Posted: 23 July, 2016

Melbourne City Loop Reopened After Bomb Scare

Trains running through the loop again

A man has been detained and Melbourne's City Loop has been reopened after an earlier bomb scare.

Trains have resumed running through Melbourne Central station.

Victoria Police spokesman Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner said that police have cleared the area.

"Platforms 1 and 2 were evacuated as a precaution," Turner said.

"The station's reopened and a 21-year-old man is in custody currently assisting with inquiries."

 

EARLIER

Melbourne's City Loop has been closed due to a suspected bomb scare.

Travellers were evacuated and a police operation has begun in the area after 'unauthorised people' were found in the tunnels.

A man apparently climbed onto a train and put a bag on the top of it.

Trains have been diverted out of the city, with one train reportedly sitting at Melbourne Central with no lights on.

It is being reported that nine train lines are suspended.

More to come...

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Tags: Melbourne, Metro Trains, Public Transport Victoria

Posted: 23 July, 2016

Sydney Driver Caught With $1Million In Drugs

A man stopped by police for using his mobile phone while driving in central Sydney has been allegedly caught with $1.2 million of methamphetamine in his 4WD. See the photo below

Police say they found over 3kg of methamphetamine, as well as fraud and identity theft material, when they searched the vehicle after stopping it in Haymarket on Friday to speak to the 26-year-old driver about using his mobile phone.

The man was arrested and charged with commercial drug supply, dealing with proceeds of crime, and traffic-related offences. He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

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Posted: 23 July, 2016

Mass Shooting At Munich Shopping Centre

A gunman suspected of carrying out a terrorist shooting in Munich was an 18-year-old dual national German-Iranian, police chief Hubertus Andrae says.

He told a press conference on Friday the motive for the crime wasn't known.

There are no other suspects in the shooting in which nine people were killed and at least 21 other people were wounded.

The attack took place at the Olympia shopping centre about 5 kilometres northwest of the city centre.

The shooter's body was found about a kilometre away from the shopping centre. He had died from a self-inflicted wound, police said earlier.

A red rucksack found near the body was being examined for explosives, police said.

The shooting prompted a series of evacuations of public places, suspension of public transportation and a widespread state of panic across the southern German city.

Andrae said it had not been determined whether the suspected gunman had a German identity card and the investigation was still under way.

The gunman, who apparently used a pistol according to initial evidence, was not previously known to police.

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Posted: 22 July, 2016

Melbourne Hit With A MASSIVE Petrol Price Spike

One of the biggest overnight spikes on record.

Image: 7 News

Melbourne drivers have been hit with a massive 30c-a-litre petrol price hike overnight.

It’s one of the biggest overnight spikes on record.

RACV senior engineer Nick Platt told Channel 7 that the price rise is unjustified.

“One service station goes and the rest seem to follow. It’s not uncommon, it’s part of the fuel price cycle,” he said.

“But this time it’s very big, 30c a litre price jump overnight and we don’t think it’s justified at all.”

SOME PETROL STATIONS WERE YET TO RECORD THE PRICE HIKE THIS MORNING:

  • Woolworths, Braeside 98.9c
  • Hall Road in Cranbourne 94c
  • Caltex, Mornington East, 99c
  • Shell, East Doncaster on Blackburn Rd, 102c

 

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Tags: RACV

Posted: 21 July, 2016

Man Arrested After Merrylands Police Station Attack

NSW police have released closed-circuit TV footage of an attack last night on Merrylands police station, when a man drove a car laden with gas cylinders into the building and attempted to detonate a device. See the video below.

Earlier

A man has driven a car - believed to be laden with gas cylinders onboard - into the underground carpark of the Merrylands Police station in Sydney's west.

The man is known to police, is believed to have threatened officers, and has since been taken into custody.

The area has been cordoned off as investigations continue.

Official Police Statement

A man has been arrested after he drove his car into the underground car park of Merrylands Police Station this evening.

The incident occurred about 7pm today (Thursday 21 July 2016) in Memorial Avenue.

Police established a perimeter around the incident.

The man was arrested by officers about 8pm.

The perimeter remains in place as a precaution while officers from the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit attend and examine the vehicle.

No members of the public or police officers were injured during the operation.

The circumstances regarding the incident are in the early stages of being confirmed and no further details are available at this time.

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Tags: Merrylands Police Station

Posted: 21 July, 2016

BREAKING | Nick Stevens Jailed

Stevens put behind bars.

Former AFL player Nick Stevens will serve three months behind bars for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Stevens was jailed in the Victorian County Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of intentionally causing injury to his former partner.

Stevens appealed an original term of eight months over the abuse last year but abandoned the effort and agreed to plead guilty to the two charges as part of a plea deal.

 

 

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Posted: 21 July, 2016

Plane Ditches On Sydney Golf Course

Light plane forced to make an emergency landing Photo: Getty Images

A light plane has made an emergency landing in a golf course lake in southwest Sydney.

The plane was forced to make the landing just before 2pm on Thursday at Liverpool Golf Course in Lansvale.

There were three people on board but no-one was injured, police have confirmed.

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Posted: 21 July, 2016

BREAKING | Nine Charged Following Incidents In St Albans

NEWSROOM.

Nine people have been charged following a robbery in St Albans earlier this week.

The robbery occurred at a residential address in George Street, St Albans on Monday night about 11.30pm.

Two 17-year-old boys from Brookfield, a 17–year-old boy from Cairnlea and 14-year-old boy from Kurranjang have been charged with aggravated burglary, robbery, attempted armed robbery, recklessly cause injury and theft of motor vehicle.

The four teens have been remanded in custody to appear at a children’s court.

