9 April 2018

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NEWS DESK Police patrol

Hoons’ cars impounded

insignificant it may seem, might be just what our investigators are looking for to solve this case.” No-one else is believed to have been injured in the fire. Anyone with information about the incident should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com.au online.

Fears for missing teen

A MORNINGTON man was charged with reckless conduct endangering life, travelling at a dangerous speed and failing to stop when directed to do so by police after his Holden utility was clocked at 210kph on Peninsula Link, Frankston, 1.30am, Wednesday 28 March. The man, 28, was arrested next day and bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. His car was impounded. Somerville Highway Patrol crews say they are regularly seizing vehicles for speeding and hooning, especially at night. They said the Peninsula Link control room had alerted them to be on the lookout for a car speeding south at about 150kph and, a short time later, the blue Holden ute roared past Golf Links Road. The patrol attempted to intercept with lights flashing and siren wailing but the car accelerated and police called off the chase due to safety concerns – clocking the ute at 201kph. Police said cars were impounded for a minimum 30 days, with a $1000 release fee. Other penalties may be imposed by a court.

Car fire investigated ARSON and explosives squad detectives want to hear from anyone with information on an incident in which a 42-year-old Frankston man was

badly burned in a car fire on 27 December 2016. A white Holden Commodore sedan was set alight on Wynden Avenue at about 2.40am while a man was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car. The victim managed to escape the vehicle and call out for help. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital after people hearing his cries for help called 000. The fire is deemed suspicious and is still being investigated by police. Investigators hope public help will help provide a piece of information that solves the case. Officer in charge of the Arson and Explosives Squad, Detective Inspector Glenn Harriss, said the victim was lucky to be alive following the incident. “To say his injuries are horrific would be an understatement,” he said. “He sustained significant burns all over his body, which are continuing even now to impact him. “We believe the incident was targeted and there are people out there who have information about what happened that night and who is responsible for the attack. “I’d urge those people to come forward and make contact with police. “Any piece of information, no matter how

Police are appealing for public assistance to find missing teenager Matthew Vlahos. The 14-year-old boy was last seen at Spencer Street, Docklands on 10 March. Police and family members hold concerns for Matthew’s welfare due to his age. Matthew is described as about 178cm tall with a slim build, blue/green eyes and brown wavy hair with a long fringe. He has a lip piercing on the left-hand side of his lip. He is believed to frequent the Frankston CBD and train station. Police have released an image of Matthew, below, in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his whereabouts. Anyone who sights Matthew or has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Frankston Police Station on 9784 5555.

Raids target child sex abuse material A 62-YEAR-OLD Capel Sound man was among 20 people arrested late last month as part of a state-wide police operation targeting online child abuse. It is believed the children were all from overseas. Warrants were executed at 20 properties across Melbourne as part of Operation P2P which aimed to identify and apprehend those accessing, downloading and distributing, child abuse material on the internet. The Capel Sound man was later released pending further inquiries. Police also checked to determine whether any children were at risk, or could be victims, of sexual abuse through their association with those arrested or the properties raided during the operation. The 20 warrants were executed over several days in March by the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team, E-Crime Squad, detectives from Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Teams, detectives from local crime investigation units and digital forensic analysts from Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police. The charges included possess child exploitation material, access child exploitation material, transmit child exploitation material, and use a carriage service for child pornography. Items seized from the raided properties included computers, tablets, mobile phones, child sex dolls, illegal fireworks, samurai sword and drugs, including cannabis and GHB (or ice). Penalties for the possession, distribution and access of child abuse are up to 10 years jail. Anyone with information about child exploitation material or related activity can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to crimestoppersvic.com.au


NOW – 4 JUNE Upcoming road closures

Works will continue to remove the level crossing at Skye/Overton Road on the Frankston line and will affect the way you travel. The sooner we get this done, the sooner you’ll be on your way.

Road Closure and detours • The intersection at the Skye/Overton Road level crossing will be closed from now until 5am on Monday 4 June. Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time. • Traffic detours will be in place until the intersection reopens. • Pedestrian access across the rail line will be maintained at the level crossing until 3 May.

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• From 4 May until 4 June, pedestrian access across the intersection will be closed. Pedestrian access will be maintained via the crossings at Cricklewood Avenue and Beach Street.