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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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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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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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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Witness appeal following Warracknabeal house fire

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 15 January 2021 00:07

Northern Grampians Criminal Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious house fire at Warracknabeal.

Emergency services were called to the vacant house on Anderson Street following reports of a fire about 10.45pm on 10 January.

The house, which was fully engulfed by flames, suffered extensive internal damage during the blaze.

Investigators believe the single-storey weatherboard house had been vacant for several years.

The fire has since been deemed suspicious and police are continuing to investigate the cause.

Anyone who witnessed the fire, any suspicious activity in the area at the time, or with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Liz Mellino

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Search for missing woman Margaret

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 14 January 2021 23:21

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

It is believed the 78-year-old left her Northcote home between 3 and 6am this morning.

Police and family have concerns for Margaret’s welfare as she has a medical condition.

Margaret is described as being about 167cm tall with a slim build, green eyes and grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a beige jumper, black or blue jeans, black shoes, and is possibly carrying a red bag.

Investigators have released an image of Margaret in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information on her current whereabouts.

It’s believed she may have attempted to travel to a previous address in Preston which no longer exists.

Margaret is known travel by public transport.

Anyone who sights Margaret is urged to contact Northcote Police Station on 9403 0200.

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

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Four times the limit in Campbellfield

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 14 January 2021 20:46

Victoria Police’s Heavy Vehicle Unit members were shocked after intercepting a drink driver more than four times the legal alcohol limit in Campbellfield on Thursday.

Police were patrolling the Hume Highway about 9.45am on 14 January when they intercepted a grey Volvo SUV.

The driver, a 68-year-old Campbellfield man, was found to have a cancelled Victorian Driver’s Licence.

The man returned a positive breath test and was conveyed to Broadmeadows Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.201

His car was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1,042.

The driver is expected to be charged on summons in relation to drink driving and being unlicensed.

Liz Mellino

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Sunglasses thief strikes in Williamstown

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 14 January 2021 18:12

Hobsons Bay Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man armed with a hammer broke into a Williamstown optometrist early this morning.

A witness called police after seeing the man, whose face was covered with a scarf, smash the front window of the Douglas Parade business about 1.30am.

The thief reached into the window and it’s believed stole several pairs of designer sunglasses before being disturbed by the witness and fleeing.

He was last seen driving from the scene in a dark-coloured SUV.

Police are investigating and urge any witnesses or anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leonie Johnson

Media Advisor

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