A WOMAN has been charged after allegedly stealing a mobile phone at Lidcombe about 2.30pm on Friday.
A 20-year-old woman was seated in a train arriving at Lidcombe Railway Station, when her mobile phone was snatched from her hand.
A woman, aged 20, ran off with the phone towards the carriage doors before an off-duty police officer demanded the phone back.
The woman allegedly punched the off-duty police officer several times in the head before running from the train.
The female officer and the woman who owned the phone got off the train and approached Railcorp Security officers at the station to report the incident.
The off-duty officer has then seen the woman at the ticket turnstiles and approached her again and was able to get the phone back following a short struggle.
The woman was detained by Railcorp Security. She was charged with stealing from a person, breaching of bail and common assault. The off-duty police officer was not seriously injured during the incident.
Restaurant fire not sus
EMERGENCY services have attended a fire at a Berala restaurant in Berala on Friday night. Just after 10.30pm, emergency services were called to Woodburn Road, where they found a small fire alight within the restaurant. NSW Fire and Rescue officers attended and contained the fire to the kitchen area, extinguishing it a short time later. The restaurant was closed at the time and no one was injured. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area and is not being treated as suspicious.
Hunt for missing teen
POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing from Regents Park. Moses Loptutu, aged 19, was last seen in Mt Druitt about 6am on Tuesday, May 16. He is known to frequent Parramatta, Auburn and Mt Druitt and is a regular user of public transport. Moses is of African appearance, about 183cm tall, with a thin build and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured t-shirt and dark coloured pants. Police and Moses' family hold serious concerns for his welfare.