Anti-pokies campaign gains support
Police patrol Pursuit gets airborne A CAR on the run from police ran up a power pole support cable and became suspended in mid-air with its wheels spinning, 12.40am, Sunday 2 July. Sergeant Phillip Hulley, of Frankston police, said Somerville Highway Patrol police spotted the car with home-made number plates driving along Turner Rd, Langwarrin, and turning into Cranbourne Rd. He said they activated their lights and siren but the car accelerated and was last seen driving into Long St. Continuing their patrol, the patrol crew again spotted the car, this time near the corner of Turner Rd and Beech St, and gave chase. In the chase, the car is alleged to have mounted a gutter and run up a power pole guide wire where it remained – with all four wheels spinning helplessly – in mid-air. Police smashed the driver’s side window and sprayed the male driver and his female passenger with OC foam. He crawled over his passenger and bolted and is still at large. Police found cash and drugs in the car which was later seized. The man, 32, who has been identified, is expected to be charged on summons with numerous drug and driving offences. The passenger was released after being given medical care.
Running out of time A WOULD-BE thief wrestled with a staff member and a manager inside a pawn shop in central Frankston last week. Frankston police said the thief asked for a closer look at a $10,000 Rolex watch inside a display cabinet at the Cash Centre, Frankston, 4.10pm, Monday 3 July. The man allegedly attempted to steal the watch by shoving the shop assistant out of the way and running out of the Nepean Highway store. In what was described a “violent struggle”, the as-
sistant, with help from the manager, wrestled with the man and recovered the watch. The assistant received an injury to his left eye. Senior Constable Natalie Crosbie, of Frankston police, said a Frankston man, 27, and known to police was expected to be charged over the incident.
Packed in like sardines A TEENAGER’S “midnight munchies craving” caused the loss of her car for a month. Somerville Highway Patrol police randomly pulled over a Ford Territory on Pindara Blvd, Langwarrin, 12.45am, Thursday. They were gobsmacked to find 11 teens piled into the five-seater for a late night fast food run. Five were packed into the boot area and four were
squeezed into the backseat. The only two wearing seatbelts were the driver and his front seat passenger. The 18-year-old driver, of St Kilda, is expected to be charged on summons with not displaying Pplates, breach of driving conditions having more than one passenger, overloaded vehicle, and nine counts of failing to wear seatbelts.
Door kicked in THREE men kicked in the door of a Pindara Blvd, Langwarrin, house while searching for a man who they thought lived there, 2.40pm, Thursday 29 July. The men had earlier knocked on the door and asked another resident if the man was home. The resident denied any knowledge of the man and fled the house when they arrived the second time in a stolen Jeep.
Continued from Page 1 Mr Mayne acknowledged “it is a bit of a step up” for councils to financially back the campaign although Knox had also recently joined Kingston in putting money into combating problem gambling. The former City of Melbourne councillor and founder of the Crikey online news site said the Alliance for Gambling Reform offers help to council partners opposing planning applications for venues to install more pokies machines. He said Whittlesea Council, for example, are currently opposing such an application at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and “we’re in there too” helping council officers work on the details of opposing more pokies in the municipality. Frankston Council rejected an application for ten more gaming machines at the Langwarrin Hotel last year but the VCGLR and VCAT subsequently overruled council and allowed the extra pokies to be installed. The application by the hotel attracted nationwide media coverage, after first being reported in The Times, since an upgrade to a children’s playground at the Langwarrin Hotel was controversially deemed “a social benefit” to be taken into consideration when approving more pokies machines at the venue. The Alliance for Gambling Reform has written to all state MPs to urge politicians to stop pokies “ripping off people in the community”.
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Frankston Times 10 July 2017