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MORONS DAMAGE KINGS SQUARE FENCES

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

 

Idiots vandalised and damaged some of the fences at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

Stupid moronic fools!

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

 

FREMANTLE PARKING INSPECTOR ATTACKED

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

Very disturbing to hear that one of the City of Fremantle’s parking inspectors was attacked by a motorist yesterday afternoon.

Police arrested a Riverton man in Beaconsfield and had to smash in car windows to apprehend the driver who had been driving erratically along Hampton Road.

The thirty-year old parking inspector received minor injuries when he was pinned between two cars in William Street.

I know many of Freo’s ‘ticketeers’ and most of them are really nice people with whom one can have a bit of banter. They are just doing their job and no one has the right to abuse them!

Roel Loopers

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SAD HISTORY OF FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, history, roundhouse by freoview on April 6, 2017

 

Today is a sad historic day in Fremantle with the anniversary of the hanging of 15-year-old John Gavin in front of the Roundhouse 173 years ago on April 6, 1844.

Gavin was the first European settler to be executed in Western Australia.

He arrived here as a Parkhurst boy and was convicted of murdering the son of his employer 18-year-old George Pollard.

Gavin was a tiny boy only so that weights were attached to his body to make the execution more humane. He was buried in the dunes south of the Roundhouse but his remains have never been found.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE PRISON MEMORIES

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison by freoview on March 28, 2017

 

I used to walk past Fremantle Prison almost daily when I lived in Bellevue Terrace, but that is now many years ago, so when I had to go to a meeting in the old Drillhall late yesterday afternoon I went and had a look at the World Heritage listed building and took this photo.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SAFER FOR SHOPPERS

Posted in bid, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, retail by freoview on March 9, 2017

 

The Fremantle BID concierge initiative in the Atwell and Manning High Street malls has been very successful according to the latest figures from Triparty.

  • Anti-social behaviour was recorded 27 times in September 2016, but it was zero in January 2017.
  • Begging of 24 cases recorded in September ’16 was down to 6 in January ’17.
  • Busking went down from 12 in Sept to only 1 in January.
  • Street drinking went down from 5 recorded cases in September to 0 in January.
  • Shop lifting came down from 15 cases in September to just 1 in January.
  •  Sleepers/homeless people down from 16 in September 2016 to only 1 in January 2017.

These are remarkable figures that show that the right actions do make Fremantle a safer place to visit and shop in.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE PRISON CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OPEN

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage by freoview on January 23, 2017

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Fremantle Prison will be unlocked tomorrow, Tuesday January 24 from 2-6 pm to celebrate 25 years of being open to the public.

Get a FREE  sneak peek  inside the World Heritage listed old gaol that was built by convicts when the Swan River Colony became a penal colony for England in 1850.

Explore the large main cell block, check out the art exhibition and have a cold drink in the cafe.

Roel Loopers

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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

FREMANTLE SECURITY OFFICERS DO A GOOD JOB!

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order by freoview on October 26, 2016

The claim in the West Australian today by Rhett Pace, the owner of the Zapfhall on the Cappuccino Strip, that he saw City security officers for the first time after he posted a video of two women fighting, is ridiculous.

I am in the inner city daily and Fremantle security officers are a high visible presence on the streets of the CBD, even more so since they started wearing high-vis vests recently and their numbers were increased.

On the occasions I needed their support they were there within minutes, so they are doing an excellent job.

It is a shame the world has become a more violent place and that Fremantle is not exempt from it, but the mix of alcohol and drugs unfortunately put more violent loonies on our streets, and Freo City security officers and police do the best they can, but they can’t be everywhere all the time.

Roel Loopers

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