'Selfish': Flood-hit community falls victim to disgraceful act

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A local pub at the heart of a community badly affected by the worst flooding in Sydney for 60 years has been targeted by an armed thief overnight.

Police were called to the venue in South Windsor at 1.40am Friday morning to reports of a man armed with a machete.

He is alleged to have stolen cash and fled the scene on foot before leaving the area on a motorcycle.

The Bligh Park Hotel confirmed to Yahoo News Australia it was the premises targeted however declined to comment further.

The Bligh Park Hotel was targeted by an armed male overnight. Source: Google Maps
The Bligh Park Hotel was targeted by an armed male overnight. Source: Google Maps

Two staff members, a 36-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were threatened in the incident however were not injured.

Extensive searches in the area, including by helicopter, could not find trace of the suspect.

The man is described as being aged between 40 and 50, with light coloured hair, wearing a dark coloured jumper, grey track pants and black gloves. He was carrying a black backpack.

As investigations continue, police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident, or dashcam footage from the area, to come forward.

A woman on Facebook described the act as "selfish".

"As if shopkeepers and other homeowners aren’t suffering enough from the floods," she said. 

South Windsor was subject to severe flooding earlier in the week. Source: Getty
South Windsor was subject to severe flooding earlier in the week. Source: Getty

Community hit by severe floods

The Windsor area has been brought to its knees by the recent torrential rain to hit large parts of NSW.

The Hawkesbury river burst its banks, submerging the town's newly installed Windsor Bridge which was touted as being able to withstand floods.

Thousands of homeowners were forced to evacuate in the Hawkesbury region, and while the extent of the damage has yet to be confirmed, many homes in the Windsor area were breached by floodwaters.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has predicted a difficult recovery that could take months.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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