Lonsdale Street closed for public safety following illegal behaviour during unregulated cruises

imnage of police car with lights flashing

ACT Policing last night closed Lonsdale Street in Braddon for public safety concerns after reports of burnouts and dangerous driving during an unregulated car cruise. 

About 7.50pm yesterday (Friday 8 January 2021), police were called to the location after reports of dangerous driving combined with large numbers of people consuming alcohol and engaging in anti-social behaviour. 

Police closed Lonsdale Street to traffic and the crowd and cruise dispersed.

About 10.40pm, police received reports of a large number of cars driving dangerously at the corner of Yallourn Street and Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick.

Police attended and parked their vehicle 100 meters away from the spectators. The police vehicle was quickly surrounded by spectators who threw items and verbally abused the officers.

Police activated their lights and sirens and the crowd parted and the drivers dispersed. A spectator threw a bottle and smashed the rear window of the marked police vehicle.   

At this stage no charges have been laid in relation to either incident.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6711058. Information can be provided anonymously.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au