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.