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Police dismiss crime wave talk


Tasmania Police denies we're experiencing a crime spree, following incidents which marred the weekend in northern Tasmania. 

A 40-year-old man is due in court on Monday morning on wounding, firearms and drugs charges. 

He allegedly shot a Karoola man in what's believed to be a family dispute at a property on Lilydale Road at Underwood on Saturday night.

The alleged victim ended up needing surgery for a non-lethal arm wound and is recovering in the Launceston General Hospital. 

In a separate incident, a pregnant woman was allegedly assault at Riverside's Tailrace Park; a 36-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with assault. 

She's out on bail ahead of an April 1 court date. 

Northern Commander Brett Smith has told Aaron Stevens on Tasmania Talks the overall number of cases isn't out of the ordinary. 

"Our year-to-date is pretty much on par; what we're seeing at the moment, we're seeing that average compressed into the last six weeks, which could give the appearance that we're having a crime wave," he said.