John Hargreaves has proudly announced the closure of the Black Hole of Belconnen, aka the Belconnen Remand Centre.
Minister for Corrections John Hargreaves MLA today announced that all prisoners from Belconnen Remand Centre (BRC) have been moved to the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). This means all ACT-based prisoners are now occupying the AMC.
“I am delighted [...]
I’ve been quiet on this forum for the past week having been a stationary cyclist collected by a moving car last monday evening – my only foray onto the roads in a cyclepath trip home from near the gallery, so don’t go there…
As a consequence I have a lot of blurred vision (apologies now [...]
1. Deakin Pharmacy Heist:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Deakin Pharmacy in Duff Street this afternoon.
Just after 3.00pm a male entered the pharmacy and produced a knife, fleeing the store shortly after with a sum of cash.
The offender got into a waiting vehicle, a white 1998 Mazda Bravo tray back [...]
Opening on 1 May, and playing from Thursday to Saturday, until 23 May at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane (off Ellery Crescent) Acton, Amy’s View by David Hare, directed by Ian Hart, is the second production from Canberra Rep’s 2009 Season. The play has many faces: it is a political play, a social comedy; a [...]
1. More on the anti-Rebels Raid:
ACT Policing has charged three men following today’s (April 23) operation targeting illegal activity.
Earlier police executed warrants at residences in Chisholm, Belconnen, Turner, Dunlop and Lyneham where searches of the homes uncovered a number of restricted weapons, ammunition, steroids, substances suspected of being cocaine and methlyamphetamine, cannabis, a hydroponic set-up [...]
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1. Signs the copper price is on the rise:
$90,000 of copper wire stolen
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the burglary of a building site and the subsequent theft of copper wire which occurred in Phillip overnight (April 21 to 22).
Police were called to the corner of Furzer [...]
The Canberra Times (briefly) explains Magistrate Maria Doogan’s dismay at having to deal with 35 drink drivers yesterday (32 men, three women).
One wonders if the accused got together for a party afterwards?
Apparently this indicated “the Canberra community was failing to get the drink-driving message”.
Personally I think improved enforcement and detection’s got something to do with [...]
Earlier in the week I heard a bit of gossip going around that the legend of the ACT Bar, Jack Pappas had been engaged to represent the alleged Wanniassa double murderer Russell Field.
Today I was able to speak to the man himself, who confirmed he had been engaged by Ben Aulich & Assocates to represent [...]
1. Air Force medals and Mercedes stolen:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a burglary which occurred in Braddon yesterday (Monday, April 20).
Between 3pm and 6pm the Elder Street residence was broken into and searched. A number of Defence medals for a current Air Force member including an Iraq Campaign medal, an Active Service [...]
1. Alleged Wanniassa drug bust:
ACT Policing has arrested a 36-year-old man following a search warrant on a residential premises in Wanniassa late this morning (April 20).
Officers from the Territory Investigations Group, the Specialist Response and Security team and general duties entered the premises about 11.30am, allegedly locating cannabis, a number of pills suspected to be [...]
Looks like Hilary Penfold is perpetuating the way she started in the ACT Supreme Court [According to a story on the ABC].
The ACT Supreme Court heard that after an argument with a group of off duty police officers outside a Dickson fast food shop, Bullock chased one of the men and hit him a [...]
1. Gordon Iron Bar Invasion!
ACT Policing is investigating a home invasion in Gordon around 7.30am today (April 17).
A male offender entered the Schofield Place home and demanded pain medication from the single male occupant, threatening him with an iron bar.
The 37-year-old victim refused to provide the medication after the offender hit the victim across [...]
Last October those of us who’ve lived in share houses were enthralled by the tale of Zhenghao Shen who took to a housemate’s head with a chef’s knife when the noise of a late night gaming session got too much for him.
The ABC now reports that Chief Justice Higgins appears to have had some sympathy, [...]
Having seen over many years the civil disobedience campaign waged by the smokers of Parliament House I’ll admit I was always intrigued by the idea of the hardened criminals of the new prison and their response to a happy clappy no-smoking regime.
The Canberra Times reports that in the few short days since the prison was [...]
1. Do you know where your children are?
ACT Policing has summonsed a 34-year-old south Canberra woman over allegedly failing to ensure the compulsory attendance of her three children at school.
She will be charged with three counts under Section 11 (3) of the ACT Education Act 2004.
This follows an incident on April 6 in which police [...]
