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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Credit crunch sparks crimes CREDIT-CRUNCH crimes such as fraud and shoplifting are on the rise in the Inner West, new crime figures show. According to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures published last week, cases of fraud rose 23.8 per cent in Ashfield in 2008, while in Canada Bay fraud went up 26.6 per cent. In NSW fraud had soared by 15.7 per cent and was mainly attributed to last year's high fuel prices, when theft at the petrol bowser became more common. In Burwood the major jump was the 24.7 per cent rise in shoplifting. Canada Bay also recorded a worrying 42.2 per cent rise in non- domestic assault. But there were positive figures, too. Motor vehicle theft was down 34.5 per cent in Ashfield, 28.6 per cent in Strathfield and 14.2 per cent in Canada Bay. Stealing from motor vehicles also dropped significantly in those areas. Break-and-enters were also down in Canada Bay. Overall crime across the state was stable in seven of the major 17 categories, up in two and down in eight, including robbery, break and enter, motor vehicle theft and stealing from a person. Head of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research Don Weatherburn said the ''standout'' result was a massive drop in armed robbery, which decreased by 31 per cent from 2007 to 2008 and was at its lowest level in 15 years. FIONA BRADY Arrests for brothel raid THREE men have been charged with assaulting and robbing the manager of a Five Dock brothel over the weekend after a dramatic police chase involving one of the men being plucked from a river. The 52-year-old male victim had to be treated for serious facial injuries after the attack. The trio entered the Great North Rd brothel shortly before 2am on Sunday and allegedly assaulted the manager before stealing his wallet and watch. After unsuccessfully trying to open the cash register, they ran out a back door. A short time later, highway patrol officers spotted three men in a bronze Holden Commodore sedan on Queens Rd, Five Dock. Police chased the vehicle to Blackwell Point Rd, Chiswick, where it crashed into a parked car. The three occupants fled the scene on foot and were chased by officers. One of the men was arrested in a nearby park, while another was located with the assistance of the Dog Unit and Polair. The third man was plucked from the Parramatta River by Water Police officers. A 21-year-old Greenacre man was charged with robbery in com- pany, inflicting grievous bodily harm, resisting arrest and traffic offences. A 23-year-old Lilyfield man was charged with robbery in company, inflicting grievous bodily harm and resisting arrest. A 25-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with assault, robbery in company, inflicting grievous bodily harm and resist- ing arrest. All three have been refused bail and were due to appear at Burwood Court on Monday. Police release images over unit break-ins Photos on line To see all the photographs, go to innerwestweekly.com.au BURWOOD police have released photographs of people they believe may be able to help their inquiries into break-ins in the Five Dock area. Mountain bikes and toy motorised bikes were stolen from unit block garages in Kings Park Rd, Kings Park Court and William St, in the early hours of March 23 and 27. Police also reminded Inner West residents to keep their garages locked. Anyone with any information should call Burwood police on 9745 8499. 2061045i ppg wk43 The ACADEMY of DRESSMAKERS is designed for those who are looking for an alternative to the current vocational training. Refine your skills or learn a new trade. ALL CLASSES ENROLLING NOW FOR 27TH APRIL 2009 Other courses: BEGINNERS / DOMESTIC INTERMEDIATE / GARMENT CONSTRUCTION / ALTERATIONS / FORMAL WEAR PROFESSIONAL PATTERNMAKING / TAILORING Saturday Classes now available. 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