Several bandits who reportedly posed as Police Officers executed a brazen robbery on a sand pit operated by Baskaran and Sons at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway after they assaulted the security guard on duty in the wee hours of Saturday.Based on reports received, the incident took place between 22:30h and 02:00h during which the bandits held the security guard at gunpoint and dealt him several blows to his body before escaping with over $6.1 million in items.According to reports received, the guard was in his hut when he was awakened by a loud banging on his door. After he enquired, he was told that it was the Police and that they were making routine checks. Thinking something was amiss, the security officer did not open the door, but soon after he heard the sound of an excavator starting up.Within a few minutes, the bucket of the excavator crashed into the hut thus forcing the security guard to try to run to safety. He was, however, captured by the bandits who started to hit him about his body. He reportedly fell to the ground and it was at this time, the men used duct tape to tie his hands and feet, and also gagged him.As he remained on the ground, a car entered the compound and two 12-volt excavator batters and a hydraulic pump were loaded into its trunk. The car then made its way out of the compound along with the armed men.The security guard managed to free himself and contacted his employers, who in turn contacted the Police. Statements were taken from the security guard. An investigation has been launched into the incident. No arrests have been made.
“We had three penalties in the first game against England and not many penalties against France last week, and all of a sudden both teams were penalised for a lot of things that other teams have been getting away with.”It’s our showpiece so we should be allowed to play footy. It was just a bit frustrating tonight because there were a lot of things in the play the ball area and a lot of stoppages around injuries that normally you wouldn’t see in our game so I’m a bit disappointed in that. “We’re trying to play attractive footy and showcase the skills of the players, and I thought that wasn’t allowed tonight.”Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith said the team grew increasingly frustrated in the opening stanza due to the stop-start nature of the contest. “We came into the sheds and I could see the frustration on everyone’s faces. We just couldn’t get any roll on with the footy,” Smith said. “Defensively I was very happy with what we produced tonight, but we got frustrated and I think we went searching a little bit. We went searching for some points instead of just building pressure on them and getting the points on the board.” Tipped by many to run up a cricket score against the tournament minnows, the Aussies struggled for continuity in the first half, establishing a 10-0 lead at the break before they ran away with it in the final 10 minutes. While their opening game against England was allowed to flow by NRL referee Matt Cecchin, the same couldn’t be said on Saturday as Englishman James Child blew 21 penalties.The flow of the game wasn’t helped by 22 errors and several injury breaks, but Meninga’s biggest gripe was with the penalty count. “It was a frustrating game…it was very slow,” he said after the comfortable win. “It was probably one of the slowest games that I’ve seen for a while. There were 21 penalties and there were a lot of stoppages. We want to see a good game of rugby league, don’t we, so we want to be allowed to play a bit more.