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Police Wrap – 13 November 2010

By 13 November 2010 23

1. Glassing comes to Canberra:

ACT Policing are investigating an alleged ‘glassing’ incident in the city on Saturday morning, November 13 which left a 38-year-old man with lacerations to his face.

Around 1.45am this morning, police were conducting a foot patrol in the city when they saw a large disturbance in a night club involving up to 10 people.

Prior to police arriving it is believed that a 19 year-old woman assaulted the victim by hitting him in the face with a glass. The victim was treated at the scene by ACT ambulance for small lacerations under his eye.

While police were speaking to the injured man at the front of the night club, several glasses were thrown towards police narrowly missing them. ACT Policing has targeted anti-social behaviour as a priority this year and remind people that alcohol related violence will not be tolerated.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and would urge anyone who may have any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online to www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

2. Speeding OK for next two months?

Despite the warning to motorists that police would be targeting drink driving in November and December, an 18-year-old provisional licence driver was caught today (Saturday 13 November) eight times over the limit.

About 3.40am today, police conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle travelling on Parks Way in Acton.

The female driver was subjected to a roadside screening test which returned a positive result. She was conveyed to City Police Station where she returned a breathalyser reading of 0.160 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As the driver holds a provisional licence she is subject to a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.02.

She has been summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

This is the second provisional licence holder that has been caught eight times over the limit in the last two days.

ACT Policing will continue to target all traffic offences for the months of November and December with a particular focus on drink driving. In the lead up to Christmas and the New Year, ACT Policing will be conducting random and targeted breath testing in all areas of Canberra.

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23 Responses to Police Wrap – 13 November 2010
#1
gospeedygo3:46 pm, 13 Nov 10

Hmmm, I wonder which nightclub it was?

#2
dvaey4:03 pm, 13 Nov 10

Speeding OK for next two months?

The police havent been involved in speed enforcement for many years, except for maybe when they release a speed camera image on their website, asking for help to identify an offender.

#3
Brianna4:43 pm, 13 Nov 10

I am so tired of all the things I hear and read about alcohol related offenses. Too many people talking about alcohol restrictions. Wrong! Let’s talk about tougher punishments for alcohol related offenses. Real punishments, not slaps on the wrists. The cops are out there trying to do a job and the damn legal system lets things fall to pieces with a limp wristed attitude.

#4
Gungahlin Al7:01 pm, 13 Nov 10

It bothers me when horrific behaviour gets a nickname, such as with “glassing”. Another pathetic practice (or a different sort) that has gained such a brand is “upskirting”.

It’s like it then has some form of legitimacy, and it then seems to become far more common.

Let’s be blunt – smashing a glass into a person’s face is a disgraceful form of assault that has a high potential for backfiring on the assaulter not just in personal injury, but in the consequences that can stem from inflicting grievous injuries on another person.

It has become so common now that I can see glasses disappearing from pubs very soon.

#5
Spideydog8:14 pm, 13 Nov 10

dvaey said :

Speeding OK for next two months?

The police havent been involved in speed enforcement for many years, except for maybe when they release a speed camera image on their website, asking for help to identify an offender.

I call “go fish” on that one !!!!

#6
screaming banshee8:53 pm, 13 Nov 10

Brianna said :

I am so tired of all the things I hear and read about alcohol related offenses. Too many people talking about alcohol restrictions. Wrong! Let’s talk about tougher punishments for alcohol related offenses. Real punishments, not slaps on the wrists. The cops are out there trying to do a job and the damn legal system lets things fall to pieces with a limp wristed attitude.

Repeat offenders should be made to donate a kidney.

#7
georgesgenitals10:08 pm, 13 Nov 10

dvaey said :

Speeding OK for next two months?

The police havent been involved in speed enforcement for many years, except for maybe when they release a speed camera image on their website, asking for help to identify an offender.

Except when they set up speed traps like you see on Adelaide Ave every couple of weeks…

#8
MJay12:02 am, 14 Nov 10

Gungahlin Al said :

It has become so common now that I can see glasses disappearing from pubs very soon.

I am surprised many establishments are not moving to the shatterproof/resistant stuff, surely it would save them large amounts of money? Especially with the amount of dropped or knocked glasses broken in some places.

Aswell as saving people from glass attacks. (at least, glass related incidents are supposed to be not as severe with these style of glasses)

#9
Deref8:24 am, 14 Nov 10

screaming banshee said :

Repeat offenders should be made to donate a kidney.

Or two.

BTW Brianna, “offence” is spelt with a c, not an s.

#10
Auntyem8:58 am, 14 Nov 10

Totally agree with Brianna.

The courts have to back up the police in their statement that “alcohol related violence will not be tolerated”.

In other countries statements like “no tolerance” have very big teeth indeed.

#11
Brianna10:06 am, 14 Nov 10

screaming banshee said :

Brianna said :

I am so tired of all the things I hear and read about alcohol related offenses. Too many people talking about alcohol restrictions. Wrong! Let’s talk about tougher punishments for alcohol related offenses. Real punishments, not slaps on the wrists. The cops are out there trying to do a job and the damn legal system lets things fall to pieces with a limp wristed attitude.

