Stall­holder on drugs charge

THIEVES AC­TIVE DUR­ING SHOW

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

FIRST RE­PORTED AT PEP­PER spray was used by po­lice to sub­due a man who al­legedly would not leave the Perth Royal Show in Clare­mont about 4.30pm on Satur­day.

“He was a stall­holder al­legedly found in pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine and a smok­ing im­ple­ment who acted up when he was asked to leave by the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety,” Sergeant Carol Ver­non said.

After the in­ci­dent, a Forrestfield man ( 44) was charged with pos­ses­sion of a small amount of the drug and a pipe, hin­der­ing po­lice and tres­pass. He was bailed to reap­pear at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 12.

Other in­ci­dents in the first three days of the show in­cluded sev­eral snatches of bags and wal­lets from prams and back­packs, at least 12 re­ported lost chil­dren re­quir­ing po­lice time to be reunited with their par­ents, and pos­si­ble theft of spir­its from a nearby bot­tle shop.

Sgt Ver­non said re­ports in­cluded a stolen wal­let, a mo­bile phone taken from a back­pack and a mo­bile phone taken from the top of a pram.

“Safe­guard your hand­bags be­cause we don’t want op­por­tu­ni­ties for thievery and make sure chil­dren have the in­for­ma­tion they need to be re­turned to their par­ents, ” she said.

Any con­nec­tion to the show is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated after three young women took bot­tles of spir­its from the nearby Thirsty Camel bot­tle shop on Ash­ton Av­enue about 9pm Satur­day.

Po­lice ex­pected crime to in­crease after crowds were kept low by ad­verse weather dur­ing the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end, dur­ing which of­fi­cers is­sued nine move- on no­tices for jump­ing perime­ter fences.

Sgt Ver­non said the weather might have re­duced the num­ber of cars parked near the show that were tar­gets for thieves, but there had been no no­tice­able in­crease in traf­fic due to the clo­sure of the Mid­land train line.

How­ever, her of­fi­cers were tar­get­ing pa­trols of the streets next to the show­grounds.

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