5 March 2019

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NEWS DESK Police patrol

With Stephen Taylor

Appeal for witnesses SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol officers are appealing for witnesses after two incidents – one fatal – in Somerville and surrounding suburbs last week. In the first incident a motorcyclist in his 50s died when he collided with a utility in Somerville, 4.30pm, Monday 25 February. Police said the white Holden ute was being driven erratically, first in Bungower Road about 4pm, and then travelling north on Tyabb-Tooradin Road, when it collided with the southbound motorbike at 4.25pm. A black Holden Commodore then crashed into the utility. The driver of the utility and the female passenger in the Commodore were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Police are also seeking witnesses to another incident in which a motorbike was seen being driven erratically in Frankston North overnight, Thursday 28 February. Police said they saw it speeding along Frankston-Dandenong Road with a pillion passenger aboard at 3.30am and attempted to intercept it on Cranbourne Road. The bike kept going through Moorooduc, Hastings and Mt Martha on Peninsula Link, Moorooduc Highway and the Nepean Highway, where it was seen crossing onto the wrong side of the road. The pillion passenger may have been dropped off near South Beach Road. The rider later abandoned the bike on Crib Point Road before fleeing on foot. Police and the dog squad arrested a 33-year-old Crib Point man soon after in Creswell Street. He was taken to hospital for observation and was under police guard, Friday. The passenger is yet to be found. Anyone who saw either incident or who has dash-cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

ing hit from behind, 12.20pm, Wednesday 27 February. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the 34-year-old Mornington man in a Mazda BT50 was turning right into George Street when hit by a Toyota Hi Ace van. He was taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment. Investigations are continuing.

Train incident TRANSIT detectives are investigating the attempted robbery of items belonging to a 55-year-old man who boarded a Frankstonbound train at Richmond station, 1.18am, 4 August last year. They have released this image of a man, right, seen getting off the train at Kananook station who may be able to assist with their inquiries. He was last seen walking towards the Frankston CBD.

Multiple pile up

Speedsters nabbed SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol nabbed 239 motorists speeding during Operation Hisser, which ran from December to mid-February. It targeted speeding on high risk or high speed rural roads on the Mornington Peninsula. Of those pulled over 41 were prosecuted for low level speeding (less than 10kph over the limit) and 11 were detected at loss-of-licence speeds. Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Collins said that while the number of detections was high, the “majority of motorists were travelling within the speed limit, which contributed to lower trauma on our roads, with only one serious-injury collision on the targeted roads in the operation”. He said road policing efforts would continue day and night on Frankston and Mornington Peninsula roads. Speed measuring devices include Moving Mode Radar (checking both approaching/receding vehicles when the police car is on the move) and Laser devices. “Don’t exceed the speed limit and none of this will be your concern,” Senior Sergeant Collins said. “You will also be making our roads a safer place.”

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Horse struck A HORSE was hit by a car after it ran onto Mornington-Tyabb Road, near Derril Road, 6am, Thursday 28 February. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said it was not clear how the horse broke free from a nearby property and ran in front of the Toyota HiAce utility. The horse died at the scene.

Highway crash A MAN was taken to Frankston Hospital with a fractured wrist after a crash on Moorooduc Highway, early Thursday 28 February. The 38-year-old Abbotsford man driving a Holden Caprice ploughed through a fence near Santa’s Place, opposite the Bentons Road roundabout, 5.25am.

Trapped after collision A MOTORIST in Nepean Highway, Dromana, was trapped in his ute for 20 minutes after be-

A FOUR-car pile-up in Moorooduc, 4.50pm, Wednesday 27 February, has police blaming a “lack of concentration”. A Holden Astra in Eramosa Road West waiting to turn into Derril Road was run into from behind by a Holden Cruz which, a few minutes later, was run into by a second Holden Cruz. Seconds later a Mitsubishi Pajero being driven in the opposite direction collided with the three Holden cars before veering across the road and up an embankment. Taken to Frankston Hospital were a 52-year-old Mt Martha man; 40-year-old Hastings woman and a 22-year-old Somerville woman. A 33-yearold Tyabb woman was unhurt.

House break-in ITEMS valued at $1500 were stolen from a house in Nepean Highway, Mornington, overnight, Thursday 21 February. Detectives said the owner returned home to find the back door forced and clothing, DVD player, two Samsung mobiles, swag, Bolle sunglasses, Sony camera and tomahawk missing.

Items taken TWO Rinnai hot water services still in their boxes and tiling tools all valued at $2000 were stolen from townhouses being built in Mornington, overnight, Tuesday 26 February. Detectives said the offenders gained access to the Portrush Grove properties through a garage.

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