HOW BIZARRE: Inspector Keith McDonald (far right) speaks to a resident after a car crashed into a garage next to the Islamic Society of Ipswich.
HOW BIZARRE: Inspector Keith McDonald (far right) speaks to a resident after a car crashed into a garage next to the Islamic Society of Ipswich. David Nielsen

No cause for alarm as car crashes through garage near mosque

IPSWICH police were given a scare when reports came through on Monday of a car going through a garage next to the Islamic Society of Ipswich.

But their concerns were soon allayed when it was discovered an 84-year-old lady had lost control of her car in North Ipswich.

"We had a car into a garage beside a mosque and that was a concern," Inspector Keith McDonald said.

"But we got there and realised there was nothing untoward in the activity of the driver.

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"It just happened to be a poor old dear who had a medical episode as she was driving down the road.

"I was only five minutes away when the job went down, so I popped over to have a look."

Australia has raised its terrorism level to high, and as a result local police are now kitted in a way they never were before.

"I have to be fully kitted and ready to go at all times until the security threat is redetermined," Insp McDonald said.

"Normally all I would wear is just a uniform, so now all I have to wear all my accoutrements like my gun and my taser."

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Police in Ipswich have their hands full dealing with often violent crimes, as in the case of the taxi driver who was hit on the head by a hammer, but Insp McDonald said the Islamic community of Ipswich was an "extremely peaceful" group.

"They are very good people," he said.

"Probably 90 % of people in Ipswich wouldn't know that we have our own mosque.

"They don't cause us any grief whatsoever."

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