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Police Wrap – 27 January

By johnboy 27 January 2009 13

1. Australia Day passed relatively lawfully:

    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.

2. Easy handbag pickings on Franklin St:

    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.

3. And a stabbing nearby:

    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

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Deadmandrinking 12:36 pm 28 Jan 09

I suppose it’s a matter of opinion. Part of my thinking, however, was more with how, when people in the public housing complex’s are living in suburbs that have a lot of perks, they seem alot more eager to jeapordize their tenancy and freedom. If I was in a public housing complex in Red Hill or Dickson, (especially dicko – buses to the city every five minutes and woolworths just up the road), I’d definitely take that for granted.

peterh 12:26 pm 28 Jan 09

Swaggie said :

DMD When I can look out my window every morning and see the Brindabellas I can tell you Tuggers is a nice place to live. Sure it has it’s faults but the views round here beat anything anywhere else in Canberra (except that place at the lower end of Dunrossil Drive).

but the rent is murder there…

Swaggie 12:23 pm 28 Jan 09

DMD When I can look out my window every morning and see the Brindabellas I can tell you Tuggers is a nice place to live. Sure it has it’s faults but the views round here beat anything anywhere else in Canberra (except that place at the lower end of Dunrossil Drive).

Deadmandrinking 12:12 pm 28 Jan 09

To be honest, stabby could happen anywhere. People have been stabbed and robbed in Charny too. I’ve been hassled in the general West Belconnen area a few times. You just have to keep your house locked and be vigilant when out at night, no matter where you are.

The best place to avoid that kind of thing is the country, really.

dexi 12:06 pm 28 Jan 09

Never lived there, so no I cant comment on Tuggas. Yarralumla is a nice place to live. I wouldn’t buy/rent in Braddon or Red Hill. Not nice suburbs. To stabby. To many thieves. To much drugs. Charnwood rates better than Red Hill in my opinion. If only it had the street trees.

Deadmandrinking 11:57 am 28 Jan 09

So they’re not nice suburbs then? Is it not handy to live 10 minutes walk from manuka, the city or dickson? Is it not nice to have a luxurious house on a huge block of land? In fact, if you wanted to raise a family in the lap of luxury, Hawker is your best bet. It’s within walking distance to a primary school, a high school and a college, as well as the Hawker shops. Belconnen is only a quick drive away too.

There’s a reason these places are expensive – the demand. I’m not saying all other suburbs are bad. Living in Macquarie and Page wasn’t bad. But hell, when I got to O’connor and dicko I recognized alot of advantages – better local shopping centers, ease of getting too and from the city at all hours, decent pubs 5 minutes walk away – nothing Gunghalin, Tuggers, Outer Belconnen or Weston Creek could offer you.

Ari 11:47 am 28 Jan 09

Is Pottsy actually Deadmandrinking?

Deadmandrinking 11:45 am 28 Jan 09

They’re expensive for a reason. Location, Houses etc. I don’t want to sound elitist, but that’s the fact. You can’t tell me Tuggeranong is a nice place to live.

dexi 11:40 am 28 Jan 09

DMD don’t you mean expensive suburbs?

Deadmandrinking 11:21 am 28 Jan 09

It sounds especially grotty. Hawker Flats, Lyenham/Dickson, Braddon, Red Hill – why are all the worst housing blocks in the nicest suburbs?

johnboy 11:18 am 28 Jan 09

A pretty grotty public housing block might have something to do with it…

Deadmandrinking 11:16 am 28 Jan 09

What’s with all the stabbings in Red Hill? I thought that was a real nice suburb. Politicians can’t take the heat?

caf 3:59 pm 27 Jan 09

I noticed a radar speed trap set up yesterday on Parkes Way, in the 80km/h zone directly under the Commonwealth Avenue bridge – that seems to have become a semi-regular one in recent times, so make sure you slow down there after coming out of the Acton tunnel.

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