Former Darling Downs police officer Ben Dyball arrested and charged with drugs, weapon and stealing offences.
Former Darling Downs police officer Ben Dyball arrested and charged with drugs, weapon and stealing offences. Contributed

Former Darling Downs cop arrested at city's courthouse

UPDATE: A former Darling Downs police officer will face court next month on a range of charges, including drugs offences, after he was arrested in Toowoomba this week.

Plain-clothed detectives arrested former senior constable Ben Dyball outside the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon on a number of outstanding warrants.

The 48-year-old is believed to have been attending a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing at the courthouse.

A police media spokesman told The Chronicle the QCAT hearing was not related to the warrants on which Mr Dyball was arrested.

The former officer was surrounded by a throng of plain-clothed detectives seen walking into the Toowoomba police station shortly after he was arrested at the courthouse.

He was formally charged with a number of offences including an offence under the Telecommunications Act regarding the use of a carriage service, possessing drugs, possessing restricted items under the Weapons Act, and stealing.

Mr Dyball was bailed to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on June 29.

Mr Dyball was stationed on the Southern Downs in the mid-2000s and was stationed at Warwick and Stanthorpe.

It is understood he held various roles within the police force including serving in the Warwick Traffic Branch during that time.

EARLIER: A former Darling Downs police officer has been arrested and charged with a number of offences following an appearance in Toowoomba yesterday.

The unnamed officer, believed to have served on the Southern Downs, is facing a raft of charges after he was arrested in Toowoomba yesterday.

Police Media confirmed a 48-year-old Warwick man was arrested outside the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon.

A former Darling Downs police officer arrested outside court following QCAT hearing in Toowoomba.
A former Darling Downs police officer arrested outside court following QCAT hearing in Toowoomba. Isobel Roe/ABC South Qld

The man is understood to have been at the courthouse in relation to a QCAT hearing when he was arrested on other outstanding charges unrelated to the court proceedings.

A police spokesman said the man was arrested and charged with an offence under the Telecommunications Act regarding the use of a carriage service, possessing drugs, possessing restricted items under the Weapons Act, and stealing.

He was granted bail this morning to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on June 26.

The officer was arrested and taken into custody following a closed QCAT hearing in Toowoomba.



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