Narooma area police report | Oct. 18

File photo.
File photo.

Gear stolen – A resident of the Old Highway at Corunna went into town from 10.30am to 11.30am on Friday and upon his return an amount of fishing gear had been stolen from a boat parked on his property. Items stolen include an outboard motor, tackle box, batteries, a Honda fire pump and a small fire extinguisher, worth in excess of $5000.

Drone complaint – Narooma police last Tuesday at 4pm received a complaint about a drone flying above the backyard of a Dalmeny residence. Police remind all drone owners that new legislation from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is now in force. From September 29, if you are flying for any form of economic gain, you need to have an RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) operator’s certificate, or if you're flying an RPA weighing less than two kilograms, simply notify CASA. If you are flying for fun and not commercially, then the regulations are less restrictive and allow you to fly an RPA without needing to be certified, providing you follow some simple safety rules. These include only flying by day, keeping the RPA within line of sight, not flying higher than 120 metres, keeping the RPA 30 metres away from any people, staying 5.5km away from a controlled aerodrome and not flying RPAs over populous areas including parks or beaches where people are present. More information at

​Abalone bust – A 22-year-old Barrack Heights man has been charged with fisheries offences after being stopped by police on Thursday, October 6. He was a passenger in a vehicle on the Princes Highway, Pambula. It is alleged that police located two hessian bags with 200 abalone inside.  Police have issued a field court attendance notice for charges of possess more than possession limit and possess prohibited size fish. 190 of the abalone have been released back into the ocean of Eden.

Search for Ray –  A search for missing man Ray Speechley organised by his family took place on Saturday west of the Princes Highway, Dalmeny. Volunteers searched bushland but not traces of Mr Speechley were found.  Ray, or Raymond, Speechley, 77,  was last seen about 4pm on Thursday, July 7, at the IRT Dalmeny aged care facility on Ruth Place, Dalmeny. There was a confirmed sighting of him in the highway construction zone and also a possible interaction with a red sedan possibly a Honda Accord. Anyone with any information, contact Narooma police on 4476 2044 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.