The Hills parents face road safety crackdown

Officers from The Hills and highway patrol patrolled school zones outside Samuel Gilbert Public School this morning and afternoon.

By 10am today (Monday), officers had already issued two tickets to drivers illegally stopped in a bus zones and one to a person parked in a no-stopping zone outside the school in Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill.

Tomorrow officers will patrol Glenhaven Public School from 8am to 9.30pm and again from 2pm to 2.30pm.

The Hills local area commander Superintendent Rob Critchlow said in November he would send officers to patrol school zones mornings and afternoons for two to three days straight.

"We'd do that for a week [at each school] as a blanket operation to protect schools," Superintendent Rob Critchlow said.

Superintendent Critchlow said the operation was highly successful in the north shore, his previous command.

"It's a matter of changing behaviour," he said.

Click here to read the full story and to see a list of infringements issued by council officers last year.

IN OTHER POLICE NEWS:

School locks glued

Police are investigating an incident in which glue had been poured into four external door locks and one gate at Kellyville High School.

The incident is reported to have occurred between 10pm Saturday and 8.30am Sunday, causing $420 damage.

A police spokesman said a caretaker later opened the doors and the gate by pouring acetone into the locks.

Soccer fracas

Police are investigating the assault of a soccer player at Castle Hill Indoor Sports Centre on Friday.

Inspector Daryn Middlebrook of The Hills command said a 23-year-old man from Toongabbie was playing competition soccer at the centre in Anella Avenue when he was fouled for knocking over a goalkeeper.

He said a teammate of the goalie allegedly then kicked the Toongabbie man once in the head when his back was turned.

‘‘He fell to the ground unconscious,’’ Inspector Middlebrook said.

The man was taken to Westmead Hospital for ligamentous injuries.

Teens assaulted

Two 16-year-old boys were assaulted in Castle Hill on Friday.

Police said the Castle Hill boys were walking home from a store event at Castle Towers about 11.55pm when they were approached by two men, 150 metres northeast of Victoria Avenue.

One boy was kicked in the leg and robbed of his white Apple iPhone 4 and Rip Curl wallet, containing $25 and personal cards.

His friend was punched by the same man above the right eye but not robbed.

The offender was described as Caucasian, 180 centimetres tall, of slim muscular build, with short combed-up blonde hair, wearing a white or blue short-sleeve T-shirt, long pants, and a white and maroon jumper around his waist.

A man with him was described as having a stocky build.

‘‘He was yelling at them,’’ a police spokesman said.

■ Call Crime Stoppers with any information: 1800 333 000.

Credit card fraud

A Kenthurst man will attend Castle Hill police tomorrow to report a credit card fraud.

Police said the man was informed by his bank his VISA card was being used while he was overseas from February 7-15.

When he looked for the card, which he’d left at his residence in Raym Road, he discovered other items were missing, including a diamond ring, gold necklace and Yamaha dirt bike.

Car sound gear stolen

Sound gear and a GPS, valued at $600, were stolen from a black Mitsubishi Lancer in Castle Hill’s McDougall Lane car park on Saturday.

Inspector Daryn Middlebrook of The Hills command said licensing officers saw a man in the car park about 2.55am, with the boot of his white Commodore open.

He drove the car towards the exit, turned his car lights off and ‘‘gunned it’’, Inspector Middlebrook said.

When the officers returned to the car park they found a car parked next to the Commodore had had its front passenger window smashed and sound gear and a GPS were missing.

Co-workers’ cars targeted

Woolworths employees in Norwest Business Park got a rude shock when they checked on their cars on Friday.

Police say one employee found the front passenger window of their car smashed when they checked on it at 2.50am Friday.

Someone had rummaged through their glovebox but only two exhaust tips were stolen from the vehicle.

The car was parked on Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista, along with the employees’ co-worker’s car.

The co-worker later noticed their front passenger window had also been smashed. Nothing was stolen.

Police believe the incidents occurred between 12.30am and 3.30pm.

Window smashed

The front window of a house in Castle Hill was smashed on Sunday.

Police say a person sleeping in the house on Old Northern Road was woken by a loud bang about 3.40am.

When they looked around they discovered a window panel near the door at the front of the house was broken.

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