Posted: 23 April, 2015

Hunt For Playground Pest

The man appeared to be pleasuring himself while children played

Police are hunting a playground predator seen acting suspiciously in front of children in Wantirna South this month.

Witnesses have told investiators the man sat down in front of an indoor playground at the Knox City Shopping Centre around 8.30am on Friday 10 April. While watching the children play, the man continually rubbed his genitals over his clothing and appeared to be pleasuring himself.

A mother noticed the man staring at her two-year-old son and immediately became concerned. When the man saw he was being watched, he promptly left the area.

Detectives from the Knox Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team have trawled through CCTV and released still images and moving footage of the man they believe may be able to assist them with their enquiries.

He is described as being Asian in appearance and middle aged with black hair. He was wearing black pants, a white shirt and a grey hooded jumper.

Anyone with any information about the incident, or the identity of the man involved, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tags: Knox City, Wantirna South, Playground, Victoria Police

Posted: 23 April, 2015

Condom Recall from Groupon

Well this is awkward.

People who bought Durex Condoms via Groupon between March 12 and April 10 are being told they're eligible for a refund.

Why? A couple of reasons.

1. They have holes in them, which kind of goes against the idea of condoms protecting you from sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

2. They're counterfeit Durex condoms.

Groupon Australia says they know which customers bought the cut price condoms, and will be contacting them to offer a full refund.

 

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Tags: condom, recall, sex

Posted: 22 April, 2015

An Anzac’s Story

On April 25th, 1915 Australian Herbert Reynolds landed at Gallipoli. He kept a diary of what he witnessed.

 

18-year old Bert Reynolds from Ballarat in Victoria landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April, 1915.

Bert kept a diary of his days at war as he and his mates battled the tremendous odds during the most defining days in Australia's history.

Among the diary entries is a detailed and confronting account of the landing at Gallipoli. Read it in full below.

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Posted: 22 April, 2015

More Help For Families Impacted By Ice

1800 ICE ADVICE will connect Victorian ice users with treatment and support services


Tony Abbott inspecting a major haul of Ice seized by Federal Police earlier in April.

 

Victorian families impacted by the scourge of methamphetamines will now have access to a new helpline set up by the State Government.

1800 ICE ADVICE (1800 423 238) will connect Victorian ice users with treatment and support services, as well as helping doctors and families. The  line operated by Turning Point is open 24 hours a day. Mental Health Minister Martin Foley says the hotline will help users get treatment, and provide doctors and families with support.

It follows last months launch of www.ice.vic.gov.au.

The latest figurs show usage has remained stable at around two percent of the population, however authorities are seeing a big rise in the number of overdoses, deaths, family violence and car accidents from drug-driving.

In regional Victoria, paramedics saw a 200 percent increase in ice-related call-outs in 2013 over the previous year, compared to an 88 percent increase in metropolitan Melbourne.

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Posted: 22 April, 2015

Police Told To Keep It Casual On The Way To Work

Similar instructions were issued in the wake of last year's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Numan Haider

Victoria Police Logo

Victorian police officers have been ordered not to put their uniforms on until they get to work, amid heightened terrorism concerns.

Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright says officers have been urged to show extra caution when in public as counter-terrorism raids last weekend could trigger a reprisal attack.

Similar instructions were first issued in the wake of last year's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Numan Haider, who stabbed two officers outside Endeavour Hills police station.

Police have promised an unprecedented security presence on Saturday for Anzac Day events, and at the AFL blockbuster between Essendon and Collingwood.

Five men were arrested last Saturday over an alleged plot to attack police at Anzac Day services. Two have since been charged with conspiring to stage a terror event, while a third man is facing weapons charges.

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Tags: victoria police, anzac day, terror raids, police

Posted: 22 April, 2015

Police Hunt Dangerous Truckie

Authorities Are Seeking Witnesses To His Driving On The Western Ring Road

Victoria Police are hunting down a truck driver accused of forcing a car off the road at East Keilor yesterday.

A Hillside man was travelling west in the right-hand lane of the Western Ring Road around 11:20am  when a truck began tailgating him. It’s believed the offending driver deliberately rammed the truck into the silver Nissan 4WD three times, forcing it to crash into the centre median strip and into a light pole.

After the crash, the truck driver accelerated rapidly, veering across three lanes and exiting at the Keilor Park drive exit. The victim was lucky to escape with minor injuries, which were treated at the scene by paramedics.

The truck involved is described as being a white cab over semi, towing a plain white trailer, and Police are asking the public to help identify the driver.

Anyone with information about the driver or the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Posted: 22 April, 2015

SES Fake Raffle Scam

SES have been forced to release a statement warning people not to fall for a scam that's been doing the rounds

There's been appalling weather around Sydney with heavy wind and rain affecting conditions everywhere. But the SES have been forced to release a statement warning people not to fall for a scam that's been doing the rounds.

"Please be aware we have had more reports of people receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as #‎NSWSES members running a raffle to support volunteers and aid logistical needs of the floods," read an official statement on the NSW SES Facebook page.

"The NSW SES is NOT operating any raffles and would never do so for these reasons."

Earlier On Triple M

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Wild storms are expected to ease across parts of NSW later today after three elderly people died in what’s being described as the storm of the century.

A woman and two men died in the Hunter region on Tuesday, before last nights flash flooding and further devastation.

Residents in parts of Sydney's Northern Beaches are on alert this morning with Manly Dam spilling into nearby waterways.

Evacuation centres are open, however no evacuation order has been made. If evacuation is required residents will receive an emergency alert on the home phone or mobile.

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Posted: 21 April, 2015

Victorians Urged To Attend Anzac Dawn Services In Droves

We Wont Let Bad Weather Spoil The Commemoration

Premier Daniel Andrews doesn't want the foiled terror plot or the forecast of bad weather to keep Victorians from attending this weekends Anzac dawn services in record-shattering numbers.

