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Mully grief leads to fire twirl assault

By 12 December 2010

The Canberra Times has the tragic tale of Elliot John Fleet who’ll be returning to the community next year after a spell in the Hume Hilton.
Fleet went down for headbutting a fire twirler in Civic, in his defence he said he was really upset about the great scum cleansing of March.
The Mully disciple was also [...]

Macgregor smash

By 12 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing’s Collision, Investigation & Reconstruction Team is seeking witnesses to a serious collision that occurred early today (Sunday December 12) in Macgregor.
Police were called to Osburn Drive near Cannan Circuit at 12.55am, where a green Holden Commodore sedan had collided with a tree.
Initial investigations indicate the Commodore was travelling in [...]

Whoops, lost it (of course it was a white Commodore)

By 10 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
A 31-year-old Scullin man has returned a positive result for drink driving after crashing his car this morning (Friday December 10).
About 9.10am Belconnen Patrol responded to a report of a single motor vehicle accident where a car had collided with a concrete light pole in Ulm Street, Scullin.
Upon arrival police saw [...]

No purple Commodore for Summernats

By 10 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing has seized a late model purple Holden Commodore after its driver had been involved in a street burnout outside a Dickson College school formal earlier this week.
Photographs taken at the formal clearly identify the vehicle and the offence outside the National Convention Centre, on Constitution Avenue.
Police identified the vehicle [...]

Human rights academics call for expansion of human rights

By 10 December 2010

It’s perhaps not surprising that often the ANU News highlights research which points to increasing ANU funding down the line.
Yesterday Dr Hilary Charlesworth was teaming up with the Legislative Assembly to massively expand what is considered a human right.
“The report discusses the overseas experience with protection of economic, social and cultural rights and concludes that [...]

If it wasn’t a hoodie it’d be a baseball cap

By 10 December 2010

This in from Crime Stoppers:
ACT Policing has released a CCTV image of an alleged offender from an aggravated robbery at the Hawker shops last week, (Wednesday December 1).
The CCTV clearly shows one of the offender’s distinctive gait in which he appears to have a partial disability to his left leg. Police believe this may [...]

Ding Ding Ding – Gloves come off in Posetti v. The Oz

By 10 December 2010

Media Spy are thoroughly enjoying the blue between the University of Canberra’s journalism lecturer (and twitter evangelist) Julie Posetti and the Editor in Chief of The Australian Chris Mitchell.
HWL Ebsworth, acting for Posetti, wrote in a reply today that Posetti denied defaming Mitchell and that she would not publish an apology or correction. Posetti [...]

The Preacher was only getting a bit stabby, didn’t mean to kill anyone

By 10 December 2010

Last July we reported on a stabbing in Theo’s at Ainslie Shops by a man known to locals as “The Preacher”.
Now the ABC reports that former RAAF employee Isa Islam has offered the novel defence of saying he was just having a bit of a stab and didn’t mean to kill anyone:
Islam told the [...]

Memo: The Lake is not safe right now

By 10 December 2010

This in from ACT Policing:
ACT Policing advises that Lake Burley Griffin will remain closed until further notice due to the danger posed by debris and strong currents.
This follows earlier advice from ACT Health that the water in the lake is also contaminated with sewage.
Police would also urge people to stay clear of all drains and [...]

Can a speeding fine be avoided?

By 10 December 2010

I would like to know what are my chances of avoiding a speeding fine? I haven’t been booked for 18 years, so I was surprised when the notice arrived in the mail this week.
A speed camera snapped a photo of my car allegedly travelling 70km in a 60km zone.
In NSW (where I used [...]

Monaghan’s Law introduced

By 9 December 2010

The ABC brings word that Simon Corbell has introduced laws into the Legislative Assembly to make humans having sex with animals illegal in the ACT.
“The re-introduced offence and the scope of and penalty for the offence have been proposed without influence from the recent publicity,” Mr Corbell said.
“However it is timely to be reminded why [...]

Don’t help this man!

By 9 December 2010

The AFP are warning that one of their officer’s images is being used as part of an internet scam.
There is a current scam on the internet fraudulently using an AFP officer’s identity (images of the officer) to obtain large amounts of money.
The internet scam has resulted in six victims being identified in addition to the [...]

Simon Corbell moving offences away from the Supreme Court’s Torpid Languor

By 9 December 2010

I’ll take this moment to remind you of the High Court’s opinion of the ACT Supreme Court:
The presentation and adjudication of the case in the courts below do cause it to merit a place in the precedent books. The reasons for placing it there turn on the numerous examples it affords of how litigation should [...]

He lost .05 BAC in just two hours!

By 9 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
An 18-year-old Latham man will face court this morning (Thursday December 9) charged with two counts of drink driving and one count of driving while licence suspended, after police stopped him twice in two hours in the early hours of this morning.
Around 3am members of Belconnen Patrol conducted a traffic stop [...]

Monaro highway smash

By 9 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a serious collision on the Monaro Highway, Pialligo, this afternoon (Wednesday, December 8) in which a 23-year-old male driver suffered critical injuries.
ACTPOL’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the incident which occurred around 2.08pm.
Police believe the injured man had been driving a white [...]

Thuggees run wild

By 7 December 2010

This in from the AFP:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to three separate south-side incidents that police believe are related and which occurred overnight.
Around 11pm last night (Monday December 6), two brothers, aged 21 and 20 respectively, were at the Weston Creek skate park when they were approached by five males. The males drove into the [...]

