Police Beat July 5 2022 – Missing teens, attack in Traralgon

Gel blaster. Photo: contributed.

Have you seen Anthony?

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing boy Anthony (pictured).

The 14-year-old was last seen on Mackay Street in Rosedale about 5.45pm on Monday, June 20.

He is known to frequent the Traralgon and Latrobe Valley areas.

Anyone with information on Anthony’s whereabouts is urged to contact Sale Police Station on (03) 5142 2200.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing boy Anthony.
Photo: supplied.

Have you seen Rhianna?

The 14-year-old (pictured) was last seen on July 1 at 11.30pm, on Loughnan Court, Wurruk.

Police have concerns for her welfare due to her age.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sale Police Station on (03) 5142 2200.

Police have concerns for 14-year-old Rhianna due to her age.
Photo: supplied.

Head-on crash at Stradbroke

Emergency services attended a two-car collision in Stradbroke on the evening of June 24.

It is believed the two cars collided head-on, on South Gippsland Highway just after 5pm.

One female driver was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other female driver was taken to hospital for observation.

The exact cause of the collision is yet to be determined.

Major Collision Investigation Unit members attended the scene and closed the Highway to traffic while their investigations took place.

Anyone with information about the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Man charged following assault at football match in Lindenow

Bairnsdale police have charged a 36-year-old man following an alleged assault at a local football match in Lindenow on Saturday, June 25.

It is alleged a 19-year-old Paynesville man was struck on the field during the game at the Lindenow Recreation Reserve about 3.40pm.

The teenager was taken to hospital where he remains with serious injuries.

A Bairnsdale man has been charged with one count of recklessly causing serious injury and recklessly causing injury.

He has been bailed to appear at the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court on October 19.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Man charged following unprovoked attack in Traralgon

Traralgon police have charged a 27-year-old man following an unprovoked attack in a Traralgon carpark on June 15. News of the attack was previously reported in the Gippsland Times on June 21.

It is alleged a man was sitting at a bench just outside the shopping centre entry on Franklin Street when he was struck to the head without warning about 12.20pm.

The physical assault continued out onto the road of the carpark as the victim tried to defend himself.

An alleged acquaintance of the main offender also punched the 55-year-old man which caused him to fall to the ground before the main offender then tried to stomp on the victim’s head.

A third man, also believed to be known to the offenders, appeared to film the incident.

The victim, who it is believed wasn’t seriously injured, was taken to hospital for treatment.

Officers continue to investigate and have released images of two men they believe can assist with their enquiries.

Two men police believe can assist with their enquiries involving an alleged assault in Traralgon.Photo: contributed.

Woman arrested following pursuit in Morwell

Morwell police arrested a 56-year-old woman following a pursuit in Morwell on Wednesday night.

Police were called to Commercial Road in regard to a welfare check on a woman in a car just after 7.30pm.

Officers and someone in the public attempted to speak to the woman when she drove off and hit the pedestrian.

The pedestrian was not injured.

A pursuit was initiated at low speed through the streets of Morwell.

The female driver stopped in Grant Street where she was arrested, and her vehicle impounded.

A Churchill woman is currently in custody.

Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage.

First constable charged with unlawful assault

A first constable from Transit and Public Safety Command has been charged with four counts of unlawful assault following an internal investigation.

The 24-year-old male police officer has been charged with the alleged offences following an incident that occurred while the officer was off-duty in July 2021.

The first constable has been summonsed to face court at a later date. No further details have been provided by Victoria Police.

All about gel blasters

Did you know most gel blasters are classified as imitation firearms in Victoria? If you’re found in possession of one, you could find yourself in some serious trouble with the law.

Gel blasters, when used inappropriately, can cause significant public alarm and they are often used to commit serious criminal offences.

Anyone in possession of an illegal gel blaster is urged to surrender these as part of the ongoing national firearms amnesty.

For more information on firearms in Victoria please visit https://bddy.me/3QXNpMi

Gel blaster. Photo: contributed.