The Premier told reporters this morning the dawn service will be a chance for Victorians to commemorate all the sacrifices made for Australia.

Chairman of the Trustees at the Shrine of Remembrance Chris Spence said 300,000 people went to the Shrine when it was dedicated in 1934, and it's hoped they'll get close to that number again on the weekend.

Meantime an Anzac cauldron will take centre stage at the MCG on Friday night, in a special pre-match Anzac ceremony. Footy legend Ron Barassi will light the cauldron using a torch lit by the Eternal Flame at the Shrine.

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Tags: Shrine Of Remembrance, Anzac, Daniel Andrews

Posted: 21 April, 2015

RACV Demands More Action From Spring Street

East West Link Is Still On The Agenda As Well

The RACV has come up with a list of demands to ease traffic congestion across Melbourne.

The motoring group has re-iterated its support for the now dumped East-West Link project and is using Spring Street to fast track five projects. They include the Metro Rail Tunnel, the removal of all level crossings and a train to Melbourne Airport.

The RACV warns road safety and the state’s economic productivity would take a hit if the projects were not prioritised over the next decade.

It's also calling for the “managed motorways” system to be set up on all existing and new city freeways. It includes ramp metering, electronic speed signs and driver information boards which have been credited with cutting the number of crashes on the Monash Freeway by more than 30 per cent and peak travel times by more than 40 per cent.

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Tags: Eastlink, East West Link, Monash, RACV, Monash Freeway

Posted: 21 April, 2015

More Terror Charges

A third man has been charged following a major counterterrorism raid on Saturday

Police have charged a third man this morning with terrorism-related offences, following Saturday mornings major counterterrorism raids around Melbourne. The alleged planned attack was targetting Anzac Day ceremonies in Melbourne.

Authorities say the 18 year old was charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning terrorist acts, and will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court later today.

Earlier

Sevdet Besim of Hallam, was charged on Saturday with conspiring to commit a terrorist act. He was remanded in custody to reappear on Friday, April 24.

An 18-year-old man from Narre Warren was charged on summons with weapons offences and is due to appear in court at a later date, while two other Narre Warren men, aged 18 and 19, were released without charge.

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Tags: terrorism

Posted: 21 April, 2015

14 Year Old British Boy Arrested As Part Of ANZAC Terror Plot

A 14 year boy has been arrested in Britain over links with the alleged Melbourne terror plot due to have taken place on ANZAC day.

The boy was originally taken into custody in Blackburn on April 2, but was detained again after Manchester Police found communications the boy had been having with an Australian man.

It was that info from British police that led to the arrest of two men in Melbourne on Saturday.

The head of the UK's North West Counter Terrorism Unit, Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole believes the threat was significant.

"We thought it indicated a potential credible terrorist attack in Australia."

"We immediately contacted the Australian authorities and we've been working with them since in relation to the material that we uncovered." 

The news comes as around 300 Australian Defence Force personnel leave Enoggera Barracks for Iraq today to assist the international effort against Islamic extremist groups.

The Australian troops will be joined by 100 members of the New Zealand defence force and will combine to form task group Taji.

Taji will deploy with a training team as well as command, force protection and support elements.

They'll join international counterparts from Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain in training the Iraqi forces.

The first group of ADF soldiers departed Brisbane on April 16 with a ceremony to be held this afternoon to farewell the remaining troops. 




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Posted: 18 April, 2015

Anzac Day Terror Plot

Teenagers arrested after alleged Islamic State style threat

Five teenagers arrested in counter terrorism raids were allegedly planning IS-inspired attacks on police at Anzac Day events in Melbourne.   


An 18-year-old Hallam man has been charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon.

Counter-terrorism investigators raided properties across Melbourne's southeast early on Saturday morning, seizing knives and swords, based on information that attacks were imminent.   

An 18-year-old from Hampton Park is also expected to be charged with offences relating to preparing for and acting on a terrorist act, Australian Federal Police acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters.   

Australian Federal Police deputy commissioner Michael Phelan (L) speaks to the media as Australias Prime Minister Tony Abbott (R) listens in Sydney on April 18, 2015, after two men were arrested in Melbourne for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack using

A third 18-year-old man from Narre Warren was arrested on weapons offences, while two more Narre Warren men, aged 18 and 19, are in custody assisting police.   

The AFP and Victoria Police confirmed the five men were associates of Abdul Numan Haider, the teenager shot dead by police in Endeavour Hills last year after stabbing two officers.

  
Some of the men also attended the Al-Furqan Information Centre at Springvale, which has been investigated by counter-terrorism officers in the past.   


Authorities have refused to give specific details of the alleged planned attacks but say police at Anzac activities around Melbourne were the immediate target.   


"I will say the attacks related to edged weapons," Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said.   "We believe the attacks could have occurred at any time in the next week."   


Members of the public faced a similar risk as police, he said.   While police say the threat is contained, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be an increased visible police presence at Anzac Day services and  Victorians should have faith in those arrangements.   

He also urged people to avoid making judgments about community members or becoming fearful of others.   "These people arrested today are not people of faith, they don't represent any culture," he said.   


"This is not an issue of how you pray or where you were born. This is not about those issues.   "This is simply evil."   Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright said racism and prejudice-motivated attacks would not be tolerated.   


More than 200 police were involved in the raids across Narre Warren, Hampton Park, Hallam and Eumemmerring about 3am.   


Police were still at a number of properties in those areas on Saturday afternoon.   
Mr Cartwright said three of the five men had been treated for minor injuries received during the morning raids.

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Tags: terror, raids, anzac day