Illegal guns, drugs seized in daytime bust
POLICE confiscated a big haul of illegal firearms and ammunition while conducting a drug raid on a rural property in Toodyay last month.
Two sawn-off shotguns, a handgun, five replica handguns and two handmade firearms were among 11 illegal weapons and replicas seized during the raid.
More than 100 rounds of unregistered live ammunition were also seized.
None of the confiscated firearms were licensed.
The drug haul consisted of two cannabis plants, about 200g of cannabis resin stored as cannabis butter in a fridge, 100g of cannabis material and seeds, and drug smoking paraphernalia, including a water pipe (bong).Read more
The daytime raid occurred about 20km from the Toodyay townsite and was conducted in conjunction with Northam detectives.
Police are checking ownership records for the seized firearms.
The property’s occupants are being questioned and police inquiries are continuing in relation to possible charges.
LOCAL officers undertook training with Main Roads WA inspectors last month in a new campaign to stop big trucks being driven illegally through Toodyay’s busy main street.
It follows reports that increased numbers of heavy trucks are using the town’s main shopping thoroughfare as an illegal shortcut.
State law requires heavy-haulage vehicles to carry Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) certification which limits their use in built-up areas such as shopping precincts.
An RAV truck is any vehicle wider than 2.5m, taller than 4.3m, or more than 12.5m long as a single vehicle, or 19m with a trailer.
They include heavy-haulage vehicles carrying mobile cranes and front-end loaders, ‘B-doubles’ (prime movers towing a second trailer), road trains and other heavy vehicles
with oversized loads.
All RAV vehicles passing through Toodyay are required by law to use the town’s heavy-haulage bypass between Newcastle Bridge and Hamersley Street.
Local officers are now equipped to check for correct RAV certification and driver fatigue management records and will also inspect trucks for mechanical defects.
Trucks will be stopped for random inspections in Stirling Terrace and at either end of the town’s heavy-haulage bypass.
Penalties for offenders range from infringement notices and court appearances to vehicles being put off the road for mechanical defects.
A RECENT spike in off-road trail and quad bike thefts has prompted local police to urge owners to record serial numbers for unregistered machines and photograph them to help tracing if stolen.
Six farm bikes and two from the townsite were stolen in a recent six-week period.
None were registered so there are no police computer records of their Vehicle Identity Number (VIN).
The stolen machines – including two quad bikes – were mostly off-road trail bikes with values ranging from $4000 to $12,000.
Unregistered stolen bikes can’t be easily identified if they are offered for sale on popular online sites such as Gumtree and Facebook.
Many farmers keep their off-road bikes in unlocked sheds, and it is relatively easy to hotwire a motorcycle to start without a key – the ignition lock is just a switch.
Farm security is particularly important at this time of the year when farmers are busy spending many hours in paddocks for the annual local harvest.
Motorbike thefts have generally been discovered on weekends.
Most trail bikes out of the factory look identical, which is why it important to record and photograph their details.
As always, we urge everyone to lock their sheds, remain vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles in their area.
LASTLY, all Toodyay residents and visitors are reminded that our annual Christmas road safety campaign starts on Friday December 18 and runs for two weeks until Sunday January 3.
Double demerits will apply throughout that period.
Local officers will be at full strength with increased traffic patrols on local roads, random breath tests and vehicle inspections.
We’re not out to spoil anyone’s holiday fun but working to ensure we can all stay safe and well over the festive season.
It has been a good year in difficult times for our community and we at Toodyay Police Station would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.