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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 8th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 9, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Two charged after car search Strike Force Raptor detectives executed a search warrant at a home in Liverpool St, Ashfield, and located and seized the 29-year-old resident's Hells Angels colours, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and other items, including 3g of a white, rock-like substance. AN ALLEGED member of the Hells Angels bikie gang has been charged with a number of fire- arms offences after a large-scale police operation in Ashfield on Monday. Detectives from Strike Force Raptor, set up to investigate out- law bikie gangs, pulled over a car on Liverpool Rd around 2pm. During a search of the car, detectives allegedly found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The two men inside were also searched. Police allegedly found ammu- nition and a laser pointer on the passenger, a 29-year-old Ashfield man. A search of the driver -- a 26-year-old Carlton man -- alleg- edly located a credit card bearing another person's name. The two men were arrested and taken to Burwood police station. Police then searched a house in Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, and seized the 29-year-old man's Hells Angels colours, a Harley-Davidson motorbike and other items, in- cluding 3g of a white, rock-like substance and a NSW police cap. The 29-year-old was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a public place, and possessing an unauthorised pistol, ammu- nition and a prohibited weapon. He was refused bail and ap- peared at Burwood Court on Tuesday, where the case was ad- journed. The Carlton man was charged with having goods in custody and was bailed to appear at Burwood Court on April 30. A 27-year-old man at the Ashfield unit was issued with a criminal infringement notice for theft in relation to the police cap. The investigation is continuing. Prospect of meters greeted with fury FIONA BRADY Julie Passas protesting in Haberfield about the introduction of metered parking by council. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP263582 MORE than 5000 residents have signed a petition against the introduction of parking meters at Ashfield. The petition was started by a group of Haberfield shopkeepers after Ashfield councillors voted for a ''preliminary report'' on how meters and timed parking could be introduced. The parking meter report was one of seven revenue-raising and cost-saving measures that councillors asked staff to investigate at the March 17 meeting of the council's budget and operations review committee to address a $1.5 million hole in the budget created by the economic downturn and rising costs. Councillors also voted to apply to the Local Government Minister Barbara Perry for a 4 per cent rate variation. But it was the paid parking motion that raised the most ire. Tony Raciti, manager of Dolcissimo restaurant at Haberfield, said the introduction of paid parking would have a devastating effect on his suburb. ''The commercial property values in the suburb will plummet to catastrophic levels and businesses will end up like the ravaged Norton St, where up to 40 per cent of the businesses are for sale or for lease,'' he said. Former councillor Julie Passas said she feared Ashfield's shopping precincts would turn into cemeteries if parking meters were introduced. ''If they (Ashfield Council) are so cash-strapped, stop the Civic Centre project, it's not urgent,'' she said. Mayor Ted Cassidy said he did not support parking meters but he said it was one of a ''bundle of issues'' councillors requested reports on. ''We take advice from council officers but we don't have to agree with that advice,'' he said. He said parking meters had been considered by the council in the past and had been ''overwhelmingly rejected''. 2132213i iww w41 Delivering for our Community council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Strathfield Council is committed to help make our local roads safe for the whole community. With speed being the number one contributing factor to accidents in the Strathfield Local Government Area (LGA), Council has responded by launching the Speeding. No one thinks big of you campaign. Over April, Council will deploy radars throughout the Strathfield LGA and drivers will receive a courtesy speed check, with their speed being displayed on an electronic message board. Council may request police enforcement if the information collected from the radars indicates speed is an issue at a particular area. To find out more about Council's road safety initiatives, visit Council's website.
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