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Police Wrap – 27 June

By 27 June, 2009

1. Saturday night for fighting:
ACT Policing is investigating the assault of an 18-year-old man outside the ICBM and Meche nightclubs on Northbourne Avenue around 1am on Sunday (June 21).
Police are seeking assistance from the public to identify the suspect (pictured) who is described by a witness as male, being of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean [...]

Rebecca Anne Massey makes bail

By 26 June, 2009

The ABC brings word that the accused Charnwood stabber, Rebecca Anne Massey has been granted bail in the ACT Supreme Court by Justice Hilary Penfold after 11 months in custody on remand. (For those who came in late Rebecca is accused of the stabbing murder of Elizabeth Anne Booshand at Charnwood shops last July.)
She said [...]

Less sexual assault and burglary, more assault

By 25 June, 2009

Simon Corbell has announced the tabling of the March 2009 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile.
“I am very encouraged to see the reduction in the number of criminal cases in several of the major crime categories,” Mr Corbell said.
“The most notable of these was a 22% decrease in sexual offences recorded in the 12 months to March [...]

Stupid, stupid, stupid local facebook group – “drink driving should be a sport”

By 25 June, 2009

[First filed: June 24, 2009 @ 10:36]

Local youth are at it again with ill-advised ventures onto Facebook.
The latest corker being “drink driving should be a sport” set up by one Brendon Cooper.
Looking for 100 cars for a “drink driving marathon” Brendon advises on the event’s wall what the plan is:
the idea is to get the [...]

High Court upholds the ACT Sentence Administration Board

By 24 June, 2009

The ABC has the happy news that Justice Dyson Heydon of the High Court has turned down Mitchell Jacka’s efforts to prove the Sentence Administration Board is not able to turn periodic detention into regular detention following of breaches of orders.
His lawyers argue the Board does not have the power to interfere with judicial [...]

Police Wrap – 24 June

By 24 June, 2009

1. Mawson collision explained:
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating a three vehicle collision which has resulted in a 24-year-old man being arrested.
A mobile Traffic Operations Officer was on patrol in the Mawson area around 2.20pm today (June 23) when he recorded a Suzuki Swift allegedly traveling over 140km/h in the 60km/h [...]

Speeding fines – a sorry tale of administration

By 24 June, 2009

Some RiotACTers may remember my post last year about my wife getting a speeding fine from the Monara Highway camera near the Rose Cottage roundabout. This was for doing 101kmh. We thought it was just wrong – she never drives that fast. We decided to pay it and move on (as most people do).
Last [...]

Police Wrap – 23 June

By 23 June, 2009

1. Wanniassa rollover:
ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision on McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa around 10.15pm, June 22, 2009
The driver of the blue Mitsubishi Lancer appears to have lost control of the vehicle, colliding with coppers logs and a tree near the intersection of McBryde Crescent and Laurens Street, causing the vehicle to [...]

Majura roo cull back on

By 22 June, 2009

The ABC reports that the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal has had a chance to gather its thoughts and has dismissed Animal Liberation’s challenge to the roo cull at Defence’s Majura site.

Today the tribunal ruled that the Government’s original decision [to authorise the cull] should be confirmed because there is compelling evidence that the kangaroos [...]

Police Wrap – 21 June

By 21 June, 2009

1. Bad weekend for schools:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a property damage incident at the Lyneham High School and Primary School overnight in which vandals spray-painted a number of crude and offensive drawings and messages on the walls of the school buildings.
The defacing of the property, which is mostly on the walls facing [...]

Sharon Mortlock goes down for 9 months of periodic detention

By 20 June, 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that the Sharon Mortlock case has reached a conclusion.
(For those who came in late, on August 22 last year the 41 year old Eden woman was having a long and complicated drunken argument as part of her long and complicated relationship with Luke Stefani which ended when his attempts to [...]

Police Wrap – 19 June

By 19 June, 2009

1. 10% of cars defective?
ACT Policing has issued 427 Traffic Infringement Notices in past three days during traffic targeting operations in specific locations around Canberra.
Police and ACT RTA motor vehicle inspectors today (Thursday, June 18) continued targeting locations which have been the subject of complaint or previous police attention. The total number of TINs issued [...]

Karabar High School beatings

By 19 June, 2009

The Canberra Times has a story on beatings in Queanbeyan yesterday:
Two teenagers are believed to have been targeted by a pack of up to 10 youths in a series of premeditated attacks across Queanbeyan.
It is believed some of those attackers have taken photos and video footage of the incidents on their mobile phones.
On Monday [...]

Robbery at the Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar

By 19 June, 2009

The Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar was held up tonight at approx 9.45pm.
The robber reportedly had a gun or knife and made off with a large amount of money.
My family and I were at the club at the time, however we didnt even know it had happened until the police arrived. [...]

Police Wrap – 18 June

By 18 June, 2009

1. When you really, really, need a smoke:
ACT Policing is searching for a man following an aggravated robbery at the rear of a take-away shop in Macquarie yesterday afternoon (June 17).
Police received reports of an incident on Lawry Street just after 3.00pm in which a man threatened another with violence and demanded a cigarette. The [...]

Police Wrap – 17 June

By 17 June, 2009

1. To catch a thief in Red Hill:
ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old man after a report was received by police of a burglary at a Red Hill residential address around 9.09am today (June 17).
The victim returned home around 9am to find an unknown male in his house. The surprised home owner chased the alleged [...]

