Black Rock fire

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 25 January 2021 16:29

Arson Squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Black Rock last night.

Police and emergency services were called to a property in Ardoyne Street following reports of a fire inside a home just after 9.30pm.

Responding officers have been told a man, who is yet to be formally identified, was found inside the home.

The fire was extinguished, and a crime scene has been set up while detectives work to process the scene.

It is expected an arson chemist will attend the scene this morning along with detectives to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Police will prepare a report for consideration of the Coroner.

Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman

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Victoria Police officers recognised in 2021 Australian Day honours

Source: State of Victoria Police

Long-serving Victoria Police officers have been recognised in today’s 2021 Australia Day Honours List.

Nine police officers, each serving at least 30 years in the force, have been awarded the prestigious Australian Police Medal (APM) for their exemplary service and dedication to protecting the Victorian community.

The awards recognise the officers’ distinguished and diverse careers, including supporting victims of sexual offences, championing gender equality, and responding to international and national natural disasters.

This year’s award recipients have served the organisation and the community with distinction and they join a select group of other passionate police officers whose careers and contributions have previously been rewarded through the highly coveted award.

The nine Victoria Police officers receiving medals in 2021 are:

Superintendent Joy Arbuthnot, Eastern Region, Division 4

Superintendent Arbuthnot has demonstrated a strong community focus and inspirational commitment to closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has also championed the cause for women and social inclusiveness within Victoria Police.

Sergeant Trevor Blake, Forensic Services Department

Sergeant Blake has contributed to the Victorian response to various state, national and international multi-fatality disasters, including the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday bushfires. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring all victims are treated with respect and dignity, across a range of roles.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Carson, Ballarat Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Investigation Team

For nearly 29 years Detective Sergeant Carson has investigated sexual offences committed against children that included a number of high-profile cases in the Ballarat area. He has worked tirelessly with victims and families to provide ongoing support and assistance. Detective Sergeant Carson has provided a dedicated service to Victoria Police, and to the community, for over 46 years.

Inspector Stephen Frost, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Specialist Services Division

Inspector Frost has played an instrumental role in supporting injured officers to return to meaningful work. Most recently in 2020, he the led the repatriation of the community and surrounding areas of Gippsland following the devastating bushfires.

Detective Leading Senior Constable Darren Gleeson, Seymour Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Investigation Team

Detective Leading Senior Constable Gleeson continues to set a high standard among his peers when investigating serious crime, including those relating to the sexual assault of adults and children.

Commander Paul Millet, Taskforce Landow

Commander Millet has held various roles including investigating major arson offences and suspicious deaths. He has also led the taskforce created to support the requirements of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.

Superintendent Rebecca Olsen, Western Region, Division 6

Superintendent Olsen has held operational, investigative and specialist roles, including as the officer in charge of one of the force’s first Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Investigation Teams. Her passion and priority in supporting others has seen the advancement of women across various policing roles. Her outstanding police service includes her current role leading one of the largest divisions in the state, encompassing Mildura and Swan Hill.

Sergeant Jonathan Payne, People Development Command

As an instructor for over 30 years, Sergeant Payne has taught more than 20,000 recruits in operational safety and drill, consistently demonstrating exemplary levels of professionalism, integrity and expertise. His involvement in the creation and design of Victoria Police’s latest ensign (flag) has provided an enduring legacy for Victoria Police and serves to promote cultural change, inclusivity and pride.

Superintendent Adrian White, Southern Metro Region, Division 4

Superintendent White has provided outstanding police service to the community over his broad and varied career spanning more than 41 years. He has been responsible for investigating corrupt behaviour and serious misconduct by police and led investigations into extortion, kidnapping offences and other high-profile investigations.

Quotes attributable to Chief Commissioner Shane Patton

“Victoria Police is proud to celebrate the significant contribution of nine police officers who have today been awarded medals in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List.”

“These officers have committed their careers to serving and protecting our community in every role they have taken on. This honour is testament to their long-serving dedication, diligence and the significant service they have provided to the entire Victorian community.”

“Today I join their family, friends and colleagues in congratulating them in receiving this well-deserved honour. They are a credit to Victoria Police.”

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Fatal collison at Tynong North

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 25 January 2021 07:19

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision which occurred in Tynong North.

Officers have been told a truck and a 4WD collided on the Princes Highway about 5pm.

The male driver of the 4WD died at the scene while two female passengers suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital.

The driver is yet to be formally identified at this stage and the exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have dash cam footage, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

For the current provisional lives lost tally please see https://www.police.vic.gov.au/news

Senior Constable Adam West

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Public appeal after boy pepper sprayed and robbed at Yarra Park

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 25 January 2021 05:49

Officers from Melbourne East are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old boy was doused with pepper spray and robbed at Yarra Park last week.

