Police investigate incident in Deakin


ACT Policing is investigating an incident in Deakin last night (Wednesday, 21 December) following a vehicle fire. 

Around 9.35pm, ACT Policing received a report from ACT Fire and Rescue that a vehicle had exploded and was on fire adjacent to a building on Campion Street, Deakin. The building houses the headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby.

The driver appears to have ignited gas cylinders within the vehicle, causing an explosion which damaged the vehicle and building.

The male presented himself to the Canberra Hospital with serious burn injuries. Police spoke briefly with the man before he continued with treatment. Police were able to establish the man’s actions were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated.

Investigations are ongoing; however it is unknown when police will be able to speak with the man further, due to his medical condition.

Police have identified the man as a 35-year-old Australian Citizen residing in the ACT. The man is not previously known to police.

Police will be conducting a thorough investigation including previous threats to the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACT Policing Deputy Chief Police Officer Mark Walters reassured the community that there is no concern for public safety.

“Police are conducting a thorough investigation and there is no threat to public safety. We want the Canberra community to go about their business today reassured that ACT Policing is working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Commander Walters said.

Police urge anyone with information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6049560. Information can be provided anonymously.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 6264 9460, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

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