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Drive-by shooting ‘bikies related’ A NEWBORN baby was among the occupants of a Frankston house hit by gunfire early on Thursday morning (31 May). Police said a drive-by shooting was reported just before 5am on Warrain Street and a car at the home was also set on fire. Three adults and a one-week-old baby were in the property when the shots were fired. Police found bullet casings at the scene. No-one was injured. About ten minutes after the driveby shooting, a car was set alight in Carramar Drive about 5 kilometres away. It soon emerged that the shooting was not random and one of the occupants of the targeted Warrain Street house was Finks Motorcycle Club bikies boss Brent James “BJ” Reker. Men wearing Finks bikie gang clothing arrived at the Warrain Street scene after the shooting. Police are investigating whether the second car fire was related to the first car fire and the shooting.

Shocking attack A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and recklessly causing injury after allegedly attacked the same 14-year-old youth twice in two days. In the first incident, the 14-year-old victim was walking along Lindrum Road, Frankston on 5 May when he

property suspected of being the proceeds of crime. The meters were allegedly stolen from junior sporting clubs, Salvation Army, churches, Girl Guides, sports grounds and unit blocks in the Frankston, Frankston North, Seaford and Carrum Downs areas. They varied in value from $163 up to $977.

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Shots fired: Police found bullet casings in Warrain Street after a drive-by shooting.

was approached by the 16-year-old who had a knife and demanded cash. He ignored him and walked on but the next day coincidentally met the older teen again on Wangarra Road, Frankston. The 16-year-old was with a couple of mates and gave the 14-year-old, who was with another 14-year-old, an electric shock in the back from a Taser-like device when he refused to hand over $10. The younger boy suffered a welt mark from the attack before the older boy ran off. Frankston crime investigation unit detective Senior Constable Darren Paxton said the two boys were not known to each other. Police later arrested the 16-yearold at a Frankston address and found

knives and the electric shock device allegedly used in the second attempted robbery. He was bailed to appear at a children’s court next month.

Extra charges A SEAFORD man due to face court on Friday 25 May on 25 counts of stealing water meters has had 30 more charges laid against him. The 42-year-old will now face Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 9 July on 55 counts extending from 3 December-13 February. Detective Senior Constable Ashley Eames, of Frankston Crime Investigation Unit, said as well as the water meter thefts, the man faced three charges of obtaining property by deception and three of dealing with

Police want to identify a man after a theft in Frankston on Saturday 28 April. At about 4.45pm, a man went into a Nepean Highway liquor store before allegedly taking two bottles of booze and leaving the store without making any attempt to pay. Police have released a CCTV image, below, of a man whom they believe may be able to help in their inquiries. The man is Pacific Islander in appearance, aged about 25, with a medium build and distinctive tattoos on his neck and arms. He was wearing a black and grey Trigger Brothers hooded jumper, tan coloured pants and a black Oakland Raiders baseball cap.

Alcohol theft Police are seeking to identify a man after a theft in Frankston on Wednesday, 2 May 2018. At about 10.30am, a man at a Nepean Highway liquor store allegedly took a four pack of alcohol and left the store without paying. Police have released a CCTV image, above, of a man. The man is Caucasian in appearance and about 40 years old with a skinny build and distinctive tattoos on his neck. He was wearing a white Fila t-shirt, denim shorts, white shoes and a black baseball cap.

Surviving and thriving with cancer WHEN Somers local Linda Wilson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer six years ago, she made a decision to live life to the fullest. She has been able to do just that while staying in her local community, thanks to the oncology team at Frankston Hospital. “The five-year survival rate for people with pancreatic cancer is 7%,” explains the 61-yearold mother of three. “Being a nurse and knowing what pancreatic cancer is like I decided from the day I was diagnosed that I wasn’t going to waste a minute of it being miserable.” “I was told my cancer was incurable so I asked the question that you don’t really like to ask – I was told I probably had 6-12 months, if I was lucky.” However just over five years later Linda has beaten the odds, after receiving a number of different treatments at Frankston Hospital. “I’d been on chemotherapy for a while but then the team looking after me felt that particular drug wasn’t working as effectively, so I was prescribed another treatment and now my tumour markers are right down,” explains the grandmother of six. “The treatment is a maintenance program which holds my cancer at bay – it’s still an ongoing fight to keep it that way.” The team at Frankston Hospital is up to the challenge and is doing everything it can to support Linda so she can continue nursing part time and enjoying her favourite past time – fishing in

her kayak. “The oncologist who is looking after me sent my tumour overseas to have it tested to see whether there were any other drugs that could help me or whether any of the clinical trials that are on offer at the moment are suitable for me,” explains Linda. “They have recently found a clinical trial that is suitable for me. However since the treatment I’m on is currently working I don’t need to go on it right now. It is nice to know though that there are still other options available if this drug stops being effective.” Linda agrees that she would not be able to keep working and spend as much time fishing and with her family if she couldn’t get care close to home at Frankston Hospital. Demand continues to grow for the oncology service, which is why Peninsula Health is asking the community to Take a Break for Cancer and raise funds to expand cancer services on the Peninsula so that more people like Linda can get the world class care and support they need, close to home. “A lot of people are touched by family and friends who need to access the cancer service,” explains Linda. “It’s very important people support their local hospital.” Take a Break for Cancer today by hosting your own fundraising event or making a donation online at takeabreakforcancer.org.au.

Wednesday 20 June 2018 • 12 pm – 2 pm $65 per person/$600 for table of 10 Functions by the Bay, Young St & Plowman Pl, Frankston Take a Break for Cancer with Hawthorn Football Club legends Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico & Gary “Bucky” Buckenara to raise funds for your local cancer services at Frankston & Rosebud Hospitals.

Buy your tickets today www.takeabreakforcancer.org.au

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