Claimed decreases in alcohol related assaults are based on government information: The massive size of the published drops suggests that they should be verified by independent reviews. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo:PHOTO: In 1990, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress purchased a food outlet and an attached takeaway liquor licence, and allowed the licence to lapse immediately, pouring out booze in Gap Road.
The Northern Territory has experienced a dramatic drop in assaults over the four months that tough new alcohol policies have been in effect. Territory-wide there has been a 16% reduction in assaults in the four months to April 2014 compared to the same period last year. Assaults are down by 25% in Alice Springs, write Chief Minister ADAM GILES and Attorney-General JOHN ELFERINK.
UPDATE Tuesday, August 28, 5.30pm: Detective Senior Sergeant Travis Wurst of the Southern Investigations Division said the 25-year-old handed himself in to police this afternoon.
Police are calling for public assistance to locate Gregory Abbott (pictured), believed to be responsible for three assaults in the Northern Territory this year.
Detectives believe the man is currently residing in or around the Alice Springs region.
It is alleged the offender assaulted a visitor at a Darwin residence in March 2010 and seriously assaulted two visitors at two separate residences in Alice Springs in June 2012.
Police advise the public to not approach him and phone 000 immediately.
"If you have any information on the whereabouts of Gregory Abbott, contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," police say.
More information is on the Territory's Wanted page.
The website of the German Foreign Office singles out Alice Springs as Australia's only location mentioned in the chapter dealing with crime (Kriminalitaet) in its general travel advice (Allgemeine Reiseinformationen). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.