22 July 2008

Police Wrap - 22 July

| johnboy
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A couple of old ones from the weekend which have finally made their way online, as well as the new stuff:

    1. We’ve finally got a statement on the alleged forced confinement in the bush.

    The woman went missing on Sunday night after meeting the alleged offender in Evatt. Her family reported her missing to police on Tuesday. Police will allege the woman was held against her will and assaulted by the offender over a four day period. They will also allege he drove the woman into bushland to avoid detection. The police investigation led to the man’s arrest in Giralang about noon today after the woman was able to make a phone call to police. The alleged offender will face the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow (July 19) charged with forcible confinement and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    2. Efforts to jump Jerrabombera Creek in a Ford Falcon have met with partial success over the weekend.

    Police believe the vehicle was travelling west on Lanyon Drive when it left the roadway just before the bridge, clearing the creek and impacting with the creek bed on the opposite side. The male driver managed to free himself from the wreckage and flagged down a passing motorist for help. The passenger – a 34-year-old male – was trapped in the vehicle for approximately 30 minutes before being freed. He was taken to The Canberra Hospital (TCH) with serious injuries. The driver’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

    Police are asking witnesses to contact www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

    3. The police have announced a crackdown on trailbike riding in the ACT.

    As part of the campaign ACT Policing has taken take delivery of three new trail bikes to help patrol off-road riding spots. Painted in high visibility orange, the KTM 625SXC trail bikes have been assigned to ACT Policing Traffic Operations. Six officers will operate the motorcycles as a part of their normal traffic patrol duties. Superintendent Mark Colbran says the campaign is designed to raise owner-awareness of responsibilities when riding in the ACT. Many people purchase trail bikes for themselves or their children not taking into consideration the laws on registration, licensing and the restrictions on where the motorcycles can be ridden.

    Both rural and urban trailbiking are coming under scrutiny.

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Update on Lanyon Drive passenger:
He died.

Update on Lanyon Driver passenger:
He died.

Guess what… Hot off the Press.!!!

ACT trail and mini bike riders need a safe place to ride
The campaign launched by ACT Policing today which targets unsafe and illegal trail bike riding in
suburban and rural areas shows there is a need for a safe place for Canberra’s riders.
The ACT Government has been investigating the options for a safe riding park for unlicensed and
unregistered motor bike riders in and around the ACT. This is particularly needed for kids who can’t
ride anywhere in the ACT except on private property.
“Currently there is no facility where kids can learn to trail ride safely and legally in the ACT,” Minister for
Sport and Recreation Andrew Barr said today. “The ACT Government is concerned that this is
contributing to a growing problem of unsafe riding around Canberra’s suburbs and parks.
“I have asked my department to investigate the options and to meet with organsiations and interested
parties over the last few months to ascertain the demand and options for a possible trail bike park. The
ACT Government identified funds in this year’s Budget for this type of motorsport-related
Senator Kate Lundy, who is a member of the Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders’ Association, is a keen
supporter of a trail bike park for Canberra.
“Canberra kids have nowhere to ride unless they are lucky enough to know someone with some private
land where they can ride with permission. Mini-bike riding and trail bike riding for kids requires a safe
place where they can learn safe riding skills and provide a range of experiences on trails and tracks,”
Senator Lundy said.
“I congratulate the Stanhope Labor Government and Minister Barr for pursuing such a facility for
Canberra because, as the ACT Policing campaign shows, the problems will get worse unless there is
somewhere safe and legal for parents to take their kids to ride.”
Another report released today by the Health and Welfare Institute found men are more than twice as
likely to be injured because many more have taken up motorbike riding over the last three years.
“This is further evidence of the urgent need to teach safe riding habits and to provide motor bike
enthusiasts with safe places to ride and learn,” Mr Barr said.

//Statement Ends

Media Contact: Paul Kindermann 6205 1690 0403 600 955 paul.kindermann@act.gov.au
For comment contact Senator Lundy 02 6230 0411

mad_kiwi said :

are there specified, legal trail bike areas in the ACT? I have no idea. From the AFP story, when i clicked the link ….For information on the restrictions of trail bike use, visit the ACT Policing website; http://www.afp.gov.au But a browse and a search finds nothing. Also tried searching Canberra Connect for ‘trail bike’..zero results. If there is no alternative, people (me) will just continue to break the law

There are plenty of places to ride around the ACT, as long as you are licensed and registered.

If you aren’t, there are private properties at Larbert, Captains Flat and Yass that you can ride at for a small fee.

ACT police have previously tolerated people taking their kids out to ride at the tracks at Ingledene and Pierces Creek, provided they stay off the roads and don’t venture onto private property. Not sure how long that will last though, as a few idiots have taken to pulling down fences etc.

Must admit, the 40kmh limit in the forests came as a bit of a surprise. Maybe someone should tell the rangers and police that patrol those areas, they certainly don’t ride that slowly.

Felix, in response to you question, you are right. All the roads in the brindabellas are roads and as such to drive or rode a vehicle on them the vehicle is required to be legally registered and the driver legally licenced. Any moron who flaunts these rules leaves themselves liable both crimnally and civil.

There is an illegal motorX complex between Kaleen & Giralang adjacent to Spiegl Street. What disturbs me most is that the bikers (usually teens)are riding through the streets to get there.

Felix the Cat9:22 pm 22 Jul 08

Years ago there used to be legal trail bike area out near Uriarra Crossing but I think they closed it down (not sure if it was environmental or legal/public liability reasons). Every weekend you see ute loads of trail bikes heading out to the Brindabellas, I think technically it is illegal to ride unregistered bikes out there but it doesn’t seem to stop anyone.

are there specified, legal trail bike areas in the ACT? I have no idea. From the AFP story, when i clicked the link ….For information on the restrictions of trail bike use, visit the ACT Policing website; http://www.afp.gov.au But a browse and a search finds nothing. Also tried searching Canberra Connect for ‘trail bike’..zero results. If there is no alternative, people (me) will just continue to break the law

You’re offtopic after repeated warnings, I thought I was being kinder but if you keep going I won’t cry if I have to mod you.

Careful JB, that sounds a little like personal abuse, and we all know how much you hate that. Tell you what, I’ll make you a promise – I’ll try being nicer, if you’ll try being smarter.

In the US, they call this the “police blotter”. I have NO idea why, but they put them in the local papers, and they are intriguing reading. Especially if the local cop writing it is a bit of a wit. the Bungendore paper used to have one such and it was a good read, but it’s not there any more.

Hardly HB.

If I really wanted comments I’d say something everyone disagrees with.

Come back when you know something.

JB, I think the lack of comments says it all about his posting.

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