ACT Policing is investigating the robbery of a taxi driver in Stevenson Street Torrens, early today Friday, August 20 which resulted in the driver receiving minor injuries.
About 4.45am the taxi driver picked up a man from the Alinga Street taxi rank in the city. The man paid a deposit for the taxi fare and was driven to an address in Torrens. After arriving at the address a dispute began over the cost of the fare. The offender assaulted the driver by punching him several times to the face before demanding his money back.
The taxi driver gave the offender a sum of money after which the offender ran from the vehicle along Stevenson Street, Torrens.
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Police would urge anyone who may have any information relating to this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
With one of Canberra’s busiest months for tourist visitors fast approaching, ACT Policing has increased its bicycle patrol numbers from two to six, for the inner city area.
After the bicycles’ successful trial in the City Patrol district in 2008-09, they have since been incorporated into all Canberra’s patrol areas.
The increased number of bicycles will allow the City Beats team to patrol surrounding suburbs on bikes in addition to their customary city-focussed duties.
“Bicycle patrols are a highly effective way of bridging the gap between vehicle and foot patrols, providing increased officer mobility and flexibility,’ Sergeant Andrew Bailey, Officer In Charge of City Station said.
“They also provide a highly visible police presence and enhance the community’s accessibility to our officers.”
“Bicycles can quickly and readily access our city’s pathways, laneways and parks, which will be particularly useful during next month’s busy Floriade festival.”
All officers on bicycle patrol are outfitted with high-vis safety clothing and equipment, and carry their usual accoutrements.