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Australian Federal Police officer escapes traffic fine – “traffic was light”

By 5 October 2010

[ED - This is a follow up to the story a month ago about how senior police deal with speeding fines in Canberra. The Herald Sun has done an amazing job pursuing the story]
A SENIOR Australian Federal Police officer allegedly caught travelling at more than 40km/h over the speed limit escaped a fine after a [...]

Police Wrap – 4 October 2010

By 4 October 2010

1. Coming off the road was a bit of a tell:
ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man following a single vehicle collision on the Gungahlin Drive Extension (GDE) in Bruce yesterday (October 3) during which a 29-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries.
The incident allegedly occurred around 8.49pm when the vehicle was negotiating a long [...]

ACT laws & legislation.

By 4 October 2010

Just wondering if there is a specific website that has all of ACT’s laws and legislations – or if not,  can anyone point me in the right direction?
(yes I am aware of google, just hoping for something more specific beacause I can’t ever seem to come across it.)

Police Wrap – 2 October 2010

By 2 October 2010

1. P-Platers to blame again?
ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire which occurred at the Giralang shops yesterday (October 1).
About 5.14pm ACT Fire Brigade and police were called to a report of a fire at the shops on Canopus Crescent. The fire was located in a basement level office. The fire was extinguished and deemed [...]

Police Wrap – 1 October 2010

By 1 October 2010

1. But what if I am that special?
A two month targeted campaign conducted by ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations resulted in 673 infringement notices issued to drivers for using hand-held mobile phones while driving, twice as many for the same period last year.
The campaign, which ran throughout August and September, was part of a whole-of-government approach [...]

Police Wrap – 30 September 2010

By 30 September 2010

1. Pursuit into Page:
ACT Policing has arrested two male youths aged 17 and 15, both residing in the northern suburbs of Canberra, today (September 29) following a short pursuit in Belconnen.
Around 2.20pm Criminal Investigations’ Crime Targeting Team officers observed a blue-coloured Toyota Celica turn from Lathlain Street onto Benjamin Way in Belconnen. Suspicious of the [...]

Police Wrap – 29 September 2010

By 29 September 2010

1. Unlucky for scum:
An alert off-duty AFP member who identified suspicious behaviour in a street in Ngunnawal yesterday morning (Tuesday, September 28) aided ACT Policing in recovering property before it had been reported stolen, with further enquiries leading to two subsequent arrests.
The AFP member contacted Police Operations around 11.25am yesterday to report seeing two suspicious [...]

Police Wrap – 28 September 2010

By 28 September 2010

1. Dark Deeds in McKellar:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a home invasion that occurred in Dumas Street, McKellar early this morning (Tuesday September 28).
About 5.30am up to four males have forced entry into the residence and assaulted the middle-aged-couple. The offenders were armed with a firearm and a possible taser.
The 53-year-old female victim was [...]

The observatory cooks off

By 28 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:14]

The dereliction of the beautiful observatory buildings in the old Downer Club has long been a tragedy. This morning it burned as recorded in these postings from the ESA:
5:33am Monday 27 September 2010 – Fire in Dickson The ACT Fire Brigade is responding to a fire inside an old [...]

Police Wrap – 27 September 2010

By 27 September 2010

1. Do you think they’d been to bed?
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery in Lyons in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday September 26).
About 5.10am two male offenders, armed with a knife and a large wrench, entered the Lyons Newsagency and demanded cash. The staff member was unable to access [...]

In Queanbeyan you can get done for murder

By 25 September 2010

The Canberra Times informs us that Benjamin Wayne Holcroft will spend the next 17 years in prison having been found guilty of the murder of Danny Ralph.
This concludes the saga of the Beaudeans immortalised in verse by our own PBO:
Beaudean, beaudean, beaudean, beaudean
Im begging of you please don’t drown that man
Beaudean, beaudean, beaudean, beaudean
Please don’t [...]

Police Wrap – 25 September 2010

By 25 September 2010

1. They messed with the wrong home owner:
ACT Policing has arrested three young males and one young female for three aggravated burglaries in Page yesterday (Thursday September 23).
Around 10.00am a resident of Birelle Street in Page contacted police after seeing the four youths acting suspiciously in the rear yard of her neighbour’s property. A detailed [...]

Police Wrap – 24 September 2010

By 24 September 2010

1. A bad start:
ACT Policing has arrested a 20-year-old man from Dunlop on his second drink-driving charge within the last 12 months.
Around 11pm last night (Thursday September 23) police were on mobile patrol on Southern Cross Drive in Florey when they saw a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction at excessive speed.
Police stopped the vehicle [...]

Still no bail for Sharon Stott

By 24 September 2010

Back in May last year there was considerable excitment surrounding alleged kidnap and torture in Kambah which required the black pyjama brigade to rescue the victim.
The ABC identified Sharon Ann Stott as one of the alleged offenders. She was bailed later in the month.
She was then arrested in June on three counts of alleged ice [...]

Building delayed – want to cancel contract?

By 24 September 2010

Long story short, We are FHOB and we’re currently building a house in the Gungahlin area, the building started in Feb, however only the brick is up and the roof is still pending. The building contract said max 30 weeks to complete a single level house, which will be this November 2010. At this stage [...]

Previous recruits disappointing to Chief Police Officer

By 24 September 2010

The Canberra Times brings the intriguing news that ACT Policing is abandoning the AFP’s national recruitment process, due to dissatisfaction with the results to date:
ACT Policing will for the first time source its own recruits in a bid to overcome a high staff turnover and attract Canberra-raised cops.
Chief Police Officer Roman Quaedvlieg said yesterday he [...]

