A MERRYLANDS man has been charged with nine offences after he was allegedly caught by police in Rosehill on Saturday afternoon with a backpack containing a loaded sawn-off shotgun, ammunition, a mask and gloves.
Officers from the Rosehill Local Area Command, stopped the 39-year-old on Hassall Street at 5.15pm, however he allegedly tried to run away when told they intended to search his backpack.
He was subsequently charged with possessing a shortened firearm, possessing a loaded firearm, possessing an unauthorised firearm in a public place, possessing ammunition, being armed with intent, possessing a prescribed restricted substance, assaulting police and two counts of intimidating police.
TRUCK drivers along the M4 corridor and surrounding areas, were the target of a crackdown by a joint Traffic Taskforce on Thursday.
Operation Catapult 2 was a continuation of an earlier operation which took place on March 1-2 and involved officers from the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol (T&HP) command and Roads and Maritime (RMS) inspectors working alongside officers from the Environmental Protection Authority and SafeWork NSW.
A total of 58 truck and trailers were inspected and acting commander of the T&HP assistant commissioner, Michael Corboy, said the joint operations were run to ensure the safety of all road users.
"Today we issued 21 infringements and handed out 28 defect notices for trucks that are not roadworthy," he said.
"Especially in wet weather, these trucks are not only un-roadworthy, they are outright dangerous.
"Our duty is to keep the public safe and to do this we will continue to target and take action against drivers, operators, and company owners who cut corners when it comes to safety."
Bid for personal info
POLICE have issued a warning to the community about fraudulent emails claiming to be from a financial institution which link to malware designed to access personal information.
Fraud and Cybercrime Squad commander, detective superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, urged people to be wary of unsolicited emails and to check the sender's email address closely.
"Anyone who may have received this or a similar email is advised not to click on the link, instead delete the email immediately," he said.
"Always check the legitimacy of an email and if you want to make further inquiries, go directly to the relevant website and seek legitimate information rather than following links provided in an email.
"These scammers will continue to come up with innovative ways to scam innocent victims; however, our messages continue to remain – if in doubt, delete and report it to police.
"If you have a feeling you have been scammed, contact the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)."
To find out more information about scams and ways to protect yourself, visit scamwatch.gov.au and if you feel you have been the victim of a scam, you can also report it to your local police.