Strike Force Trawler detectives charge man over alleged online child exploitation offences
Friday, 05 November 2021 04:53:38 PM
Strike Force Trawler detectives have charged a man following an investigation into alleged online child exploitation offences in Sydney’s northwest.
In May last year, investigators from the Victoria Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) began investigating the online activities of a Sydney man.
In July 2021, the investigation was referred to the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU), where detectives began engaging online with a man.
Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually explicit materials.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 39-year-old man at a home at Gladesville about 5.30 am today (Friday 5 November 2021).
A search warrant was subsequently executed at the home, where officers seized a mobile phone, which will undergo further examination.
The man was taken to Ryde Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age for sexual activity, use carriage service for child abuse material, and use carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16 years of age.
He was refused bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court later today.
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU, and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Five arrested over alleged kidnapping – Robbery and Serious Crime Squad
Saturday, 06 November 2021 10:16:40 AM
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Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives have arrested five men following an investigation into the alleged kidnapping of one man, and conspiracy to kidnap another, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore last month.
About 12pm on Thursday 14 October 2021, a 20-year-old man was allegedly confronted by two men at Gore Creek Reserve at Greenwich, before being forced into a car and travelling to an unknown location.
Police have been told the man was threatened then assaulted, before being released.
The incident was later reported to officers from North Shore Police Area Command, who commenced inquiries.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad were notified and took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Bindowan.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from the Tactical Operation Unit (TOU), arrested four men – aged between 27 and 33 – at a service station on Victoria Road at West Ryde, just before 2pm yesterday (Friday 5 November 2021).
A 32-year-old Eastwood man was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage (conspiracy to commit offence).
A 31-year-old Lindfield man and a 27-year-old Eastwood man were taken to Ryde Police Station where they were charged.
The older man has been charged with take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage (conspiracy to commit offence), and a second charge of take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage; the younger man has been charged with take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage (conspiracy to commit offence).
Shortly after 2pm, investigators executed a search warrant at a home unit at Macquarie Park, with police seizing several items alleged to be relevant to the investigation.
A fifth man, aged 24, was arrested at the property and taken to Ryde Police Station where he was charged with five offences:
• Take/detain person in the company with the intent to obtain an advantage
• Take/detain person in the company with the intent to obtain advantage (conspiracy to commit offence)
• Possess/use offensive weapon with a permit
• Supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity)
• Knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.
All four were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 6 November 2021).
The 33-year-old man was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment for a dog bite and remains there under guard.
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Police investigate suspicious house fire – Tamworth
Friday, 05 November 2021 12:22:30 PM
Police are appealing for public information as investigations continue into a suspicious house fire in the state’s northeast yesterday.
About 5.15 am on Thursday (4 November 2021), officers attached to Oxley Police District were patrolling Green Street, Tamworth, when they observed smoke emitting from a home.
Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze, however, the house was partially destroyed.
The home is not currently occupied and no injuries have been reported.
A crime scene has been established, and police are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire, which is being treated as suspicious.
Anyone who has information that may assist police with their inquiries is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.