Operation Regional Mongoose charges more than 150 in Western Region

Police in the state’s Western Region have charged more than 150 people since the launch of Operation Regional Mongoose.

The ongoing high-visibility operation, which began Wednesday 27 September 2023, focusses on serious property-related crime predominately committed by young offenders.

To date, the operation has resulted in 153 people – including 109 juveniles – charged with more than 1400 offences, of those 198 were for breach of bail.

Incidents of note,

  • Officers attached to Oxley Police District attended a home in Gunnedah about 8pm on Sunday 17 March 2024, and arrested a 19-year-old man. He was taken to Gunnedah Police Station and charged with breach of bail. He was refused bail to appear at Tamworth Local Court today (Monday 18 March 2024).
  • About 12.25am on Friday (15 March 2024), police activated their warning lights after a Toyota Kluger overtook an unmarked police vehicle at excessive speed on the Newell Highway, about 40km north of Dubbo. A pursuit was initiated after it failed to stop. It was terminated due to safety concerns. Police successfully deployed road spikes on Emungerie Road and the vehicle came to a stop a short time later.

Police arrested seven people and they were all taken to Dubbo Police Station. Six people were released pending further inquiries.

A 29-year-old man was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, and class A motor vehicle exceed speed > 45 km/h. He was refused bail and appeared at Dubbo Local Court on Friday 15 March 2024, where he was given conditional bail to reappear at the same court on Friday 26 April 2024.

Investigations under Operation Regional Mongoose continue.

Anyone with information about Operation Regional Mongoose 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.

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