ACT Policing closed the northern end of Lonsdale Street in Braddon in both directions last night (9 January) to disperse a growing crowd for both public safety and to ensure minimal disruption to businesses.
Last night’s incident followed similar events on Friday night when police first shut Lonsdale Street after multiple reports that an unregulated car cruise involving burnouts, dangerous driving and antisocial behaviour was creating a public safety issue.
The street was closed last night for two hours and reopened once the crowd had dispersed.
A short time later a large crowd gathered at the service station at the intersection of Yallourn Street and Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick.
Vehicles immediately began doing burnouts and police seized two of the vehicles for dangerous driving endangering members of the public. Police stopped others from entering the area and the crowd dispersed.
A crowd then gathered near Tralee Street in Hume but quickly dispersed as police turned vehicles around.
A large crowd also gathered at a service station on the Monaro Highway in Hume and a member of the crowd set off a firework in the service station.
Detective Inspector Adrian Craft said he was disappointed at the drivers who put lives at risk.
Investigations into these incidents remain ongoing; police anticipate charges being laid.
Anyone with information, dash-cam or phone footage that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Quote reference 6711555. Information can be provided anonymously.