Nine World War Two medals stolen during Frankston burglary

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:52

Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after nine war medals were stolen during a burglary in Frankston last week.

The burglary occurred at a Margate Avenue address sometime between 5pm on 8 July and 5pm on 10 July.

The victim, a 91-year-old man, returned home and discovered it had been ransacked with nine World War 2 medals stolen, including MBE and Citation medals.

It is believed a substantial amount of cash, jewellery, an army uniform, and other items were also stolen during the incident.

Detectives also believe the offender defecated at the side of the house and used some of the stolen clothing to clean themselves.

Investigators have released images of some of the unique items in the hope someone may recognise them and come forward.

Anyone with information or who witnessed suspicious activity in the area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor


Virtual Landing Pad helps Australian games developers play in China

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Virtual Landing Pad helps Australian games developers play in China

16 Jul 2020
Australian games developers wanting to compete in China’s fast-growing digital games sector are sharpening their skills, thanks to Austrade’s virtual boot camps.  
From 20–26 May, Austrade’s Shanghai team delivered its first ‘Online Bootcamp for Games Developers.’ The five-day virtual Landing Pad program included market briefings from industry players and the opportunity to pitch ideas to industry representatives.  
Even before the home-lockdowns began, the Chinese games industry was growing fast.
According to digital games research company, newzoo, China’s games market is already worth US$40.8 billion.
The five-day boot camp kicked off with a workshop on intellectual property and brand protection. Market research company, Niko Partners, charted the growth of the world’s biggest gaming market and explained some of the regulatory barriers to entry.
Niko Partners’ brief included a deep dive into the current market dynamics of China’s games industry.
Representatives from Tencent Games, one of the world’s largest games companies, also made a virtual appearance – sharing ideas on how to enter the market.
Next up was the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA), the peak industry body for video games companies in Australia and New Zealand. IGEA representative Jens Schroeder, Director, Industry & Member Relations and Raelene Knowles, COO, shared observations on how the gaming industry is growing and where opportunities are likely to emerge.  
Day Three delivered ‘how to pitch in China’ insights. Sessions focussed on the market and what makes for an effective pitch in China’s games sector. They were delivered by Josh Burns, Founder of DigitalDevConnect and a globally-recognised industry expert in exporting digital games into China.
The rest of the week was an opportunity to engage directly with industry. Companies prepared for pitches to some of the leading players in the market, including Tencent Games, TapTap, Kowloon Nights and China Telecom’s Dazzle Interactive.
Block42’s Chief Executive Officer, Charlene Hu, reckons the event will help her 3-D design and animation company spot opportunities in the Chinese market.
‘We learnt from many experts, built a better understanding of the Chinese multimedia industry and connected with some of the most impactful China media companies,’ she said.
Games-development platform,, was also a participant. The company’s technology helps developers to manage the storage and distribution of mods – or alterations in the look or behaviour of part of a game.
‘Thanks for running the program: it was very insightful and a fantastic opportunity for us growing Australian gaming companies,’ said Scott Reismanis, Co-founder,
Austrade’s Landing Pad in Shanghai helps Australian scale-ups to access the China market. 
To understand what the Landing Pad offers, please visit Austrade’s website. The Landing Pad team will organise the next tech boot camp from 20 July to 24 July. It will focus on innovative health technology.
For more information on the digital gaming market in China, please contact

Livestreaming boost to Australian fresh and healthy foods campaign in China

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Livestreaming boost to Australian fresh and healthy foods campaign in China

16 Jul 2020
Throughout June, Austrade in Beijing partnered with one of China’s largest e-commerce platforms, JD.COM, to launch a digital promotion campaign — the ‘Australian Fresh and Healthy Festival’.
Each week of the month was dedicated to promoting one category of Australian food and beverage. The objective: to raise awareness and educate consumers on Australian fresh and premium products.
To support the campaign, guest speakers were invited to join our first ever livestreaming campaign utilising Austrade’s WeChat mini-program platform.
The four-week campaign started with ‘Chill Fresh’, which showcased information about Australian beef, lamb, seafood, yoghurt and fruit. Week Two was devoted to the ‘Aussie Brekkie’ and featured Australian cereals, milk, honey and nuts.
Week Three was called ‘Mum and Bub’, and covered infant milk formulas, baby food, maternity products and skincare. The last week in June was dedicated to ‘Healthy Boost’ products, and it focussed on all types of Australian health supplements.
A total of 600 SKUs were available on the JD.COM platform during the campaign, which resulted in strong sales of Australian products.
For further information, please contact Chuck Yang, Senior Business Development Manager.

