Australia Melbourne police arrest members of alleged CBD pickpocketing ring
Canberra 'paedophile ring' is investigated by police after claims young boys were sexually abused
ACT Police say they are particularly concerned with offences allegedly committed by a group of two men from NSW and one from Canberra. The three men are accused of performing a number of indecent acts on children in two houses in Wanniassa. © Provided by Daily Mail ACT Police are investigating an alleged paedophile ring from the 1980s and 1990s as they believe that children abused in ACT and NSW may be linked (stock) The children were aged under 16, police said. Police allege that the same group of men abused children from both the ACT and NSW.
Police have charged an organised group of seven men and women accused of pickpocketing people catching public transport and in shopping precincts in Melbourne's CBD over the past two months.
Officers from the Melbourne Tasking Unit (MTU) made the arrests over the past week as part of "Operation Galeforce".
"Operation Galeforce was an investigation led by the MTU along with our counterparts in Transit Safety Division," Sergeant Chris O'Brien said.
"We investigated a series of organised and often opportunistic pickpocketing and thefts which were occurring for approximately two months across the city, in shopping precincts and on trams and trains.
"Rest assured Victoria Police takes this type of offending seriously, and our message to anyone out there looking to prey on those going about their everyday business is that you will be arrested and held to account."
Police arrested three of the group on January 8 in Albion and four more in Sunshine and Tarneit yesterday.
The accused include three women and four men aged between 25 and 38 years old, with five from Sri Lanka and two from India.
They have all been bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 14.
Tackle shop workers carry out citizen's arrest on alleged shoplifters .
Shoplifting is a common gripe for business owners, but staff members got the better of two alleged thieves in Darwin this week. Owner of Top End Tackle World, Shane Compain and his employee, Harry Sutcliffe-Woelders, carried out a courageous citizen's arrest on Monday afternoon."I was just sitting there doing shirts, and two young fellas come in and had a look around," Mr Sutcliffe-Woelders said. © Nine Harry Sutcliffe-Woelders and Shane Compain chased down and conducted a citizen's arrest on some shoplifters. The boys then approached the most expensive rod and reel set-ups in the store.