'Off Beat' Cessnock police news: Week ending December 3, 2017

Disqualified motorbike

Readers may be aware that police are targeting the illegal use of motorbikes in the local area.

At 2.50am on Saturday morning, police stopped a motorcyclist in Northcote Street, Kurri Kurri regarding his manner of riding.

Subsequent checks on the 45-year-old male rider revealed he was a disqualified rider because of previous traffic offences. He too will be attending court.

Shoplifting operation

Local police and Loss Prevention Offices targeted retail theft offenders at the Coles Supermarket in the Cessnock City Centre last Thursday.

During the operation three people had legal action taken against them for stealing and $200 dollars worth of goods were recovered.

Further operations are planned in the Cessnock shopping precinct.

Damage to house under construction

Some time between 3pm on Friday and Sunday morning unknown offenders damaged the gyprock walls of a house under construction in Balangara Way, Bellbird.

Police are investigating the matter and would like to hear from anyone with information. Please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Drink-driving offence

In the early hours of Sunday morning, patrolling police stopped a motorist for a random breath test in Alkira Avenue, Cessnock.

The 50-year-old female driver failed the roadside test and was arrested and conveyed to Cessnock Police Station, where it was subsequently found she was allegedly driving with nearly twice the legal alcohol level in her blood.

The woman had her driver’s licence suspended immediately and she will be appearing at Cessnock Court, charged with middle-range drink-driving.

Police patrol all the streets of Cessnock at all hours. Drink and drive and you will be caught.

Knife possession

Police arrested a 28-year-old man on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly damaged property in Alpine Avenue, Cessnock and threatened people with a Stanley knife.

It is alleged at the time of his arrest the man had the knife in his pocket. He has now been charged and will be attending Cessnock Court.