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Robbers hit service stations A MAN wearing a hoodie and armed with a kitchen knife robbed the United service station in Tyabb Rd, Mornington, at 10.15pm on Wednesday 8 February. The man, who covered his face and was described as Caucasian, pointed the knife at the attendant and demanded cash. He grabbed the till and ran off. Within the hour, the BP service station in Mt Eliza was robbed of cash, possibly by the same man. At about 2am, Thursday 9 February, the Caltex service station and also the 7-Eleven in McMahons Rd, Frankston, were robbed when a man threatened staff with a large knife and grabbed a quantity of cash. The man ran off through the car park on Cranbourne-Frankston Rd. It is not known if he had a car waiting.

Centre on fire again Picture: Yanni

Classical concerts ‘touch hearts’ COMPOSITIONS by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven will be played next month at two concerts by Peninsula Chamber Musicians. The first concert is at Rosebud on Saturday 4 March, followed the next day with a performance in Mornington. Formed in 2013, the Peninsula Chamber Musicians present “intimate chamber recitals” through to performing as an “energetic chamber orchestra”, committee president Anthony Poe said. “The group seeks to touch the hearts of concert goers and inspire the next generation of performers.”

Mr Pope said primary and secondary school pupils and students can attend the “family friendly and engaging concerts free of charge”. “PCM was born from the desire to create opportunities and a sense of place for peninsulabased classical musicians.” The first concert starts at 2pm on Saturday 4 March in the All Saints Anglican Church, 1157 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud followed by a second concert on Sunday 5 March at 2pm at Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilson Rd, Mornington. Adults $25, concession $20. Bookings: www. trybooking.com/230267.

CFA brigades from Baxter, Langwarrin, Hastings and a breathing apparatus van from Frankston battled a fire which destroyed a portable office at the rear of the Somerville recreation centre on Saturday night. Crews were alerted to a bin fire at 10.40pm at the rear of the mechanics hall by a passer-by. When they arrived, a large column of smoke was seen rising from the rear of the old rec centre, which itself was burnt out in November in a blaze which caused $1.75-$2 million damage. On Sunday 5 February crews were again called to a “small” blaze inside the rec centre’s kitchen and office area, 4.45pm. Office materials may have been used to light the fire which was restricted to bench tops. Somerville brigade captain David O’Brien said the Saturday 11 February blaze was again deliberate. “Whoever lit the fire in the dumpster pushed it into the wall of the portable and it was

fully engaged when we arrived. Flames were beginning to impact on the rear of the main building.”

105kph over limit A MOTORCYCLIST was charged after his speed was clocked at more than 100km over the limit in Mornington on Tuesday night. Somerville Highway Patrol members detected the Suzuki GSXR600 allegedly travelling south on the Mornington-Tyabb Rd at 175kph in a 70kph zone about 11.30pm. Police media’s Creina O’Grady said the rider, a 31-year-old Mornington man, stopped when intercepted but then attempted to drive off as police approached, colliding with the police vehicle. He was arrested and the bike impounded for 30 days at a cost of $950. The rider is also expected to be charged on summons with reckless conduct endangering life, unregistered vehicle, disqualified driving, refuse roadside drug test, evade police and other traffic offences.

P-plater does his dash A P-PLATE driver blew 0.177, more than three times the limit, when breathalysed in Rosebud on Saturday 11 February. Police intercepted the 22-year-old who was driving his father’s car at 2am in CanterburyJetty Rd. The Rye man was charged with drinkdriving and his licence suspended on the spot. The car was impounded for 30 days and towing costs of $1010 charged to the owner. Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb, of Frankston police, said the high reading for a P-plater supposed to be alcohol-free had shocked police. “We are very lucky no one was killed or injured due to that driver’s level of impairment.”

Are you prepared for grassfire?

If you live in a rural area surrounded by grasslands or paddocks, you could be at risk of grassfire. Travelling at speeds of up to 25kph, grassfires can quickly threaten lives and property. Reduce your risk, slash or mow grass to create fuel breaks around your home, and avoid using machinery near grass on hot, dry, windy days. The reasons why are black and white.

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Southern Peninsula News 21 February 2017

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21 February 2017  

Southern Peninsula News 21 February 2017

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