Police Wrap – 10 June 2010

johnboy 10 June 2010

[First filed: Jun 10, 2010 @ 11:27]

1. Caltex Braddon rolled again:

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the Caltex service station in Braddon which occurred around 3:10am this morning (Thursday 10 June).

Two males entered the service station, jumped over the counter and assaulted the male store attendant. The offenders also threatened the attendant with a baseball bat and a knife. The offenders stole an amount of cash and cigarettes.

One of the offenders is described as having an Asian appearance, about 175 centimetres tall (5’9”), with a solid build. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper as well as a red beanie on his head (under hood).

The other offender is described as being about 170 to 173 centimetres tall (5’7” to 5’8”) with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded jumper and a black balaclava.

Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of Braddon or who knows the identity of the offenders to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

2. Long weekend:

Speeding and fatigue are identified by ACT Policing as the two key dangers to drivers travelling to and from the snowfields for the forthcoming Queens Birthday long weekend (June 12-14).

ACT Policing and the NSW Police will combine their efforts in tackling these two major road safety risks this weekend as double demerits begin at midnight tonight (Thursday, June 10) for all speeding and seatbelt-related offences.

Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Steve Cooke said that ACT Policing would support Operation Stay Alert and the NSW Police effort by patrolling the main arterial roads in and out of the ACT over the long weekend.

“We know from experience that thousands of people will be driving to and from Sydney and the surrounding region for this long weekend’s opening of the ski season – and they invariably all drive through Canberra,” a/Supt Cooke said.

“By the time these drivers have arrived in Canberra, most will already be experiencing significant symptoms of fatigue. When drivers feel their concentration slipping, they need to stop, revive and survive. We would encourage drivers to take a break every few hours. It’s also very important to keep to the speed limits, and for everyone in the car to buckle up.

“The trip from Sydney to the snow can be lengthy and tiring, particularly during the hours of darkness and with heavy traffic. We would encourage people to plan their journey, share the driving if possible and take regular rest breaks.”

During last year’s Queens Birthday long weekend double demerit period, ACT Policing issued 86 Traffic infringement Notices (TINs) and 44 Cautions. There were also 19 apprehensions for drink-driving over the same period.

“Police in NSW and the ACT will be actively patrolling throughout the long weekend to enforce speed limits and seat belt usage. We want everyone to travel to their holiday destination and arrive home safely this long weekend,” a/Supt Cooke added.

3. Kaleen High fire:

ACT Policing is currently investigating a suspicious fire at Kaleen High School.

Police were called to the location around 12.35pm today (Thursday 10 June) in response to a report of a fire starting in the girl’s toilet block at the school.

The fire has been extinguished by the ACT Fire Brigade.

At this stage, the extent of damage to the school is unknown.

AFP Forensic Services are conducting an examination at the scene.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information on the cause of the fire to contact Crime Stoppers.

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