ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to several fires in Tuggeranong over the weekend (October 9 and 10)
About 10.50pm on Saturday evening, police were called to the Early Childhood Centre in May Gibbs Close Richardson following the report of several small fires at that location. ACT Fire Brigade attended and extinguished the fires. The fires were located at various areas outside the centre including the rubbish hoppers and playground. The cost of the damage is yet to be determined.
A male was seen leaving the area on a red and white motorbike shortly after the fires began.
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Police are also seeking witnesses to two other fires in Beaumaris Street and Altson Circuit Conder.
About 1.30am on Sunday morning, police attended Beaumaris Street Conder in relation to a rubbish hopper fire. About 2.10am the same day, police attended a wheelie bin fire in Altson Circuit Conder. The wheelie bin was completely destroyed in the fire.
Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents, or saw any suspicious activity in the Richardson or Conder areas to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.
ACT Policing is trialling four Harley-Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide motorcycles over the next 12 months.
These trial motorcycles, supplied by Harley-Davidson Australia and prepared at the factory specifically for police duties, will supplement the existing fleet of Yamaha FJR 1300cc bikes and will be used in a variety of Traffic Operations roles including patrol work and ceremonial duties.
These motorcycles are for a single rider and are designed and purpose built by Harley-Davidson to suit the requirements of police work. H-D has been producing specific motorcycles for police and emergency services throughout the world for more than a century.
Harley-Davidson, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, produces 7,500 motorcycles per year specifically for use by police in North America, South America and European countries.
The Police-specific Electra Glide is being trialled because of the multi-purpose nature of Traffic Operations motorcycle officer duties in the ACT. Due to the number of visiting high-ranking dignitaries and VIP tours into Canberra, ACTP motorcycle officers are required to perform ceremonial and motorcade duties in addition to their usual patrol work.
The bikes, on loan from Harley-Davidson Australia, feature anti-lock brakes, flashing LED red and blue lights, a public address system and siren, moulded saddlebags, an inbuilt radio box, and footboards. The police bikes have a slightly larger engine capacity (1.7 litres) than the “civilian” specification, and are geared to suit low-speed (walking pace) ceremonial duties.
The bikes arrive less than a week after ACTP revealed three new jetskis for its Water Operations fleet.