Posted: 27 March, 2015

Wild car chase

Man caused multi-car pile up in West Melbourne while fleeing officers

The vehicle involved.

Victoria Police is appealing for witnesses following a pursuit and collision involving several vehicles yesterday.

The chase started when an unmarked police car observed a 1984 grey Mazda coupe with registration ZQU148 run a red light at the intersection of Flinders Street and Wurundjeri Way about 4.10pm.

The officers terminated the pursuit when they lost sight of the vehicle, but soon came across six-car collision believed to have been caused by the offender at the intersection of Footscray Road and Duddley Street in West Melbourne.

No one was injured in the collisions, however several cars required towing.

The man Police want to speak to.The Mazda was last seen travelling towards Footscray with smoke coming from the front left wheel and Police have released an image of car and a digitally constructed picture of the man they believe was behind the wheel.

The man is of Caucasian appearance, aged in his late 20s and has a thin build with brown hair. He has a distinctive tattoo on his right temple.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tags: Police Chase, Victoria Police, Melbourne, Crimestoppers

Posted: 27 March, 2015

Anthony Dunning Inquest

A Coroner's court has made no recommendations following the death of Crown casino patron Anthony Dunning

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A Victorian Coroner's stopped short of making any recommendations, following the death of Anthony Dunning but has found a culture of aggressive behaviour and a disregard for procedure existed among Crown casino bouncers.

The 40-year old died in hospital days after being pinned to the gaming floor in July 2011. 

State Coroner Ian Gray accepted Crown had improved its training of security staff since the death. 

Matthew Scott Lawson and Cameron Paul Sanderson were acquitted in 2012, after being charged with Mr Dunning's manslaughter.

His father Bill Dunning says the family is considering launching civil action and that he is 'disappointed' with the findings.

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Posted: 27 March, 2015

Why The Napthine Government Lost

What caused the Victorian Liberal Party to lose last Novembers State Election?

a) East West Link

b) Education Funding

c) Paramedics Pay

None of the above. It was 'communication failures', according to the former premier.

Denis Napthine says "I think some of it is about communications, our communication to the public".

Election review committee chairman David Kemp will present a formal report on the loss at the Liberal Party state conference in Melbourne on Saturday.

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Tags: election, victoria, napthine

Posted: 27 March, 2015

Body Found In Burnt Car

Update...

Police believe the person found dead in a burnt out car in Melborune's south-east overnight was known to them.

The owner of the car was a 40-year-old Asian man, known to authorities, with a history of drug involvement. Witnesses have told of a white hatch driving in the area, and it's driver is currently speaking with police.

Detective Inspector Stuart Bailey says they found the unidentified body after the blaze in the red Commodore was put out, and indications are they're "dealing with a homicide."

Although the engine and boot of the car were not damaged, police will probably have to rely on dental records and DNA to identify the victim.

Earlier...

Homicide Squad detectives are all over the scene of a car fire at  Eumemmerring last night, after a body was found in the back seat.

Emergency services were called to a reserve on Frawley Road in around 11.50pm to combat a car fire. An autopsy will be carried out later today to find out how the person died.

 The deceased is yet to be formally identified and the exact circumstances surrounding their death and the fire are yet to be established.

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Tags: body, car fire, autopsy

Posted: 27 March, 2015

Multiple Injuries After NY Explosion

An explosion has rocked a busy section of Manhattan’s East Village in New York, injuring sixteen people and demolishing parts of a building.

Authorities say at least two injuries are critical and some people may be trapped in the blaze.

The collapse occurred at 125 Second Avenue, which is a residential and commercial building.

The first two floors of a red-brick building at the scene appear to have crumbled, sending twitter images of the disaster into overdrive, including actor Jason Biggs.

Towering flames and gusts of black smoke are seen to be rising from the building.

Emergency teams are at the scene with at least 200 firefighters.

The official FDNY Twitter account described it as a “major building collapse.” 

The cause of the blast is unknown. 

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Posted: 27 March, 2015

Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane

Young German wanted to "destroy the plane"

French officials believe the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 intentionally set the flight on a course for destruction.

New details have come to light reportedly showing the autopilot was reprogrammed from 38,000 feet to just 100 feet.

It comes after chilling details from one of the black boxes revealing what happened in the final minutes on the doomed plane. 

Sound recordings have revealed the co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, locked the captain out of the cockpit when he went to the toilet, ignored his desperate pleas for re-entry and then flicked the switch to begin the slow decent into the French Alps before hearing passengers scream in the final seconds.

Apart from his breathing, Lubitz didn’t say a word for the final ten minutes while alone at the controls as lead prosecutor Brice Robin said, “he didn’t reply to a thing. He didn’t say a word. In the cockpit, it was utter silence.”

