Transit Police make arrest following Sunshine sexual assault

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 16 January 2021 03:45

Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a man in relation to a sexual assault at Sunshine Railway Station in November.

It is alleged the female victim, aged 28 from Bentleigh, was travelling on the Sunbury line towards the city when an unknown male boarded the train at Sunshine Railway Station about 8.15pm on 19 November.

It is alleged that after about 5 minutes, when the train was between Southern Cross Railway Station and Flinders Street Railway Station, the man exposed himself.

A man presented himself to a police station today where he was interviewed and released pending further enquiries.

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Search for missing woman Bianca

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 16 January 2021 03:06

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing woman Bianca.

The 30-year-old was last seen on 14 January in Grovedale.

She is described as 165cm tall with short brown hair and has tattoos on both arms.

Bianca may be travelling in a grey Holden Commodore with her dog, a fawn coloured Maltese cross named Monty.

Police and family have concerns for her welfare due to a medical condition.

Anyone who sights Bianca is urged to contact Waurn Ponds Police Station on 5247 3500.

Belinda Batty

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Update to COVID-19 Cross Border Direction

Source: South Australia Police

COVID-19 Directions have been updated in South Australia in response to the recent reduction of risk by people travelling from the Greater Brisbane Area.

Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel. These updates provide information on the lifting of restrictions for people coming from the Greater Brisbane Area.

Cross Border Travel Direction No 29

The Cross Border Travel No 28 Direction comes into effect as of 12.01am Sunday 17 January 2021.

The key changes are as follow:

  • Entry from Greater Brisbane area
  • From 0001 Sunday 17 January 2021 people entering South Australia from the Greater Brisbane Area will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. However, they will be required to submit to a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12. (Please note, you must complete all 3 tests if entering SA between 0001hrs 17 January and 0001hrs 21 January 2021)
  • From 0001 Thursday 21 January 2021 people entering South Australia from the Greater Brisbane Area will no longer be required to self-quarantine or submit to a COVID-19 test.
  • SA Health will be contacting people currently in quarantine from Greater Brisbane.  Anyone in quarantine must remain there until contacted and authorised to leave.   Persons who have been in high risk locations will be required to finish remaining quarantine.

Other existing requirements remain. The information above only highlights the changes key made to the Direction and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full Direction for further information.

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 28) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29)(COVID-19) Direction 2021.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Search for Sharon

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 15 January 2021 08:28

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Reservoir woman Sharon.

The 48-year-old was last seen in Preston about 11pm on 6 December 2020.

Police and family have concerns for her welfare as she suffers from a medical condition and due to the length of time that she has been missing.

Investigators have released an image of Sharon in the hope that someone may recognise her and be able to provide information on her current whereabouts.

Anyone who sights Sharon is urged to contact Reservoir Police Station on 9460 6744.

Senior Constable Adam West

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Arrest following series of thefts in the eastern and southern suburbs

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 15 January 2021 06:19

Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested a man and a woman following a series of thefts in the vicinity of railway stations.

It’s alleged the offences started in November and continued up until this week in the following suburbs:

• Bayswater

• Belgrave

• Caulfield

• Clayton

• Croydon

• Gardenvale

• Glen Waverley

• Huntingdale

• Montmorency

• Murrumbeena

• Noble Park

• Ormond

• Ringwood

• Sandown Park

A 19-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both from Dandenong South, were arrested in Dandenong South by Transit Divisional Response Unit investigators today.

The man is expected to be charged with 51 offences including theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle, evades and theft.

The woman is expected to be charged with multiple counts of handling stolen goods.

Transit Safety Division Inspector Andrew Gustke said Transit Safety Division polices the public transport network which is covered by CCTV.

“The message to anyone is that if your intention is to commit crime or anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of public transport, you will be caught by CCTV,” Inspector Gustke said.

Belinda Batty

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Sale of Stirling Police Station

Source: South Australia Police

As part of an ongoing Regional Review, South Australia Police (SAPOL) will be selling the Stirling Police Station that has not operated as a patrol base since 2006. The police station is planned to be released to the market for sale in early 2021.

