While I do not have access to statistics on how Canberrans feel about the recently passed mandatory data retention laws, I can honestly say that I have spoken to no one who agrees with them.
The Australian Capital Territory’s Human Rights Act was the first charter of human rights enacted in Australia. After coming into force [...]
A number of years ago, the US gained some infamy by having over one million people in its jails. I heard, in about 2002 or 2003 or thereabouts, that American Correction Services (ACS), built a 600-bed prison in California and then offered it to the State government for use in its prison system. The Californians [...]
ACT Policing has charged a 20-year-old man of no fixed abode following investigations into the aggravated burglary of a Gungahlin jewellery store last month.
Around 5.10am on Tuesday March 31, ACT Policing responded to an incident in which a silver Subaru Impreza wagon was driven into the Gungahlin Village shopping complex, breaking through the doors from [...]
It may sound like a tall tale, but police are investigating the theft of Stretch, a six-foot fibreglass giraffe statue from Gungahlin over the long weekend.
The statue was stolen from Kinder Haven Childcare and Early Education Centre sometime between Thursday 2 April and Tuesday 7 April.
ACT Policing has described the missing statue as “a giraffe, [...]
ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision on Haydon Drive, in Bruce yesterday evening (Wednesday, April 8) in which a motorcyclist collided with an ACTION bus.
Police were called to the scene around 7.10pm.
The motorcyclist, aged in his 20s, was riding south on Haydon Drive when he collided with the side of an ACTION bus turning right [...]
ACT Policing is investigating a second aggravated burglary in which a stolen vehicle has been used to force entry inside a shopping centre, and also used to force entry to an arcade jewellery store.
Around 5.10am today (Tuesday, March 31), ACT Policing responded to an incident in which a silver Subaru Impreza wagon has been driven into the [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to five burglaries in Fyshwick on Friday morning (March 27), believed to be related.
Between 5.30am and 6am on Friday (March 27), an offender gained entry to five businesses in Fyshwick including:
Timmo’s Takeaway on Wiluna Street, where the offender damaged the front door and took cash.
Best Friends Pet Store on Barrier [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an aggravated burglary involving a stolen vehicle within the Kippax Fair shopping centre early this morning (Monday, 30 March).
Around 6.25am today, police attended the Kippax Fair shopping complex after reports that a vehicle had crashed through the front doors some 10-15 minutes earlier, causing significant damage.
The vehicle has then [...]
I have written many times on corrective services in relation to rehabilitative and restorative processes, and the lack of them, concerning offenders and victims.
Perhaps it is timely to revisit the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), which may have escaped public notice and attention and may give context to further conversations on the subject of how Canberra [...]
ACT Policing has seized nine registered firearms and tear gas during inspections and warrants across Canberra yesterday morning (Thursday, March 26).
About 7am, members of ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team conducted two inspections under the Firearms Act 1996 at residential properties in Kaleen and Evatt as well as executed two search warrants under section [...]
UPDATE: Dylan has been located safe and well.
ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 11-year-old boy from Amaroo.
Police are currently searching Amaroo and surrounding areas after an 11-year-old boy named Dylan was reported missing earlier this morning (Wednesday, March 25).
Dylan is described as Caucasian, thin build, dark hair and [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to two armed robberies that occurred last night (Monday, March 23) in Belconnen.
Around 9.45pm two males smashed the locked front glass door at Kingsley’s Chicken, Rae Street, and entered, armed with knives.
One male guarded three customers, who were still inside the restaurant, while the other entered the kitchen area, taking [...]
ACT Policing arrested two men last night (Sunday, March 22) in Harrison for aggravated burglary following a report of a disturbance.
About 8.10pm the two men, aged 18 and 23, are alleged to have entered a home in Harrison and confronted a resident regarding the ownership of a car. The males threatened the resident while demanding [...]
This is a facefit image of a person of interest in the investigation of two shooting incidents last month in Chisholm and Gordon.
Both shootings occurred during the early hours of Sunday, February 8. The first incident occurred around 1.45am when a resident in Nina Jones Crescent, Chisholm, heard a noise but did not go outside [...]
A 34-year-old Gordon man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, March 19) charged with murder.
