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Police Wrap for the end of 2010

By 31 December 2010 15

1. Light fingered women in Westfield Belconnen:

ACT Policing has arrested a 25-year-old Ngunnawal woman and an 18-year-old Evatt woman following the theft of more than 50 items from a number of stores at Westfield Belconnen yesterday afternoon (Wednesday December 22).

About 5.30pm Westfield security staff alerted Police to a suspicious vehicle parked in the Myer carpark. The security staff believed several items stolen from various stores in the mall had been placed in the vehicle.

CCTV footage of the incident supplied to police led to the offenders being located inside the mall. Both women were arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House.

The two females will be summonsed to attend the ACT Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

Sergeant Brett Coutts from the Belconnen Police Station said that a newly formed Belconnen beats team had been patrolling the mall over the last few weeks in the lead-up to Christmas.

“The Belconnen Beats Team has been patrolling the Belconnen area since 27 November. So far, the team has responded to 66 jobs and recovered a large amount of stolen property belonging to retailers within the Belconnen Mall,” he said.

The Belconnen Beats Team will continue until 6 January 2011.

2. “And the fact that you’ve got “Replica” written down the side of your guns… And the fact that I’ve got “Desert Eagle point five O”… Written down the side of mine…”:

A 46-year-old Braddon man was arrested yesterday afternoon (Thursday, December 23) after police executed a search warrant on his premises.

During the search police seized an amount of suspected stolen property, a replica pistol and a quantity of illicit substances suspected to be meth amphetamine, heroin and cannabis.

After the completion of the warrant the man was arrested and conveyed to the watch house. He was charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of crime and possession of a prohibited weapon.

He will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Friday, December 24), bail will be strongly opposed by police.

3. Ready for New Years?

ACT Policing will have a strong presence across Canberra during this New Year’s Eve celebrations targeting anti-social behaviour and underage drinking.

There will be a focus on New Year’s Eve hotspots such as Civic, Dickson, Manuka and Kingston to ensure that every person seeing in 2011 can do so in a safe and secure environment.

In addition to normal response capabilities, ACT Policing will be dedicating resources towards the early targeting of underage drinking and members of ACT Policing’s Alcohol Crime Targeting Team will be attending a number of licensed premises enforcing the new liquor laws.

ACT Policing’s Superintendent Mark Antill has a message for under-aged drinkers and people who supply under-aged drinkers with alcohol.

“I would encourage young people to remember that having a good time doesn’t require alcohol. If you are under 18 and you or your friends do get caught drinking, it certainly won’t be something to celebrate.

Consuming alcohol under the age of 18 is an offence and those caught breaking this law or those caught supplying drinks to people under 18 will face the consequences,” he said.

Superintendent Antill says police will not tolerate public drunkenness and anti-social behaviour which detracts from other people enjoying the evening.

“We want all Canberrans to enjoy themselves this New Year’s Eve, but not at the expense of others. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.

Common sense, being alert and good planning is key to remaining safe this New Years Eve and ACT Policing urges people attending the festivities across the capital to use common sense strategies when out celebrating, these include:

– Remain alert and be aware of the people around you.
– Think ahead – consider how you are going to get home – what about pre-booking a taxi or arranging a lift with a friend or family member?
– Make sure you stay with your party and someone knows where you are at all times.
– Never leave drinks unattended and only accept drinks from people you trust.
– Ensure you have enough money to get home or to phone. Never hitch-hike.
– Keep away from trouble – if you see any trouble or suspect that it might be about to start; stay clear. The best thing you can do is to alert the police and keep away.
– Walk purposely and try to appear confident. Be wary of casual requests from strangers, like someone asking for a cigarette or change – they could have ulterior motives.
– Handle money cautiously and discreetly. Also consider the necessity of the items you are carrying in your handbag or wallet – keep valuables to a minimum.

“We remind the community that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and drivers need to be cautious about having residual alcohol in their system on Saturday morning,” Superintendant Antill said.

“If you plan to drive to any of the New Year’s Eve events, then plan on being breath tested. We are out in force to catch people who drink and drive to keep our roads safe.

