1. Pulp Rolled!
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie.
Police were called to the restaurant in Edgar St, Ainslie at 11:40pm last night (25 November) after reports that two men, one armed with a firearm and another with a knife, had entered the restaurant and demanded money.
The offenders had entered the restaurant via the front door after the restaurant was closed and forced the five employees into the kitchen area demanding money. Two of the employees managed to escape via a rear door and alerted a neighbouring business. The two offenders have then fled on foot via the rear door with property belonging to the employees.
One offender is believed to be of Asian descent, around 173cm (5’8”) in height with a stocky build. At the time of the robbery he was wearing baggy pants, a grey hooded top and a tan coloured bandana.
The second offender was believed to be Caucasian, around 190cm (6’3”) in height, slim build wearing baggy pants, a grey hooded top and a red bandana.
Police are seeking witnesses who may have seen any suspicious persons around the Ainslie Shops before midnight (25 November) to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.
Three men have been arrested overnight after police executed a search warrant on a home in Palmerston.
ACT Policing’s Drug Investigations Team executed the warrant just after 7.00pm last night (Thursday 25 November), allegedly finding two male occupants inside the home with an amount of pills, suspected to be MDMA, and numerous cannabis plants.
Inside the house police also allegedly found a hydroponic set up used for the cultivation of the cannabis plants.
While the search warrant was taking place, two men arrived at the house with additional bags of which police suspect to be illicit drugs. The men were arrested by police and charged with trafficking in a controlled drug. They will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.
A 43 year old man and 22 year old man are also being summonsed for offences related to cannabis cultivation/possession and possession of anabolic steroids.
Operation RAID: Remove All Impaired Drivers
For the first time in history today all Federal, State and Territory police agencies joined New Zealand Police in Canberra to embark on a co-ordinated Australia and New Zealand operation to target road users in the lead up to Christmas.
Codenamed Operation RAID, its aim is to make Australia and New Zealand’s roads safer this Christmas by removing and deterring alcohol and drug impaired drivers.
Operation RAID is a joint initiative of Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand to draw attention to the broader implications associated with drink/drug driving.
Motorists are being reminded that alcohol and drugs are major contributors to increases in road trauma and that improved driver behaviour will save lives.
Operation RAID 2010 will focus on increasing driver awareness and will see police deployed in highly visible operations targeting drug and alcohol impaired drivers. Police strategies will include an increase in random breath and drug testing to positively influence driver behaviour.
Today’s launch of Operation RAID is timed to coincide with the festive season which traditionally sees an increase in the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
Australian and New Zealand spokesperson, Mr Karl O’Callaghan, Commissioner of Police for Western Australia, launched Operation RAID with Police Commissioners.
“Road safety is everybody’s responsibility. We would like all motorists to plan ahead before getting behind the wheel in order to not become a statistic this Christmas,” Commissioner O’Callaghan said.
“Alcohol is consistently in the top three causes of road trauma, along with speeding and failing to wear seatbelts. This operation will be targeted and specifically aimed at removing as many drink and drug drivers as possible from our roads.”
Operation RAID will involve saturating targeted locations and no motorist will be exempt from the operation. All road users are encouraged to make alternative transport arrangements such as nominating a designated driver or using public transport or taxis when alcohol has been consumed.
Australian and New Zealand statistics confirm that substance impairment is a major factor in road trauma. Alcohol continues to be the single biggest contributor in serious crashes.
About a quarter of fatal crashes on Australian roads involve drivers or riders with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit (Australian Transport Council, 2008).
Operation RAID will run from 26 to 28 November 2010 with a number of jurisdictions continuing the operation until midnight on Sunday 12 December 2010.
For alcohol misuse statistics please go to www.anzpaa.org.au