Robin said the young German appeared to “show a desire to want to destroy” the plane, but did not believe he was part of a terrorist plot.”

“At this moment, there is no indication that this is an act of terrorism,” Robin said. 

Germany’s Interior Minister confirmed this, saying there was so far no indication of “a terrorist background.”

Details have also emerged about the German co-pilot’s past as two houses in Duesseldorf and Montabaur were searched.

Investigators reportedly finding 'something of significance' in one of them, although it's not yet known what it is.

Lubitz lived in a town of Montabaur, near Frankfurt and started training in 2008 at Bremen and Arizona. His training was briefly interrupted but deemed fit to fly.

He worked as a co-pilot for Germanwings since 2013, appeared pleased with his job, and his Facebook profile suggests the active lifestyle of a keen runner with an interest in pop music.

Sophr said he had undergone intensive training, passed all psychological and physical tests and was “100% fit to fly without any caveats.”

However, a mother of a schoolmate told a French newspaper Lubitz had told her daughter he took a break from his pilot training because he was suffering from depression.

“Apparently he had a burnout, he was in depression,” the unnamed woman said.

She said her daughter had seen him again just before Christmas and that he had appeared normal. She added he was a “lovely boy.” “He had a good family background.”

The shocking revelation was released as families and friends of victims travelled to the remote crash site area.

Tents were set up for them to give DNA samples to start the process of identifying bodies of loved ones.

Meanwhile the remains of victims, found scattered across the slopes were being taken by helicopter to nearby Seyne-les-Alpes.

All 150 people aboard the Airbus A320 were killed in Tuesday’s crash, including two Australians Carol Friday and her son Greig, both from Melbourne. 

 Robin said those on board died “instantly” and were probably not aware until the “very last moment” of the impending disaster. 

“The screams were heard only in the last moments before the impact,” said the prosecutor.

There was no immediate clue as to the motive of the pilot, but Robin said he was unwilling to use the word “suicide”.

“Usually when you commit suicide, you do it alone. When you’re responsible for 150 people, I don’t call that a suicide.”

The co-pilot who deliberately set the controls “to accelerate the plane’s descent” into the side of the mountain, “was conscious until the moment of impact,” Robin said.

German Chanellor Angela Merkel said the findings added an “absolutely unimaginable dimension” to the tragedy.

Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr said he was “stunned” by the revelations and added that no security “system in the world” could have prevented the co-pilot’s actions. 

Airlines and aviation regulators around the world have already moved to change their practices to ensure there are always two people in the cockpit at any one time.

Canada has ordered the changes, along with airlines in Britain, Norway and Iceland, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a review is underway while also seeking a briefing from domestic airlines about their cockpit procedures.

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Tags: germanwings, co-pilot, andreas lubitz

Posted: 26 March, 2015

Fiskville Site Closes

The Emergency Services Minister has confirmed the training gound will closes after more contamination

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Notorious Country Fire Authority training site Fiskville will close down for good.

Recent testing reveals the toxic, possibly cancer-causing chemical pollutants PFOS have been found in high levels around the training area.

Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett said it was impossible to rule out more disease coming from Fiskville, but closing the site was "drawing a line in the sand".

"I'm deeply saddened and upset that people have been told it's safe, and clearly the site isn't safe," Minister Garrett said.

Earlier this year a report linked 16 deaths to the training ground caused by chemicals dumped and buried.

About 40 hospitality workers at the site are at risk of losing their jobs.

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Tags: CFA, Fiskville, PFOS, Cancer

Posted: 26 March, 2015

Masa Vukotic Farewelled

17-year old Doncaster stabbing victim remembered during service

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Teenage stabbing victim Masa Vukotic has been laid to rest, with hundreds of mourners attending the service at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

The 17-year old's white coffin was covered in pink roses, with students from Canterbury Girls School forming a guard of honour as their friend was carried from the chapel for a burial service.

Her father described his sadness as unbearable, while her sister Nadja choked back tears, saying "I am honoured to be her little sister."  

Masa was fatally stabbed in a random attack in a Doncaster park last week.

31-year old Sean Christian Price has been charged with murder.

Another gathering for Masa, titled Princess Marci's Royal Parade, will be held in Victoria Gardens on Saturday.

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Tags: Doncaster, Masa Vukotic, Stabbing, Funeral, Springvale Cemetery, Melbourne

Posted: 26 March, 2015

Bayley Convicted Of Three More Rapes

One of his victims was just 18, while another was a tourist.

Serial rapist Adrian Ernest Bayley has been found guilty of raping three more women, including one just months before he murdered Jill Meagher.

The 43 year old raped an 18-year-old sex worker in his car in St Kilda in 2000. He raped another 25-year-old sex worker in April 2012, in near identical circumstances. He also raped a Dutch backpacker in July 2012, two months before he attacked Ms Meagher, after telling her she was in danger and convincing her to climb into his car for safety.

