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Police Wrap – 5 June

By 5 June, 2009

1. Attempted kidnapping at Oaks Estate:
ACT Policing has released a face-fit of a man who attempted to abduct a woman in Oaks Estate on Tuesday morning June 2.
The 20-year-old woman was walking along the bike path between Norse Road and Underwood Street about 10.00am when a vehicle stopped beside her and the male driver [...]

I never realised they could advertise so openly.

By 5 June, 2009

As seen at the Yarralumla nursery.
And here I was thinking it was only decriminalised to grow in small amounts.

Unwarranted speeding fines at Northbourne/London Circuit?

By 5 June, 2009

Has anyone recently received a speeding fine for the Northbourne/London Circuit intersection?  I recieved four speeding fines in the last month. FOUR! 
I do not speed.  I have had my driver’s licence for 8 years and in that time I have never received a speeding fine, because I do not speed.
On May 14, 15, 19 and 24 I [...]

Amnesty nets 220 guns

By 4 June, 2009

Simon Corbell has proudly announced that his gun amnesty has resulted in 220 illegal or unregistered firearms being handed in, along with 6,000 rounds of ammunition.
Highlights of the haul included:
German Ranger;
Side by side double barrel shotgun Cashmore Birmingham;
Pump action shotgun Winchester (US repeating Arms Co Inc) 1200;
Pistol Japan Replica S&W Pistol;
Pistol other -NEC Paintball Marker.
At [...]

All the crims came home

By 4 June, 2009

The ABC brings word that Canberra’s prisoners have been very rapidly thrown back by the interstate penal systems that were housing them. All the prisoners are now back here.
143 men and 17 lucky women are now staying at the Hume Hilton.

Police Wrap – 4 June

By 4 June, 2009

1. Suede coat and beanie – never a good look:
ACT Policing is investigating two robberies which occurred this afternoon (June 3) which may be linked.
Just after 2.30pm a man carrying a knife entered a Doctors surgery on Anembo Street in Narrabundah and demanded money, making off with a sum of cash a short time later.
The [...]

Police Wrap – 3 June

By 3 June, 2009

1. Emu Ridge drug bust:
A 29-year-old woman was arrested by ACT Policing yesterday after she was found with an amount of drugs in her possession.
Police from the Territory Investigations Group executed a search warrant on the female’s vehicle in the area of Disney Court in Emu Ridge about 11.00am after she was observed allegedly selling [...]

Illegal street racers just one step away from tragedy

By 2 June, 2009

As seen yesterday in the Canberra Times, the Car group known has “RushHour” has once again made it into the papers. This time on the front page.
Internet videos purportedly from a Canberra street racing group show drivers taking part in illegal street racing, burnouts and go-karting at high speeds on suburban roads.
Police have [...]

Police Wrap – 2 June

By 2 June, 2009

1. Gordon pizza boy rolled:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Gordon last night (June 1).
About 9.20pm the male victim drove to an address in Flegg Crescent, Gordon to make a delivery. He stopped his car in the driveway of a residence where he was approached [...]

Police Wrap – 1 June

By 1 June, 2009

1. Low speed pursuit:
ACT Policing arrested a 35-year-old woman on Friday morning after a low-speed pursuit through the southern suburb of Gordon.
The woman fled a random breath testing station on Drakeford Drive in Isabella Plains about 10.40am after handing police a suspended driver’s licence following a breath test.
She proceeded to drive at low speed through [...]

Let my pipers go!

By 1 June, 2009

Vicki Dunne is going in to bat for five members of the AFP’s Pipes and Drums Band who have been blocked from taking leave to participate in the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Vicki has written to Chief Police Officer Michael Phelan asking him to reconsider:
“It is also quite a feather in the cap of the [...]

How bad can a lemon chicken be?

By 1 June, 2009

The Canberra Times has the curious case of Gordon’s Mark Wood who’s suing the Lanyon Valley Chinese Restaurant seeking $128,877 for a dodgy lemon chicken he claims they delivered the effects of which are still, he claims, being felt.
The company owning the restaurant is adopting a Bart Simpson defence:
In papers filed to the court, [...]

Who do you think killed Colin Winchester?

By 30 May, 2009

The recent news that David Eastman has been returned to Canberra (by a NSW Corrections system that is very happy to see the back of him) revived interest in the crime for which he was convicted, the murder of Colin Winchester.
Despite the constabulary getting very angry when the subject is brought up there remains a [...]

Police Wrap – 29 May

By 29 May, 2009

1. Kambah Collision:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a collision which occurred on Namatjira Drive, Kambah overnight (May 28).
About 10.30pm police received a report of a two vehicle head-on collision.
A 55-year-old female was extricated by ACT Fire Brigade. Once removed, she was conveyed to the Canberra Hospital by ACT Ambulance with multiple injuries [...]

David Eastman comes home

By 28 May, 2009

The ABC informs us that one of Canberra’s loopier, more colourful convicted killers has come home to Canberra at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
With his 1995 sentence of life imprisonment without parole for the murder of the Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester (those were the days in the ACT Judiciary) one can only hope [...]

Police Wrap – 27 May

By 27 May, 2009

1. Holt burglars nabbed:
ACT Policing arrested two males and will summons a third to court after a burglary at a residence in Holt yesterday afternoon (May 26).
The three males were apprehended after police responded to a report of suspicious activity in the area of Bunton Place about 3.10pm. An amount of property was located in [...]

