MY BID TO TRY TO STOP DO­MES­TIC VI­O­LENCE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

“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.

1 COTTES­LOE

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.

2 CLARE­MONT

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.

3 CRAWLEY

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.

4 NED­LANDS

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.

5 MOS­MAN PARK

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.

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