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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 www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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61 Responses to
Police Wrap – 12 December
dvaey 1:02 pm 13 Dec 08

Tooks said :

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

I’m wondering why using a hand-held mobile phone is just a fine, and not points off your license. Seems it’s more dangerous to others than not wearing a seatbelt.

Admittedly I’ve never been hit by a flying body so perhaps I’m wrong.

Using a hand-held mobile while driving is a fine AND a loss of 3 demerit points.

You forgot the end of that sentence … “unless you are a police officer”.
How come its an offence for me to look at my phone to see if Ive got an incoming message, but its perfectly okay for a police officer to be typing into his computer, or talking on the police-radio while driving. Not only that, but while often driving in pursuit. If you think this is false.. if a cop starts a pursuit, do you think the cop will call for backup immediately or pull over to the side of the road, as the law demands of every other citizen? I am collecting images of officers in this situation breaking the law, and intend to submit a compilation to the powers-that-be (media) soon.

Tooks 10:17 am 13 Dec 08

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

I’m wondering why using a hand-held mobile phone is just a fine, and not points off your license. Seems it’s more dangerous to others than not wearing a seatbelt.

Admittedly I’ve never been hit by a flying body so perhaps I’m wrong.

Using a hand-held mobile while driving is a fine AND a loss of 3 demerit points.

farnarkler 8:37 am 13 Dec 08

the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team. Do they get to use a Hornby train for this one?? And when they’re investigating a car crash do they get to reconstruct it with a Scalextric set?

StenzOne 1:22 am 13 Dec 08

You can go to the CrimeStopper’s website to see those “other” stories that were linked to an error page.

– Be vigilant about suspicious behaviour at ATMs
http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au/unsolvedcrimes_details.aspx?CrimeId=652

– Police seek witnesses to multiple robberies
http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au/unsolvedcrimes_details.aspx?CrimeId=651

– Police seize counterfeit money
http://www.act.crimestoppers.com.au/unsolvedcrimes_details.aspx?CrimeId=650

Danman 4:26 pm 12 Dec 08

Which is pretty much what I said – bar the obligitory insult.

R. Slicker 3:53 pm 12 Dec 08

Danman said :

What kind of tool tries leaves debris on a train track (If it was in fact intentional)
I am guessing 2.5km from Kingston station would be somewhere in teh area of teh Harvey Norman bridge over the lines. Maybe it was an explosive decompression of a graffers can mistakenly left on the main line ?

Probably the same mental defectives who keep spraying graffiti on the walls near the Ipswich St bridge as soon as it is painted over.

DarkLadyWolfMother 2:03 pm 12 Dec 08

I’m wondering why using a hand-held mobile phone is just a fine, and not points off your license. Seems it’s more dangerous to others than not wearing a seatbelt.

Admittedly I’ve never been hit by a flying body so perhaps I’m wrong.

tylersmayhem 1:01 pm 12 Dec 08

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 figures are proof – we live among morons! Unbelieveable!

Danman 12:59 pm 12 Dec 08

meh – dunno how “Tries” got in there but ignore it 🙂

Danman 12:58 pm 12 Dec 08

What kind of tool tries leaves debris on a train track (If it was in fact intentional)
I am guessing 2.5km from Kingston station would be somewhere in teh area of teh Harvey Norman bridge over the lines. Maybe it was an explosive decompression of a graffers can mistakenly left on the main line ?

Special G 12:58 pm 12 Dec 08

Take a photo of the person hanging out the window including rego of the car and send it in to Crime Stoppers. See what happens.

Pommy bastard 12:43 pm 12 Dec 08

Between Wednesday November 26 and Tuesday December 9, inclusive, police issued 133 fines to people driving while using a hand held mobile phone.

Anyone caught using a mobile phone whilst driving should have it inserted up their nether orifice with the aid of a cricket bat.

S4anta 12:21 pm 12 Dec 08

BB68,

May I suggest you employ a friend to sit behind you in the backseat fo your vehicle, and as you overtake he deploys the ‘garden implement of bueatiful silence’. A gentle love tap to the back of the head at 80km’s, tends to make these people think twice.

BerraBoy68 11:57 am 12 Dec 08

H1NG0 said :

I was following a Toyota troopy home from work the other day and there were two unrestrained kids in the back running around. Unbelievable that there are still people out there who do not use seat belts.

Maybe it’s that time of year but twice in the past week I’ve seen idiots driving around Canberra while their equally idiotic friends sit on the window frame of the passenger seat with their head and torso hanging out of the car. Clearly not wearing a belt they were shouting obsenities at passers-by while hanging onto the car roof with one hand. Justice was nearly served when one of these idiots almost came undone when the driver had to negotiate a speed bump.

H1NG0 11:46 am 12 Dec 08

I was following a Toyota troopy home from work the other day and there were two unrestrained kids in the back running around. Unbelievable that there are still people out there who do not use seat belts.

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