ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to several instances of property damage to schools in Stirling, Duffy and Waramanga over the weekend (20-22 November).
Early Sunday morning (21 November) police responded to a report of an alarm activation at the Arawang Primary School, Waramanga. Police gained entry to the school and found a fire hose turned on and left running, flooding the corridors of the school.
The cost to repair the flood damage is not known at this stage.
During the early hours of Monday (22 November) police attended the Duffy Primary School and Canberra College after a report of an alarm being activated within the school building. In both instances, police located fire extinguishers which had been tampered with, along with property damage to the canteen areas.
Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the vicinity of the Arawang and Duffy Primary Schools and the Canberra College at the weekend are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
ACT Policing’s RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) team were kept busy over the weekend (October 20 and 21) with a number of motorists detected for various offences.
Of the 19500 vehicles scanned over the weekend, 41 were detected as unregistered and a number of these were also uninsured. Two motorists were apprehended for outstanding warrants. Eight motorists were also caught driving while unlicensed.
In addition, a 19-year-old man was caught driving an unregistered vehicle, dangerous driving, and driving an unsafely maintained vehicle. He will be summoned to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
Of concern to police is that despite the high visibility enforcement activities, too many motorists are continuing to drive while unlicensed or disqualified, or simply ignore the requirement to register their car.
Unregistered cars and unlicensed/suspended/disqualified drivers are substantially over represented in the ACT serious and fatal crash statistics. ACT Policing will continue with the active targeting of these offences to get these cars and drivers off the road to make our roads safer.
With almost 20,000 vehicles scanned over the weekend it’s a timely reminder to all ACT motorists that if you break the law you can expect to get caught no matter what time of the day or week you drive.
Members from ACT Policing, ACT Fire Brigade, Canberra Raiders and the Brumbies joined forces in support of White Ribbon Day at the weekend raising more than $8,000 at the Men in Uniform stalls.
Between 9.00am and 1.00pm, Men in Uniform stalls were set up across Canberra in each major shopping centre to support the elimination of violence against women in the community through White Ribbon Day merchandise.
The stalls were inundated with support and people prepared to undertake the oath to never commit violence against women, never to excuse violence against women and never remain silent about violence against women.
ACT Policing’s White Ribbon Ambassador, Deputy Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill attended the Gungahlin stall while Acting Chief Police Officer, David McLean assisted at Westfield Woden.
“The Men in Uniform was a wonderful event which raised the awareness that violence against women needs to be eliminated in our community. It was great to see so many people willing to support White Ribbon Day, offer a donation and wear a white ribbon,” Commander Hill said.
“After a preliminary count of the donations, I’m ecstatic to be able to say that the Canberra community contributed more than $8,000 towards the White Ribbon Foundation, with a very generous anonymous donation of $1,000. This is an outstanding result and shows that the community is supportive of the elimination of violence against women”.
White Ribbon Day is 25 November. ACT Policing and Commander Hill will be supporting the White Ribbon Day breakfast 7.30am Thursday 25 November at the ACT Legislative Assembly.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses in relation to two motorcycles racing along Flemington Road, Franklin around 5.10pm on Saturday (20 November).
General Duties members from Gungahlin Station were conducting a patrol along Flemington Road when they saw a Suzuki GSXR600 and a Harley Davidson turn left from Nullarbor Avenue, Franklin onto Flemington Road and heavily accelerate over the posted speed limit while racing each other.
A traffic stop was conducted by police on Mapleton Street, Harrison where both motorcycles were seized under the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999. Both male riders will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
ACT Policing would like to remind the community that general duties police officers patrol the ACT, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and as part of this role carry out traffic enforcement duties to make roads in the ACT safer.
Anyone who was in the area of the time and observed the two motorcycles travelling along Flemington Road are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Members of the Canberra Community got behind the national phone in day as part the nationwide offensive against amphetamine production and distribution, by calling Crime Stoppers with important information.
Crime Stoppers ACT received a total of 17 calls from people within the Canberra Community with information on drug-related activity. This information received by Crime Stoppers could help police make a number of significant arrests and could also lead to the seizure of property and drugs.
The national Crime Stoppers campaign which began on Monday, November 8 in the lead up to “Say Something Day”, encouraged members of the public to speak up if they had any information relating to the production and distribution of amphetamines.
During the campaign ACT Policing executed two search warrants which resulted in the arrest of two people with another person being summonsed to court. The warrants also resulted in the seizure of $10,000 worth of illicit drugs and a number of packages containing a substance thought to be methylamphetamine (ICE).
Although this campaign has come to an end ACT Policing would continue to encourage members of the public to take an active role in making our community safe.
Anyone who has information about any criminal activity is urged to call the Crime Stoppers toll-free hotline on 1800 333 000 and talk to police in confidence.