Repeat offenders should be made to donate a kidney.

Ooh…..I like that idea!

#12
Me no fry10:46 am, 14 Nov 10

Gungahlin Al said :

It bothers me when horrific behaviour gets a nickname, such as with “glassing”. Another pathetic practice (or a different sort) that has gained such a brand is “upskirting”.

It’s like it then has some form of legitimacy, and it then seems to become far more common.

Let’s be blunt – smashing a glass into a person’s face is a disgraceful form of assault that has a high potential for backfiring on the assaulter not just in personal injury, but in the consequences that can stem from inflicting grievous injuries on another person.

It has become so common now that I can see glasses disappearing from pubs very soon.

I agree with you on the whole nickname thing. Let’s call it what it is – slashing or grinding a person’s face with the jagged stump of a broken glass with complete disregard for the high potential for serious disfigurement and possible permanent incapacitation.

I think part of the problem is that people who do assault others by smashing a glass in their face often seem to get off very, very lightly (Australia-wide). The potential for horrific injury from such an assault is so high that I think the legal consequences need to be upgraded to reflect that. I’d be happy to see people sent to prison for a reasonable stretch for this crime, and that just doesn’t seem to happen at present.

#13
Swaggie12:55 pm, 14 Nov 10

I wouldnt mind anyone throwing a glass at the Police being given a going over by the Cops – why the hell do they have to put their lives on the line to do their job? The legal system should protect them but in this town that’s a joke so there’ll be no complaints from me if some brain dead Moron walks out of the City Cop Shop having had a taste of his own medicine.

#14
Brianna1:56 pm, 14 Nov 10

Deref said :

screaming banshee said :

Repeat offenders should be made to donate a kidney.

Or two.

BTW Brianna, “offence” is spelt with a c, not an s.

Sorry Defef……got a rotten headache today. Normally I spell quite well.

#15
Mr Evil2:21 pm, 14 Nov 10

“While police were speaking to the injured man at the front of the night club, several glasses were thrown towards police narrowly missing them….”

Nice work, you effing morons. Obviously Mully’s friends were out on the town. :(

Time to trial earlier closing times, I think. And actually start punishing establishments that continue to repeatedly serve intoxicated and/or obnoxious a-holes.

#16
boo boo2:24 pm, 14 Nov 10

Woolongong in the late 80′s saw light crushable cups issued in the “rougher” pubs of the day at night. It’s an indication of the standards of drinkers at certain establishments that glassings happen. Two drinks for a dollar type attitude. Is it likely anyone would be glassed at the Hyatt bar on a busy Friday night? No.

#17
John Moulis2:51 pm, 14 Nov 10

boo boo said :

Woolongong in the late 80′s saw light crushable cups issued in the “rougher” pubs of the day at night. It’s an indication of the standards of drinkers at certain establishments that glassings happen. Two drinks for a dollar type attitude. Is it likely anyone would be glassed at the Hyatt bar on a busy Friday night? No.

Where did all this glassing come from? I was a regular patron of The Bondi Lifesaver and other such rough establishments in Sydney in the 1970s where groups like Cold Chisel, The Angels and the like got their start. I remember punks and skinheads as patrons, lots of beer being consumed and the occasional brawl on the floor but nobody ever thought about smashing a glass and shoving it in someone’s face. Even with a skinful at 1 & 2AM the most drunken and rowdy patron recognised the limits of acceptable conduct whilst in the presence of others. Was “glassing” featured on The Simpsons or South Park or some other show in the 1990s or early noughties? Did some gangsta rap group sing about it? I’m completely baffled as to how and why this behaviour started in the first place and why people believe it is within the boundaries today.

#18
Kerryhemsley4:51 pm, 14 Nov 10

Not sure if it is new John. Saw a vicious attack on a bouncer one night at the Trade Union Club in Surry Hills Sydney one night in the early eighties. Bouncer was a d…head but no excuse for such a cowardly act.

#19
DJ6:45 pm, 14 Nov 10

Despite your ‘rough’ pub days glassing has been around for a very long time. Interesting that you might equate a social behaviour/act to a cartoon…

And as for “it’s become so common” from Al… bollocks.

#20
cleo11:51 pm, 14 Nov 10

I’m just sick of the excuse of alcohol being used as an excuse, to do whatever crime the offender or offenders commit!

#21
MJay2:56 am, 15 Nov 10

Swaggie said :

why the hell do they have to put their lives on the line to do their job?

Because if they didn’t they wouldn’t be in a job for long.

#22
LikeWhoa9:50 am, 15 Nov 10

Glassing has been around for ages. Prominently featured in Trainspotting, when Robert Carlysle’s character ‘Begbie’ glassed a couple of people. There was also a website “people who need to be glassed” which was quite popular… http://needstobeglassed.blogspot.com

#23
CityDweller6:50 pm, 15 Nov 10

gospeedygo said :

Hmmm, I wonder which nightclub it was?

I know which venue this happened at… but all police and media reports only mention ‘a nightclub’ in the ‘city’.
Not sure why the location is being kept quiet?? Seems bizzare to me.

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