ABC is reporting that all around great guy Matthew Massey is back in custody after being arrested twice on the one day.
Once for possession of capsicum spray and a knife. Then it appears after being bailed, later that day he decided to kidnap someone. But it’s ok, because [it is alleged] he was using [...]
The ABC brings word that Stephen Robert Milicevic, 32, of Forde has been granted bail with a $2,000 surety and a requirement to report to police three times a week.
Milicevic has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm which allegedly lead last month to the death in Wanniassa of James Peisley.
The Canberra Times brings word that the accused Couchman Crescent double murderer, Russell Field, 20, has plead not guilty to the “fatal double shooting of senior Rebels Motorcycle Club member Richard Roberts, 57, and his associate Gregory Carrigan, 48, last month.”
Despite fears to the contrary Field, of Chisholm, appears to have survived so far in [...]
1. Wanniassa Crash:
ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision in Wanniassa today (Sunday, April 12) which has resulted in the serious injury of a 34-year-old Chisholm man.
Just after midnight a white sedan travelling south-west on Erindale Drive towards Tuggeranong left the road onto the median strip taking down two light posts before coming [...]
1. Folk Festival Robbery?
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Mitchell today (April 9).
Around 1.00pm an 18-year-old man was in a toilet at a folk festival located at Exhibition Park washing his hands when he was approached by three men. The men demanded the victim’s wallet which he handed [...]
So we were walking our dog tonight in Kaleen (Diamantina Cres) around 8PM and we can hear lots of police sirens and the familiar sound of a sports bike (loud exhaust+high revs). Suddenly a cop car comes screaming round the corner followed by more cop cars (marked and unmarked) and the bike sound eventually goes [...]
1. Searching for Fiona Riches:
ACT Policing and SES volunteers are continuing the search for a 46-year-old diabetic woman who went missing from her Garran house about 3pm on Monday (April 6).
Police hold grave concerns for Fiona Riches welfare given her dependency on insulin, putting her at serious risk of falling into a diabetic coma if [...]
1. Facefit for the Civic sexual assault:
ACT Policing has released a facefit of a male offender involved in the sexual assault of a 20-year-old victim in a Civic car park around 12.30am on Sunday (April 5).
The victim was attacked whilst leaving her vehicle in a London Circuit car park after having driven to the [...]
Anyone noticed the Federal Court action between the ACT and Queanbeyan that’s on today? It seems like they were in court in December fighting over access to documents
Of course, the Canberra times and the rest of the ACT media pack could not actually report on this, because there has not been a press release [...]
For the past hour or so there has been a helicopter flying low over Mount Taylor.
Does anyone know why this would be the case?
I am asking as all this helicopter is doing is flying up & down the Mount Taylor Ridge.
[ED - We've been hearing from unofficial sources that it was the search [...]
1. Missing Garranite:
ACT Policing is asking the Canberra public to help locate a missing 46-year-old woman who went missing from her Garran home on April 6 around midday.
The missing woman is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’5” (170cms) tall, with a medium build, fair complexion, light brown shoulder-length hair and walks with a distinctive limp. [...]
We can’t do bus services to the airport, but Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that his pet prison is going to be serviced by a new Route 88 to take visitors who lack cars out to the facility.
“Staff and visitors will benefit from new ACTION bus services to the AMC departing daily from the Woden [...]
Hearing reports of unusual numbers of police in Braddon.
Anyone who knows more feel free to share in the comments.
1. Worrying sex attack in Civic:
ACT Policing is investigating the sexual assault of a 20-year-old victim in a Civic car park around 12.30am today (April 5).
The victim was attacked whilst leaving her vehicle in a London Circuit car park after having driven to the city. The offender held a knife to her throat [...]
Sister banshee called me with her woes of looking for property that I thought I’d share with Rioters.
I’ll stop short of identifying the agent but she looked at a very popular unit in Deakin which is currently being rented for a phenominal all-inclusive rent. Based on the pricing of the other units around it and [...]
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ACT Policing warns us of a third abduction attempt in the last week:
ACT Policing is investigating an attempted abduction from Knoke Avenue, Gordon around 9.10am today (April 3).
A 10-year-old girl was walking to school when she was approached by a male who [...]
A question to ponder.
Is Canberra crime getting worse or is the media reporting more violent crimes more often?
Or are drugs getting more out of control…..etc… What are people’s ideas/thoughts on this?