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Police Wrap – 11 May

By johnboy - 11 May 2009 34

1. Calwell Club rolled:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery which occurred at the Calwell Club today (May 11).

    Around 2:15am police were called to attend the Were Street address following reports of an armed robbery. About four staff and eight patrons were in the Club when two men entered and produced a knife and a handgun. The manager was then directed to the office to open the safe while the remaining staff and patrons were told lie down on the floor. The offenders then left the venue with a sum of cash.

    Vehicle used in robbery

    One of the offenders is described as Caucasian, about 5’7” (170cm) tall, with a thin build, and was wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans, white trainers, a dark-coloured balaclava, sunglasses, black gloves and carrying a knife.

    The other offender is described as Caucasian, about 6” (183cm) tall, with a thin build, wearing a black Adidas top with white stripes on the sleeves, grey Adidas track-suit pants, white trainers, a dark-coloured balaclava, sunglasses, black gloves and carrying what was described as a handgun.

    CCTV footage obtained from the club shows the offenders arriving in a silver coloured Hyundai Excel four-door sedan.

    No Club staff or patrons were harmed during the incident.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity around the Calwell Club overnight to contact Crime Stoppers.

2. Yet another attack at a bus stop:

    ACT Policing is investigating the robbery of an 18-year-old woman in Wanniassa on Saturday (May 9) around 10.45pm.

    The victim was walking home from a bus stop near the corner of Gaunson Crescent and Langdon Avenue when the attack occurred.

    A male offender has approached the victim from behind and attempted to remove her backpack.

    When the victim refused to let go of her bag, the offender began punching her in the shoulder. The victim released her bag and the offender and two to three other males fled along Langdon Avenue towards the Erindale Shopping Centre.

    The offender is described as Caucasian, with a ‘long’ face, possibly with dark brown facial hair, aged between late teens to early twenties and wearing a white hooded style jumper.

    Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed the robbery, or who may know the identity of the offender to contact Crime Stoppers.

3. Canberra drivers move beyond disappointing. Now appalling, shocking and disturbing:

    In an appalling outcome from a targeted breath-testing campaign conducted last weekend, ACT Policing has found that 16 of the 42 drink-drivers apprehended during the operation have previous drink-driving convictions.

    Police conducted the operation between Friday May 8, and Sunday May 10, targeting specific locations around Canberra.

    Disturbingly, some of the results included Learner and Provisional plate drivers exceeding their compulsory .02 blood alcohol limit by more than 10 times.

    One of the results was recorded from a collision in Kambah where the driver involved, a 35-year-old male with a provisional licence, recorded a blood alcohol level of .232.

    In a second and equally alarming incident, a 21-year-old male learner driver recorded a blood alcohol level of .207 on Ginninderra Drive after a collision.

    A 39-year-old unlicensed driver was stopped by police on Owen Dixon Drive in Evatt and recorded .213.

    The highest blood alcohol reading recorded by police over the weekend was 0.329.

    “Eight of the 42 people we apprehended had one previous drink-driving conviction, seven had two previous drink-driving convictions, and one person had been convicted three times previously,” A/Commander Colbran said.

    “This tells us that there are motorists within our community who have no fear about being caught drink-driving. They simply don’t care.

    “As shocking as these results are, as police it just increases our resolve to continue to target these people who have no regard for the safety of others. We call on the community to join with us if we are to have any hope of lowering the road toll while we have this many people ignoring our repeated safety messages about drink driving. Get the message out to family, friends, sporting team-mates and work colleagues that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated. Drink driving is not bad luck. It is a crime and will be treated as such.”

If you can help police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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34 Responses to
Police Wrap – 11 May
FC 8:08 am 12 May 09

xyro said :

Ya gotta be impressed by someone that can even walk at .316 or whatever the reading. Awful that the wanker was driving though…. Need to name and shame them… but some think the higher the reading the bigger the man(or woman)!

