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Police Wrap – 12 December

By johnboy - 12 December 2008 61

1. A real train wreck! Almost…

    ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group is seeking witnesses to an incident this afternoon (Thursday, December 11) in which a Countrylink train struck debris on the line within the ACT, causing damage to the train’s diesel fuel tank.

    The incident occurred at 4.28pm today about 2.5kms from the Canberra Station. The train was able to continue without incident to Canberra Station at Kingston, although the ruptured fuel tank has resulted in the loss of a significant amount of diesel fuel.

    Emergency clean-up crews assisted in the clean-up operation.

    The train involved in the incident was the regular Countrylink service between Sydney and Canberra and had been carrying between 100 to 110 passengers.

    Police have seized evidence. The investigation is being assisted by the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team.

    At this time, it is not believed that the debris had the potential to derail the train

2. Belt up, shut up:

    ACT Policing is concerned regarding traffic offence statistics from a two week operation conducted in the in the lead-up to the busy Christmas-New Year holiday period.

    Over 170 fines were issued to people driving while on mobile phones or for occupants of vehicles not wearing seat belts.

    Between Wednesday November 26 and Tuesday December 9, inclusive, police issued 133 fines to people driving while using a hand held mobile phone. In the same period 41 fines were issued for drivers or passengers not wearing seat belts.

    The head of ACT-P’s Traffic Operations, Superintendent Mark Colbran, says these offences will be a focus over the festive period.

    “I am astounded so many people continue to risk their lives and the lives of other members of our community by using hand held mobile phones while driving.

    “Furthermore, evidence clearly shows that wearing a seat belt reduces serious injury and saves lives.

    “Traffic Operations will continue to pay particular attention to these two offences in the lead up to Christmas,” Supt Colbran said.

    The fine for not having a seat belt properly fastened is $249 + 3 points. The fine for using a hand held mobile phone is $237.

3. Pearce man caught with the wrong images:

    ACT Policing have charged a 55-year-old Pearce man with child pornography offences following the execution of a search warrant this morning [11 December].

    About 7am, officers from ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team, Woden Station and AFP Computer Forensics raided the man’s home. During the search it is alleged police found a number of items containing images of child pornography including CDs and video recorder tapes. Police also seized a computer and an external hard drive.

    The man will appear in ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon charged with possessing child pornography and using a carriage service for child pornography material.

4. Interesting looking titles from the AFP’s ACT media releases page that are linking through to error notices are:

Be vigilant about suspicious behaviour at ATMs
Police seek witnesses to multiple robberies
Police seize counterfeit money

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on

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Special G 8:40 pm 17 Dec 08

Generally the only people who are shot by Police are those who are not thinking straight at the time being from drugs or mental illness.


Cop points gun at person – drop the knife or I am going to shoot you.

Rational person – hmm knife v gun – don’t think I’ll win this one – drops knife and gets on the ground.
Irrational person – bring it on bullets don’t hurt me.

The fact that the kid was sprayed means the cops got to well within a distance that was safe for them to attempt to spray him. At that range the kid could have charged, got shot and probably still stabbed one of the coppers.

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