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NEWS DESK ‘Stop sticks’ halt stolen car pursuit

If the face fits: Photographer Richard Simpkin’s Locals of Frankston exhibition on display at the Frankston Arts Centre.

Time to face the faces THE people of Frankston are the focus of a photographic exhibition at the Frankston Arts Centre until October. Photographer Richard Simpkin’s Locals of Frankston features “a collection of remarkable photographs and stories of the people you may pass on the street every day”. Simpkin snapped a range of people, from residents to former mayors, to capture “a true snapshot” of the diversity of Frankston.

“It promotes Frankston in a positive way and I hope we can all come together for this wonderful exhibition,” he said. Faces of some of the photographed subjects are being projected on the FAC fly tower most evenings. See or call Frankston Arts Centre on 9784 1060 for more details.

MORE than 30 police in 15 cars directed by a police helicopter tracked a stolen car along Mornington Peninsula Freeway and arrested five teenagers in Frankston, 3.15pm, Thursday 29 June. The chopper followed the unwitting boys in a Jeep stolen from Cheltenham as it made detours down side streets on its way south while guiding police ground units who lay in wait. Perhaps becoming aware that they were being followed, the Jeep turned off the freeway at Golf Links Rd and made its way along side streets. With the chopper’s help, police set up “stop sticks” in Glenview Crescent which punctured the car’s tyres and then dragged the boys to the ground. Detective Sergeant Paul Busuttil, of Frankston CIU, said the youths, aged 14-16, of Cranbourne, Dandenong, Noble Park and Elwood, were charged with offences including evade police, theft of a motor car, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, attempted burglary and carjacking, which occurred in Frankston, Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Dandenong and Box Hill over the past few weeks. Some of the youths were in breach of previous bail conditions. They were all remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date. Stephen Taylor

CPR to Bee Gees’ beat ST JOHN Ambulance first-aid officers will teach shoppers and residents the basics of CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees’ classic Stayin’ Alive. The music is inside a transportable CPR lab in Bayside Mall, Frankston. It will be open 9am-5.30pm from

Monday 10 July to Thursday 13 July and 9am-9pm on Friday 14 July. The lessons by St John Ambulance trainers and presenters take 10 minutes. The first aid service provider says only 23 per cent of people are trained and have the confidence to respond in a first-aid emergency.

Guns amnesty AN amnesty aiming to take illegal guns, ammunition and other weapons out of harm’s way is underway. Gun owners have three months to surrender unregistered and unwanted firearms, ammunition and weapons, to licensed firearms dealers – not the police – without fear of prosecution. Police Superintendent Paul Millett said the amnesty was well timed. “It has been more than 20 years since there was a national amnesty and almost five since the last amnesty in Victoria when about 2500 weapons and firearms were handed in. “We want the community to help keep everyone safe by reducing the availability of unregistered firearms and illegal weapons to those who clearly do not want them for lawful purposes.” In previous amnesties firearms, including imitation and antique guns and rifles, swords, homemade weapons and hunting knives, were surrendered. Unwanted or unregistered firearms, ammunition or weapons can be surrendered to licensed firearms dealers without fear of prosecution. Licenced gun owners may surrender guns for destruction, registration or sale, while those not licensed can surrender them for destruction. They will not have to give their details unless they intend to register or sell them. See or

FAMILY DAY! You are invited to come and enjoy a family fun day of free activities hosted by local retailers! 111 Cranbourne Road, Frankston



Frankston Times 10 July 2017


10 July 2017  

Frankston Times 10 July 2017