Police beat: break-ins and stern warning on driving into floodwaters

If you have information that can help Forbes police with their investigations phone the station on 6853 9999.
If you have information that can help Forbes police with their investigations phone the station on 6853 9999.

"If it's flooded, forget it."

It's the consistent message of the State Emergency Service and Forbes police are reiterating that after emergency services have had to come to the aid of several motorists in the past week.

A driver who became stranded by floodwaters on the Lachlan Valley Way had to be airlifted to safety after they were cut off on Sunday.

NSW Rural Fire Service says the motorist was driving between Forbes and Cowra when floodwaters cut off their access.

Unable to turn around, they requested assistance.

The Rural Fire Service helicopter was in the area, assessing flooding in support of the State Emergency Service, was able to land and safely relocate the driver.

Police advise they have since assisted three other vehicles on the same road, including one who followed online map directions.

Penalties do apply for ignoring a road closed sign, and police will issue infringement notices.

Local road closures on the Forbes Shire Council website or through their SMS alert system; major road closures through Live Traffic.

Be aware the situation can change quickly.

For assistance in flooding phone the SES on 132500 or in an emergency phone 000.

BREAK-INS

Police are investigating two break-ins by destructive thieves this week.

Police said an offender caused significant damage to gaming machines when they broke into a Lachlan Street club on Sunday night.

They smashed rear doors to gain access to the premises, some time after 8.30pm Sunday, and took a quantity of cash.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and forensic evidence.

In a separate matter, offenders have targeted a vacant Prince Street premises in the past week.

Significant damage has been done to the property with light fittings ripped from the ceiling and copper wiring stolen, police say.

As always, anyone with information that can assist police should contact the local station on 6853 9999 or CrimeStoppers 1800 333 000.

Police have had two motorists return positive roadside drug tests in the past week.

They will face court pending the return of laboratory analysis of further samples.