The man has been charged with murdering his 28-year-old wife and the mother of three children. The victim’s body was found at a Knoke St, Gordon residence in the early hours of Tuesday, March 17.
Police will allege the man [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Latham yesterday (Tuesday, March 17).
About 4.30pm, a male entered the Handy Mart store, located at the Latham Shops on Dalley Crescent. The male was carrying a knife and demanded cash from a staff member.
The staff member complied with the man’s demands and the [...]
ACT Policing is treating the death of a woman in Gordon this morning (Tuesday, March 17) as a homicide.
Police were called to a residence on Knoke Ave in Gordon around 3.10am, responding to reports of a deceased woman at the location.
Upon attending, police found a female victim who had suffered critical injuries and was deceased.
A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy (pictured) was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes.
Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced [...]
ACT Policing is seeking information from the public after a vehicle fled from police during a routine traffic stop yesterday (Sunday, 15 March 2015).
Around 11:45am yesterday, police attempted to perform a traffic stop on a white Nissan Pulsar in Belconnen. The driver failed to stop for police, and a pursuit commenced.
The vehicle fled through the [...]
ACT Policing is responding to reports of the discharge of firearms in three incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 March).
About 9.50pm last night, police received reports of shots fired in Boustead Circuit, Kambah. Patrols responded and located damage, which appears to be from a gunshot, to a front window of a home. No one was home [...]
ACT Policing has taken a 45-year-old Symonston man into custody following a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday (Tuesday, March 10).
About 3pm today (Wednesday, March 11), investigations led police to an address in O’Connor and the man came into police custody without incident. He was taken to the ACT Watch House and is [...]
ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday evening (Tuesday 10 March).Police were called to a home in Wanniassa for a check welfare around 7pm. Responding patrols arrived about 7.05pm and upon forcing entry to the home located a deceased 61-year-old man within the residence.A 68-year-old invalid woman was located in a bedroom [...]
ACT Policing is investigating two vehicle fires in Watson from Thursday 5 March.
About 12.15am, police were called to Higinbotham Street after receiving reports of two vehicles on fire at the location.
When police arrived, three fire trucks were at the scene and a large crowd had gathered with many reporting they heard an explosion.
ACT Fire and [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to multiple incidents of vehicle damage that occurred in Bruce over the weekend.
Police responded to numerous complaints of damage to vehicles parked in and around unit complexes in Thynne Street and Lampard Circuit.
Multiple cars were broken into with a number of items stolen including wallets, cash, credit cards, an [...]
In Australia we have a complex attitude towards the rehabilitation of offenders in our judicial system. We have many in our society who believe in an eye for an eye and hard-line punishment as a means of preventing recidivism.
Few will come out and support good rehabilitative programs. Rather than believing that some offenders can change their aberrant behaviour, [...]
ACT Policing has charged a 30-year-old NSW man with assault following an incident in Hackett on Saturday afternoon (March 7) in which a 30-year-old man suffered serious head injuries.
Around 5pm, police responded to reports of a disturbance in Hackett. Upon attending they found a man lying unconscious on the ground with head injuries.
Witness reports suggest [...]
ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations [...]
ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old man with murder following an incident in Calwell yesterday afternoon (Saturday, February 28) in which a 28-year-old woman was killed.
Police were called to the Duggan St apartment block around 4.40pm, responding to reports of a disturbance at the location.
Upon attending, police found forced entry to the apartment, and the [...]
ACT Policing has apprehended a 17-year-old male from Canberra’s south following an aggravated robbery in Gowrie yesterday (26 February).
About 11:10am, a male walking along the underpass near Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive, Gowrie, was approached by two males. One male was carrying a baseball bat in a backpack and made demands for the victim’s mobile [...]
I am outraged by the results of one of our most recent animal cruelty cases. As published in The Canberra Times today, Lyons resident Domaneco Zizi escaped conviction after attacking a possum with a pole and eventually killing it.
In this case, our RSPCA ACT inspectors received actual video footage of the attack.
Furthermore, although we were unable [...]
A man has been conveyed to The Canberra Hospital after sustaining serious injuries as a result of a single vehicle collision last Friday (February 20) night.
Around 11:45pm, a 29-year-old NSW man was travelling north on Coulter Drive, Evatt in a Ford Falcon station wagon
At the intersection with Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive the driver [...]