- ACT Policing will summons a 41-year-old Symonston man to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court after locating a quantity of cannabis during a search of his home earlier today (September 8).
General Duties officers from Woden Police Station executed a search warrant at the Symonston premises about 11.35am, locating six cannabis plants and a quantity of cannabis branches and dry leaf, as well as fluorescent lighting allegedly used to cultivate the cannabis.
The man will be charged with cultivating a controlled substance and possessing a drug of dependence.
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2. Tuggers ablaze:
- General Duties officers from Tuggeranong Station responded to five arson and property damage incidents in a number of southern suburbs overnight (September 10-11) which they believe are linked.
About 8.50pm police were called to a playground on Hocking Place in Bonython after children’s play equipment was set alight.
Police were then called to Isabella Drive in Chisholm just after 11.00pm after motorists reported people throwing rocks at moving cars. Three vehicles were damaged as a result.
Police then attended a number of incidents where obstructions had been placed on the roads within Richardson and Gilmore.
Following this, three vehicle fires were reported in the early hours of this morning, including one in Laker Place, Richardson about 12.15am and one in Pedley Place, Richardson about 1.25am.
The third vehicle fire, again in Richardson, occurred in Clift Crescent about 1.30am with police establishing the black Ford Laser had been stolen from Pedley Place earlier in the evening. A vehicle matching this description had been seen driving in a suspicious manner around Bonython prior to the incident.
ACT Fire Brigade attended and extinguished all of the fires, however the three vehicles were completely destroyed. The cause of the fires is yet to be established.
Superintendent South District Lesa Gale says these incidents are frustrating for police as they tie up significant resources, which could be better served responding to genuine emergencies.
“The night-shift crews basically spent the majority of their shift cleaning up the mess made by these offenders, which potentially inhibits our ability to respond to calls for urgent assistance in a timely manner,” Supt Gale said.
“Thankfully last night there were no such calls for assistance, however I would encourage anyone with any information to come forward and assist us with our inquiries as it may be one of their family members that needs our immediate help one day and it would be terrible if this help was in anyway delayed by this sort of pointless offending,” she said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing is investigating an incident which occurred in McKellar around 5pm yesterday (September 10).
Two boys aged eight and ten were walking along Dumas Street when a male in a utility stopped and offered the boys a lift. The children immediately ran home and told their parents what had occurred, with the police contacted shortly afterward.
Police searched McKellar and the surrounding suburbs however could not locate a vehicle matching the description.
The male was described as Caucasian, with ginger hair and goatee, and spoke with an Australian accent. The vehicle was described as a blue dual-cab utility with fluffy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror.
Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may know the identity of the male described to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing will continue an ongoing traffic prevention and enforcement campaign in the coming weeks, to detect motorists speeding on Canberra’s roads.
The campaign will be conducted with the aim of changing attitudes of Canberra’s road users towards speeding. Speeding is a major contributor to major and fatal collisions all over Australia, including here in Canberra.
The Officer in Charge of ACTP Traffic Operations, Sergeant Erin Pobar said, this campaign combines both enforcement and prevention strategies by working closely with other agencies, including Roads ACT. Drivers can expect to see an increased police presence on our roads in the coming weeks.
“The goal of this campaign is to lift the awareness of motorists to the dangers of speeding on our roads, with targeted locations spread across the ACT.
“The message is simple, don’t speed! Otherwise you may find yourself with heavy fines, loss of your driver’s license or even imprisoned. More importantly help us make our roads safer,” Sgt Pobar said.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au