Faulty fence causes fire

POLICE are reminding farmers to check their electric fences this winter, after they investigated a grass fire caused by a faulty electric fence earlier this week.

Detectives from the Wellington Crime Investigation Unit and CFA fire investigators discovered the fence caused a grass fire along the Tinamba-Seaton Rd about 3.45pm on Wednesday afternoon.

CFA units from Maffra attended and extinguished the fire, which burnt about 100m of roadside grassland.

Police also noticed patches of burnt grass on the road nearby, which after some investigating, was discovered to have been backburning carried out by a land owner.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Mehlert reminded land owners to notify police or CFA about any fuel reduction burning they were planning to do.

“We’ve recently had some suspicious fires lit around the area, so investigating backburning ties us up,” he explained.

“We’d just like to remind farmers that if they’re burning off, they should notify their local CFA brigade so we know who’s burnt off where.”

BAIRNSDALE Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team is appealing for public assistance following an alleged sexual assault that occurred more than 40 years ago.

The incident is believed to have occurred at Cabbage Tree Creek near Orbost from 1968 to 1970.

Investigators have been told two victims were allegedly sexually assaulted on school grounds at Cabbage Tree Creek.

It is believed the school has been closed for many years.

Police at Bairnsdale are interested in hearing from anyone who could assist with their investigation

Anyone with information is asked to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au