Police Wrap 22 September

johnboy 28 September 2009

1. Wanniassa nightclubbers assaulted:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a serious assault on a 24-year-old man in the vicinity of the Maram nightclub in Gartside St, Wanniassa early on Saturday morning (September 26).

    Around 2am (on September 26) police were called to the location where two males reported that they had been assaulted by three offenders as they walked from the nightclub in Gartside Street to the Vikings Erindale Club in Ricardo Street.

    The three offenders had been driving a white VS Commodore and were described only as Aboriginal or Pacific Islander in appearance. The three attackers stopped the car, got out and punched the men during an unprovoked assault.

    The victims said that a third man, unknown to them, had also been assaulted by the same offenders but they had not seen this victim since the attack. Yesterday, police were contacted that a 24-year-old Monash man had been admitted to The Canberra Hospital in a serious condition.

    Police identified the man as the third victim in the Wanniassa attack and are urging any witnesses who may have seen the assault; may have seen the white VS Holden Commodore in the Erindale area at the time of the offences, or may have any other information which could assist the police investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report via the Crime Stoppers website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

2. Please don’t burn down the schools:

    ACT Policing is asking for the Canberra community to remain vigilant around schools and colleges in the weeks ahead as staff and students take their regular term break.

    Historically, school properties become more vulnerable targets for offences such as burglary and graffiti during the holiday period. Police believe that with the vigilance and assistance of the community, particularly by those residents who live close to a school and perhaps take regular walks around their local area, this type of crime can be greatly reduced.

    Superintendent Kate Buggy, the head of ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention team, said that while police are scheduling extra patrols around Canberra’s schools over the next fortnight, local residents are ideally placed to provide those valuable and additional “eyes and ears” for suspicious or criminal behaviour.

    “Schools are a community resource which need additional safeguarding during the holiday period. Security officers and police will be doing as much as they can but our efforts will always be enhanced by having the community play its important part, too,” Supt Buggy said.

    “There are several ways in which members of the public can help protect their local school or college. If they see anyone acting suspiciously or committing an offence around the school, then they should provide as much information as possible about that incident to police either by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or by going on-line and logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.act.crimestoppers.gov.au. This information may be provided anonymously.

    “Alternatively, if police assistance is required, then the public should call Police Operations on 131-444,” Supt Buggy added.

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