The crime report: Northern Beaches



Get the lowdown on the recent incidents reported near you. 

Detectives detain Peninsula sex offender

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a man over the alleged sexual assault of two teenage girls on the Northern Beaches.

In May this year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports two teenage girls had been sexually assaulted by a man known to them.

Following extensive inquiries, a 20-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland Police Station about 11am on 10 August.

He was charged with four counts of have sexual intercourse with child (between 14 and 16 years), and intentionally sexually touch child (between 10 and 16 years).

Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted the girls – then aged 14 and 16 – on numerous occasions on the Peninsula between November 2020 and May 2021.

The Kirrawee man was refused bail and appeared at Sutherland Local Court yesterday, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at Hornsby Local Court on 1 September.

Investigation are continuing.

Boozing and bonfire breaches of COVID orders

Teenagers lighting a bonfire in the bush, a drinking session at a work site and a man pretending to visit someone in hospital were a few of the Northern Beaches COVID breaches police dealt with last month.

Gatherings of groups of more than two people, failure to wear masks and breaching of travel restrictions were also rampant.

On-the-spot fines of $1,000 were handed out for various offences - and the penalty increased to a cool $5,000 following the enactment of Operation Stay at Home.

In one incident, police were called to a building site in North Manly where they discovered four construction workers playing loud music and drinking alcohol.

All four received fines of $1,000.

“Northern Beaches Police continue to work closely with emergency management partners on wider strategies to combat the pandemic,” said Northern Beaches Police Commander, Pat Sharkey.

“These actions are all in addition to our response to reported Public Health Order breaches and the maintenance of all other police services.”

Pooch poisoning attack

A Dee Why woman was shocked when she discovered what her dog was eating in her yard.

Upon inspection, she found her cavoodle was chewing on meat packed with rat bait. 

Fortunately, the owner was watching her dog at the time, and she stopped her from consuming too much of the tainted meat.

The woman believes the meat was deliberately interfered with and thrown into her yard with the intention of it being eaten by her dog.

The incident was reported to the police.

“This person must have felt rage to take the time to put this together,” she said.

“Why wouldn’t they not knock on the door or drop a letter in our post box if there was a problem?”

The news comes after similar incidents of dog baiting in Mona Vale and Narraweena have been reported over the last few years.

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