Two women arrested after offensive behaviour at service station

Two women were taken into custody by ACT Policing after a disturbance at a Weston service station last week, when one person was spat on and racially abused.

A 49-year-old woman from South Australia and a 47-year-old woman from Charnwood were arrested on Thursday evening (December 18) and later released on Watch House bail to appear in court on January 9.

Police will allege two women and a man had parked their vehicle at the service station to change a flat tyre around 10.30pm on Thursday. In doing so, they had parked their vehicle near gas cylinders and ventilation outlets for the underground fuel tanks, where one of the alleged offenders lit a cigarette.

As this was a fire/explosive risk, a member of the staff approached the vehicle and asked the woman smoking to extinguish her cigarette or move away from the area.

Both women then began racially vilifying the two service station staff. One of the victims was spat on and punched during the incident.

The Charnwood woman has been charged with three counts of common assault and one of offensive behaviour, while the South Australian woman has been charged with one count of assault and one of offensive behaviour in a public place.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au.