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SPIKE IN REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

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SPIKE IN REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Dedicated police and frontline support services are ready and willing to take your call: that’s the message from the NSW Government today as new statistics are released showing a recent spike in sexual assault reports.
Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman acknowledged the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) brief issued today that reported a 61 per cent increase in sexual assault incidents reported to NSW Police in March 2021, compared with the monthly average over the previous year.
“I commend the extraordinary courage of all of the victim-survivors who’ve recently contacted police to report sexual assaults,” Mr Speakman said.
“While this spike comes off the back of intense media coverage and long overdue public discussion of sexual violence in our communities, it also demonstrates what we already knew, that these crimes are significantly underreported each day.
“Our message to victim-survivors is please know that you are not alone, and that help is available, whether that’s contacting the police or another support or counselling service.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the NSW Police Force take reports of sexual violence very seriously.
“Although these figures are distressing, it is encouraging that there is an increased willingness to report sexual assaults and that is a testament to the strength of all victims who come forward, and to police for ensuring that victims know they will be supported and believed when they do,” Mr Elliott said.
State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said police are committed to preventing sexual assaults and supporting victims who come forward.
“It takes incredible courage to re-live trauma and come forward as a victim of sexual violence,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
“Since the launch of Operation Vest in March this year, there was a significant increase in the number of people in the community who came forward to report sexual violence.
“The courage and bravery displayed by those individuals has already led to significant law reform, with consent laws being strengthened and simplified across the state.
“NSW Police will always thoroughly investigate reports of sexual violence and it is important that as a community, we continue these conversations and keep encouraging people to come forward.”
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, contact Triple Zero (000).
More information on how to report sexual offences to the NSW Police is available on their website, including the Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO).
The SARO is an online form that people can complete if they have decided not to make a formal report to police or have their matter investigated. This makes a record of what has occurred, while allowing the police to gather information on sexual offences and offending.
A number of other support services are also available to provide help:
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a 24/7 national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
NSW Rape Crisis (1800 424 017) is a 24/7 phone counselling service for anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced sexual violence, and their supporters.
Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) is a 24/7 national phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

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Man charged following unit fire – Tweed Heads

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Man charged following unit fire – Tweed Heads

A man has been charged following a unit fire on the far north coast yesterday.

About 10.50pm (Thursday 17 March 2022), police attended an address on Boundary Street, Tweed Heads, after reports of a concern for welfare.

Upon arrival, officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District spoke to a woman before observing a fire in a separate unit.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze.

A 23-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics after sustaining injuries when he jumped from a second-storey balcony.

He was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment before being taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

Up to 20 people were evacuated from the unit block and two neighbouring unit complexes.

Eight police officers were also treated for minor smoke inhalation, with four officers taken to hospital. They have since been released.

There were no other reports of injuries.

The man has been charged with nine offences including destroy or damage property, aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence, common assault and five counts of destroy or damage property with intention of endangering life.

He was refused bail and will appear at Ballina Local Court today (Friday 18 March 2022).

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A red sports car, new house and holidays: Coffs Harbour’s $60 million Powerball winner reveals wish list

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A red sports car, new house and holidays: Coffs Harbour’s $60 million Powerball winner reveals wish list

Video grabs about the Coffs Harbour Powerball winner is available here
Audio grabs about the Coffs Harbour Powerball winner is available here
Footage of tonight’s Powerball draw is available here

  • A Coffs Harbour man is ready to park a new sports car in the garage of his new house after scoring more than $60 million in last night’s Powerball draw.
  • The New South Wales player held one of the two division one winning entries nationally in Powerball draw 1345 on Thursday 24 February 2022. Each division one winning entry scored $63,309,056.98.
  • The other division one winning entry from last night’s draw was from Western Australia.
  • Despite becoming one of Australia’s newest multi-millionaires, the down-to-earth Coffs Harbour resident said he would still turn up to work today.
  • His winning entry was purchased at Coffs News, Shop 104, 92-98 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour.

A Coffs Harbour man is ready to park a new sports car in the garage of his new house after scoring more than $60 million in last night’s Powerball draw.

The New South Wales player held one of the two division one winning entries nationally in Powerball draw 1345 on Thursday 24 February 2022. Each division one winning entry scored $63,309,056.98.

The other division one winning entry from last night’s draw was from Western Australia.

The New South Wales multi-million-dollar winning entry was not registered to a player card, which meant officials from The Lott couldn’t contact the winner last night.

However, the middle-aged family man checked his ticket this morning, prompting immediate celebrations.

“Oh mate! It’s unbelievable!” he cried.

“It’s like a dream come true. I just never thought I’d win like this.

“I just checked my ticket earlier this morning. I scanned it on the app. I just couldn’t believe it. It came up as division one!  Oh mate, it’s huge!

“Happy days!

“I’ve started a wish list already. Straight up – a red sports car, a new house, holidays, you name it. I also really want to look after my family.

“It’s funny as I’ve been watching the news all morning, and they were saying someone’s won Powerball in Coffs Harbour. I’m sitting here thinking, ‘I can’t believe that winner is me!’.

“I’m going to have a weekend of celebrations with my family, but I still have to work today.”

The regular player’s winning entry was purchased at Coffs News, Shop 104, 92-98 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour.

Coffs News owner Darren Girard said his entire team was celebrating the massive division one win.

“It’s so exciting for the winner,” he said.

“We’re a big part of the community, so to know a local has won is just amazing.

“Last night, we discovered we’d sold the winning ticket and we were over the moon. We barely slept a wink; we were up thinking about the win and what we could do to promote it.

“This is our biggest division one win, so it’s a big moment for us, too. Bring on the next big win!

“Congratulations to our winner. We appreciate their support and hope this multi-million-dollar prize makes a great difference to their life.”

In addition to the two division one winners in last night’s draw, there were 36 division two winners who shared more than $2.7 million, receiving $77,385.90 each. There were also 5,558,090 winners in divisions two to nine who collected $100,574,184.70 in prizes.

Western Australian lottery operator Lotterywest will be liaising with the Western Australian with the division one winning entry from last night’s draw.

There have now been three Powerball division one winning entries across Australia so far in 2022 that have scored more than $200 million.

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1345 on Thursday 24 February 2022 were 6, 15, 9, 27, 32, 28, 33. The all-important Powerball number was 8.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 294 so far this financial year, including 97 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

In 2021, 14 Powerball division one winners across Australia pocketed more than $550.1 million in prize money.

During this time, Powerball offered an $80 million jackpot three times – the biggest prize offered by any Australian lottery game during the year.

Of the 14 Powerball division one winning entries in 2021, seven landed in New South Wales, four in Queensland, two in Victoria and one in Western Australia.

More chances to win

There are more chances to win big with a boosted $10 million division one prize pool in this weekend’s Saturday Lotto and Tuesday’s Oz Lotto offering $5 million.

Tonight’s Set for Life draw offers players the chance to win a division one prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years – that’s $20K on Replay! Set for Life is the only game that allows you to play your numbers across seven consecutive daily draws – meaning you have the chance to win $20K on Replay every day of the week.

The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot prize is now $7.49 million for draw 1562, while the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is now $7.92 million for draw 10532.

Tickets can be purchased at any licenced lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

The official home of Australia’s lotteries, The Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.

In 2021, more than 130.8 million winners took home more than $3.79 billion in prize money from their favourite games at The Lott, including Saturday Lotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

Last financial year, Australia’s official lotteries contributed more than $1.5 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.

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