Police today arrested five men and seized hundreds of cannabis plants after raiding six homes across south-western Sydney.
The pre-dawn raids followed months of surveillance by undercover drug squad detectives. The houses reportedly contained complex hydroponic growing apparatus and elaborate electrical wiring to create hothouse growing conditions.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives with the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad and South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, executed eight search warrants, NSW Police announced.
Mining company suspended over rehab debt
The NSW State government has suspended mining company Young Mining’s license for failing to pay environmental rehabilitation security deposits. YThe company had to suspend all operations as of this morning for its breach of the Mining Act. The company owes the department $540,000. The regulator for the NSW Department of Industry had tried to resolve the issue with Young Mining since 2013 but despite assurances the payment is still outstanding.
Popcorn machine fire
A cinema was evacuated overnight in Sydney’s west after a fire broke out inside a popcorn machine. Three hundred people had to flee Paramatta’s Event Cinemas after the blaze broke out at about 11pm. Automatic sprinklers contained the fire until firefighters arrived at the scene. The incident is still under investigation but the circumstances don’t appear to be suspicious. No one was injured in the incident.
Track fall disrupts morning travel
Train services from Western Sydney to the CBD were severely disrupted this morning after an elderly woman fell from a platform at Granville station this morning and was injured by an express train. The incident, at about 7:45am, was described by an NSW Police spokesperson as attempted self-harm. Paramedics treated the woman, believed to be iun her 70s, at the scene before she was taken to Westmead hospital. Servives were delayed by up to 45 minutes in both directions as the station was closed. – Compiled from web sources by Ashleigh Cant
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Photo of cannabis plants from Manuel’s Flickr photostream.