The sale of this station will help to ensure that SAPOL are providing the best service to the community of South Australia by deploying resources to positions that will enhance police visibility, response capacity and service delivery.

All operational response and police station support will be provided by the Mount Barker Police Station which is the nearest main operational policing facility to Stirling Police Station. There are also traffic police which regularly patrol in and around Stirling and surrounding suburbs.

A review carried out by SAPOL found that staff members working at this location to provide administrative ‘front counter services’ were assisting with very few enquiries from the public.

Speaking on the future sale, Assistant Commissioner, State Operation Services, Ian Parrott has confirmed that there would be no reduction in police numbers as a result of the sale and that the public should feel assured that their requests for assistance will not be impacted by this decision.

“The main purpose of this station for the last 14 years has been to provide administrative front counter services. During this period, calls for police assistance/attendance from the public have been responded to by patrols based at Mount Barker, who regularly patrol the Stirling area and surrounds as part of their duties.

The sale of this asset will not change the way SAPOL services and responds to the community.”

“I realise that some people see a closure of a bricks and mortar station as a reduction in service, but that could not be further from the truth. People, not buildings, are at the heart of a responsive policing service”.

People are reminded to call Triple Zero in an emergency, or 131444 for non-urgent police assistance.  There are also some online reporting options available on SAPOL’s internet page, along with a range of useful information.

The sale of Stirling Police Station is expected to be finalised in mid-late 2021 and SAPOL is aware that there is community interest in the site.

Investigation into Tullamarine deaths – update

Source: State of Victoria Police

Homicide Squad detectives will prepare a report for the coroner following the deaths of a woman and three children at a house in Tullamarine yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the property on Burgess Street shortly after 12.20pm on Thursday, 14 January.

Police located the bodies of a 42-year-old woman, a seven-year-old girl, a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy inside the address.

All were residents of that property.

A 48-year-old man, who also resided at the house, assisted police and last night was released without charge.

Detectives have also spoken to a large number of people, including the family, friends, and neighbours of the deceased.

An extensive forensic examination of the scene has also been conducted.

Investigators do not believe the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further in relation to the matter.

Homicide Squad investigators have formed the preliminary view that the 42-year-old woman is responsible for all four deaths and on completion of their investigation, a report will be provided for consideration of the coroner.

Victoria Police would like to thank everyone who assisted in this distressing and challenging investigation.

Anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Support is available and anyone experiencing difficulties should contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Quotes attributable to Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill:

“I know there will be many people in the community struggling to understand and come to terms with this tragedy.

Police will particularly work to support the families of those involved over the coming weeks and ensure they have the help they need.

“This has also been an incredibly difficult time for both the police and paramedics who responded and attended the scene yesterday.

“This has been an incredibly heart wrenching experience for all concerned.”

Natalie Webster

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Investigation Update – Great White shark death

Source: Tasmania Police

Investigation Update – Great White shark death – Tasmania Police

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Investigation Update – Great White shark death

Friday, 15 January 2021 – 2:40 pm.

Tasmania Police, along with members of the Department of Primary Industries Water and Environment, have concluded their investigation in the taking of a Great White shark in the Smithton area on the 9th of January 2021.
Three people have been interviewed regarding the matter. The file will be assessed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Police would like to thank members of the community for their information and assistance in the matter.
Acting Sergeant Paul Murphy from Western Marines Services said:
“This incident is a timely reminder for all recreational fishers to be fully aware of what marine life they are catching and to ensure they know all rules and regulations surrounding their fishing activities.”

Serious crash at Tooperang

Source: South Australia Police

Police and emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash at Tooperang.

About 12.45pm on Friday 15 January, police were called to Cleland Gully Road after reports of a single vehicle rollover.

Speed restrictions are in place while emergency services are at the scene.

William Drew wanted on warrant

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 15 January 2021 02:21

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Wodonga man William Drew.

A warrant has been issued for the 21-year-old’s arrest in relation to aggravated burglary related matters.

Drew is approximately 185cm tall with a slim build, brown hair, and a tattoo on his right hand.

Investigators have released an image of Drew in the hope that someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

He is known to frequent the Wodonga area.

Anyone who sights Drew or has information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

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