BE RESPONSIBLE IF YOU HOLD A PARTY
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.