If you plan to drink, take alternate transport to work or play the next day. Take the extra precaution – let someone else do the driving the day after the night before.”

Current road closure information:

– Road closures will take place on London Circuit between Petrie Plaza and Akuna Street from 5pm until about 2am.
– Mort Street will be closed for 12 hours between Cooyong Street and Bunda Street from 5pm until 5am.
– During the fireworks display, other road closures will be implemented southbound on Northbourne Avenue between 8.50pm to 9.30pm and also from 11.50pm to 12.30am. Traffic will be diverted left along Cooyong Street, into Ballumbir Street, Coranderrk Street, Parkes Way with access to Commonwealth Avenue. The laneway behind the Canberra Theatre will also be closed.

4. It’s easy to get carried away in the big smoke:

A 26-year-old P-plate driver was caught drink driving early yesterday morning (Wednesday 30 December) in Condor.

Around 2.55am members of Tuggeranong Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a gold Ford Telstar. The driver underwent a breath screening which returned a positive result. The driver was from Parkes, NSW and stated he was intending to drive home.

The driver was taken to Tuggeranong Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.157. As the 26-year-old is a provisional licence holder and subject to a 0.00 limit, under the new legislation his licence was seized and his right to drive in the ACT was immediately suspended.

Sergeant Rod Anderson would like to remind the public that all police vehicles are RBT units and you never know when you will get caught.

“If you plan on drinking and driving, then plan on getting breath tested. Fortunately for this driver he was detected early by our officers. If he had continued on to Parkes his trip could have had a very different outcome.”

The P-plate driver was arrested and taken to the ACT Regional Watch House where he was charged. He will appear in the ACT Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

5. But did he have a Rush Hour sticker?

A 34-year-old Melba man was caught driving 83km/h over the speed limit this morning (Thursday 30 December).

Around 11am an unmarked police vehicle was travelling along William Hovell Drive when it was overtaken by a XR6 Falcon sedan. The car was recorded as travelling 173km/h in a 90km/h zone.

The driver was issued with a $1,811 fine and lost 12 demerit points which will result in the loss of his license.

Sergeant Mick Horan would like to remind the public double demerit points are in effect until Monday (3 January) and police are on the road across the ACT enforcing the road rules.

“After all the recent efforts of ACT Policing in relation to road safety it is disappointing to apprehend a motorist travelling 83 km/h over the posted speed limit. Speeding is one of the major contributing factors in serious and fatal collisions in Canberra.”

“ACT Policing wants a fatality free holiday period and incidents like this have the potential to make the holiday period an unhappy time for a family, after losing a loved one due to excessive speeding and dangerous driving.”

6. Young and dumb:

ACT Policing’s Woden Patrol caught two motorcycle riders travelling 50km/h over the speed limit, 20 minutes apart, early this morning (Friday 31 December).

Around 12am police were conducting a mobile patrol when they recorded a 22-year-old man, riding a Honda motorcycle travelling 120km/h in a 70km/h zone.

About 12.20am an unmarked police vehicle was driving along Yarra Glen Road in Deakin when it was overtaken by a 19-year-old woman riding a Suzuki motorcycle. The bike was recorded travelling 130km/h in an 80km/h zone.

Both riders were learners and were issued with a $1,811 fine and lost 12 demerit points which will result in the loss of their licenses.

ACT Policing would like to remind the public that double demerit points are in effect until Monday (3 January).

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15 Responses to Police Wrap for the end of 2010
#1
Tooks10:34 am, 31 Dec 10

A 26-year-old P-plate driver was caught drink driving early yesterday morning (Wednesday 30 December) in Condor.

Charles Conder was a painter, lithographer and fan designer.

A Condor is the name for two species of New World vultures, each in a monotypic genus. They are the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere.

Sorry. Pet hate of mine.

#2
DarkLadyWolfMother10:49 am, 31 Dec 10

You don’t like Condors? Or just don’t like them as pets?

#3
Tooks11:06 am, 31 Dec 10

I don’t like them as pets. They tend to eat the neighbours’ cats.

#4
Trunking symbols11:12 am, 31 Dec 10

“Charles Conder was a painter, lithographer and fan designer.”