Drink driver with 13 previous!

By 7 December 2010

A 52-year-old Gowrie man has been caught for the 9th time over the limit in the ACT. He also has five previous drink drive convictions in NSW.

Bimberi review kicks off

By 7 December 2010

Joy Burch has announced a review for the troubled Bimberi youth detention centre, which has been in operation now for two years.
Ms Burch said the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services had engaged
the services of Daniel O’Neil, Director of Youth Services with Richmond Fellowship, to work
with both the staff and the young people during [...]

Police Wrap – 6 December 2010

By 6 December 2010

[First filed: Dec 6, 2010 @ 9:17]
1. Idiot:
ACT Policing’s Specialist Response and Security (SRS) officers, with the assistance of ACT Policing Operations, have rescued a man and his three children after their kayak upturned on the Murrumbidgee River today (December 5).
Around 5.24pm police received a phone call from the man claiming to be lost in [...]

Progress measurement – Crime, Sports, and Safety

By 6 December 2010

The ACT Government’s Measuring Our Progress site has spat at some new data. So here we go:
– Offences against the person/property shows a gloomy red down arrow with the news: The number of property offences has increased slightly over the reporting period.
– Participation in sports/physical recreation: gets a blue both ways arrow but has this [...]

Does the Children and Young People Act 2008 need changing?

By 6 December 2010 FEATURED ARTICLE

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On 25 November the above email was sent in, instructing us to remove stories which the Department of Disability, Housing, and Community Services considered to be in breach of the Children and Young People Act 2008.
Those stories have now been removed.
But the larger issue is that they were doing nothing other [...]

Hume Hilton full to the brim

By 6 December 2010

It is without much astonishment that we read in the Canberra Times that the Alexander Maconochie Centre, functionally operational for just a year, has run out of capacity and needs to either be expanded or to start bunking up the inmates.
Sold as a 300 bed facility it turns out the operational capacity is just 250 [...]

Police Wrap – 4 December 2010

By 4 December 2010

1. Fyshwick blagging:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred yesterday (December 3) at the United Service Station in Fyshwick.
About 9.22pm the offender entered the service station on Canberra Avenue brandishing a knife and demanded money from the 38-year-old male attendant. The attendant opened the register and handed over a sum of [...]

Stilletto stabber wows Justice Gray

By 4 December 2010

The ABC has a good story on the importance of dressing up for court.
Three years ago Rachel Larkin gouged the eye of another young woman with the heel of her stiletto shoe at Gungahlin skate park.
For that she was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months of periodic detention.
But appealing to the ever merciful Supremes, [...]

Police Wrap – 3 December 2010

By 3 December 2010

[First filed: Dec 3, 2010 @ 9:27]
1. The ever astonished Mark Colbran:
During November ACT Policing detected 185 drivers with an excessive blood-alcohol reading, the highest number of positive readings for any month this calendar year (2010).
The highest result of the month was returned by a 48-year-old man in Chisholm on November 13. His reading [...]

Police Wrap – 2 December 2010

By 2 December 2010

1. A step up from a white commodore:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a spate of burglaries which occurred in the early hours of this morning, 1/12/2010, in the Weston Creek and Woden areas.
Between 1.30am and 3.30am numerous businesses were burgled. Police believe the incidents to be related. A silver coloured Subaru Impreza [...]

Kelvin Mark Skeers adds malingering to his credits

By 2 December 2010

Kelvin Mark Skeers has been a fraudulent mortgage broker and a court shopper in his ongoing efforts to game every system he encounters.
The ABC reports that, of the 250 hours of community service he was required to complete in a year as part of his sentencing, he has managed a mere 50.
The ACT Supreme Court [...]

The new drink and drug driving laws explained

By 30 November 2010

TAMS have posted a lengthy and occasionally over-optimistic Drink and drug driving laws for the ACT web page.
The new laws take effect at midnight.
The big changes appear to be the knee jerk removal of the sensible .02 BAC for special drivers (so we can shout about zero tolerance without understanding successful zero tolerance campaigns).
And [...]

Police Wrap – 29 November 2010

By 29 November 2010

[First filed: Nov 29, 2010 @ 9:05]
1. Foreshore gets a tick:
The Foreshore Summer Music Festival wrapped up late yesterday (Saturday, 27 November), with police praising the overall good behaviour of those that attended.
ACT Policing was responsible for patrolling the outer perimeter of the venue which was sold out. Approximately 16,000 people attended the concert, held [...]

Police Wrap – 27 November 2010

By 27 November 2010

1. DFO ram raid!
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a ram raid at the JB Hi Fi store in the DFO complex, Fyshwick, this morning (Saturday, 27 November).
About 5am, police responded to an alarm at JB Hi Fi at Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. Upon arrival police found the roller door to the loading dock severely damaged.
CCTV [...]

Police Wrap – 26 November 2010

By 26 November 2010

1. Pulp Rolled!
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie.
Police were called to the restaurant in Edgar St, Ainslie at 11:40pm last night (25 November) after reports that two men, one armed with a firearm and another with a knife, had entered the restaurant and demanded money.
The offenders [...]

Looking for Zeal1, graff tagger.

By 26 November 2010

I have been working shift work lately. So I have to park my van around an industrial area late at night. Dodgy stuff, and in the dodgy part of town. Anyway, I got back to it late one night about a week ago. There on the side is a tag from some vandal. ZL1. Bloody [...]

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