxicated

At 11pm on Friday night Cessnock general duties police came across a vehicle doing a burnout in Pelaw Main.

Police stopped the vehicle and found the rear wheels had been stripped of tyre tread and that the wheel rim was actually on the road.

Inquiries with the 21-year-old male driver revealed he was a disqualified P-plater and his vehicle was unregistered and uninsured.

The driver was breath tested and subsequently found to be driving with the low range concentration of alcohol in his blood. The young man will now be attending Kurri Kurri Local Court.