28 December 2020

UPDATED: Police explain early morning chopper search around Lake Burley Griffin

| Karyn Starmer
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ACT Policing responded to an incident at Lake Burley Griffin in the early hours of Monday morning. Photo: File.

4:30 pm: ACT Policing has provided details about an incident near Lake Burley Griffin this morning that involved a helicopter search at about 3:00 am over West Basin.

According to police, at around 1:15 am, officers followed a car to Lake Burley Griffin. A man and woman fled the car, and the woman was located and arrested by police a short time later.

Police followed the man on foot until he jumped into Lake Burley Griffin. The man was last seen about 100 metres from the water’s edge near Kings Avenue.

In an attempt to find the man, AFP Maritime and the Toll SouthCare Rescue helicopter assisted search efforts.

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Ambulance Service also attended.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said police today sought to confirm the identity of the man.

“Visibility at that time of the morning was poor, so we also undertook a thorough search of the area that he was last seen in to find more information about the incident,” Detective Superintendent Moller said.

“There are several persons of interest who we have identified as connected to this incident, and will be continuing our enquiries, which includes speaking to witnesses. I expect there will be further charges laid in the future.”

The car the man had been travelling in with the woman was seen by police earlier in the morning in connection to a fail-to-stop incident and pursuit for other traffic and property-related matters.

Two other women also connected to this incident were located at another location and arrested by police. All three women today faced the ACT Magistrates Court.

“I’d encourage anyone who has information to come forward to help with our investigation,” Detective Superintendent Moller said.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Quote reference 6703239. Information can be provided anonymously.

11:30 am: Police responded to an incident near Lake Burley Griffin in the early hours of Monday morning (28 December), with residents reporting a helicopter flying over East Basin at about 3:00 am for approximately 30 minutes.

ACT Policing have provided little detail of the incident.

In a statement, a spokeswoman said: “About 1:15 am Monday, December 28, 2020, ACT Policing responded to an incident near Lake Burley Griffin.

“There is a large police presence in the Barton, Kingston and Jerrabomberra Wetlands areas.”

Police remained at the lake on Monday morning.

The spokeswoman said there was no threat to the wider community. A further update will be provided later today.

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I wonder whether any real progress has been made in recovering the service weapon stolen from an AFP officer yet.

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice ..

All a bit strange. I wonder whose chopper it was . The AFP don’t own one. Well I don’t think they do .. Do they ?

“”In an attempt to find the man, AFP Maritime and the Toll SouthCare Rescue helicopter assisted search efforts.””

‘Ah’ said Alice.

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