MAN CHARGED OVER TAREE HOME INVASION

A man will face court today over an alleged aggravated home invasion near Taree, where another man was attacked with a metal bar.

About 10.30pm on Sunday, three men, aged 53, 23 and 18, and a 50-year-old woman – were at a home in Black Head, when it’s alleged three unknown men forced entry through a back door.

Police will allege in court the group took several items, including a handbag and car keys, before they were confronted by the 23-year-old man.

An altercation occurred between the group and the 23-year-old, before one of the men struck him with a metal bar.

The group then fled the scene in a Toyota Rav4 taken from the property and another vehicle.

The 23-year-old was taken to Manning Base Hospital for treatment for a suspected broken leg.

No one else was injured during the incident.

Later, police discovered the stolen car at a property in Taree, abandoned and burnt out.

It was seized for forensic examination.

Following extensive inquiries, about 2pm yesterday, detectives attended a home on Smith Street, Taree and spoke with a 25-year-old man.

Upon speaking with police, the man ran away.

Police later located the man hiding underneath the house and arrested him.

A crime scene was established at the home and a search warrant later executed, with police seizing items which they allege are stolen goods.

The man was taken to Taree Police Station and charged with special aggravated break, enter commit serious indictable offence, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (m/v) and dishonestly obtain property by deception.

He was refused bail to appear at Forster Local Court today.

Investigations are ongoing into the incident.