QPS’ first Chinese speaking Detective receives honourable award

Detective Senior Constable Chun Yuen Shawn CHIA is our first ever Cantonese/Mandarin speaking Detective from the Queensland Police Service. In a ceremony on Thursday August 27, Detective Senior Constable Chia was presented with an award from the Confucius Institute of the University of Queensland. Detective Senior Constable Chia joined QPS as a recruit in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Gold Coast Criminal Investigations Branch (Northern Investigative Group) as a Plain Clothes Constable. He then joined State Crime Command in 2010 and gained experience in varied investigations in Casino Crime Unit, Vehicle Investigations Team, State Flying Squad, Prostitution Enforcement...

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Stephen Philip Playford charged with murder of daughter, 6, at Kedron home

An international mining entrepreneur and budding property developer was last night charged with murdering his six-year-old daughter Sydney after she was found dead in her bed in the family’s Kedron home. Stephen Philip Playford did not appear in the dock for his hearing at Southport Magistrates Court this morning and the matter was adjourned until September 28. His wife discovered their daughter’s body in the room the girl shared with her eight-year-old sister at 8am yesterday. She called an ambulance but paramedics arrived to discover Sydney had likely been dead for several hours. Police said Playford, 52, was seen...

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Man being questioned after woman trapped in rolled car allegedly assaulted on Gold Coast

Queensland police are questioning a man over a suspected road rage incident on the Gold Coast in which a woman was allegedly assaulted inside an upturned vehicle. Police said the woman was trapped inside a car that had run down an embankment, hit a house awning and rolled onto its roof at Molendinar about 8:45am (AEST). Local man Ted Harding and another neighbour went to help after hearing an “awful big bang”. “We’ve run down through the gardens to see if we could render assistance or what was there, what’s happening,” he said. “There’s a lady inside but she...

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Former Sunshine Coast woman dies in Norway cliff fall

A coast community is in shock at the death of 24-year-old Kristi Kafcaloudis, who fell from a cliff while hiking in Norway at the weekend. Miss Kafcaloudis’ family is today gathered at their Yandina home as they try to take stock of the tragedy. Her devastated mother Milli issued a statement earlier today on behalf of the family. “We have lost a beautiful soul from our lives with the death of our much loved daughter, Kristi Kafcaloudis from an accidental fall from Trolltunga Rock in Norway,” she said. “Kristi was just 24 years old, studying at the University of...

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armed robbery charges, Southport and Labrador

A 25-year-old man has now been charged following investigations into an alleged armed robbery at Coombabah yesterday. The man has been charged with armed robbery in company and is expected to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday (September 7). A 23-year-old man had been charged earlier today. Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service. Source:...

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Two female inmates on the run after escape from Numinbah Correctional Centre

Two teenage prisoners have escaped from a correctional centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland, including the woman sentenced for joyriding in a rugby league star’s car. Hayley Gillespie and Mary Brimble, both 19, this afternoon escaped from Numinbah Correctional Centre, a low-security open prison with an annex of 25 female prisoners. Gillespie, who bought the stolen luxury car belonging to NRL star Darius Boyd for a small quantity of drugs, was sentenced to 18 months’ jail two weeks ago. She pleaded guilty to 57 charges at Pine Rivers Magistrate Court on August 21, including unlawfully using three luxury cars,...

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Ice addicts can be ‘like a paranoid schizophrenic’

  As the dangerous drug ‘ice’ continues to be a threat to our community, the Sunshine Coast Daily’s four-part series with the University of the Sunshine Coast examines the impact of the drug with those who are battling it on the front lines. The Sunshine Coast’s top medical experts are warning the damage already being done by the deadly drug ice – or methamphetamine – could lead to a rise in serious mental illness for users, even if they eventually shake their addiction. Dr Wayne Herdy, a Coast GP with more than 30 years of experience, said he had...

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Missing man, Deception Bay

Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 26-year-old man missing from Deception Bay since yesterday. Hugh Ratnam was last seen at around 10:30pm last night and could possibly be in the Upper Mount Gravatt area. Mr Ratnam (pictured) is described as Middle Eastern in appearance, with a dark complexion and average build. He is about 172cm tall and has brown eyes and dark brown hair. Police are asking anyone who has seen Mr Ratnam or has any information about his whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Anyone with information which could assist with this...

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Coast boy, 9, reports concerning approach by man

Police want anyone with information on a man who displayed concerning behaviour toward a nine-year-old boy at Sunshine Beach to come forward. Sunshine Coast District Child Protection Investigation Unit officer-in-charge Phil Hurst said the boy reported being approached by the man twice in the past three weeks while walking through an easement between Hill St and Swan Rd. The first occasion was about 7.30am on August 15 and the second was about 11.40am on August 29. The boy walked away both times. “As a result there has been some concerning conversations and we’d like to speak to this person...

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Scoot puts flights from Gold Coast to Singapore on sale for $330 return

Forget the socks and jocks for Father’s Day, Scoot has a better option. They’re offering flights from the Gold Coast to Singapore for $330 return in economy class, including food and bags. And if you’ve always dreamt of flying first class, this could be your opportunity. The same flight in ScootBiz is $700 return.It’s not just the Gold Coasters who will benefit from the bargain, a ticket from Perth to Singapore return is from $250 including taxes and $600 in ScootBiz. From Sydney and Melbourne, it is a tiny $350 return and $700 in ScootBiz. The airline said fathers...

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