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Police Wrap – 23 August 2010

By johnboy - 23 August 2010 58

1. Brawling in Civic:

ACT Policing took seven men into custody in the early hours of Sunday morning (August 22) after a disturbance outside a nightclub in Civic involving around 40 people.

Around 4.20am, City Beats Teams conducting routine patrols observed a large number of males punching each other and wielding bottles as weapons in East Row. Police observed bottles used as missiles and impact weapons, resulting in injuries. The men appeared to be heavily affected by alcohol.

Police intervened to restore order and were required to use Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray on three of the offenders. One police officer received minor injuries in the melee.

All seven men taken into protective custody at the ACT Watch House for being intoxicated and disorderly were released without charge later in the day.

2. More Rapid Reactions:

ACT Policing detected 22 unregistered vehicles after deploying its RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates Identified) team to seven locations on the weekend.

The RAPID team, together with RTA vehicle inspectors and ACT Rangers, was deployed at Gungahlin Drive at Bruce, Flemington Road at Mitchell, Mugga Lane near the refuse station on Saturday (August 21). On Sunday (August 15) the team was deployed at William Slim Drive at Giralang, Commonwealth Avenue at Acton, Monaro Highway at Symonston, and Parkes Way at Parkes.

Over the weekend, the RAPID team scanned 7639 vehicles, including trailers. Of those scanned, the team detected 22 unregistered vehicles and issued 52 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for a range of offences including one to a motorist for drink driving and seven to motorists for unlicensed driving. RTA inspectors identified 18 defective vehicles and three infringements were issued by the ACT Rangers for uncovered loads.

3. Did you see the Dickson stabbing?

ACT Policing has renewed its call for witnesses to an alleged incident at the Dumpling House restaurant on Monday August 16, in which a man received multiple stab wounds.

A 34-year-old Kambah man has been arrested and is currently remanded in custody. Police have alleged an altercation occurred between two employees in the kitchen area of the restaurant around 9.30pm while they were in the process of closing up for the night.

ACT Policing believe there are a number of witnesses who have yet to speak to police. Police also believe that there were as many as ten people in nearby restaurants and bars, including patrons from an adjacent bar, Sub-Urban, as well as patrons within the Dumpling House restaurant, who may have witnessed the incident.

Police would again urge anyone who may have been in the vicinity around 9.30pm on Monday August 16 who may have seen the incident or can provide any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Police Wrap – 23 August 2010
Tooks 8:32 am 26 Aug 10

PrinceOfAles said :

DJ said :

You’ll need a complainant….

Why is this? I understand that in domestic violence cases the police can prosecute even when the woman does not want to press charges. Why can`t this be the case with common assault?

You don’t think the victim should have a say? If someone doesn’t want to make a statement and (possibly) go to court, then there’s not much point forcing the issue.

The other issue in a big brawl like this one, might be identity. Who did what to who etc.

PrinceOfAles 10:11 am 25 Aug 10

DJ said :

You’ll need a complainant….

Why is this? I understand that in domestic violence cases the police can prosecute even when the woman does not want to press charges. Why can`t this be the case with common assault?

Pork Hunt 11:59 am 24 Aug 10

bd84 said :

Bewildering that you can get drunk and start beating each other up with weapons, get arrested and not be charged.

Perhaps the cops have seen that the courts will do nothing and thus won’t waste their own time or the courts…

bd84 10:03 pm 23 Aug 10

Bewildering that you can get drunk and start beating each other up with weapons, get arrested and not be charged.

If the Government was serious about discouraging people from getting off their face drunk, people being picked up and taken to the watch house “for their own safety” should automatically receive a fine of at least $200 for the time the police took to deal with them and for the bed for the night. Taking people into custody for being drunk to allow them to sleep over night only to smile and wave as they leave in the morning isn’t teaching anybody anything other than I don’t have to pay for a taxi home.

DJ 9:26 pm 23 Aug 10

milkman said :

Special G said :

Drunk and disorderly – not a crime
Breach of the peace – yeah you can be charged but if you are happy to sign an undertaking then you get let go.
Melee – a law that is in most other states in Australia but seriously lacking in the ACT.

What about the ‘assault’ bit?

You’ll need a complainant….

DJ 9:21 pm 23 Aug 10

Jethro – you may be going to hell! Have a search through local legislation if you like – might even learn something!

C’mon milky discretion is used and it looks like you think people have gotten away with something? I’m guessing you have assumed the facts of the incident… unless you were there?

farnarkler 9:16 pm 23 Aug 10

East Row eh. Hard to believe it wasn’t out the front of mooseheads. I guess Shooters is trying to get in on the act of worst nightclub in Canberra.

milkman 9:13 pm 23 Aug 10

Special G said :

Drunk and disorderly – not a crime
Breach of the peace – yeah you can be charged but if you are happy to sign an undertaking then you get let go.
Melee – a law that is in most other states in Australia but seriously lacking in the ACT.

What about the ‘assault’ bit?

Jethro 8:59 pm 23 Aug 10

Special G said :

Drunk and disorderly – not a crime

Unless you’re an Aborigine living on Palm Island (QLD), where it’s punishable by the death sentence.

Surely, though, using beer bottles as weapons has to be against the law in some form in the ACT.

Special G 8:48 pm 23 Aug 10

Drunk and disorderly – not a crime
Breach of the peace – yeah you can be charged but if you are happy to sign an undertaking then you get let go.
Melee – a law that is in most other states in Australia but seriously lacking in the ACT.

Jethro 8:45 pm 23 Aug 10

Hank said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Is it just me or does “City Beats Team” sound like a breakdancing group?

HAHAHA they’re break-dance fighting!

Brilliant

milkman 6:39 pm 23 Aug 10

“All seven men taken into protective custody at the ACT Watch House for being intoxicated and disorderly were released without charge later in the day.”

Translation: get pissed and into a fight in a public place and you won’t get charged, despite getting caught red-handed.

AndyC 6:15 pm 23 Aug 10

Is it just me, or should the seven men taken into protective custody at the ACT Watch House for being intoxicated and disorderly have been charged with being drunk and disorderly, disturbing the peace, or maybe even participating in the melee?
(are any of the above even a crime any more? I’m too lazy to google them..)

I wasn’t there, so I’m probably speaking out of turn. Maybe these gentlemen were totally innocent bystanders. But it seems to me not too many weeks goes by now where we don’t here of a fight outside nightlubs in Civic. And unless, the police start cracking down on those involved, I can’t see it changing..

Or perhaps there should be a crackdown on the responsible service of alcohol in certain establishments..

Hank 5:09 pm 23 Aug 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Is it just me or does “City Beats Team” sound like a breakdancing group?

HAHAHA they’re break-dance fighting!

colourful sydney rac 4:32 pm 23 Aug 10

Is it just me or does “City Beats Team” sound like a breakdancing group?

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