Search for missing teen Stephanie Mackliley

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 10:09

Police are appealing for public assistance to help find missing teenager Stephanie Mackliley.

The 15-year-old was last seen leaving her Coburg North home about 1.30pm today.

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

Stephanie is described about 170cm tall with shoulder-length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt, black hoodie, blue jeans and white runners.

It’s believed she was planning to go to Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Police have released an image of Stephanie in the hope someone recognises her and is able to provide information on her whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to call Fawkner Police Station on 9355 6000.

Leonie Johnson

Media Officer

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Speeding motorcycle intercepted at Para Hills West

Source: South Australia Police

A motorcyclist’s bike has been impounded for 28 days after he was caught speeding at Para Hills West this afternoon.

Police were conducting speed detection on Main North Road, Para Hills West at 4.30pm on Friday 18 September and clocked the Yamaha motorcycle travelling at 192 km/h in the 80 km/h zone.

A heavy vehicle entered the roadway ahead of the speeding bike, causing the rider to brake harshly and come to an almost stop.  At this time, police were able to intercept the motorcycle and remove the key from the ignition.

The rider, a 31-year-old Mawson Lakes man, was reported for excessive speed and riding at a speed and manner dangerous to the public.

He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.  The motorcycle was impounded for 28 days.

Arrest – Historical sex offences – Tiwi Islands

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have arrested a 66-year-old man on the Tiwi Islands in relation to alleged historical sexual assaults, dating back from 1992 through to 1997.

Detectives from the Sex Crime Unit have spent several days on the Islands investigating the allegations by the two women, who were aged 6 and 16 at the time.

Today, police arrested the man and transported him back to Darwin.  

He was charged with:

  • 2 x have unlawful carnal knowledge
  • 1 x indecent treatment of child under 10 years
  • 4 x sexual intercourse without consent
  • 1 x deprivation of liberty

The man is due to appear in Darwin Local Court on 24 September 2020.

Large weapon haul seized in Melbourne’s south

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 07:23

Prahran Divisional Response Unit detectives have seized 16 firearms, prohibited weapons and drugs as part of Operation Mint.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at his Coolac Street address in Cheltenham yesterday morning.

After searching his home, police allegedly located 16 firearms including long arms, assault rifle gel blasters, handgun gel blasters and home-made pen pistols.

A number of prohibited weapons were located including knuckledusters, Tasers, nun chucks, firearm silencers, flick knives, batons and slingshots.

Police also located a small hydroponic set-up, a small amount of prescription medication and methylamphetamine.

The Cheltenham man has been charged with 33 offences including possess handgun, possess imitation firearm, possess prohibited weapon, manufacture prohibited weapon, cultivate and traffick cannabis, possess drug of dependence and deal property suspected as being proceeds of crime.

He was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.

Detectives also executed a search warrant in Montana Drive, Werribee and arrested a 38-year-old man this morning.

A search of his house allegedly revealed a small amount of methylamphetamines, heroin, cannabis, jungle juice and valium.

The Werribee man was charged with 28 offences including trafficking heroin and methylamphetamine, drug possession, possess amyl nitrite and possess proceeds of crime.

He was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.

Operation Mint targeted illicit drug activity in the Port Phillip area.

Leonie Johnson

Media advisor

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Police investigating overnight shooting

Source: South Australia Police

Northern District Detectives are investigating an incident overnight where was man was shot in the leg.

Just before 10pm on Thursday 17 September, a 31-year-old Elizabeth North man presented at the Lyell McEwin Hospital with a suspected gunshot wound to the lower left leg.  The injury is serious but not life threatening.

The injured man was driven to the hospital in a white 2019 Hyundai Kona hatchback with a Victorian Registration 1PY4WQ. This car was later found burnt out at 4.30am on Friday 18 September in a paddock on William Road at Gould Creek.

This is not considered a random assault and it is believed that all parties are known to each other.

Investigations are ongoing with police still establishing further details about the incident, although there are no suggestions that the incident is linked to any OMCG groups.

Police are seeking assistance from the public and ask anyone with any information about the shooting or the movement of the white Hyundai Kona during the proceeding two days to please contact Crimes Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or http://crimestopperssa.com.au information can be provided anonymously.

