Topaz gems stolen from Qld Museum

Six valuable topaz gems have been stolen from a private museum in Mt Surprise, south-west of Cairns.

Police are investigating the disappearance of the gems, which include one known as 'Big Blue' that is valued at more than $35,000. 

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One of Adelaide’s richest men was victim of art and sports memorabilia robbery

Off The Record, The Advertiser - February 3, 2017 5:46am

ADELAIDE tycoon Robert Gerard has a warning for anyone offered any valuable-looking sport collectables in a pub this week.

“I certainly would not be buying any sporting memorabilia in any pubs for the next few days — it’s going to be hot,” Gerard says.

The Advertiser’s Off The Record column can exclusively reveal that Mr Gerard — one of Adelaide’s richest men, and a prominent Liberal Party donor — was robbed this week of about 65 items of sporting souvenirs and art. They were being stored in a warehouse in Cavan when they were looted.

SA Police this afternoon released details of the heist and resulting arrests, but did not disclose the victim was the former Clipsal magnate and prominent philanthropist.

Mr Gerard is well known for his love of sport. Over the years he has been a keen collector of all sorts of memorabilia from Commonwealth and Olympic Games, footy, basketball — you name it.

He has also been a significant backer of the Adelaide Crows, the planned South Australian Sports Museum and the push to bring the Commonwealth Games to Adelaide." width="316" height="421" class="m_-510059537899915717gmail-atom-imagecaption_img CToWUd a6T"/>Robert Gerard at the North Tce site of the upcoming South Australian Sports Museum. Picture: Calum Robertson" width="316" height="421" class="m_-510059537899915717gmail-atom-imagecaption_img CToWUd a6T"/>Sir Donald Bradman wields the willow in 1946. Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Police said they were called to a warehouse on Port Wakefield Rd, Cavan at 12.45pm on Tuesday in response to reports that the premises had been broken into and a significant amount of property had been stolen.

An investigation led police to a house in Taperoo that evening, where officers found evidence in relation to the thefts, including 65 items of art and sports memorabilia.

However, many valuable items were not recovered in the search, including a First Fleet Landing painting, three framed cricket bats signed by Sir Donald Bradman, four Clipsal race car front guards autographed by Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Wayne Gardner, along with Adelaide Crows numberplates (CROWSBB).

Chinese jade vases, a mosaic horse, a Formula One baseball cap signed by Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher and a set of Olympic lapel pins also remain missing.

A 46-year-old Ottoway man and a 51-year-old Taperoo woman have been arrested and charged with serious criminal trespass and theft over the incident.

They were bailed to appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court in March.

Anyone with information about the theft or the stolen items should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at

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Queensland’s largest-ever counter-terrorism training exercise underway

Queensland’s largest-ever counter-terrorism training exercise is underway in Brisbane.

Hundreds of police from across the state are today taking part in Exercise Jarvis, along with Queensland Rail (QR) as well as other emergency services, Queensland government departments and partner federal agencies.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Keating said the three-day exercise was designed to test the Service’s counter-terrorism capabilities and whole-of-government response arrangements.

“While we sincerely hope that we will never have to deal with a real terrorist incident here in Queensland – the QPS is leaving nothing to chance,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Keating said.

“The planning for Exercise Jarvis began many months ago with the development of a detailed scenario combining both a cyber and physical terrorist threat that would have an impact across various areas of government.

“Today we entered the deployment part of the exercise which focused on how emergency services and QR implemented their well-rehearsed plans to respond to a train derailment.

“Resources from across the QPS including general duties officers, detectives from the State Crime Command’s various groups, intelligence officers and a range of other specialist officers are taking part.”

Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said QR appreciated the opportunity to be involved in today’s phase of the exercise.

“While this exact scenario is fortunately extremely unlikely, the experience we’ve gained from Exercise Jarvis is invaluable when it comes to preparing for future emergency situations on the rail network,” Mr Easy said.

“It was great to work together with other agencies, to test our existing processes and to ensure a collaborative, coordinated response to any future incident.”

Acting Deputy Commissioner Keating said operational activity like Exercise Jarvis should reassure the public that the QPS had the safety of the whole community front and centre.

“We relish any opportunity to test and validate our counter-terrorism capabilities – particularly in preventing and resolving terrorism threats similar to events we have seen overseas in London and Paris in recent times.

“Days like today are also an opportunity to remind Queenslanders that while they should go about their daily lives as normal, it is still important to be vigilant and report anything suspicious that they see or hear.

“The Queensland Police Service is committed to the safety and security of the community – and Exercise Jarvis is just one way we are delivering on that commitment.”

The current National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia remains at probable.
If anyone has any knowledge of suspicious activity or sees anything of concern they can contact Triple Zero in an emergency, Policelink on 131444 for non-urgent matters or the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 for national security issues.

The Charity Commission has warned organisations such as museums to ...nsomware attack on the NHS and other global organisations.

The commission, which regulates charities in England and Wales, encouraged all charities to follow security advice recently issued by the City of London Police and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The recommendations include installing system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available, as well as using anti-virus software on all devices and keeping it updated. 

Charities are also advised to create regular backups of important files to a device that isn’t left connected to their network. 

So far there have been few high-profile cyber attacks on museums, although in 2014, a hacker stole the personal details of almost 8,000 visitors from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. And in 2016 a meeting of the Natural History Museum trustees’ audit and risk committee identified cyber security and cyber attacks as “a long term inherently high risk”.

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