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Police Wrap – 31 October

By johnboy - 31 October 2008 11

1. Late night bag snatching and assault in Reid:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault on a 32-year-old Reid woman which occurred around 12am today in Reid (October 31).

    The incident took place as the woman was walking to the Monterey apartments on Boolee Street. The victim was struck from behind and shoved in the back, resulting in the woman falling to the ground and hitting her head on the concrete. The offender then took her hand bag before leaving the area.

    Police called an ambulance and the woman was conveyed to the Calvary Hospital where she was diagnosed with a fracture to the base of her skull.

    The victim was unable to provide police with a description of the offender.

2. Police are publicising their “Day for Daniel:

    Members from ACT Policing and the Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) National Missing Person’s Coordination Centre (NMPCC) will walk with Giralang Primary School students today (October 31) for the ‘Day for Daniel’.

    Following the high-profile abduction of 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe from Queensland in December 2003, his parents, Bruce and Denise, established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to raise awareness of child safety across Australia.

    Over the past few years, the NMPCC has supported Daniel’s Foundation through cross-promotional activities such as today’s event at Giralang Primary School.

    Deputy Chief Police Officer, Commander Kevin Zuccato – who will walk with the students – welcomed their contribution to a worthy community issue.

    “The AFP is proud to be involved with an event that promotes the safety of our youth and encourages continued community response to Daniel’s disappearance nearly five years on,” Commander Zuccato said.

    “While Daniel’s case is a high-profile one, we as police, parents, teachers and family play a role in ensuring every child in our care is made aware of the potential dangers in our community and knows how to deal with it,” Commander Zuccato said.

    Commander Zuccato will be joined by Constable Kip Koala, the AFP’s mounted cadre and the students for the walk around the school grounds.

    As a sign of support for Daniel and the Foundation, the students will wear something red for the walk – the Foundation’s signature colour.

3. There’s some concern that you aren’t paying attention to what the police have been saying:

    ACT Policing is concerned regarding traffic offence statistics from an operation conducted in the last week. Almost 160 fines were issued to people driving while on mobile phones or for occupants of vehicles not wearing seat belts.

    Between Wednesday October 22 and Wednesday October 29, inclusive, police issued 71 fines to people driving while using a hand held mobile phone. In the same period 88 fines were issued for drivers or passengers not wearing seat belts.

    Other offences also continue to be of concern, with a man caught travelling at more than twice the speed limit during this period. The man was caught driving at 169km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Monaro Highway.

    Traffic Superintendent Mark Colbran voiced his concerns on the high statistics.

    “I am astounded that so many people continue to risk their lives and the lives of other members of our community by using hand held mobile phones while driving.

    “It is also highly concerning that people continue to ignore the long-standing laws on the mandatory wearing of seatbelts. Evidence clearly shows that wearing a seat belt reduces serious injury and saves lives,” Supt Colbran said.

    In addition to its campaign against driving while on the mobile phone and the non wearing of seat belts, ACT Policing will be continuing to conduct random and targeted breath testing all over Canberra, joining forces with NSW Police for various cross border road safety operations in the lead up to Christmas.

    The fine for not having a seat belt properly fastened is $249 + 3 points. The fine for using a hand held mobile phone is $237. The fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h is $1,637 + 6 points.

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report online via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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Police Wrap – 31 October
johnnypanic 1:56 am 05 Nov 08

Did you call Police and try to give them a description and direction?

Yep. All of that. Statements and everything.

They caught him the next day too. But then they had to let him go/can’t arrest him or something on some bullshit technicality. He doesn’t have a place of residence or employment.

I’m hearing this second-hand from someone else who was involved though. I haven’t heard a word from the police about it. So, the **** could still be on the streets.

Cool, huh?

ant 3:01 pm 03 Nov 08

So who ended up winning the fight? They always leave the important info out. My money would be on the army rugby team.

ChrisinTurner 2:10 pm 03 Nov 08
PBO 10:42 am 02 Nov 08

I notice that there is still not much being said about bloodbath at transit bar that left a guy in a coma after someone jumped from the top of a flight of stairs onto their head. I did notice something in the Canberra times saying that nothing had happened and no police or military police were called to the incident that did not happen involving up to fifty people, some of whom were not in the army rugby team. The injured person was apparently “assessed” at the scene and no one is apparently making a complaint. Does anyone know anymore? Or am i going to have to find one of the youtube clips of the incident?

Tooks 8:55 am 02 Nov 08

Very Busy said :

Only 71 caught using a hand held mobile in a whole week!!!!! Seriously, I spend about 6 hours per day on Canberra’s roads and I alone could probably count that many in 1 day. I believe the only MV offence the authorities are interested in is speeding because they raise more revenue and it is easier to catch offenders.

You’d probably see a few less if you were driving a marked Police vehicle, though. Also, I believe the 71 caught is only from traffic vehicles and doesn’t include tickets given by general duties police at Tuggeranong, Woden, City, Belconnen and Gungahlin.

ChrisinTurner 6:01 pm 01 Nov 08

There was a lot of police activity around Argyle Square Apartments this morning where blood and a broken bottle from a fight was found outside an entrance. A trail of blood led to the Bega Flats. More foot or bicycle police patrols are needed in this area.

Very Busy 12:51 pm 01 Nov 08

Only 71 caught using a hand held mobile in a whole week!!!!! Seriously, I spend about 6 hours per day on Canberra’s roads and I alone could probably count that many in 1 day. I believe the only MV offence the authorities are interested in is speeding because they raise more revenue and it is easier to catch offenders.

How many people were fined in the same week for not indicating? If the authorities start to get serious about all the other MV offences drivers commit, people will start to take all the road rules seriously (including speeding) and Canberra’s streets will become safer and more enjoyable to be on.

To start with, how about busting all the drivers who leave Russell Offices in the afternoon peak hour and go straight ahead from the left turn only lane through the big roundabout onto Kings Ave.

grunge_hippy 9:51 am 01 Nov 08

kip koala? is she/he a relation of kenny koala??

DJ 8:22 am 01 Nov 08

johnnypanic said :

I strongly suggest people take note of this and don’t walk around this area alone at night.

This happened to me also, about two hours ago, only in the Argyle Square apartments (on the other side of the road on Boolee)

I yelled and neighbours came out of their houses and chased him away.

Did you call Police and try to give them a description and direction?

johnnypanic 7:14 am 01 Nov 08

I strongly suggest people take note of this and don’t walk around this area alone at night.

This happened to me also, about two hours ago, only in the Argyle Square apartments (on the other side of the road on Boolee)

I yelled and neighbours came out of their houses and chased him away.

Overheard 2:07 pm 31 Oct 08

Yikes! I don’t carry a handbag (or a man bag) but as one who walks through that precise area of Reid at all hours of the day, night, wee small hours, I’ve often wondered how I’d go if someone really decided they wanted me and my valuables to part company.

I’m hoping I don’t get to find out.

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