Bayley picked up all three victims in St Kilda and drove them to a secluded laneway where he parked with the passenger side door pressed against a fence, blocking their escape.

He contested each charge in the County Court, but juries found him guilty in three separate trials.

Bayley has now been found guilty of raping 10 women and attempting to rape two more. He is serving a life sentence with a 35-year-minimum for the rape and murder of Ms Meagher in a Brunswick laneway in September 2012.

Judge Pullen will sentence Bayley at a later date.


VICTORIA POLICE STATEMENT

Victoria Police understands there is significant interest in the court proceedings involving Adrian Bayley, however remain respectful of court proceedings and the accused's right to appeal.

The detectives involved in investigating these matters from the time of report through to today’s verdict have done an exemplary job.

They have worked hard and diligently to ensure a successful prosecution and did everything possible to ensure today’s outcome.

We would also like to acknowledge the bravery of the women involved, who have shown tremendous strength to see this case through to today’s verdict.

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Tags: jill meagher, adrian bayley

Posted: 26 March, 2015

James May Reacts To Jeremy Clarkson Being Sacked

The Top Gear presenters have their say on Clarkson's sacking.

 

Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond have reacted to the sacking of their co-host Jeremy Clarkson.

May told reporters: "It’s a tragedy. I’m sorry that what ought to have been a small incident sorted out easily has turned into something big."

"I have only known for the past few minutes and if you excuse me I very desperately have to write the eBay listing for my Ferrari."

Asked who a possible replacement for Clarkson could be, May replied: "Much as I think he's a knob, I quite like working with Jeremy."

Richard Hammond tweeted that it's a sad end to an era.

 

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Posted: 26 March, 2015

Clarkson Comes Clean On Last Ever Top Gear Show

Watch unseen footage of the axed Jeremy Clarkson coming clean

Exclusive and previously unseen footage of the "final episode" of Top Gear has emerged, which shows the axed Jeremy Clarkson coming clean.* Watch the video below.

*This video may have been digitally altered and edited for effect.

The Last Ever Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson Sacked

It's officially the end of the road for Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed after he allegedly verbally and physically attacked a producer, the BBC's director general has confirmed. 

"It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract," Tony Hall said. 

Clarkson's contract with Top Gear, which pulls in more than 350 million viewers around the world, is said to expire at the end of month. 

His dumping will hurt the BBC in the back pocket, with the broadcaster racking in $A94 million each year from the show, but they’ll have to cop it, as Hall said, "a line has been crossed" and he "cannot condone what has happened on this occasion."

He added that the BBC "must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016" and put out the final episodes in the current series of the program. 

The presenter was suspended on March 10 over what the BBC said at the time was a "fracas."

An internal investigation revealed he launched an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" on the show's producer Oisin Tymon after a day's filming on March 4.

The row, which took place in a Yorkshire hotel and lasted around 30 seconds, was said to have occurred because no hot food was provided. 

Tymon rushed to hospital for a swelling, bleeding lip. 

"The verbal abuse was directed at Oisin Tymon on more than one occasion both during the attack and subsequently inside the hotel and contained the strongest expletives and threats to sack him," the investigation found.

Clarkson made a number of attempts to apologise to Tymon, and he reported himself to BBC management.

Tymon said in a statement that the incident was "very regrettable".

Clarkson "is a unique talent and I am well aware that many will be sorry his involvement in the show should end in this way."

"This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC," he said.

The suspension sparked national debate, and more than one million people signed an online petition calling for him to be reinstated. 

It's not the first time the host has been under fire over a string of inflammatory remarks, and this was Clarkson's final straw with the BBC. 

He's been forced to apologise in the past for using apparently racist language and using the N-word while reciting an old nursery rhyme in leaked footage, something the presenter denied. 


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Tags: jeremy clarkson, top gear, BBC

Posted: 25 March, 2015

Former AFL Player Nick Stevens Granted Bail Pending Appeal

The former Blue is appealing his eight month jail sentence.

AFL Media

UPDATE:

Former AFL Player Nick Stevens has been granted bail just hours after being jailed for domestic abuse.

Lawyers for the former Stevens are appealing the eight-month jail sentence and conviction for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

He will return to court in April.

- With AAP

EARLIER:

Former Carlton and Port Adelaide player Nick Stevens has been jailed for eight month on charges relating to domestic violence.

The 35-year-old was sentenced in the Ringwood magistrate court on Wednesday morning.

Back in January, Stevens was found guilty of assault, intentionally causing injury, and threats to kill - relating to incidents in 2012 and 2013 against his former girlfriend.

Stevens played 231 games for Carlton and Port Adelaide before he retired in 2009.

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