Nightclubbing 13 year old busted unconscious

By 26 May, 2009

The ABC is aghast the level of underage drinking police have uncovered around town.
An ACT Police campaign against underage drinking in licensed premises has found an 13-year-old girl unconscious on a couch in city bar.

They have highlighted the case of the 13-year-old as an ‘appalling’ example but also report finding 27 underage people in [...]

Police Wrap – 26 May

By 26 May, 2009

1. Giralang servo rolled:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery that occurred at a Giralang service station May 25, 2009.
A man entered the Mobile service station on Canopus Street about 8.00pm and demanded money, threatening the console operator with a knife before making off with an amount of cash and cigarettes [...]

The prison makes Slashdot

By 26 May, 2009

How excitement.
RiotACT’s spiritual parent Slashdot has a story about Canberra.
Interestingly it’s an ITnews story on the computers select inmates at the Hume Hilton are being given access to.
The news gets better; they’re running RiotACT’s operating system of choice Ubuntu.
We are, however, very curious as to whether RiotACT has made the select list of [...]

Certified convict coffee makers

By 25 May, 2009

John Hargreaves has proudly announced that he’s been out to the prison to hand out certificates to the female inmates working towards being qualified cafe workers:
“The 12 female prisoners today graduated from the Certificate 1 unit in Hospitality Prepare and Serve Expresso Coffee which involved 15 hours of classroom time, as well as practical experience. [...]

Do we want NSW’s prisoners in the Hume Hilton?

By 25 May, 2009

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is asking why there’s been no planning to sell spare beds at the new prison to over-crowded NSW.
Which is funny considering Mr Hanson has spent the last month telling us the prison was unfit to house anyone.
Leaving that aside, do we want to fill the prison to full capacity right away? [...]

Beware – (Oxygen) Thieves at work

Just got a knock on the door (I live in Curtin btw) advising me that a light was burning in the boot of my car (which I keep on the driveway). The cause was found to be a not completely shut driver’s door. Silly old me, I thought.
 Fearing that the battery might have burned out as a [...]

Red lights – advisory only?

By 24 May, 2009

For the past few weeks, my journey to work requres me to turn right from Athllon Dve into Mawson Dve. While waiting for the lights, I’m often at the front of the queue and I’m amazed by the number of people that must jump the red to get onto Athllon Dve.  There are often still [...]

Police Wrap – 23 May

By 23 May, 2009

1. Tuggy Thuggies getting braver:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery on a 27-year-old man which occurred in Monash today (May 23).
Around 2.30am police attended Kayser Place in response to a reported assault. Police spoke with the victim who said he had been walking home from PJ O’Reilly’s pub about 1.15am [...]

Police Wrap – 22 May

By 22 May, 2009

1. Garran Crash:
ACT Policing is investigating a collision at the intersection of Yamba Drive and Wisdom Street in Garran around 9.45pm on Wednesday (May 20).
A silver Ford Territory was turning right from Yamba Drive into Wisdom street when a white Ford Falcon utility travelling south on Yamba Drive collided with turning vehicle.
One of the [...]

Would it kill police to say thank you every now and then?

By 22 May, 2009

To start off with I should mention that I am a Canberra Cabbie. As such it is not uncommon (actually quite often) that we get messages on our MTData system that start off with “POLICE MESSAGE……” followed by some stolen car, person of interest, item of interest etc that they want us to look out [...]

Police Wrap – 21 May

By 21 May, 2009

1. Late night club blaggers strike again:
Witnesses sought to armed robbery in Weston
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Weston Club on Liardet Street today (May 21).
Around 2.15am police were called to the Club following reports of an armed robbery in progress. Police responded quickly but the offender [...]

Police Wrap – 20 May

By 20 May, 2009

1. It was easier when they could just buy the Sudafed:
ACT Policing has released a facefit of the offender involved in the armed robbery at the Brindabella Pharmacy in Garran on Sunday (May 17).
The male offender entered the pharmacy around 10.40am and threatened staff with a knife before fleeing with a quantity of cash [...]

Drink driving to further fund the Canberra Times?

By 20 May, 2009

The ABC has the happy news that Jon Stanhope is thinking about ways to turn the rising drink driving arrest rate into another Government advertising opportunity:
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says he is considering publishing the names of drink drivers on a government website or in a Canberra Times advertisement.
But why stop with drink drivers? [...]

More massey related rumblings

By 20 May, 2009

Word is that dear Matthew Massey’s family is getting bigger in the new prison with his fiancee Janna Sladic now joining the elite who reside in there.
Matt, Gavin, Rebecca and now Janna – what a family.

Strange ways at the Pinnacle

By 19 May, 2009

On one of my all too frequent jaunts around that place of beauty which is the Pinnacle Nature Reserve the other day, I noticed that the kind people of Environment ACT (I presume it to be them in any case) have signposted the tracks there. I wonder if the names were made up to enable [...]

Police Wrap – 19 May

By 19 May, 2009

1. Teens with guns:
A search conducted by ACT Policing on a Wanniassa home this afternoon (May 15) has recovered four of seven licensed firearms stolen in a burglary yesterday.
As a result of the search, three juvenile males – two aged 17 years and one 16 years – are in police custody with charges pending.
Police [...]

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