Australia Woman charged for 'stealing from drought-relief property'

06:30  07 august  2018
06:30  07 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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A woman has been charged for allegedly damaging property and injuring cattle after being found with suspected stolen goods believed to be from a drought - relief drop-off point. New South Wales police said the

Woman charged for ' stealing from drought - relief property '. The 35-year-old is suspected of stealing mobile phones, jewellery and an emergency services medal from a Dubbo farm before driving away.

A woman has been charged with allegedly damaging property and injuring cattle after being found with suspected stolen goods believed to be from a drought-relief drop-off point.

NSW Police said the 35-year-old drove a Ford Falcon into a property on Higgins Road in Yeoval, 70 kilometres south of Dubbo, around 9.15pm on Sunday. 

Police allege the property’s owners returned home, saw the woman’s car and drove after her before she allegedly crashed into their vehicle as well as nearby fencing and cattle. 

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Woman charged for ' stealing from drought - relief property '. Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed abandoning global emission reduction targets because they won’t help farmers struggling in droughts.

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During the incident, 10 farm fences were damaged and a number of the property’s cows were injured by the woman’s car before she drove away. 

Police later found the Ford Falcon near Yullundry Road and were assaulted by the woman as they tried to arrest her.

A search of her car also uncovered mobile phones, jewellery, an emergency services medal, methylamphetamine, cash and a pocket knife, police said.

The woman was taken to Dubbo Police Station and charged with nine offences including entering land with the intent of committing an indictable offence, destroying or damaging property and having suspected stolen goods in her possession. 

The woman was refused bail and appeared at Dubbo Local Court yesterday.

Bail was officially denied and the woman is expected to appear before Wellington Local Court on August 21.

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The incident comes as farmers around the state are in the midst of a devastating drought.

Towns in some of the worst affected areas of NSW are starting to run out of water after months without rainfall. 

The Federal government has also announced a $190 million relief package, with payments of up to $12,000 for eligible households.

The commonwealth aid package also includes more money for mental health measures as farmers grapple with the emotional fallout from their barren properties.

Visit Drought SOS: For more news, information and how to help Australian farmers.

Pictures: The Wider Image: Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms

The Wider Image: Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms: A lone tree stands near a water trough in a drought-effected paddock on Jimmie and May McKeown's property located on the outskirts of town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. From ground level, Australia's drought looks like a featureless, brown dustbowl, but from the air it transforms into an artistry of colour and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun. Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms

Food, at last: Starving cows swarm around bales of hay after they're driven hundreds of kilometres across Australia to feed drought-hit cattle .
Incredible photos have emerged of the moment these drought-stricken cattle in NSW's central west have been waiting for. Dozens of cows swarmed around bales of hay driven from interstate.Incredible photos have emerged of the moment these drought-stricken cattle in New South Wales' central west have been waiting for.

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