Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Crim­i­nal Law Amend­ment (Out-of-Con­trol Gather­ings) Act 2012 pro­vides po­lice with ad­di­tional pow­ers to man­age an outof-con­trol gath­er­ing. The leg­is­la­tion also gives courts the dis­cre­tion to or­der a per­son to pay rea­son­able com­pen­sa­tion costs to po­lice for their re­sponse to the out-of-con­trol gath­er­ing. As a host, you have a duty-of-care for the safety and well­be­ing of your guests. While you want them to have a good time you also want to min­imise the po­ten­tial for harm to per­sons and prop­erty as a re­sult of ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion or gate­crash­ers. You could be held partly or fully re­spon­si­ble for some­thing that hap­pens to one of your guests at your party. The guide Host­ing a Party for Teenagers is avail­able at the Al­co­hol Think Again web­site, and pro­vides nu­mer­ous re­sources for par­ents about al­co­hol and young peo­ple. – Se­nior Sergeant Rob Read


KENSINGTON De­tec­tives are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion to as­sist with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into two in­ci­dents where money was re­quested for the re­turn of stolen items. Dur­ing the af­ter­noon of Jan­uary 7, a Ford Fo­cus hatch­back was stolen from out­side a res­i­dence in Lord Street in Mt Law­ley. The owner’s chi­huahua dog was in the ve­hi­cle at the time. A short time later the of­fend­ers con­tacted the vic­tim and de­manded a sum of money for the safe re­turn of the dog. The dog and car have since been re­cov­ered. Later that day, a man drove to a car rental busi­ness lo­cated in Vic­to­ria Park. He en­tered the premises and stole three mo­bile phones from the em­ployee-only area. The owner of one of the phones was con­tacted by a woman who de­manded a sum of money for the re­turn of a phone. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and po­lice would like to iden­tify the man and woman in the at­tached pho­tos who they be­lieve can as­sist them with their in­quiries.

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer from Kensington De­tec­tives was on his way to work, when he spot­ted a man on Ber­wick Street in Vic­to­ria Park. The man was stand­ing on top of a bi­cy­cle, look­ing over a gar­den wall. The De­tec­tive Sergeant also spot­ted an­other bi­cy­cle with no one on it, propped up against a wall – the po­lice­man be­lieved the man could be act­ing as a look­out. He parked in a side street and called for back-up. A nearby po­lice car soon ar­rived and two bur­glars were caught red-handed in­side the house. They were both ar­rested and charged with var­i­ous bur­glary-re­lated of­fences.

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