Charges – Child abuse material – Jabiru

Source: Northern Territory Police

Detectives from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) have arrested a 22-year-old man for possessing child abuse material.

Northern Territory Police and Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the man’s residence in Jabiru yesterday. During the search, police located electronic items and online accounts which allegedly contained child abuse material.

The man has been charged with five counts of possess child abuse material.

He will appear in Jabiru Local Court on 22 September 2020.

Northern Territory Police Detective Sergeant Paul Lawson said, “JACET is a taskforce bringing together the NT Police and AFP to combat online child exploitation, as part of a collaborative and coordinated national platform for policing agencies to address the abhorrent activity associated with child exploitation”.  

AFP Detective Sergeant Richard Matejic, Northern Territory JACET said the AFP will continue to work with territory law enforcement partners to identify, arrest and prosecute those who target the most vulnerable in our community.

 “These people may think they can hide their activity from law enforcement, but this arrest shows we will not stop pursuing you.”

Anyone with information relating to people involved in child abuse and exploitation is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre of Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.

Arrest – Vehicle crash – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in relation to a vehicle crash that occurred last month.

Around 2:00am on Friday 28 August 2020, the man allegedly drove into another vehicle at speed, causing minor injuries to the other occupant before dumping the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Today, police located and arrested the man at a residence in Braitling. He remains in custody and is expected to be charged later today.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Leith Phillips said NT Police thank the public for their assistance in locating the alleged offender.

Police investigate after man approaches boy in Morwell

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 04:35

Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was approached by a man in Morwell on Thursday.

The boy was riding his bike with his younger brother on Maude Street when they were approached by a man about 5pm.

Noticing the man’s suspicious behaviour, the boy told his little brother to run home.

The man began walking towards the victim while putting on a face mask and attempted to grab his arm.

The boy managed to pull away before the man made contact, which spooked the offender who walked back to his car parked on Grant Street and drove off.

The boy ran home and notified his mother and police were called.

Police are searching for an older model dark grey or black 4WD ute with peeling paint.

The ute had tarpaulins and tools in the back and blew smoke out the exhaust when it drove away.

The offender is perceived to be Caucasian, 183cm tall with a thin build, pale skin and short red/ginger hair.

He was wearing dark clothing and a black ski or hunting-style mask.

Detectives 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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Man jailed after discovery of more than 3000 child abuse images, videos

Source: Australian Federal Police

A 48-year-old Melbourne man has been jailed, after pleading guilty to possessing thousands of child abuse images and videos.

The man appeared before the Melbourne County Court via video-link today (18 September 2020), where he was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of six months.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP)-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received intelligence relating to the transmitting of child abuse material online.

The matter was then referred to the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET).

JACET investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s Abbotsford property on 13 November 2019, seizing a number of electronic items and storage devices.

Analysis of the man’s four storage devices later identified a collection of more than 2000 images and over one thousand video files classified as child abuse material.

Investigators determined the man had shared the child exploitation material online on a number of occasions using social media and messaging platforms.

The man was charged with possessing and transmitting child exploitation material offences.

The VIC JACET comprises of investigators from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police (VICPOL).

The ACCCE is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.

Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims. Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

  • indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and
  • conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

Media enquiries

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Sexual assault at Melbourne shopping centre

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 02:15

Melbourne East police are hoping to identify a man following a sexual assault at a shopping centre in Melbourne last month.

A woman was travelling on an escalator inside the Swanston Street shopping centre when the incident occurred about 3.25pm on 17 August.

Investigators believe a man gestured for the woman to step on the escalator before him, and when she did, he smacked her buttock cheek and began laughing.

The woman quickly exited the escalator and reported the incident to security.

When they approached the man, he took off and ran towards Little Lonsdale Street.

Investigators have released images of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

He is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, aged 20-30-years-old, with a medium build, dark brown hair and had a distinctive tattoo on his right ankle.

He was wearing a black hooded jumper, dark shorts, black slip on shoes and was carrying a black backpack with brown leather straps.

Anyone who can identify the man or with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor

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