I think there alchohol tolerance levels might have a bit to do with it.
so if I had 2 drinks I would be well drunk (being a non-drinker) and definitly wouldn’t be able to drive, but if my mate (who drinks regularly) had two drinks they would probably not even feel any effect.
We would both have the same blood alchohol reading however.
So if you were an alchoholic, i imagine you would build up quite a tolerance and maybe not really realise how hight your blood alchohol reading would be.

vandam 7:59 am 12 May 09

Spideydog said :

pptvb said :

. Need to name and shame them…
+1
List them in the CT

Does anyone read the CT ???

Nope, maybe the Riot Act should start a name and shame section for those nobs that drink drive!

Spideydog 1:13 am 12 May 09

pptvb said :

. Need to name and shame them…
+1
List them in the CT

Does anyone read the CT ???

farnarkler 11:01 pm 11 May 09

It’s about time that drivers caught with a blood alcohol level above a certain amount are given a custodial sentence. Daryl Neit must be sick of banging his head against a brick wall when it comes to drink drivers because, as has been said, they just don’t care and are willing to take the risk of being caught.

Those four readings are the highest I’ve ever read about in such a short period of time.

Very Busy 10:30 pm 11 May 09

“Canberra drivers move beyond disappointing. Now appalling, shocking and disturbing:”

Speed cameras will fix it.

Seriously, this is the result of years of road safety neglect by the ACT Government. People simply think that they won’t get caught because simply, they are right – they probably won’t get caught.

This Government’s 9 year fixation on plastering revenue raising speed cameras all over this city while they sit on their asses in relation to all other aspects of road safety has caused this situation. Posting a fine in the mail to an experienced driver for doing 85 in an 80 zone does nothing for the road safety message. The past 6 or so months of intense breath testing is not enough to turn things around. We also need to get serious about all other driving offences for people to take driving seriously. Things have seriously declined over a number of years and it is going to take a number of years of targeted policing to turn things around. I can’t believe our politicians just don’t get it.

BTW, I nor anyone in my immediate family have ever been caught by a red light, speed, or mobile roadside camera, so I don’t have a personal agenda.

farnarkler 9:27 pm 11 May 09

When did the CT stop naming DUI drivers?? Photocopies of my 5 minutes of infamy were strewn all over my desk back in 92.

Felix the Cat 8:39 pm 11 May 09

farnarkler said :

They’ll be in for a rude shock when, once they get their licences back, they try to insure their cars. I found out the hard way that insurers don’t like drink drivers. GIO were the only insurers who’d touch me and the premium was through the roof.

They probably don’t own cars worth enough to insure.

pptvb 8:15 pm 11 May 09

. Need to name and shame them…
+1
List them in the CT

farnarkler 5:22 pm 11 May 09

They’ll be in for a rude shock when, once they get their licences back, they try to insure their cars. I found out the hard way that insurers don’t like drink drivers. GIO were the only insurers who’d touch me and the premium was through the roof.

xyro 5:17 pm 11 May 09

Ya gotta be impressed by someone that can even walk at .316 or whatever the reading. Awful that the wanker was driving though…. Need to name and shame them… but some think the higher the reading the bigger the man(or woman)!

vandam 4:17 pm 11 May 09

Or maybe Nappy Valley is starting to grow up and become a haven for Sh**head kids that think destroying property and bashing people is fun.

Don’t worry Gungahlin will be like that in about 10 or so years. They are afterall teh new Nappy Valley!!!!

mikal 2:57 pm 11 May 09

Perhaps its a comment on the quality of policing on the south side compared with the north.

Lady_from_Holt 2:08 pm 11 May 09

I was thinking that too farnarkler… it does sound very dangerous. I’m glad I live in the best side of Canberra 😉

farnarkler 1:58 pm 11 May 09

Correct me if I’m wrong but that part of Canberra south of Mount Taylor seems to get a lot more crime than the rest of the city; Calwell club robbery, Gilmore street brawls and numerous late night muggings.

Aspiring to Watts or Compton in LA?

GottaLoveCanberra 1:50 pm 11 May 09

Maybe that’d explain why I saw a few car loads of police and an ambulance at the Erindale area on Saturday night!

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