ACT Policing is currently investigating a suspicious unit fire in Oxley which occurred late last night (Tuesday November 2).
About 11pm police were called to the unit on Newman Morris Circuit in response to a report of a fire.
ACT Fire Brigade was in attendance and extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the rear of the home affecting the laundry and a small area outside the unit.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no residents in surrounding units were required to evacuate.
AFP Forensic Services will conduct an examination of the scene later today. Investigations are continuing into the cause.
Anyone who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the fire or who may be able to assist police with the investigation are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
ACT Policing has praised the conduct of Melbourne Cup revellers at Thoroughbred Park yesterday with the majority of patrons acting responsibly over the course of the day.
While numbers were down in attendance, approximately 6,100 people attended the event at Thoroughbred Park yesterday (Tuesday, November 2). Police maintained highly visibility patrols both inside and outside the venue to deter any anti-social behaviour.
One person was taken into custody for offensive behaviour and a further two persons were ejected from the venue by police due to anti-social and drunken behaviour, six less than last year.
“With the introduction of new liquor licensing laws coming soon and the next Operation Unite, we’re very pleased that people conducted themselves responsibly at this high profile event,” Sergeant Neit said. “Our high visibility deterred misbehaviour and this ensured everyone could enjoy the day.”
Outside the venue police set up a targeted breath testing and vehicle inspection site. 883 people were breath tested with three people returning positive tests.
Four drivers were issued fines for having unregistered vehicles, one for having no third party insurance and 22 people received vehicle defect notices for their cars.
While police attended a number of disturbances in and around the city after the races, no arrests were made.