Two more fake $50 notes passed in Lithgow | Police briefs

Two more $50 notes were passed in Lithgow over the weekend after a Chifley Police District warning was released late last week. 

One $50 was passed at Lithgow KFC on the Great Western Highway on Friday, while another was handed in to police on Monday morning. It had been used at Marjorie Jackson Fields during one of the soccer tournament events on Saturday or Sunday. 

The incidents are the latest in a string of fraudulent notes reported to police, which have been passed in the Lithgow and Bathurst district. 

Anyone who finds a fake note is urged to contact police. 

Drug bust

A visitor to Lithgow Correctional Centre was arrested on Saturday, August 11, after allegedly trying to smuggle buprenorphine strips into the facility. 

Police allege the 38-year-old from Auburn introduced a total of four balloons into four separate cups during a visit to an inmate at about 12.30pm. The inmate swallowed three of them, captured on CCTV footage, and prison staff intervened. 

Examination of the remaining balloon revealed it contained 50 buprenorphine strips. Due to the large amount recovered, the inmate was taken to Lithgow Hospital by ambulance. 

The visitor was arrested, taken to Lithgow Police Station and charged. He will face Lithgow Local Court in September on charges of supplying a prohibited drug. 

Early morning crash

A 46-year learner driver at the wheel of a borrowed car was issued an infringement notice after crashing into a car and a letterbox on a Bowenfels lawn on Sunday morning, August 12.

The man lost control of the vehicle on Landa Street at about 4.45am, mounted the gutter and hit the letterbox and a car parked on the lawn, causing damage to the front and rear doors on the driver’s side.

The resident, and owner of the parked car, took the keys away from the learner driver and contacted police. 

The 46-year-old was arrested and taken to Lithgow Police Station for a drug and alcohol screening, which he passed. He was issued an infringement notice for driving unaccompanied, not displaying his L-plates and losing control of his vehicle.

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