The Australian Institute of Criminology wants you

By 17 June, 2009

[First filed: April 30, 2009 @ 15:06]
The AIC has launched a survey to find out how victims of Crime in Canberra feel about their experience:
We are seeking ACT residents who have been a victim of crime in the past two years to participate in an online survey examining the referral process for victims of crime.
The [...]

Police Wrap – 16 June

By 16 June, 2009

A couple of old ones have finally turned up:
1. Monash man chased down in Mitchell:
ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 27-year-old Monash man with seven traffic-related offences following a vehicle pursuit and a foot chase in Mitchell last night (Thursday, June 11).
Around 9.45pm yesterday, a police vehicle on patrol in Mitchell activated emergency lights [...]

Where better than a prison to build a trap? What better things to build?

By 16 June, 2009

John Hargreaves has proudly announced that he’s setting the residents of the Hume Hilton to work building Indian Myna bird traps for the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG).
In the way of Government this move apparently comes after the battle is over:
“When CIMAG originally formed in 2006, the Indian Myna was the third most abundant [...]

Police Wrap – 15 June

By 15 June, 2009

1. Kambah Caltex rolled:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery of a service station in Kambah June 14, 2009 .
About 2.05am, a female offender entered the Caltex service station on O’Halloran Circuit, handed a staff member a note demanding money before threatening him with two knives. She was seen to flee the [...]

Police Wrap – 13 June

By 13 June, 2009

1. The amazing efficacy of saying “give me the gun”:
ACT Policing is investigating an incident which occurred June 12 at the intersection of Lawrence Wackett Circuit and Tharwa Drive, Theodore.
A white Holden Commodore sedan collided with the rear of a white utility about 5.50pm. Two males exited the rear passenger seats of the sedan, [...]

What to do with a Diplomat who goes on a demolition Derby in Woden?

By 13 June, 2009

This afternoon at the Hellenic Club in Woden, a car decided that it would be fun to shunt other cars in the carpark and drive off.  Unfortunatly he was apprehended by two public servants who managed to get his details before he fled the scene and in the process hit another car. 
When this gentlemen was [...]

Police Wrap – 12 June

By 12 June, 2009

1. Liquor store standover arrest:
ACT Policing yesterday (June 11) arrested a young male person after a search warrant executed on a North Canberra residence yesterday.
Detectives from the Belconnen team of the Territory Investigations Group had been investigating an incident at the Woolworths Liquor Store on Saturday, May 16, in which a group of three males [...]

Four times in three weeks; WTF?

By 12 June, 2009

I have been randomly breath tested four (yes, four) times in the past three weeks.
While this in itself does not warrant comment, the fact that I had never once been RBT’d in the previous five years of living in Canberra makes this sudden flurry of breath testing quite interesting.
The other intriguing aspect is that three [...]

Canberra enters the Sub-Continental students debacle

By 12 June, 2009

I have no idea if Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne are being targeted for their ethnicity, or just caught up in general breakdown of law and order.
But it’s not much fun to see Canberra now vying for space in the worldwide reporting of the issue.
The Hindu is one of many reporting on an attack [...]

Clea Rose Killer on the Run

By 11 June, 2009

The Canberra times is reporting that one of our finest young reprobates is on the run after absconding from his fathers house whilst on Humanitarian Leave.
From the Times:
The youth who hit and killed pedestrian Clea Rose in Civic four years ago while driving a stolen car is once again on the run from the law [...]

Police Wrap – 10 June

By 10 June, 2009

1. Northbourne death:
ACT Policing is investigating a collision in Braddon today (June 9) which resulted in the death of a male.
About 6pm police attended Northbourne Avenue, Braddon in response to reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.
The male was deceased on police arrival, he is yet to be to be [...]

Police Wrap – 9 June

By 9 June, 2009

1. Braddon robberies:
ACT Policing is investigating two inner-city robberies that occurred this afternoon.
About 4.30pm a man entered the Civic Video store on Lonsdale Street in Braddon and demanded money, threatening staff with a knife before making off in a white utility. An amount of cash was handed over.
He is described as 50-60 years [...]


By 9 June, 2009

Anyone had any unnecessary and full on encounters with police lately?
Is it just me or are they picking up more people for really insignificant things?
Are they ruder?
What’s going on?
I’m law abiding but they seem to pull me over constantly!
[ED - While I'm thrilled to be seeing more police out and about [...]

Police Wrap – 7 June

By 7 June, 2009

1. Fraser fatality:
ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision that occurred early this morning, resulting in the death of a male.
Police were called to the collision on Kuringa Drive about 3.20am after a nearby resident heard the crash. The vehicle was located approximately 30 metres off the roadway and had come to rest against [...]


By 6 June, 2009

Un canberra times dated june 1 2009 – ex caps player janna sladic a drug addict and in custody for break and enters.
Blaming her addiction on a car accident several years ago. Also long term partner of a well known canberra criminal……
Kinda sad really – had the world at her feet and now it’s [...]

Police Wrap – 6 June

By 6 June, 2009

1. Try not to collide with houses…
A 19-year-old Lyneham man will face court today after the stolen vehicle he was driving collided with a house early this morning (June 6).
About 1.10am general duties police patrolling in Lyneham attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the stolen van, which subsequently failed to stop. A short pursuit [...]


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