Investigators understand the boy was in the vicinity of the half basketball courts and walking towards Jolimont Railway Station when he was approached by two unknown males about 4.15am on Wednesday, 20 January.

The offenders discharged pepper spray and stole the boy’s red iPhone XR before fleeing south towards Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and required hospital treatment following the incident.

Investigators are appealing for anyone in the area at the time who may have witnessed the incident to come forward to police.

The first male is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, aged 15 to 17-years, and was wearing all black.

The second male is perceived to be Pacific Islander in appearance, aged 15 to 17-years, with an olive complexion and was wearing a red and white hooded jumper, a black hat and a black face mask.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

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Hoppers Crossing hooning

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 25 January 2021 05:12

Officers from Westgate Highway Patrol are appealing for dashcam footage after a large crowd gathered in Hoppers Crossing on Saturday morning for an illegal hoon event.

Police were called to Industrial Avenue after reports 30-40 vehicles were doing burn outs just after midnight.

It’s believed the cars were travelling between Industrial Avenue, Richards Road, Horne Street and Dunlop Road.

Upon police arrival the crowd began to disperse and an unknown male wearing a balaclava has run up to the police vehicle and kicked the driver’s side wing mirror, damaging it.

Police were not injured during the incident.

The meeting broke up into smaller groups with one group headed toward Greens Road, Wyndham Vale and the other group travelling along Forsyth Road towards the CBD.

Investigators are keen to speak with anyone who has dashcam or CCTV footage of the incident, specifically businesses in the Werribee area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

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Warrant issued for Selim Gozel

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 25 January 2021 03:17

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Reservoir man Selim Gozel.

The 29-year-old is wanted on warrant for contravening a court order.

Gozel is approximately 175cm tall with a solid build, bald and with brown eyes.

He is known to frequent the St Albans, Preston, Reservoir and Macedon Ranges areas.

Investigators have released an image of Gozel in the hope someone can provide information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sights Gozel 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 Adam West

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Police search for Clinton

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 25 January 2021 01:17

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing man Clinton.

The 48-year-old was last seen leaving an address in Stoney Creek about 8pm on Sunday 24 January.

Police and family have concerns for Clinton’s welfare as he has a medical condition.

Clinton is Caucasian, 175cm tall, with a medium to thin build, short light brown hair and green eyes.

Police have released an image of Clinton in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Clinton is urged to contact Wonthaggi Police Station on (03) 5671 4100.

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

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First Constable charged with firearm offences

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 24 January 2021 22:48

A first constable from Eastern Region has been charged with firearm offences following an incident in December 2019.

The alleged incident occurred at Rowville whilst the member was on duty on 24 December 2019.

The officer from Eastern Region has been charged with reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, damaging property with a firearm and using a firearm in a dangerous manner.

He will appear at court at a later date.

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Double trouble in Abbotsford

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 24 January 2021 22:13

A P-plate driver has been caught by police twice within minutes for driving offences in Abbotsford this morning.

Officers from Richmond first detected the blue Mercedes travelling at 123km/h on the Eastern Freeway around 3.50am.

The driver was intercepted on Hoddle Street, where police discovered the driver was failing to display P-plates and not complying with alcohol interlock conditions on his licence.

The 21-year-old Melbourne man was interviewed and advised he will be charged on summons to face court at a later date.

Officers told the man he could not drive his vehicle away as it did not comply with his licence conditions.

A short time later the officers left and were in total dismay when they saw the same car and driver travel past them.

Officers intercepted the car and the driver was again interviewed.

This time, the man had his vehicle impounded for 30 days at a cost of $873 and is expected be charged on summons with speeding, two counts of failing to display P-plates and breaching his interlock condition.

This impound forms part of Operation Amity, a road policing operation aimed at keeping the community safe on Victorian roads.

Police continue to use an intelligence-based approach to target locations and major arterials law-breaking drivers are expected to be, as people from metro Melbourne head to regional Victoria. This includes behaviour such as speeding, drink and drug driving, people not wearing seatbelts, mobile phone use and fatigue.

Operation Amity will run from 12.01am, Friday 22 January until 11.59pm, Tuesday 26 January and covers the Australia Day public holiday.

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

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Man seriously injured after being thrown from ute in Rawson

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 24 January 2021 21:47

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last night where a young man was thrown from the back of a ute in Rawson.

Police have been told the 20-year-old man was in the tray of a white Holden Colorado utility, with another young man, on Western Tyres River Road when the ute hit a large bump around 7pm.

The Clyde North man was ejected from the ute tray onto the ground and was seriously injured.

The driver and other man in the utility were able to raise the alarm and drive the injured boy to Tanjil River Road to seek medical care.

The young man was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital in a critical condition.

The 20-year-old driver from Langwarrin was arrested and remains in custody this morning.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the group driving in the area throughout the day to come forward to police.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

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