MY BID TO TRY TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
“I WAS recently approached on behalf of White Ribbon to walk a mile in stilettos later this year as part of the awareness campaign ‘Walk a mile in her shoes’, which aims to highlight gender violence against women. Community Newspaper Group may feature me if I accept the offer, dressed in police uniform and high heels. Some people have said a photo dressed like that could hurt my career, but I’m more concerned the shoes may hurt my ankles. Violence by men against women is never acceptable, in fact I view it as cowardly, but unfortunately the message is still not getting through to a large number of men. Police attend countless domestic disputes daily and this often results in a man being arrested for offences against a woman. I doubt that some of these men would be brave enough to commit offences of a similar nature against adult men, yet they think it is OK to assault women behind closed doors. I’m going to walk a mile in her shoes if it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, change perspectives, help improve gender relationships and decreases the potential for violence. -Sergeant Gary Thwaites.
A POLICE raid found an alleged burglar and car thief (45), of no fixed address, with his girlfriend at short-stay accommodation on John Street on March 18. The girlfriend was released before her boyfriend was charged for three burglaries and the theft of two cars, including a vehicle taken from South Perth the previous night and money stolen from a Claremont car wash recently. The man was remanded in custody and may face more charges when he later reappears in court.
A BEDFORD man (29) on an allegedly stolen motorcycle is the second alleged thief from the suburb to be charged after a spate of burglaries including a North Fremantle bottleshop, and a bakery, sports clubs and homes in Mosman Park earlier this month. Wembley police were suspicious about the motorcycle and they arrested the man in Claremont on March 19, before he was remanded in custody to face two burglary charges in court at a later date. His 27-year-old suspected accomplice was arrested after allegedly breaking into the South Perth Tennis Club on March 16, and he was charged with burglaries at Party Town, Claremont, the Mosman Park bakery and the North Fremantle bottleshop, before he was remanded in custody to reappear in court at a later date.
AN East Perth man (27) allegedly stabbed a Subiaco man (55) through the arm with a 30cm kitchen knife at a Thomas Street house about 3.30pm on March 22. It will be alleged the victim, his boyfriend and another man had been drinking at home before the alleged attack, which required the protruding knife to be removed at hospital, after which the alleged attacker took a steak knife when he left the house without his medication. Last Saturday, the man was charged with aggravated unlawful wounding, before he was remanded in custody to reappear at Perth Magistrates Court on April 4.
AN athletic starting pistol was taken when thieves broke in to sport changing rooms at the University of WA between midnight and 6.45am on March 27. Police said a front door was forced open before the thieves searched the changing rooms. Percussion caps used to create the starting gun’s bang were also taken.
CEILING tiles were removed when thieves broke into Nedlands Golf Club, Melvista Avenue where the alarm was activated about 7.15am on March 22. “They removed a number of tiles and them climbed through the roof and the ceiling,” Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian said. Unsuccessful attempts were made to force the lock on a back office and a cash till was opened, but nothing appeared to have been taken and it is not known how the thieves left the club.
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A MAN allegedly trespassed on to five properties, starting at Glyde Street, while walking between about 5am and 7am on March 21. Police said he was found by residents in several homes’ second storeys and each time asked for help but no threats were made. It is alleged he trespassed at a Wellington Street home, two houses in Deane Street and one in Marine Parade, both in Cottesloe. The man (44), of no fixed address, was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner for psychiatric assessment.