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Newtown Local Area Command

Three Charged Following Theft Of Australian National Flag From Newtown RSL

Police have charged two women and a man after the theft of the Australian National Flag from the Newtown RSL sub-branch in Newtown overnight.

About 10 pm (Monday 25 January) the man allegedly scaled the steel fence of the RSL on Station Street and scaled a wall.

He then allegedly climbed onto a bin and onto the porch of the club’s hall and, using a pair of chicken shears, cut the ropes that attached the Australian National Flag that was flying from the pole.

One of the two women was allegedly assisting him by holding the ropes while the other woman kept a lookout.

The man then allegedly put the flag in his carry bag and the three left the scene on pushbikes.

A short time later Police spotted three persons riding pushbikes in nearby Holt Street.

Police allegedly spotted the man come to a stop and reach into the bag he was carrying and throw the Australian Flag onto a step.

Police searched the bag and allegedly found a pair of chicken shears.

Police arrested the three and took them back to Newtown Police Station for questioning.

A man and woman, both aged 27 and both from Darlington and a 27-year-old Waverley woman have been charged with theft.

All three were bailed and will appear before Newtown Local Court on February 16.

Police will return the flag to the RSL’s President today.

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