Speed van shot at with operator inside on Canberra Avenue

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A GOVERNMENT speed detection van was shot at last Monday (October 12) night. 

Police say a bullet struck the sign on top of the speed detection van at about 9.40pm. At the time, the van was parked on the median strip of Canberra Avenue, near the intersection with Eyre Street and Lefroy Street.

Detective acting inspector Adam Liversidge said the public may not realise speed vans always have operators inside.

“ACT Policing worked closely with Access Canberra when the incident was first reported to ensure there was no ongoing risk to safety,” Mr Liversidge said.

“No one should be put at risk doing their job from reckless behaviour like this. All speed vans have high-quality CCTV around their vehicles, which police are reviewing as part of their investigations.

“On Thursday night, officers seized a firearm which could have been linked to this incident and forensic analysis is continuing.”

Forensic and ballistic examination of the damage to the sign indicates that the weapon used is not the same as firearms issued to AFP officers.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, who may have information about the incident, or who may have dash-cam footage from the area around the time of the incident to come forward.

CCTV shows a silver station wagon driving past at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website referring to reference number 6646275. 

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