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Police seek assistance to locate missing woman

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 50-year-old woman, who has not been seen since Friday (October 10).
The woman, Margaret Cooper, left home at 6pm on October 10 and attended the Tradies Club in Dickson.
Around 9pm Margaret returned home in a cab and informed her daughter that she was heading [...]

Witnesses sought to disturbance outside Canberra Hospital

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a disturbance that occurred outside the Canberra Hospital this morning (Monday, 20 October).
About 11.15am, police responded to reports of around six people fighting outside the emergency department of Canberra Hospital.
As a result two males were taken into custody with investigations into the incident ongoing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the [...]

Police investigating body in creek

By 19 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is responding to a report of a body in a creek in Symonston.
About 2.15pm today (Sunday, October 19) four men who were fishing located what appears to be a body.
Police were called and are currently at the scene at Jerrabomberra Creek.
Enquiries are continuing.
(ACT Policing Media Release)
UPDATE 6.32pm – Body identified; not human remains. [...]

Woman charged over death in Dunlop

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 23-year-old woman has been arrested over the death of her mother in Dunlop last night (Friday, October 17).
About 5:40pm police received a call to attend a home in Dexion Place, Dunlop. On arrival, a 56-year-old woman was found deceased and a crime scene was established.
The 23-year-old has been charged with Murder and will face [...]

Man arrested on stalking and indecency charge

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 35-year-old Chisholm man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday, October 18) charged with stalking and act of indecency.
Police will allege the man committed an indecent act on a 23-year-old woman as she walked to her car on Thursday night (October 16) in Chisholm.
About 11pm the woman left the Vikings Club and [...]

Police investigate suspicious death in Dunlop

By 17 October 2014
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ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious death in Dunlop which occurred earlier today (Friday, October 17).
About 5:40pm police received a call to attend a home in Dexion Place, Dunlop. On arrival, a 56-year-old woman was found deceased and a crime scene was established.
ACT Ambulance Service also attended the scene. Forensic Services are conducting an examination. [...]

Why we shouldn’t wait on medicinal cannabis

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Rioters have undoubtedly noticed that the issue of the medicinal use of cannabis is getting a lot of attention right now. It seems a lot people support it – patients, carers, a range of medical professionals, broadcaster Alan Jones, and even the Prime Minister. Despite this, the laws have not changed, and some are arguing [...]

Witnesses sought after school and community centre vandalised

By 9 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking assistance from the public in helping to identify a group of youths who extensively vandalised three premises last Saturday (October 4) in Chapman and Rivett, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Around 11.15pm on Saturday (October 4), police attended Chapman Primary School in response to an alarm activation. The school [...]

Dangerous drivers targeted over holiday period

By 8 October 2014

ACT Policing issued over 214 Traffic Infringement Notices and 98 Cautions while targeting dangerous drivers over the Community Day and Labour Day long weekends.
This targeting was part of a joint ACT Policing and NSW Police operation over both long weekends, which often see a large number of motorists travelling interstate. Double demerits were in effect [...]

Witnesses sought; Latham robbery

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Latham Handy Mart yesterday afternoon (Monday, October 6).
About 4pm, a male walked into the Latham Handy Mart on Dalley Crescent, Latham, approached the shop assistant, produced a knife and demanded cash.
The shop assistant complied and placed a sum of cash in a green shopping [...]

Witnesses sought to assault

By 6 October 2014
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ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to an assault that is likely to have occurred in Gordon in the early hours of this morning (Monday 6 October).
About 4.30am ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service responded to a call about an injured male unconscious on the side of the road in Knoke Avenue, Gordon.
The male was [...]

Three arrested in Spence incident

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Three people, two men and a woman, were apprehended late this morning following an incident in Spence (Friday, October 3).
Around 6am Criminal Investigations detectives attended a unit to execute a search warrant. Entry was refused and negotiations commenced.
Specialist Response Group (SRG) Negotiators attended along with other SRG members.
About 10am, SRG entered the unit and located [...]

ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

Tasers – alternative to death by cop

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I was in the Assembly, as a minister for these sorts of things, I wanted to do a trial to see if TASERs were an effective alternative to firearms.
The Liberal Opposition was vehemently opposed to the whole idea saying that the TASERs would kill more people from heart attacks than the conventional weapons carried [...]

Police seek witnesses from city brawl

By 30 September 2014
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21.
About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been thrown.
On [...]

Witnesses sought to suspicious fires

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to six separate fires which occurred last night and early this morning (Tuesday, September 30).
Overnight, police were notified of a number of trees and wheelie bins on fire in Richardson, Calwell and Theodore.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires.
A midnight purple coloured Holden Commodore sedan was observed in [...]

Drink driver caught after collision with fence

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has charged a 28-year-old Charnwood man with drink driving and reckless driving offences after a collision in Macgregor on Saturday morning (September 27).
About 4.50am, Belconnen Patrol members attended a residence in Marcus Faunce Street, Macgregor, following a report of a male trespassing at that property. On arrival, police saw a white Toyota Camry [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said with large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Man to be charged; use carrier service to harass/offend

By 23 September 2014

A 22-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (23 September) regarding a series of offences involving stalking and the use of a carrier service to harass and offend.
Through investigating this incident, ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT) has become aware that there may be further unknown victims deceived through [...]

Elderly man attacked in Pearce

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating an attack on an elderly man in Pearce last night (22 September).
About 10.30pm, an 82-year-old man heard noises outside his home on Pethebridge Street, Pearce and went to investigate.
An altercation took place with a 21-year old man and as a result, the elderly man sustained serious head and facial injuries and [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Belconnen

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision off Kirinari Street, Belconnen today (Saturday, 20 September).
About 10am this morning, security at the University of Canberra discovered a car that had crashed into a building on campus. It appears the collision occurred sometime overnight.
A young man believed to be in his 20′s was the single occupant [...]

Man charged after disturbance at Majura

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing arrested a man after causing a disturbance at Brindabella Business Park yesterday afternoon (Friday, 19 September).
About 2.55pm, a 43-year-old Farrer man was driving a red coloured Nissan Navarra northbound along Brindabella Circuit when he proceeded through a roundabout adjacent to the car park of a building in Brindabella Park.
The man lost control of [...]

Police respond to mental health incident

By 19 September 2014

ACT Policing has responded to an incident that occurred at Brindabella Park this afternoon (Friday, 19 September 2014).
Around 3pm this afternoon, ACT Policing responded to a report that a man, armed with an axe and molotov cocktail had driven his vehicle into bollards at a building at Brindabella Park.
The man was arrested at the [...]

Police seize six cannabis plants in Stirling

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized six cannabis plants following the execution of a warrant on a home in Stirling today (Friday September 19).
About 9.10am, police executed a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant on the home and located a hydroponic setup and six cannabis plants worth an estimated $30,000.
The plants were seized along with the [...]

Phone imagery leads to blackmail charge

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will summons a 22-year-old Fadden man to Court next month on blackmail charges after it was alleged he threatened to disseminate explicit images of a woman unless he received sexual favours.
The 18-year-old victim uploaded images of herself to a private online dating site and allowed the alleged offender to view them.
After viewing the [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Complaint against officer substantiated, investigation complete

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

AFP Professional Standards (PRS) has completed an investigation into a complaint that an ACT Policing officer deployed Oleoresin Spray (OC) towards a tethered dog in a backyard during the course of a search warrant in May this year.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers said that the complaint was the subject of an extensive [...]

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

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