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Seasonal warning over online scams POLICE are warning potential buyers of online goods to be wary of scams involving items advertised on widely used social media sites and common online auction websites. The warning follows a number of robberies reported to police after several victims had arranged to meet with fake online sellers to pay for and receive goods. On Christmas Eve police arrested three men after they allegedly attempted to rob two men, in separate incidents, who they had arranged to sell smart phones to. Detectives are investigating two similar incidents reported in December. “If the price seems too good to be true, it generally is,” Detective Senior Constable Michael Haysom said. “If you are purchasing in person an item from an online seller, always arrange to meet in a public place.” The federal government also provides a website with advice for people who have been the victim of a scam at scamwatch.gov.au online. Reports of online scams can also be made to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission via that website. Anyone with information about similar incidents can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au

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Highway halt SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol members nabbed a speedster allegedly travelling 88km/h over the speed limit on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway overnight Friday, 29 December. The car was allegedly detected travelling at 188kph in a 100 zone just north of the Nepean Highway near Dromana shortly after 1am. The driver, a 32-year-old Rowville man, was intercepted and his vehicle impounded. He is expected to be charged on summons with speeding. The intercept was made as part of the Victoria-wide 15 December – 7 January Roadwise campaign aimed at reducing road trauma and improving road user behaviour. During the “high risk” time police focused on the main causes of fatalities and serious injuries, including excessive speed, driver distraction, seatbelt non-compliance, fatigue and drink and drug drivers.

Taxi stolen FRANKSTON detectives arrested two men following an alleged carjacking of a taxi in Carrum Downs Friday 29 December. Investigators have been told a taxi

Aftermath: Firefighters burn off gas in the air at Bayside Shopping Centre after canisters exploded. Part of a canister lies in a road nearby, right. Pictures: Gary Sissons

Shopping centre blasts probed A MAN arrested over an incident that caused alarm at Bayside Shopping Centre last month has been “released pending further enquiries”, police say. The central Frankston shopping centre was evacuated at about 7pm on Thursday 21 December when several forklift gas canisters near a was called to pick up passengers in Luscombe Avenue just before 8pm. Two male passengers entered the cab and allegedly threatened the driver with a knife. The driver, a 37-year-old Carrum Downs man, exited the vehicle and the offenders fled with the cab. Police tracked the taxi to the intersections of Kelman and Beach

shopping centre car park exploded. Police arrested a 57-year-old man on 28 December to “assist police with enquiries” and advised late last week he was released from custody. Firefighters from Frankston and Patterson River brigades quickly arrived at the shopping centre on 21 December during the busy

pre-Christmas shopping period to extinguish a blaze in the wake of explosions that police said occurred in a loading dock area. There were no injuries and damage to the surrounding area was minimal. Shoppers said they heard three “loud bangs” when the gas canisters exploded.

streets in Frankston where it was dumped. Detectives later arrested a 36-yearold man and a 28-year-old man, both from Carrum Downs.

Wednesday 3 January. The man was seen face down in the water at the beach off Point Nepean Road shortly after 2pm and he was pulled from the water. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and the man died at the scene. Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Bay drowning A MAN drowned at the Rye front beach during the afternoon of

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