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Cheryl Grimmer arrest


Cheryl Grimmer with her father Vince.

POLICE have made a major breakthrough in one of the state’s longest mysteries – the abduction and murder of toddler, Cheryl Grimmer, at Fairy Meadow Beach, 47 years ago.

Strike Force Wessel investigators travelled to Frankston in Melbourne and yesterday arrested a 63-year-old man over the three-year-old’s abduction in January, 1970.

The child was visiting the beach with her parents and three older brothers when she was kidnapped.

Wollongong police, working with the State Crime Command’s Unsolved Homicide Team, re-examined the case late last year, focussing on witness accounts and the evidence gathered in and around the local surf club almost 50 years ago.

Around 1pm yesterday (Wednesday March 22), Strike Force officers, acting on fresh information, took the suspect into custody, with the assistance of Victoria Police. He faced Frankston Magistrates Court where police successfully sought his extradition to New South Wales.

The man is being taken to Wollongong Police Station and will be formally charged later today with murder and detain for advantage (abduction). He is expected to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Friday March 24.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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