- ACT Policing says it is “generally pleased” with how Australia Day events proceeded across the territory over the long weekend (January 24-26).
Around 40,000 people attended Australia Day celebrations yesterday (Monday 26) at Regatta Point while 35,000 attended the Australia Day Live concert on Sunday (January 25) on the lawns of Parliament House. ACT Policing deployed a number of officers to both events to ensure traffic control, security and public order.
Yesterday’s crowds, surrounding Regatta Point on the northern and southern shores of Lake Burley Griffin and at Stage 88 within Commonwealth Park, largely consisted of family groups and there were no reports of any incidents at the event.
On Sunday, at the Parliament House event, police apprehended 10 juveniles for underage drinking. These young people were returned to their parents and received a formal caution for either possession or consumption of alcohol in a public place. A further three adults were taken to the Regional Watch House in relation to intoxicated behaviour and one male was charged with an assault on a police officer. A juvenile male was also arrested for failing to comply with a move-on direction.
At the conclusion of both days events police and security officers worked together to marshal people and traffic from the areas.
ACT Policing’s Acting Superintendent Peter Davis spoke on the 10 juveniles apprehended for underage drinking.
“We do need to remember that this is a very small percentage of people who acted irresponsibly at a major Canberra event. Police are generally pleased with the behaviour of the majority of people who attended Australia Day celebrations,” A/Supt Davis said.
In terms of traffic, ACT Policing issued 235 traffic infringement notices (TINs) over the Australia Day long weekend double demerit period (January 23-26) despite drivers being put on notice about increased traffic enforcement over the four days.
Traffic Operations identified 81 speeding offences during this period, including a 25-year-old female driver for 154km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Monaro Highway. Another two drivers were also caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.
Twenty-seven (27) drivers also returned a positive breath test results over the period and face charges of exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol in blood.
“Police are concerned that people are not getting the message despite recent campaigns. If you breach the road rules and place your own life or the lives of others in danger the chances are high that ACT Policing will catch you,” A/Supt Davis said.
- ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Manuka early yesterday morning (Monday January 26) in which a woman was assaulted and her handbag stolen.
The victim had been walking on her own on Franklin Street in Manuka around 3am yesterday when she was approached by a female, who grabbed the victim’s arm and pushed her toward a parked car.
A male standing beside the car forcibly removed the victim’s handbag from her grasp, and placed it in the vehicle.
During the struggle between the victim and the female offender, the victim was punched in the mouth and grabbed around the neck.
After the incident, the male and female offenders have both left in a small dark blue sedan, possibly a Subaru.
The female offender is described as fair-skinned, chubby and with short, blonde hair.
- ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident in Red Hill late yesterday (Monday January 26) in which a man received a neck wound.
Around 10.50pm yesterday police were called to a disturbance in the parkland between Red Hill shops and Cygnet Crescent where they found a man bleeding from a wound to the neck. The wound may have been a result of a stabbing attack.
The victim was conveyed by ambulance to The Canberra Hospital where he underwent treatment.
Police seized a number of items as evidence and expect to formally interview the victim today.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au