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Gordon woman passes out drunk behind the wheel

By 4 December, 2013

A 38-year-old Gordon woman has attempted to drive home from a Christmas party more than four times over the legal limit.
Around 11.30pm last night (Tuesday, 3 December), police were conducting mobile patrols in Phillip when they observed a vehicle stopped in the bus stop and obstructing a lane on Melrose Drive Phillip between Theodore and [...]

Gay Marriage decision reserved to 12 December

By 3 December, 2013

World+Dog is tweeting that we find out next week what the High Court thinks of the ACT’s gay marriage efforts:
The High Court has reserved its decision on the Federal Govt's challenge of our same sex marriage bill until next week
— PRIME7 Canberra News (@PRIME7CanNews) December 3, 2013

Access to justice? Simon’s got a website for that

By 2 December, 2013

It should come as no surprise that, in a body politic in which lawyers largely write the laws, access to justice is for the best part a pastime of the wealthy.
So it has come to pass that Simon Corbell has for us a handy figleaf for this raging erection of injustice:
Canberrans will have easier access [...]

Recognise this alleged bus driver beater?

By 2 December, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after an ACTION bus driver was assaulted last month (November) in Griffith.
Around 10pm on Wednesday, 13 November an ACTION bus driver was assaulted by a man as he boarded the bus on Captain Cook Crescent.
As a result of the assault, the bus driver sustained a broken nose.
The man can be [...]

Stolen motorbike from Bruce

By 2 December, 2013

Hi Riot ACT family,
would you be so kind as to keep an eye out for my bike and all the bits that go along with it. Stolen last night from a “secure” underground carpark in Bruce. Despite using a locksmith quality chain and lock wrapped around frame and rear wheel and locking the bike in [...]

It’s not really drink spiking if you just stuff it in her mouth

By 2 December, 2013

A 19-year-old Queanbeyan man is today facing drug charges after he was arrested after an incident in a Canberra night club yesterday morning (December 1).
Around 3.30am yesterday police attended a City night club in response to a call from security.
The man allegedly had been speaking to a woman he knew and forced a capsule believed [...]

Melba servo knocked over

By 2 December, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven Service Station in Melba last night (Sunday, December 1).
Around 9.30pm, a man entered the service station on Chinner Street, armed with a knife and threatened an employee making demands for cash and cigarettes.
The employee complied with the demands, handing over a sum of [...]

The Marist riot

By 1 December, 2013

ACT Policing were required to respond to numerous incidents of disorderly behaviour and traffic hazards by graduating students from Marist College in Civic early this morning (Sunday, 1 December).
Around 2am police received reports of over 120 students congregated in the Pitts car park, Civic prior to commencing a walk southbound along the Commonwealth Avenue finishing [...]

Yes, synthetic drugs are illegal too

By 29 November, 2013

From ACT Polciing:
ACT Policing is partnering with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) to remind business owners that it is an offence to sell or import synthetic drugs, despite myths that they are a legal way to get high.
ACT Policing works with ACBPS and other Australian law enforcement agencies to combat the importation [...]

Alleged drug importer nabbed

By 29 November, 2013

From ACT Policing:
ACT Policing has apprehended a 40-year-old man in Mawson this morning following the importation of drugs into Australia, destined for the ACT (Friday, November 29).
Detectives from the Drug and Organised Crime team will allege the man, who is a Chinese national took possession of the imported goods containing approximately 360 grams of a [...]

Restrictions on sexual assault reporting removed

By 29 November, 2013

Statutory limitations have been removed so that victims of sexual assaults that occurred before 1985 can now seek justice for for offences, announced Simon Corbell today.
Victims of sexual assault can now seek justice for offences that occurred before 1985 with the removal of outdated and unjust legal barriers to prosecuting certain offences, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell [...]

Officers enjoyed their Twitter forum

By 28 November, 2013

On Tuesday evening Officer Rudi Lammers and Deputy Chief Police Officer David Pryce engaged the community over twitter for the first time, answering questions and addressing concerns by the public.
Apparently it was a huge success.
Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers said that the forum achieved everything that ACT Policing expected in relation to interacting with the [...]

Alcohol and drug roadside testing laws strengthened

By 28 November, 2013

Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]

Guns, drugs, busted in Braddon

By 28 November, 2013

ACT Policing detectives have seized a home-made firearm and a quantity of drugs during a search warrant in Braddon yesterday (Wednesday, 27 November).
Detectives executed the search warrant on the home yesterday afternoon locating a home-made firearm similar to a shotgun, two replica handguns and ammunition, along with a quantity of cannabis and small amount of [...]

Simon wants fewer coronial investigations

By 27 November, 2013

Simon Corbell is waving the flag for amendments to the Coroners Act so that we spend less money on suicides:
“A recent ACT Court Review of Coronial and Post Mortem Process and Practice found that more than 16% of ACT registered deaths underwent coronial investigation in 2011 – the second highest coronial death investigation rate in [...]

Burglary and motor vehicle theft rates dropping

By 26 November, 2013

Good news everybody!
Simon Corbell announced today that the the ACT Property Crime Reduction Strategy 2012-15 is doing it’s job and rates for both burglary crime and motor vehicle theft have significantly dropped during the strategy’s first year.
“This whole of government strategy has set two key targets – reduce burglary crime by a further 10% and [...]