A 15-year-old boy from Melton West and a 14-year-old boy from St Albans have both been charged with aggravated burglary, robbery, attempted armed robbery, recklessly cause injury and theft of motor vehicle.

They have been bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

A 13-year-old boy from Melton West has been charged with attempted armed robbery, theft of motor vehicle and aggravated burglary.

He has been bailed to appear at a Children’s Court at a later date.

A 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy, both from Brookfield, have been charged with attempted armed robbery, theft of motor vehicle and aggravated burglary.

The pair have been remanded in custody to appear at a children’s court.

Two 16-year-old girls from Brookfield, a 13-year-old-girl and 14-year-old girl from Melton West have been released pending further enquiries.

Victoria Police has escalated its response to aggravated burglaries and carjackings across the state. At the start of May we rolled out Operation Cosmas – drawing together investigators under the umbrella of Crime Command.

These investigators within each region were allocated additional resources to the operation which aims to prevent, deter and investigate aggravated burglaries and carjackings.

Day and night patrols are being conducted at high risk locations to prevent offences taking place.

Since the operation commenced there have been more than 75 arrests.

Pokemon Go Player Slams Straight Into A POLICE CAR


Baltimore Police have released vision of a Pokemon Go player hitting hitting a police car.

In body-camera video shows several officers are seen standing near a police car as a Toyota Rav 4 slams into the patrol car.

The officer asks if everyone is OK, and the driver, whose face is blurred in the clip, shows the police officers his cellphone.

“That’s what I get for playing this dumb ass game,” the man says to the officers.

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Posted: 21 July, 2016

Calls for Airlines To Pay Up For Delays And Cancellations

1 in 4 travellers held up in the past year

Pic credit: Getty Images

Calls, today, for a compensation system for when airline passengers are affected by delays and cancellations for reasons that can be controlled.. like turnaround delays or mechanical problems. 

Research by consumer group, CHOICE, reveals 1 in 4 Australian travellers have been held up at airports in the past 12 months. 

“Alarmingly, 63% of all consumers who experienced a flight delay or cancellation reported no assistance was provided by the airline,”

Spokesman Tom Godfrey says it’s time we held airlines financially accountable:

"Currently, there is no set compensation for consumers in Australia when an airline keeps you grounded.”

The consumer group reckons an EU-style system is the answer. 

In Europe, if the airline causes a major delay, passengers receive standardised compensation up to $900 (650 euros). That's on top of refunds on flights, meals, refreshments, phone calls, emails and accommodation.

From the research, CHOICE found 39% of consumers making a travel related complaint found it too much of a hassle and 11% didn’t know how to make a complaint. Today, CHOICE is launching a website called complane.com.au... the idea is it'll make the process easier

What to do when your flight is delayed or cancelled:

  1. Check if the delay or cancellation was within the airline's control (e.g. mechanical, crewing or passenger problems)
  2. Log on to complane.com.au and send your complaint directly to the airline
  3. If you don't hear back, follow up your complaint with the Airline Customer Advocate, the industry's independent complaints handling body

Last year, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics found an average of 1 in 10 flights didn’t take off on time, with Jetstar Australia’s worst performer with only 76.2 per cent of flights leaving on time.

“Even though so many of their flights don’t leave on time, Jetstar doesn’t offer passengers any standardised compensation,” 

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Posted: 21 July, 2016

Heaps Of Australians Are REALLY Pissed Off With Pringles

"You have made a great product terrible"

Aussie Pringles fans are turning to social media to express their disapproval of huge changes to Pringles chips.

The cardboard cylinders have shrunk in size with some people suggesting that the flavouring and texture had been changed.

The official Pringles Facebook page has been flooded with complaints from customers.

“What are these mini Pringles about? They have shrunk. They also do not taste the same. Very poor. Please sort this out,” Sally wrote on Facebook.

"You have made a great product terrible"," another person wrote.

Pringles have been replying to the complaints saying they have moved production to Malaysia to keep up with Pringles demand, "as this made sense to cater to the south pacific region". 

"The equipment we use in our new home in Malaysia is a bit different to our sister factory in the US – this means that the way we make Pringles and the size of the packaging has changed. You’ll notice that both the chip and can are a little bit smaller than the US versions to fit in with the production facility," the company write on their website.

Here are a small sample of the complaints that the company has been receiving.

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Tags: Pringles, Chips

Posted: 21 July, 2016

Fight On A Plane

A Jetstar flight from Sydney to Phuket has been forced to land in Indonesia because of a group of rowdy passengers who had to be taken off the plane.

Flight JQ27 was diverted to Bali on Wednesday night after a group of six passengers travelling together became "extremely disruptive amongst themselves" and refused requests from the crew, a Jetstar spokeswoman says.

VIDEO: Passengers Drinking In Sydney Before Boarding Thai Flight

The passengers were handed over to Indonesian police in Bali and the flight then continued onto Phuket.

"The other customers on board supported the decision to offload the group in Bali and thanked the crew," a statement from Jetstar said on Thursday.

The airline said it takes safety and security seriously and will not tolerate disruptive behaviour by passengers on its flights.

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Tags: Jetstar

Posted: 21 July, 2016

The New Face Of Road Safety In Victoria

Introducing Graham.


Meet Graham, the ugly face of the Transport Accident Commission’s latest campaign to reduce the state’s road toll.

The TAC collaborated with a world-renowned Melbourne artist, a leading trauma surgeon and a road safety engineer.

The result is “Graham” who the TAC say is the only person designed to survive on our roads.

 

“The truth is that cars have developed a lot faster than we have. Our bodies are just not equips to handle the forces in common crash scenarios,” Dr David Logan, Road Safety Engineer at Monash University, says on the Meet Graham website.

Graham will be on show at the State Library of Victoria until August 8.

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Tags: TAC, Victoria