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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 4th 2009
8 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 5, 2009 MB NEWS Pub assault figures queried HOTELS in NSW could be failing to report alcohol- fuelled assaults at their premises to avoid or remove restrictions on their li- cences, it has been claimed. Bureau of Crime Stat- istics and Research chief Don Weatherburn said re- cent figures released by the State Government to sup- port claims that new laws had curbed violence were ''premature''. Premier Nathan Rees had said police figures showed a drop in assaults, proving new measures including a 2am lockout and ban on glasses after midnight, were working. Mr Rees said the figures showed a drop in assaults in 48 targeted pubs from 393 in December 2007 and January 2008 to 174 in December 2008 and January 2009. Alcohol-related assaults also fell from 2273 to 1793 in NSW during the same period. But Dr Weatherburn said the figures ''provide no credible support whatso- ever for the proposition that the recorded rate of alcohol- related assaults has fallen in response to government pol- icy''. ''Monthly assault figures are highly volatile and there is also often a long lag in reporting,'' Dr Weather- burn said. ''We need a proper stat- istical analysis to make any judgments about trends in crime, not simple compari- sons of January and February this year with January and February the year before. ''It is entirely possible that the reason for the fall is that pubs anxious to avoid or remove restrictions on their licence have simply become less willing to re- port assaults to police.'' Teenager faces murder charge CRIME STOPPERS 1800 333 000 on the beat 1 3 2 1 A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was expected to be charged with murder on Monday after an attack in Canada Bay in which another teenager died. Burwood police went to a derelict house on Bayview Rd about 6.15pm on Friday, after receiving reports that there was an unconscious man inside. A 19-year-old man was found suffering significant head injuries and had stopped breathing. He was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he was placed in an induced coma after having emergency surgery. Early on Monday morning life support was withdrawn and he died about 1.45am, surrounded by family. A 16-year-old boy from North Strathfield was arrested by police and questioned at Burwood police station. He was subsequently charged with at- tempted murder and was refused bail. He appeared at Parramatta Children's Court late on Saturday. It was expected the charge would be upgraded to murder when he reappeared in court. 2 THREE teenagers armed with machetes and a tomahawk have been charged with destroying property at an Auburn school. On Monday about 8.15am, the group entered the school in Park Rd, Auburn, and allegedly damaged the canteen, a car and smashed several school windows. Flemington police arrested four males at the scene and seized weapons. The group was then taken to Auburn police station and interviewed by detectives. Two boys aged 15 and 16 from Auburn, and one aged 17 from Bankstown, have been charged with three counts of malicious damage, being armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence, stealing, two counts of assault and affray. The fourth teenager, aged 16 from Auburn, has been released without charge pending further inquiries. The trio was refused bail and were due to appear at Parramatta Children's Court on Tuesday. 3 BURWOOD police arrested a 19-year-old man about midnight on Thursday, February 26, in relation to a handbag snatching at Burwood earlier that night. The man was charged with robbery and was refused bail in Burwood Court. He will reappear on March 5. weekly news $199 ea $4999ea Bananas per kg $1.49 per kg Thompson Seedless Grapes per kg $1.99 per kg William Pears 1kg $1.99 per kg Blueberries 125g $1.60 per 100g Cashmere & Wool Quilt Queen Size or King Size Encased in a silky soft casing of silk and combed cotton, with a designer quilting pattern to improve loft and drape around the body, this quilt will add style and comfort to your sleeping experience. Fitted Sheet Set Queen Size or King Size • 365 thread count • 100% mercerized cotton sateen • Set includes flat sheet, fitted sheet with 37cm wall and two pillowcases • Supremely woven with fine pintuck detailing for the ultimate sophistication • Durable and luxurious • Assorted colours $149 $199 $199 $199 smarter shopping aldi.com.au produce prices effective 03/03/09 to 09/03/09 OPENING HOURS: See your local store or www.aldi.com.au for details. Prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change. Produce prices valid from 03/03/09 to 09/03/09. All offers while stocks last. In the event of unexpected high demand, ALDI Stores reserves the right to limit purchases to reasonable retail quantities. ALDM3584/W10/9/A special buys from thurs 05 mar
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