Po­lice deal with brawls, van­dal­ism

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency issues - News anal­y­sis by JOHN RYAN

IT an­noys me when I see low-level nui­sance crime around the city’s streets be­cause it not only takes up po­lice time and re­sources, it makes peo­ple feel bad about their home­town.

I’m a huge fan of the ALDI su­per­mar­ket trol­leys, not only be­cause they steer in a straight line, but be­cause the sim­ple coin de­posit sys­tem en­sures that cus­tomers re­turn trol­leys to their racks.

So it was a bit sad to see a trol­ley where some bored but in­ven­tive crim­i­nal minds de­cided they needed to torch the ma­chine on the trol­ley han­dle where the coins are in­serted.

Hope­fully the shop­ping cen­tre has some good CCTV vi­sion which will help iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors. An ALDI shop­ping trol­ley with burnt coin holder over a yearly pe­riod com­pared to a pre­vi­ously yearly pe­riod,” Mr Lawrence said.

“A three or six month drop ob­vi­ously can cre­ate a lower yearly av­er­age, which is then com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year – what is very clearly hap­pen­ing in my view is a drop from a pre­vi­ous spike, to sug­gest it is any­thing else is wish­ful think­ing at best,” he said.

Tues­day lunchtime saw as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Ge­off Mck­ech­nie, the western re­gion com­man­der, call a doorstop me­dia con­fer­ence on this is­sue.

“It’s a re­ally pos­i­tive re­sult in many parts of the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly Dubbo with de­creases par­tic­u­larly in prop­erty crime type cat­e­gories,” Mr Mck­ech­nie said.

“Po­lice are ar­rest­ing peo­ple, the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence team and the re­gion en­force­ment squad are out there now so the re-en­gi­neer­ing has reaped sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits, we’ve got many more re­sources to bring to bear on prob­lem ar­eas.”

There’s a lot of com­plex data in­volved in this de­bate and I’m sure we’ll be hear­ing plenty more about in in the run up to the 2019 state elec­tion. Dam­age at the con­struc­tion site for a bar­be­cue fa­cil­ity at the Dubbo Touch Com­plex. PHOTO: KA­RINA MCLACHLAIN

of­fi­cers on traf­fic con­trol when the pro­ces­sion moved past them, and mourn­ers were thrilled to see that re­spect paid to such a com­mu­nity stal­wart.

Les was a great bloke and tire­less vol­un­teer across so many or­gan­i­sa­tions, and he’ll be sadly missed.

a fight be­tween the Wal­gett and Coon­am­ble boys.

This time around Face­book is much qui­eter, after Dubbo Po­lice were called to the Apollo Es­tate about 1.20pm on Sun­day after re­ports were re­ceived that a large brawl was in progress in Aldrin Av­enue.

“Upon ar­rival po­lice were con­fronted with up to 40 per­sons who were yelling at each other and pos­tur­ing close to one another, caus­ing a ma­jor ob­struc­tion to the road­way and dis­tur­bance to the neigh­bour­hood,” ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“A num­ber of scuf­fles broke out which po­lice had to in­ter­vene in to pre­vent a large-scale brawl from oc­cur­ring.

“Even­tu­ally all per­sons were moved on with about five car­loads of peo­ple leav­ing the area, with oth­ers re­turn­ing to their homes.”

Po­lice were con­cerned that the dis­tur­bance may re-ig­nite so re­in­force­ments at­tended, and the area sat­u­rated with pa­trols.

Dur­ing that pe­riod two men

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