Hills police briefs

$1.4 million cannabis bust

Police seized 404 cannabis plants worth about $1.4 million at a Glenhaven house on Wednesday.

A hydroponic set-up was found. Police also found fertilisers, heating lamps and an extensive electrical system.

Police charged a 30-year-old Pennant Hills man with cultivating cannabis. He appears in Parramatta Local Court on May 22.

Police said  there was no evidence the house was used for anything other than growing cannabis.

The Hills police commander Robert Critchlow said such operations were easier when members of the public came forward. ‘‘The community plays a large role in the detection of these hydroponic crops by reporting suspicious behaviour, smells and objects, and we commend such involvement,’’ Superintendent Critchlow said.

Police said inquiries were continuing.  Anyone with any information should contact The Hills detectives on 9680 5399.

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Fight at Castle Hill Tavern

A fight at Castle Hill Tavern on Friday left a man with facial injuries and resulted in two other men also being assaulted.

Police said  a group of five males, aged 16 to 18, were denied entry to the premises for  poor behaviour. The fight then erupted and other patrons became involved.

A man, 28, from West Pennant Hills was taken to hospital with facial fractures and other abrasions. A security guard, 26, and a Castle Hill man, 26, were also assaulted.

Police are examining security footage of the incident and said arrests may follow.

High speeds through North Rocks and Oatlands

Police pursued a truck laden with stolen copper pipes, worth about $14,000, at high speeds through North Rocks and Oatlands early this morning (Monday).

The robbery, from a plumbing warehouse in Loyalty Road, North Rocks, took place at about 3am.

During the chase, speeds reached 120km/h.

Police  said some of the copper pipes fell off the truck.

The chase ended in Pennant Hills Road where police lost sight of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information should contact detectives at The Hills on 9680 5399.

Man pinned under ute

A man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries on Saturday after being trapped under a ute in Edgeworth Drive, Bella Vista.

The man, 22, of Kurrajong, had used the ute to jump-charge his truck.

He noticed the ute’s tyres had to be changed and crawled under the back of the vehicle to remove them. But the truck rolled forward, trapping the man underneath.

Passers-by lifted the ute off him.

An ambulance took him to Westmead Hospital where he was treated for numerous injuries. His condition was described as stable.

Robber pursued

A Bing Lee employee at Rouse Hill Shopping Centre was hurt when he tried to stop a man who had robbed the store last Tuesday.

A man entered the store about 5.25pm and allegedly took equipment worth about $1200. The employee, a Blacktown man, 47, chased him to a car.

As the car drove off it struck the man, who was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury.

The alleged thief was described as Caucasian, about 20, wearing a yellow shirt.

Anyone with any information should contact The Hills police on 9680 5399.

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