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Man to face court over Belconnen unit fire

By 22 April 2014

A 25-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning following a fire at a unit in Belconnen last night (Monday, 21 April).
Around 6.35pm, members from Belconnen Police Station responded to a report of a disturbance in a unit in Howie Court, Belconnen. On arrival they saw a unit on fire.
ACT Fire and [...]

Polo fire officially suspicious

By 24 January 2014

ACT Policing is continuing an investigation into a structural fire at the Polish White Eagle Club in O’Connor on Tuesday (January 21).
While the exact method used to start the fire is still to be determined, investigations have concluded the fire was deliberately lit.
In addition to the fire, a safe and cash register were stolen during [...]

Police investigating Greenway grass fire

By 24 January 2014

ACT Policing is investigating a grass fire which occurred in Tuggeranong yesterday (Thursday January, 23).
At about 2.10pm, ACT Emergency Services Agency responded to reports of a fire in a grassed area next to the Lake Tuggeranong Bridge on Athllon Drive.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire and police established a crime scene.
A number of witnesses [...]

Alleged Molonglo firebug facing court today

By 20 January 2014

A 48-year-old man who suffered burns as a result of a fire in Molonglo will face court today charged with causing a bushfire during the total fire ban on January 16.
Police will allege the man, of no fixed abode, had been found hiding under a bridge after a fire had been deliberately lit near Tuggeranong [...]

Suspected firebug hobo hoist on his own petard

By 16 January 2014

A 48 year-old man of no fixed abode has been airlifted to Concord Hospital after receiving serious burns in a suspicious fire in Molonglo early this morning (Thursday 16 January).
ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service attended a grass fire located in a pine forest near Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive after [...]

Simon’s firebug fears

By 13 January 2014

Simon Corbell has shared his concerns over arson:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires around the region.
Very high temperatures are expected this week and the Emergency Services Agency may declare Total Fire Ban days.
Deliberately lit grass fires and [...]

Kambah firebug

By 5 October 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to fires in grassland off Kambah Pool Road, Kambah yesterday (Friday, October 4).
About 2.30pm, ACT Policing attended the scene where ACT Fire and Rescue had distinguished several small grass fires that appeared deliberately lit.
Anyone who may have witnessed the fires or any suspicious activity in the area at that time [...]

Garran Primary fire lighter

By 9 September 2013

ACT Policing is investigating two small fires which occurred at Garran Primary School earlier today (Monday, September 9).
Around 2.30pm police were called to two small fires at the school, one inside a toilet block and the other within the main building.
ACT Fire and Rescue were already on the scene and quickly contained the fires. [...]

The Great City Car BQ

By 23 August 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue have attended multiple car fires this morning in Civic, Turner, Reid and Braddon.
70 people were evacuated when at least 14 cars and a boat were found alight in the car park underneath Condamine Court, Turner.
In another incident, fire fighters responded to an apartment block in Allambee Street, Reid, where [...]

Kambah CarBQ arrest

By 17 August 2013

A 25-year-old Kambah man will face ACT Magistrates Court after being arrested for a vehicle fire in Kambah earlier today (Saturday, August 17).
A white Nissan Pulsar had been parked on the side of Drakeford Drive after being involved in a collision.
About 9.50am this morning, witnesses observed a male pacing around the vehicle, and throwing bottles [...]

Garran man arrested for Monash fire

By 10 July 2013

ACT Policing arrested a 27-year-old Garran man in relation to a house fire in Monash earlier today (Wednesday, July 10).
About 4.45am ACT Fire & Rescue notified police they were in attendance at the Griffin Place residence. Police officers attended to find the house well alight.
There were no people inside the residence at the time of [...]

Witnesses wanted for Monash fires

By 10 July 2013

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire that extensively damaged a house in Monash this morning (Wednesday, July 10).
About 4.45am ACT Fire & Rescue notified police they were in attendance at the Griffin Place residence. Police officers attended to find the house well alight.
There were no people inside the residence at the time of the [...]

Police suspect arson in Civic blaze

By 27 June 2013

Evidence suggesting Tuesday’s fire in Bega flats may have been deliberately lit has been uncovered by Police investigating the blaze, reports ABC News.
Police are analysing a substance they believe was used to accelerate the fire in a unit at the Bega flats in Cooyong Street, opposite the Canberra centre.
The presence of such a substance along [...]

Cook CarBQ

By 22 June 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a suspicious car fire that occurred in Mackellar Crescent, Cook early this morning (Saturday, June 22).
Around 5.30am, police arrived at Mackellar Crescent after ACT Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a car on fire.
The car was located under a carport at the location in-between two houses. A second [...]

Police look for info about bin fires

By 21 June 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a number of bin fires in the Belconnen and City area over the past two nights.
Yesterday morning (Thursday, June 20) between 12.30am and 2am, ACT Policing and ACT Fire and Rescue responded to five suspicious garbage bin fires.
Three fires occurred along a residential street in Bruce, and two [...]

Alleged Gold Coast scum making an unwelcome return

By 14 June 2013

A 47-year-old man has been extradited from Queensland in relation to two aggravated robberies which occurred at Hackett IGA Supermarket in 2005 and an O’Connor chemist in May 2007.
Detectives from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations travelled to the Gold Coast, yesterday (Thursday 13 June) seeking extradition of the man after he was arrested by Queensland police [...]