He also died from syphilis. They don’t mention *that* on the TAMS website . . .

#5
Cletus 311:21 am, 31 Dec 10

I’m beginning to think that the new 0.00 limit for P platers is becoming a big mistake — how will the media report fantastical numbers now? They should have lobbied to make the limit 0.001; this hapless fellow would have made for a great headline, “157 TIMES THE LIMIT!”

#6
Chop714:52 pm, 31 Dec 10

Like “Video killed the radio star” it makes it very hard to be a crim these days.

#7
Muttsybignuts11:31 pm, 01 Jan 11

I like Snatch…

#8
dvaey10:35 am, 02 Jan 11

“Sergeant Rod Anderson would like to remind the public that all police vehicles are RBT units and you never know when you will get caught.”

While I understand the need for strong language when trying to put the fear of god into citizens, wouldnt this have been better said as ‘never know when you will get tested.’? As a non-drinker, Im pretty sure (depending on the testing equipment of the day) I will never get caught, but this message makes it sound like all police are out to get you and you never know when they will get you. Apparently given they tested 500 people over new years eve and got 0, their catch rates must be pretty average.

#9
Tooks1:08 pm, 02 Jan 11

but this message makes it sound like all police are out to get you and you never know when they will get you.

Ah dvaey, the hits keep coming. Sounds like you got a new tin foil hat for Christmas.

Apparently given they tested 500 people over new years eve and got 0, their catch rates must be pretty average.

Wrong. Where did you get that info?

#10
Chop711:55 pm, 02 Jan 11

I wonder if they have a RiotACT in Brisbane? Then Fev could have read a report like this and he could have been warned that there would have been police out on NYE.

#11
dvaey5:40 pm, 02 Jan 11

Apparently given they tested 500 people over new years eve and got 0, their catch rates must be pretty average.

Wrong. Where did you get that info?

From the RiotACT front page in the new years eve wrap.

Quoted: Dedicated traffic patrols conducted high visibility random breath testing on major arterial roads throughout the evening. Over 500 tests were conducted by these patrols with no positive tests.

By ‘average’ I meant poor, not average as in, the average number theyd catch normally. Maybe Im mistaken but isnt 500 RBTs about average for a weekend? Im sure I remember hearing about a blitz a few weeks ago where over 2000 tests were conducted.

I didnt see or hear of any anti-social behaviour, so obviously the message theyre trying to get across has worked, I just disagree slightly with how it was worded.

#12
jodizzle10:22 am, 03 Jan 11

dvaey, if there were no positive hits from the 500 RBT tests, one would say that the result is not “poor”, it was a good result indicating that people have possibly gotten the message not to drink drive. Would you rather we have a large amount of drink drivers on the road?

#13
Tooks11:17 am, 03 Jan 11

Dedicated traffic patrols conducted high visibility random breath testing on major arterial roads throughout the evening. Over 500 tests were conducted by these patrols with no positive tests

Okay, wasn’t sure what you meant when you said “they”. The dedicated breath testing patrols got no positive tests, true. Maybe people planned (taxis, night rider, dedicated drivers)their night better than usual Friday/Saturday nights.

#14
dvaey1:27 pm, 03 Jan 11

jodizzle – dvaey, if there were no positive hits from the 500 RBT tests, one would say that the result is not “poor”, it was a good result indicating that people have possibly gotten the message not to drink drive. Would you rather we have a large amount of drink drivers on the road?

I find it rather bizarre that not one person DUI’d on NYE. Or to put it a better way, it seems strange after the strong language the police were using about ‘we will catch you’, that they couldnt catch anyone. Isnt breath-testing on new years eve, like shooting fish in a barrel?

I also have to wonder if people are wising up to the locations the RBTs sit, and are simply taking alternative routes. As great as it would be to believe the AFP claim that everyone was good and no-one DUI’d, I find that just a tad hard to believe.

#15
Tooks4:55 pm, 03 Jan 11

As great as it would be to believe the AFP claim that everyone was good and no-one DUI’d, I find that just a tad hard to believe.

Actually, I think you’ll find several people were caught drink driving during the New Years period, just not by the high visibility random breath testing stations on major arterial roads.

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