Man shot by police following assault on woman in Gladstone Park

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:02

A man had died following a police shooting in Gladstone Park this afternoon.

About 3.30pm police were called to parkland in Katrina Drive after reports of a man assaulting a woman.

Upon police arrival, members have discharged their firearm resulting in the death of a male.

The woman is in a critical condition.

Homicide Squad detectives will investigate the incident which will be oversighted by Professional Standards Command, as per protocol when a police firearm is discharged.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

Media Officer



Source: Australian Capital Territory Policing

COVID-19 response

*** Information about COVID-19 and how to comply with the new directions can be found on the ACT Health website. ****

We want to reassure you all that ACT Policing is committed to keeping Canberra safe.

We’re doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We are taking precautionary measures and will continue to act on the most current health advice.

If you need to contact police, remember these numbers:

  • Triple Zero (000) – only in an emergency or life-threatening situation
  • Police Assistance (131 444) – when you require help but it’s not life threatening or a time critical emergency

In times like these we need to remain calm, be kind and respectful. We are all in this together.

Official ACT Policing information and updates will be announced on ACT Policing’s Facebook page.  

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Driver caught over the limit at Covid checkpoint in Longwarry

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 04:46

Police from the State Highway Patrol (South East) Unit stopped a drink driver at the Covid checkpoint in Longwarry early this morning.

Officers noticed the car on the Princes Highway stop just short of the checkpoint and observed the driver and passenger change places just after midday.

The car then proceeded to the checkpoint where the original driver returned a positive preliminary breath test.

The 59-year-old Endeavour Hills man was also found to be driving unlicensed.

A subsequent evidentiary breath test furnished a reading of .187.

The man’s vehicle was impounded for a period of 30 days at a cost of $895.

It is expected the man will be charged on summons for drink driving and other traffic related matters.

The driver was en route to Morwell for legitimate business purposes and as such has not breached the Chief Health Officers instructions.

Whilst police are maintaining roadblocks, police continue to actively detect motorists committing traffic offences

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

Media Officer


Missing Tarneit man Harrison Wauchope

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 03:47

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Tarneit man Harrison Wauchope.

The 20-year-old was last seen leaving his Nicholas Street home on 9 July.

Police and family hold concerns for Harrison’s welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

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

Harrison is described to be about 160cm tall, with a thin build, long black hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information about Harrison is urged to contact Werribee Police Station on 9742 9444.

Leading Senior Constable Kendra Jackson

Media Officer


MEDIA RELEASE: Fatal – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

A 12 year old boy has died in a fatal quad bike crash north of Alice Springs yesterday.

Emergency services were contacted by a family member who located the boy unresponsive and some distance from a quad bike he had been riding earlier.

It is believed the boy had been riding a quad bike on an access road of an outstation 29km north of Alice Springs prior to coming off the bike.

Police and emergency services were contacted, but the boy died at the scene.

The boy was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

A file is being prepared for the Coroner.

Notice to appear – Abuse of office

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have issued a 54-year-old female with a notice to appear in court on Thursday 27 August 2020 on a charge of abuse of office.

The charge has been laid after an investigation by the Special References Unit.

As the matter is now before the court no further comment will be made.

Police continue to search for missing man Wallace McGown

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 01:31

Police have launched an air and ground search for Wallace McGown after he went missing in Molyullah yesterday.

Wallace set out for his daily walk from his Watchbox Creek Road residence about 11am, Wednesday 15 July, and has not been seen since.

Police and family hold serious concerns for his welfare as the 85-year-old has dementia.

Wallace was last seen wearing black track pants, a black thermal skivy and ASICS runners.

The Police Airwing, Search and Rescue Squad, Dog Squad, Mounted Branch, and local uniform members are today searching Molyullah and surrounding areas.

Police are being supported by CFA and the State Emergency Services in searching for Wallace.

Anyone who sees Wallace or has information on his current whereabouts is urged to call Benalla Police Station on 5760 0200.

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Officer