1. Tagging as one burgles:
ACT Policing has arrested two 13-year-old males over an aggravated burglary which occurred on Monday, October 11.
About 10.30am on Monday, October 11 three juvenile males were observed in the backyard of a residential home in Weetangera by a neighbour. Later that day the home owners returned home and found their [...]
The ABC has a grab bag of gory details from the Downer Murders trial underway now in the Supreme Court.
Of particular interest is this murder meetup:
McDougall said on the night of the incident, he told Ms Franco he thought she was a police informant.
He said he was disappointed because it was the worst thing you [...]
1. A different sort of date:
ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old Red Hill woman and a 31-year-old man following an alleged aggravated robbery in Parkes yesterday (October 12).
Around 7.50pm police attended Commonwealth Avenue in response to an aggravated robbery. Police spoke with a man and woman who alleged another man and woman had threatened to [...]
1. Firebug on a spree:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to several fires in Tuggeranong over the weekend (October 9 and 10)
About 10.50pm on Saturday evening, police were called to the Early Childhood Centre in May Gibbs Close Richardson following the report of several small fires at that location. ACT Fire Brigade attended and extinguished [...]
Last week The Greens were saying “slow down cowboy” to Labor Party plans to ram through lawyer bankrupting changes to compensation laws.
Today Shane Rattenbury is announcing that he’s won an extension to the consultation period:
The Greens have welcomed the Government’s thirty day extension of the consultation period on two important reform bills. Government websites were [...]
1. Carjackers nailed:
ACT Policing believes eight people apprehended in NSW overnight are responsible for multiple offences in the ACT including aggravated robbery, assault, property offences and theft.
About 9.30pm on Saturday (October 9), a woman was approached by two men while she was getting into her car at Griffith shops. They demanded she get out of [...]
A friend of mine had his car stolen last night in the heavily fortified sanctuary of Mauka plaza.
His early thoughts of a highly secure garage for his car were shattered last night when he discovered it stolen.
Through his own investigation he managed to discover that the highly advertised sanctum that is supposed to be the [...]
1. ‘Tis the season:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the damage of Caroline Chisholm High School overnight (Friday, October 8).
The offenders entered the grounds between 4pm yesterday (Thursday, October 7) and 7.30am this morning. While on the school grounds the offenders smashed 17 windows, placed a fire hose through one of the windows and turned [...]
Much has been written about Clea Rose since she died in 2005, hit by a car stolen by teenagers being chased by police.
Since then one of the kids in the stolen car, known only as “Clea Rose’s Killer” has lead a spectacular life of crime, made all the more amazing by his ability to get [...]
The Australian Federal Police Association has sent out a circular calling for more Tasers while the rest of Australia is wondering if they’re such a good idea.
Dear XXXXX ,
As some members may be aware, during the recent federal election campaign the AFPA lobbied for the funding of Tasers (or similar devices) for general-duty officers [...]
1. CCTV Success:
An 18-year-old Gilmore man and a 17-year-old youth were identified via CCTV vision and arrested by the City Beats team in relation to an assault in the city in early hours of this morning Friday, October 8, 2010.
The two victims, a male and a female, were on City Walk around 3.10am today [...]
The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury, is calling on the ACT Government to expand the consultation on their compensation reform package:
Following today’s announcement of a ten working day consultation period for two important reform bills, the ACT Greens have urged the Government to follow proper process and give all stakeholders the time they [...]
1. Rapid Results:
A total of 469 unregistered and/or uninsured vehicles were detected on Canberra’s roads during the first three months of operation by ACT Policing’s specialist RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) team.
Since officially beginning operations on July 1, the high-visibility three-car RAPID team also detected 147 unlicensed drivers, 69 suspended drivers and 22 [...]
Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced he’s in the market for a new full time Supreme Court Judge as Justice Gray faces retirement next year when he turns 70.
The selection process must be based on a consideration of possible candidates by the Attorney General having regard to the selection criteria stated in the Determination. The selection [...]
The ABC reports that the accused in the Downer Murders Scott Alexander McDougall has admitted he killed Struan Bolas, 48, and Julie Franco (aka Julie Tattersall), 35.
He has also admitted to committing the acts that caused their deaths with a wooden handled meat cleaver found inside the home.
He took the clothes he was wearing [...]
We note the verdict of Chief Justice Higgins that Liam Taylor is guilty of “an act of indecency upon a person aged under 10 years”
That is all.
1. Fatal free long weekend:
Canberra’s roads were fatality-free over the long weekend but ACT Policing apprehended 11 drink-drivers during the double-demerit Labour Day holiday period.
A total of 94 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINS) were issued over the same period, of which 31 were for speeding offences and 4 for failing to wear a seatbelt (one [...]
[First filed: Oct 5, 2010 @ 10:24]
Spare a thought for Canberra’s plaintiff lawyers and the restaurants which depend on them.
The Canberra Times reports that the increasingly Chiefly Katy Gallagher is planning to cap compulsory third-party motor insurance scheme payouts after discovering most of the money is spent on the lawyers.
Legislation which would mandate pay-outs based [...]
1. He’s doing it the wrong way around:
ACT Policing has arrested a 30-year-old Florey man after he allegedly drove into a bus shelter and then engaged in a short pursuit with police in McKellar today (October 4).
Around 5.10pm police were called to Moynihan Street following reports of the damage to the bus shelter. The alleged [...]
[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 [...]
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 [...]
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.)
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]