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Tow truck smashes into police van THE Hastings police divisional van was “totalled” after being rammed by a rampaging tow truck in Bittern, 12.30am, Wednesday 13 December. The crew had chased the stolen Isuzu tray truck after an earlier incident in which a Crip Point man, 46, was struck in the face with a torch after complaining about the noise being made by vehicles parked outside his house. The resident said that when he complained the tow truck was reversed up his driveway and smashed into his car, causing extensive damage. When the police van arrived the vehicles quickly sped off, while the tow truck – with no rear number plate – headed along Stony Point Rd and then Buckley St with the police in pursuit using their lights and siren. As police pulled up behind the truck it was promptly reversed into them before speeding off. The van was too damaged to follow. Inquiries revealed the tow truck had been stolen from a Seaford property in November. It was recovered in Crib Point later in the week. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Diver rescued A SCUBA diver was lucky not to be washed out through The Rip in strong currents last week. The 51-year-old, of Springvale, was diving alone north of Rye pier when he got into trouble,

Full tanks: The police helicopter which refuelled at Tyabb airfield was able to direct a rescue boat to the diver in trouble. Picture: Supplied

3.20pm, Thursday 14 December. The alarm was raised by a friend on the beach. “The Police Air Wing soon found the dive boat with the diver flag still flying, but no sign of the diver,” Senior Constable Paul O’Reagan said. “We were able to contact Peninsula Aero Club and confirm fuel was available, and were able to extend the search until the diver was found. He was a long, long way from his boat.” The chopper directed a boat to rescue the diver at 6pm. Sergeant Michelle Bradley, of Rosebud police, said he was taken to Rosebud Hospital suffering mild hypothermia. The aero club’s Ian Johnson said that, in the two months since the helicopter refuelling depot had been

commissioned at Tyabb, two lives had been saved because the police were able to refuel and extend the range of their water searches.

Lock up sheds POLICE are appealing to home owners to lock their sheds – especially if they are going away. “We probably have two burglaries every week where sheds are left unlocked and unsecured with lawn mowers, whipper snippers, electrical and other tools stolen,” Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Fyffe, of Frankston CIU, said. “Residents should be vigilant and help us – and themselves – by locking their sheds.”

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