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MISSING EAST FREMANTLE MAN FOUND

Posted in city of fremantle, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

Great news! Missing 88-year-old East Fremantle man Francisco Rebelo was found alive and well early this morning in a park on the corner of East and Burt Street in East Fremantle.

Police, SES volunteers and the Fremantle City community safety officers had all been searching for Francisco.

I drove around the area for an hour late yesterday afternoon, but failed to find him, so am am relieved for him and his family.

Rebelo is quite a familiar face around Fremantle, so this is a great outcome after he was missing for two cold nights.

 

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SEARCH FOR MISSING 88-YEAR-OLD EAST FREO MAN

Posted in city of fremantle, people, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 18, 2017

 

The underpass at Peter Hughes Drive into Fremantle Port looked like a crime scene this morning, with a lot of police, SES and Fremantle City safety officers there, but it turned out they are looking for missing 88-year-old East Fremantle man Franco Robello.

Robello has white has white hair and a white beard, so should you see him around please contact police.

 

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OLD PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE NOT PAEDOPHILES!

Posted in children, fremantle, photography, police, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

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Parents have been complaining about all that rain during the school holidays, so with the weather back to Freo fantastic I wanted to see how busy the Winterworld ice skating n Fremantle was this morning.

I took a few wide-angle shots to show the crowd and when I turned around two police officers looked at me inquisitively, so I took my sunnies off and said hello.

Once I crossed over to the Esplanade Hotel side I noticed they were behind me and I hear “excuse me sir”

The officers wanted to know why I was taking photos, and while it is my lawful right to take pictures of anyone in a public open space, I explained I published a Fremantle blog, gave them my business card, even let them look at the few photos I had taken, and explained I was very well known in Freo, even by the head of police media who is a mate of mine, but they still wanted to see my drivers license.

I absolutely accept that the officers have a job to do, but I find it extremely offensive that an old man with a camera is automatically classified as a potential deviant paedophile, and questioned.

There were plenty of people taking photos with mobile phones, but I stood out with a professional DSLR Nikon. Would a child abuser really be that obvious and stupid?

I adore children and believe they are sacred. Anyone who interferes with a child should be shot as far as I am concerned, but it is not right to target professional photographers just because they are male and over 50.

I have great respect for police officers and the often awful job they have to do, but I feel quite insulted right now.

Roel Loopers

 

EASTER BOOZE BIKES

Posted in alcohol, drinking, fremantle, police, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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The WA Police gave Fremantle people and visitors an Easter surprise mid Monday morning on Marine Terrace.

It wasn’t the booze bus but three booze bikes who stopped motorists and tested them for alcohol.

Oooooh, I am over the limit? It must have been the Grand Marnier inside the Easter egg I ate earlier. ; >)

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$ 1 MILLION FOR POLICE ASSAULT ON FREMANTLE ESPLANADE

Posted in fremantle, law&order, police by freoview on December 9, 2016

Fremantle couple Robert Cunningham and Catherine Atoms have been awarded $ 1 million in damages by the WA District Court for an arrest made on the Esplanade and tasering by police in November 2008.

They  claimed they had been falsely imprisoned and assaulted when they were tasered and handcuffed  outside the Esplanade Hotel.

They had alleged the behaviour of the officers constituted battery and assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Amazing that it took them eight years to get justice!

Roel Loopers

 

 

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ANOTHER STABBING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in alcohol, anti-social, city of fremantle, law&order, police, violence by freoview on December 1, 2016

It is a crying shame that there has been another stabbing in Fremantle, this time a 17-year-old boy was stabbed just before midnight in front of a kebab shop on the Cappuccino Strip last night. Earlier this week a man who had been stabbed near the railway station died, and reports of violence in the inner city are damaging Fremantle’s reputation as a family friendly city.

My observations when walking through the CBD daily is that at daytime there is not enough police on the beat but there is good visual presence of CoF security officers, however the latter only work till early in the evening and not at night so the cops need to increase their foot patrols at night.

Violence and anti social behaviour is not something council can fix, but the City of Fremantle needs to start looking at rigorously implementing its alcohol policy and not adding more fuel to the fire by allowing more alcohol outlets.

I am not sure that I like the big billboard on Stirling Highway at all that proudly announces that Bathers Beach is the first beach in Australia where one can drink alcohol on the beach. It’s not the sort of reputation Fremantle needs.

Roel Loopers

MAN ESCAPES FROM FREMANTLE POLICE LOCK-UP

Posted in crime, fremantle, law&order, police, western australia by freoview on September 15, 2016

A  38-year-old man escaped from the Fremantle Police lock-up yesterday and is still on the run. Danny Brooks was arrested in the morning and charged with car stealing, armed robbery and breaching bail conditions, but he managed to escape from the High Street lock up and carjacked a vehicle at the Fremantle train station.

With him a 29-year-old woman also escaped but she was arrested again soon afterward.

The driver of the vehicle was later released and Brooks crashed the car on Mandurah Road around midnight last night. Police believe Brooks might have been hurt in the crash.

It will be interesting to find out how two people could escape from the Freo lock-up as that is obviously not acceptable.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CRIME RATE NOT BAD

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, western australia by freoview on July 27, 2016

New crime statistic released is the West Australian today show that Fremantle is doing relatively well compared to other suburbs, with the City of Perth CBD being the worst one.

Fremantle was only 7th in the Worst Crime Suburb, 8th in the Worst for Assaults, 8th again in the Worst Car Thefts, and it did not come in the top ten for the Worst Home Burglary Suburb category.

There is no doubt there is always room for improvement when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour but it is good to see Freo is not near the top of criminal behaviour.

Roel Loopers

FUGITIVE FALLS THROUGH FREMANTLE MARKETS ROOF

Posted in crime, fremantle, law&order, photography, police, western australia by freoview on July 19, 2016

 

High drama at the Fremantle Markets late this afternoon when a fugitive escaped from police when they wanted to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

The man jumped on the roof of the markets but allegedly fell through the roof, climbed out and resisted arrest.

The fire brigade assisted WA Police to get the man down from the roof where ambulance officers were waiting.

Two TV helicopters and three crews on the ground recorded it all for this evening’s news.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE SEARCH FOR SUITCASE MURDER

Posted in crime, fremantle, law&order, police, western australia by freoview on July 6, 2016

 

WA Police continued their search for more evidence at the old Fremantle traffic bridge today to find more clues to the murder of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in the Swan River on the weekend.

Specific tiles that were found in the suitcase were also found yesterday near the traffic bridge.

The Asian woman was approximately 35-45 years old. If you did see her before the weekend or know who she is or where she lived please do contact Crime Stoppers.

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