28 November 2016

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Evidence gathering: Police examine the aftermath of gunfire at the Nitro Gym. Picture: Gary Sissons

Gym shooting linked to bikies ESCALATING tensions between the Rebels and Comanchero outlaw motorcycle clubs may have led to shots being fired at a Carrum Downs gym, 3am, Friday 18 November. Echo Task Force detectives are appealing for public assistance after two shots were fired through the front roller door of the Nitro gym, which has links to the Comancheros, on Frankston-Dandenong Rd.

Acting Sergeant Melissa Seach, of police media, said one person in the gym at the time was not injured. Detectives are keen to speak to anyone seeing any suspicious activity in the area. They are “actively monitoring” tensions between the groups. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report to crimestoppersvic.com.au

Girl doused with petrol

vention order. The girl was bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

A BOY in state provided residential care in Frankston has been charged with recklessly causing injury and reckless conduct after allegedly pouring petrol onto another resident and threatening to set her alight. Senior Sergeant Phillip Hulley, of Frankston police, said the 14-year-old had been remanded in custody to appear at a children’s court at a later date. The girl, 15, ran to the shower to rinse herself after the alleged attack, 9.30pm, Wednesday 16 November, and was later offered counselling. Residential care refers to long-term care given to adults or children who stay in a residential setting rather than in their own home or family home.

Car fire

A CAR caught fire after its owner attempted to service it at his Frankston North home, police said. The man worked on the Holden Commodore after lunch, Monday 21 November, and then took it for a spin along Monterey Blvd. When he got home smoke began billowing from under the bonnet and the whole car later burst into flames. The uninsured car was a write-off, police said.

Spitting charges POLICE charged a 15-year-old Carrum Downs girl with assault after she allegedly spat at them, 1pm, Saturday 19 November. They were at the Lardner Ave house to discuss the girl’s alleged breaching of an inter-

Stab victim recovering A 33-YEAR-old man found in Frankston-Dandenong Rd with a stab wound to the chest was taken to The Alfred hospital, 10pm, Thursday 19 November. Police later raided the Mereweather Av man’s house and arrested a 37-year-old man on a charge of recklessly causing serious injury. He was remanded in custody to a court and date to be fixed. Senior Sergeant Phillip Hulley, of Frankston police, said the victim was recovering and his injuries were not as severe as first thought.

Check leads to charges A COUPLE in their 30s was arrested during a routine police check in Wandella Rd, Mt Martha, early Monday morning last week, and later charged with a range of offences. The man and woman in their early 30s, of Carrum Downs, were seen sitting in a car, 2am, by Mornington police. The man was allegedly found to be wanted on five outstanding warrants. He was charged with going equipped to steal, theft from a vehicle, carrying a false licence, and possession of a drug of dependence. The woman was charged with possession of the drugs ice and GHB. They appeared before Frankston Magistrates’ Court, Thursday. The man was remanded to reappear on 16 December and the woman bailed to reappear 17 January.

Battlers ‘are resilient’ Continued from Page 1 Community Support Frankston pro vides advice, referrals and support for around 250 people a week, with 55 per cent of those self-disclosing mental health problems. “The people who come to see us for some sort of life advocacy are used to a life of just managing to make ends meet, but it is getting harder and harder for many of them to do that,” he said. “In terms of resilience, what we have found on a positive note is that people recognise and accept when they have mental health issues, and share


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very quickly information on how to access community support programs.” Mr Phillips said the closure of City Life and Frankston Churches Breakfast Club earlier in the year had left many vulnerable Frankston people in need, but that information about where to access meals and other assistance was “very quick” to spread through the community. Kingston residents also fared well in the survey, revealing very high community feelings of safety and a 7.8 score out of 10 for life satisfaction, the same as the Victorian average.

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