Slash the tyres, steal the bikes, set fire to the apartment…

By 3 April 2013

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to a fire within a unit complex in Phillip at the weekend.
Sometime between 6pm Friday, March 29 and 5am Saturday, March 30 offenders have slashed the tyres of the resident’s car, set the unit on fire and stole two bicycles.
Police attended the location and saw the front door had [...]

Canberra Avenue CarBQ

By 25 February 2013

A reader has sent in this scene from Queanbeyan today.
Got an image of (or around) Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Firelighter and stalker Jeremy Dash-Greentree on a suspended sentence

By 4 February 2013

Justice Penfold has made known her thoughts on Jeremy Dash-Greentree who despite terrifying crimes is having allowances made for his mental health:
The charges arise from two quite separate incidents. The first incident took place in June 2006, when Mr Dash-Greentree went to a flat in Griffith to see a man named Brett whom [...]

Macgregor Car-B-Q

By 4 February 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a vehicle fire in McGregor last night (Sunday, February 3).
At 7.30pm, police attended Bowden Place after receiving reports of a Holden Rodeo alight at the location.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the vehicle fire. They were unable to establish a point of ignition for the fire, and the cause of [...]

Calwell fires

By 30 January 2013

ACT Policing is investigating two suspicious fires at the Calwell Shops which occurred late last night (Tuesday, January 29).
About 10.20pm ACT Policing were called to attend the scene of a fire outside a shop after ACT Fire and Rescue deemed the fire as being intentionally lit.
A short time later, police were informed of another [...]

Kambah firelighter

By 30 January 2013

An 11-year-old boy will undergo a restorative justice process after being caught lighting a fire in Kambah yesterday (Monday, January 28).
Around 12.35pm, police attended the Wanniassa Primary School after a member of the public reported seeing two young people lighting fires against a tree on the school’s oval.
Police spoke to the two boys, one aged [...]

Arson strikes in Holt and Fadden

By 27 January 2013

In a very un-Australian act, arsonists have struck again in the early hours of Saturday morning (January 26), this time in Holt and Fadden.
ACT Policing is investigating two incidents of arson, the first, a grass fire in the bush land off Foxton Circuit Fadden, behind the Holy Family Primary School.
Police were called to the scene [...]

Police want your help with firebugs

By 25 January 2013

ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service have joined forces to warn the community about the danger of deliberately lighting fires this summer, following a suspicious grass fire in Gungahlin this week.
On Monday (January 21), ACT Fire & Rescue extinguished a fire near the Uniting Church on The Valley Avenue in [...]

Calwell CarBQ

By 23 January 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a vehicle fire in Calwell early this morning (Wednesday, January 23).
At 12.18am, police attended Brawn Place after receiving reports of a 2007 model black Ford Ranger alight at the location.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the vehicle fire. They were unable to establish a point of ignition for the fire, [...]

Did you see the firebugs?

By 17 January 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to two deliberately lit grass fires at the Stony Creek Nature Reserve (Tuesday, January 15) and the Griffith Park Nature Reserve yesterday (Wednesday, January 16).
Around 2.45pm, the ACT Rural Fire Service attended the Stony Creek Nature Reserve on the eastern bank of the Murrumbidgee River, about 1.5km south of the [...]

Alleged Lawson firebug teens nabbed

By 8 January 2013

ACT Policing has taken two teenagers into custody after a grass fire was started in Lawson earlier today (January 8).
Around 1.30pm, ACT Fire and Rescue requested the assistance of ACT Policing after receiving a report that two teenagers were seen lighting a grass fire along Baldwin Drive.
Officers from Gungahlin general duties attended the area and [...]

The Belconnen car BBQ

By 27 December 2012

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to three separate fires which occurred in Belconnen early this morning (Thursday, December 27).
Around 2.00am police were called to Howie Court in Condell Street, Belconnen, where a white Mitsubishi Triton Ute had been set on fire and extinguished by ACT Fire and Rescue.
Around 3.15am police attended the Oracle Apartments in [...]

Gungahlin Charity Bin BBQ

By 10 December 2012

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a charity bin fire which occurred yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 9).
Around 2.20pm Gungahlin police officers saw a large amount of smoke coming from the Salvation Army charity bins located on Ernest Cavanagh Street.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended the scene and extinguished the blaze, managing to limit the fire damage [...]

Kippax firebombings

By 28 October 2012

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to two fires in Holt overnight.
Around 2.15am today (Sunday, October 28), police attended the Kippax Fair Shopping Centre, where ACT Fire and Rescue had extinguished a small fire outside the Kippax Health Centre. The fire caused minor damage to a door at the Health Centre, and appears to have been [...]

Have you seen these suspected firebugs?

By 9 September 2012

ACT Policing is seeking to identify two youths who may be able to provide information relating to a deliberately lit grass fire near Justice Kelly St in Forde around 1.30pm yesterday (Saturday, September 8).
A quick-thinking local resident saw the smoke and used a garden hose to bring the fire under control, with ACT Fire and [...]

Gungahlin firebombing

By 14 August 2012

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to two house fires in Gungahlin this week.
About 10pm on Sunday (August 12), police attended Helby Street in Harrison where they were advised by ACT Fire and Rescue that a fire had been extinguished. There was no structural damage to the house.
Police also attended a burnt out house on [...]

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