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Western Australian Schoolies and Toolies Evicted From Rottnest Island

Twenty-one school leavers and toolies (men in their 20s looking to party with school leavers) were booted off Rottnest Island this week, but police said that overall the behaviour of leavers was excellent. Continue reading Western Australian Schoolies and Toolies Evicted From Rottnest Island

Gun Holster Used To Rescue Retired Police Dog After Three-hour Ordeal Stuck In Hole In WA’s North

A grim end was looking likely for an ageing retired police dog which had fallen into a rocky hole on a Pilbara fishing trip, until a resourceful police officer was able to adapt his gun holster to make an unlikely rescue.

It had been looking like a good day out when the dog’s owner, Cortlan Bennett, landed a nice-looking fish on the rocky groyne at Point Samson, on the Pilbara coast.

Mr Bennett pulled the fish onto the rocks, but it came off and fell down between a gap in the rocks.

What started as a minor annoyance quickly escalated into a serious problem for Mr Corbett’s 14-year-old Alsatian, Indi.


The gap in between the boulders just happened to be the perfect size to get an unbreakable hold on the unfortunate dog.

Attempts to pull the dog out by scruffs of skin caused the frightened animal to bite the hand of his owner.


Realising he needed help, Mr Bennett called police at the nearby Roebourne station.

When they arrived half an hour later, they realised there was no simple solution to rescuing an Alsatian prone to biting its rescuers.

“It was pretty clear to them that it wasn’t going to be easy to get him out either, so they called in the fire brigade,” Mr Bennett said.

It was really a stroke of genius for this officer to just look down at his thigh and go, ‘Yeah, why don’t we use this as a muzzle?’ Roebourne police officer Jay Ravat was struck by inspiration.

“He sort of looks down at his gun holster… and there’s an elastic band that holds the weapon to his thigh,” Mr Bennett said.

It was almost fitting that in his twilight years, and in his hour of need, the police returned the favour.

Read the full article at ABC News.

WA Police Officer Assaulted In Scarborough, Suffers Serious Injuries


A man has been arrested by police after he allegedly punched an officer in the face, knocking him to the ground in Scarborough on Sunday night.

Police allege the 24-year-old Doubleview man sped through the streets of Scarborough and Karrinyup, travelling at speeds in excess of 100km/h, before losing control of the car at the intersection of Deanmore Road and Jeanes Road.

When an officer approached the car he was allegedly punched by the man and knocked to the ground.

The officer required stitches to his chin and suffered injury to his jaw as well as damaged teeth after the alleged blow to his face.

The 24-year-old man was charged with drink-driving, failure to stop, reckless driving, assaulting a police officer and driving without a license.

He was due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on November 9.

Source: Brisbane Times.

WA Police Minister “Finds Balance” As Dangerous Serial Rapist Is Released

Serial rapist John Lyddieth is expected to live in Tuart Hill from today on a supervision order
Serial rapist John Lyddieth is expected to live in Tuart Hill from today on a supervision order
Serial rapist John Lyddieth has been released from prison to live in Tuart Hill. 

Lyddieth, 63, has spent most of the past 24 years behind bars for stalking and sexually assaulting women in the western suburbs between 1987 and 1991. He raped nine of his victims.

In granting his release on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ralph Simmonds said Lyddieth remained a serious danger and would pose an unacceptable risk to the community if he was released from jail unsupervised.

He is expected to live in Tuart Hill from today on a supervision order with 44 conditions, including being monitored electronically and not being in the presence of females who have been drinking.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said yesterday she wanted dangerous sex offenders jailed indefinitely.

But she said the State Government did not have that “luxury” and needed to find a balance, she said yesterday, as serial rapist Dennis John Lyddieth prepared to walk free from jail.

“As a mother and member of the community, yes,” Mrs Harvey said. “But as a member of the Government…we don’t have that luxury necessarily of saying we will incarcerate someone forever. What we need to do as a Government is to try to find a balance and the Attorney General has that invidious task.

“I support him in his efforts.”

Mrs Harvey said the court made decisions based on factors presented to it and those decisions had to be respected.

She said the sex offender management squad and Department of Corrective Services were well-resourced to manage dangerous sex offenders in the community.

She expected Lyddieth’s photograph would appear on the dangerous sex offender register website from today.

Shadow attorney-general John Quigley yesterday urged the Government to release its “secret” review into WA’s dangerous sex offender laws immediately and introduce amendments to Parliament tomorrow.

Mr Quigley said the Government had been sitting on the report since June last year and the time for talk was over, as dangerous sex offenders continued to be released into the community.

He said dangerous sex offenders should be locked up until they were no longer considered to be at high risk of reoffending.

Mrs Harvey said the review was not secret and would be released when the new legislation was introduced in Parliament, which was imminent.

Source: The Western Australian.

WA Prison Officers’ Union Rejects Prison Recommendations


Recommendations to improve the efficiency of the West Australian prison system should be rejected because they are “confusing and contradictory”, a union says.

The Economic Regulation Authority has made 44 recommendations in a report released on Thursday, including performance benchmarks for jails and a commissioning model for choosing prison operators.

But WA Prison Officers’ Union secretary John Welch said a commissioning model would pit private and public sectors and not-for-profit organisations against each other for service contracts.

He said benchmarking would also fail because WA prisons were each different and spread over a large area, which presented unique challenges.

Source: The Australian.