ACT Policing has arrested a 15-year-old female over multiple triple zero calls made in the early hours of Wednesday, June 23.
Emergency services received up to 13 hoax phone calls from the young person between 12.40am and 5.30am, requesting attendance at a location in Lyons. Each time emergency services arrived they could not locate any persons or identify a need for their assistance.
On one occasion, a fire was located in a large skip bin at the rear of the location by ACT Fire Brigade. The fire was quickly extinguished and due to the location of the skip, there was no structural damage to the residences.
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The young person will face the ACT Children’s Court on a date to be fixed.
Duty Operations Manager, Sergeant Rod Anderson, said that it was an offence under ACT and Commonwealth legislation to make a false report to police and/or emergency services, to cause police and/or emergency services resources to be wasted, or to use a telephone service to harass a person.
“The Triple Zero telephone line performs an essential function for the Canberra community. Any interference to that function could put someone’s life at risk. Therefore hoax calls to Triple Zero are treated as serious criminal offences,” Sgt Anderson said.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the armed robbery of the McDonalds restaurant in Fyshwick early this morning (Saturday, June 26).
Around 1am, staff at the restaurant were finalising the closing of the premises when one male offender, armed with a knife, entered the store through the front door and went into the manager’s office, where he threatened two female staff inside the office and demanded the cash takings.
He then left the premises with the stolen property. No-one was injured in the incident.
The offender is described as Caucasian, about 180cms (5’11”) tall, with a solid build, wearing a long-sleeved white jumper and dark tracksuit pants. He spoke with an Australian accent and was wearing a dark balaclava.
Police are urging any witnesses who may have seen a suspicious person answering to this description around the Fyshwick premises at the time of the incident, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to provide information via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.