Busted doing 195

By 23 September 2010

NSW Police inform us that they’ve caught an Illawarra boy 115kmph over his L-plated limit on the Federal Highway near Sutton:
About 5.35am today officers attached to the Monaro Highway Patrol were conducting patrols along the Federal Highway near Sutton when they saw a north bound red Hyosung motorcycle allegedly travelling at high speed.
A lidar check [...]

Rappelling in Woden?

By 23 September 2010

The boys in blue are having fun in Woden today.
P1 snapped this shot of the side of the Albemarle Building (Health) in Woden.

Police Wrap – 23 September 2010

By 23 September 2010

1. Reaching agreement:
ACT Policing and ACT Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the Territory’s health authority will provide forensic and other medically-related services to the police.
The three-year agreement, worth $942,800 annually, will provide for a range of services including medical call-outs to the ACT Watch House, attendance at death scenes, examination [...]

Jumping at shadows?

By 22 September 2010

The ABC reports that most of Watson was locked down last night because a guy might have had a gun, but didn’t.
Officers blocked off most of the main streets into Watson for about an hour, diverting traffic and doorknocking homes.
They found the man did not have a gun.
He was arrested and charged with breach of [...]

Police Wrap – 22 September 2010

By 22 September 2010

1. Bad Gran:
ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 67-year-old female for spitting on two police officers earlier today (Tuesday September 21).
Around 11am police were called to Akuna Street to check the welfare of the female. The female was verbally abusive towards police and staff at the YHA Youth Hostel and became highly aggressive, refusing [...]

Renting in Canberra – nothing but trouble?

By 21 September 2010

There’s been plenty of previous discussion on RA around issues for renters in Canberra. There are plenty of stories of tenants who are kept in the dark about their rights, or treated by their landlords or property managers as second class citizens. 
On the other side there’s plenty of times when a landlord either has issues [...]

Russell Field goes on trial

By 21 September 2010

Back in March last year the double murder in Chisholm caused a considerable kerfuffle.
The ABC now reports that the trial of Russell Field for the double murder of Gregory Peter Carrigan and Richard John Roberts has begun.
The defendant is claiming to have been in fear of his life when the biker and associate interrupted his [...]

Police Wrap – 21 September 2010

By 21 September 2010

1. Plates Safed:
ACT Policing officers fitted over 600 vehicles with tamper-proof screws during a special crime prevention program conducted in conjunction with Westfield Woden on Sunday (September 19).
During an intensive four-hour fitting operation in Westfield Woden carpark, police re-secured the registration plates of 640 vehicles with the special one-way screws designed to reduce the prevalence [...]

Police Wrap – 20 September 2010

By 20 September 2010

1. Bad girls of Woden:
ACT Policing has charged two young females, one aged 16 and the other 17, following an aggravated robbery in Woden overnight.
Police will allege about 5.40pm yesterday (Sunday, September 19), two teenage females were at the Woden Bus Interchange when they were approached by the two female youths. They forcibly grabbed the [...]

Ron Cahill was trying to defend “public figure”?

By 20 September 2010

The Ron Cahill affair takes another strange turn today with his successor as Chief Magistrate, John Burns, explaining his reasons for blowing the whistle on the trial of the “public figure” who can’t be named but has been in the words of the Canberra Times: “charged with assaulting his child”.
The Chief Magistrate says in his [...]

On vigilantism

By 20 September 2010

There’s been a fair bit of chat about the white van driving Tuggeranong man who caught, assaulted, and robbed a 14 year old boy who’d been throwing eggs at cars on Erindale Drive.
So now we’re adding a poll on it to see where community attitudes lie.

Are ACT parking inspectors too vigilant?
Yes – They should [...]

Police Wrap – 19 September 2010

By 19 September 2010

1. At that age shouldn’t they be throwing eggs at cars instead of stealing them?
Three male youths were arrested late yesterday afternoon (Saturday, September 18) after a police pursuit in which stop sticks were successfully deployed to deflate the tyres of the stolen car.
Around 4pm yesterday members of Belconnen Patrol, Traffic Operations, SRS-TR and the [...]

Police Wrap – 18 September 2010

By 18 September 2010

1. A hero emerges:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident in Monash last night in which a 14-year-old boy was assaulted and robbed by a passing motorist.
The youth has admitted to police that he, in the company of another male youth, had been throwing eggs at passing vehicles on Erindale Drive in Monash, adjacent [...]

Owen Patrick Creighton pleads guilty

By 17 September 2010

The crash in march last year on Clift Crescent was a horrific thing.
Megan Minney and Steven Rial died and the grieving process of their friends was a rocky road for the wider community.
The ABC reports that yesterday the speeding driver Owen Patrick Creighton plead guilty yesterday to culpable driving charges.
The sentence will be handed down [...]

Police Wrap – 17 September 2010

By 17 September 2010

1. Plate Security:
Following the success of last year’s Project Safe Plate, ACT Policing and Westfield Woden have once again joined forces to reduce registration plate theft through a free program to be conducted this Sunday (September 19).
Between 11am and 3pm, ACT motorists are invited to drive their cars into the ground floor of the [...]

Simon starts thinking about court security

By 16 September 2010

Simon Corbell has announced that he is making “moves” to “address” court security.
Which, for new players, means he hasn’t even begun to do anything yet.
But here’s some of the things he’s thinking about:
Mr Corbell said the Government would look at a range of options, including the introduction of clear powers to detain and remove [...]

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