The firearms haul

By 25 November, 2013

At almost the halfway point of its campaign to remove illicit guns from the community, ACT Policing has added 10 illegal firearms to its armoury and executed several associated warrants, with thousands of rounds and ammunition seized.
Since the campaign commenced six weeks ago, ACT Policing has executed 10 search warrants in relation to illicit firearms [...]

Gungahlin goes wild

By 25 November, 2013

ACT Policing took three men into custody for breaches of the peace after a disturbance in residential Gungahlin in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, November 24).
After reports of a disturbance were received at an address in Gungahlin where a large group of people were gathering in the street outside, police attended to find [...]

Teenager coming back from Wagga for Griffith housebreak

By 25 November, 2013

A 19-year-old man was extradited from NSW over the weekend by members of ACT Policing Criminal Investigations for offences from 2010.
On the night of January 12, 2010, police will allege the teenager committed an aggravated burglary in Griffith (ACT) in which a woman was assaulted and her handbag stolen.
The 64-year-old woman was in bed inside [...]

Tweet to the top. The Chief Police Officer out for a Twitter frolic

By 24 November, 2013

An intriguing tweet just in from ACT Policing indicating Canberra’s top police will be boosting their klout scores as the great unwashed get a chance to be directed to a series of tangentially relevant fact sheets (if previous such exercises are any guide):
Tweet to the top: @CPOACT will be joined by DCPO Quade & myself [...]

Palmerston bust

By 23 November, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 31-year-old man and 42-year-old woman, after executing a search warrant on a residence in Palmerston early yesterday morning (Friday, 22 November).
Gungahlin patrol members executed the Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant on the home around 4.45am locating a quantity of drugs suspected to be heroin.
A quantity of drug paraphernalia was [...]

Replica guns and drugs in Melba

By 22 November, 2013

ACT Policing detectives have seized replica firearms, a quantity of drugs and a sum of cash during a search warrant in Melba yesterday (Thursday, 21 November).
Detectives executed the Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant on the home around 5.30am locating a quantity of cannabis and small amount of crystal substance suspected to be methylamphetamine.
During this [...]

White Ribbon Day

By 22 November, 2013

ACT Policing, in partnership with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA), will be showing its support for White Ribbon Day through a joint ‘Men in Uniform’ campaign this Saturday (November 23).
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers — a White Ribbon Day Ambassador — said that supporting the efforts [...]

Why crime statistics are crap

By 22 November, 2013

The Guardian is having a look at squeals in the UK as police there admit you shouldn’t use crime statistics for anything.
Which makes one wonder about all of Simon Corbell’s grand claims based on our own police statistics.

Bobcat harvested from Collector

By 20 November, 2013

ACT Policing, with the support of NSW Police, have recovered a Bobcat and an Isuzu truck,
collectively valued at around $140,000, which had been stolen from Canberra on Monday night (November 18).
Police received a report that a Bobcat skid steer loader and an Isuzu truck had been stolen from a carpark in Mitchell between 5pm [...]

Police still want to speak to this bloke about Civic assaults

By 19 November, 2013

Further to the media release below [linked], please see the following update from an ACT Policing spokesperson.
ACT Policing would like to thank the community for their assistance in this matter. Three males have made themselves known to police and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.
One male (pictured below) is yet to be identified. [...]

Eastman mess highlighting the farce of the ACT Judicial System

By 19 November, 2013

The Canberra Times has the make you cry news that the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, having failed to apply within time, is seeking an extension so they can kibosh the inquiry into the Eastman conviction for the murder of Colin Winchester.
It gets better though because the Full Bench of the Supreme Court needs to [...]

Another victim of Belconnen’s mean streets

By 19 November, 2013

ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred in Belconnen last night (Monday, November 18).
Around 10.10pm a man was walking along Hennessy Street when he was confronted by a man holding a knife.
The man threatened the victim with the knife and the victim dropped his backpack, causing his wallet to fall to the ground.
The [...]

Police want to speak to these lovely lads about a string of Civic assaults.

By 18 November, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking to identify four males in relation to a series of assaults which occurred in Civic last Thursday night (November 14).
Police believe the assaults started around 11.50pm at the intersection of West Row and London Circuit and continued onto the median strip of Northbourne Avenue between the Sydney and Melbourne buildings. Offenders [...]

Did you see the Petrie Plaza punchup?

By 18 November, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after an assault occurred in Petrie Plaza in the City in the early hours of Friday morning (15 November, 2013.
Around 3.30am, ACT Policing’s City Patrol responded to a report that a man was unconscious following an assault.
The man was with a friend when he approached a group of five males [...]

Another mugging on the mean streets of Belconnen

By 18 November, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an aggravated robbery in Belconnen last night (Sunday, November 17).
Around 11pm a man was walking along Hennessy Street when he was approached by three men.
One of the men stood in the victim’s path and asked him for a cigarette before taking his mobile phone. The men then surrounded the [...]

Ratbag nicks a bike at the skate park

By 17 November, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after a teenager was robbed of his bicycle yesterday (November 15) afternoon.
Around 4.15pm the 15-year-old male teenager lent his bicycle to a man while at the Yerrabi Ponds Skate Park in Gungahlin.
When the teenager requested the return of his bicycle, the man showed the teenager a knife which was [...]


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