NEWS DESK Police patrol
With Stephen Taylor
Beach ‘pests’ on notice A POLICE operation along Frankston beach, foreshore and boardwalk area will focus on tackling anti-social behaviour. Acting Sergeant Eva Marshall said Operation Baywatch will focus on public order, youths causing trouble, thefts and robberies, drinking in public places and large groups of youths intimidating beachgoers, as well as violence offences. The operation will also take in the Wells St and licenced precinct area. “The message we want to convey is: ‘The beach belongs to everyone – we’re making sure of it,’” she said. “We want to raise the public perception of safety in the area.” Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Commodore Mark Bainbridge said the squadron supported Operation Baywatch. “We are extremely lucky in Frankston to have such a wonderful beach for all of us to enjoy,” he said. “Unfortunately, a great day out at the beach can turn into a disaster with people doing the wrong thing and not obeying the laws that have been put in place to keep everyone safe. “If swimmers keep 50 metres clear of boat launching facilities, if boaties and jet skiers stay in boating zones and stick to 5-knot speed limit within 200 metres of the shoreline and 50 metres of swimmers, we should all be safe and can all enjoy the water. “Jet skiers have earned themselves
Line in the sand: Coast Guard’s Kevin English, left, Acting Sergeant Eva Marshall, Les Ingram, Acting Senior Sergeant Kirby Tonkin, Nick Hunn and Kerrie Stewart. Picture: Gary Sissons
the title of ‘Hoons of the Water’. For most this title is not warranted but, for a few, it is, and these are the ones that need to stop and think about what they are doing and whose lives they are putting in danger. “There is a lot of water out there, [so] if you need to go 100kph, go one or two kilometres offshore where it is safer to do so. “The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard is an emergency service marine search and rescue provider. Our motto
is ‘Safety By All Means’. “Please enjoy summer, boating and the beach and keep that motto in the back of your mind.” Police have asked Frankston Coastguard, Frankston Life Saving Club and Frankston Council to call 9784 5570 when they see large groups congregating, and specifically youths drinking. “We will endeavour to respond and move them on prior to any trouble occurring,” Acting Sergeant Marshall said. Anyone seeing an offence should call 000 in the first instance and not the police station. The operation is set to run on days over 35 degrees and at public events.
Arrests over drugs A SKYE woman, 23, was among a group arrested and charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of the drug ecstasy during raids by Southern Metro Divisional Response Unit and Frankston detectives across the southeastern suburbs last week. The operation targeted a commercial drug trafficking syndicate operating in the area. During the search, police said they found a large quantity of pills, powders and cannabis. Cash, electrical goods and weapons were also seized. Others arrested for trafficking ecstasy were a 41-year-old man from Hampton Park, 26-year-old woman from Cranbourne East and an 18-yearold man from Cranbourne West. They all appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Friday 1 February, and were further remanded to a date to be fixed. A 22-year-old woman from Skye charged with trafficking ecstasy was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 6 April. A 22-year-old man from Seaford arrested for drug offences was cautioned and a 20-yearold man from Cranbourne West was arrested over weapons offences and cautioned.
Water meter thefts
A SEAFORD man has been charged with five counts of theft and two of attempted theft in relation to water meter thefts in the Bonbeach and Carrum area, Wednesday 24 January. He was also charged with handling stolen goods and obtaining property
by deception after allegedly trying to sell the meters. The man, 42, was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court in late May. Detective Senior Constable Ashley Eames, of Frankston CIU, said he was investigating a series of water meter thefts in the Frankston area.
Hunt for firebug DETECTIVES believe a grass fire in Frankston South was deliberately lit. Council contractors working on a car park reported the fire on FrankstonFlinders Rd, 12.35pm, Tuesday 6 February. Frankston CFA crews extinguished the fire which spread over 160 square metres of bushland. A crime scene was established as police set about finding the cause of the fire.
Crash after chase
A MOTORCYCLIST speeding away from Carrum Downs police mounted the kerb and crashed in Frankston North, 5.45pm, Saturday 3 February. Police said the Seaford man, 43, was riding without number plates when he did a U-turn to avoid a speed control point and sped down a service road. A police chase was aborted when it was deemed unsafe. The rider was thrown from the bike, sending his helmet flying, before colliding with a concrete fence and falling injured onto the road. He was taken to The Alfred hospital with a broken leg and severe grazing to his back and head. Police said charges are pending.
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Frankston Times 12 February 2018
Frankston Times 12 February 2018