Local News - Victoria

Great Ocean Road walkers airlifted in dramatic rescue

Four coastal walkers have been saved in a dramatic air rescue in strong winds on the Great Ocean Road overnight.

Two 73-year-old men and two women, age 51 and 49, were walking from Castle Cove to Dinosaur Cove along the Great Ocean Road walking trail near Glenaire when they were forced to the water’s edge by a scrub fire, according to Victoria police.

The Victoria Police air wing was brought in to winch the group of four to safety.

The Victoria Police air wing was brought in to winch the group of four to safety.Credit:Justin McManus

As the group of four tried to reach Johanna Beach, they became trapped on a rock ledge by the rising tide.

As night fell and the temperature dropped, they managed to call emergency services.

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Police cars rammed during dramatic arrest of men wanted over luxury store burglaries

Police said the pair’s apprehension followed an investigation into a series of commercial burglaries on luxury goods stores including Miss Louise on Collins Street on May 26.

The men have also been arrested in relation to five other incidents from earlier on Thursday where items were stolen from a luxury goods store in Southbank, a tool store in Thomastown, a pharmacy in Ivanhoe, a sports store in Kew and a fast-food restaurant in Prahran.

A police spokeswoman said at the time of their arrest, the two men, one a 30-year-old from Northcote and the other a 56-year-old from Carlton, rammed two police cars in an attempt to flee.

Thousands of dollars worth of designer women’s goods, including high-end shoes and bags, were stolen after a car smashed through the window of the Miss Louise boutique in the CBD on May 26.

Melbourne CBD boutique store Miss Louise had thousands of dollars' worth of designer goods stolen after a car smashed through its shopfront window in a daylight burglary.

Melbourne CBD boutique store Miss Louise had thousands of dollars’ worth of designer goods stolen after a car smashed through its shopfront window in a daylight burglary.Credit:Nine News

At the time police said a ute was used to smash through the window before two men fled the scene with stolen goods, about 7.20am.

Jennifer Cooper, who witnessed the duo’s eventual arrest on Thursday labelled it a “brilliant tactical success” by police.

“A planned coordinated box in of a large white ute which rammed three cars and filled the air with burnt rubber,” she tweeted.

A police spokeswoman said the men are expected to be charged with burglary, theft, theft of motor vehicle, criminal damage, dangerous driving whilst being pursued by police and intentionally exposing an emergency worker to risk by driving.

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Armed man’s dramatic standoff with police

A man has been fatally shot on a busy Melbourne freeway.

Police are at the scene on an on-ramp on the Monash Freeway in the city’s southeast.

Officers were called to the incident on the Eastlink interchange in Dandenong North just after 10am.

Aerial images show a body on the road.

The Herald Sun reports there was a dramatic stand off with police and the man was shot by officers but details are unclear.

It is believed he was armed and threatened police.

“Further information will be released once operationally appropriate. There is no ongoing threat to the community,” police said in a statement.

A commuter who called the ABC said, “There’s a stand-off with a male… (the police) have guns drawn on him”.

Dozens of detectives have arrived at the scene.

City-bound lanes of the Monash Freeway are closed at Heatherton Road.

Drivers heading toward Melbourne from the southeast have been urged to exit the Monash Freeway and use the Princes Highway instead.

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Dramatic drop in COVID-19 fines ahead of relaxed coronavirus restrictions

The number of fines issued by police for breaches of coronavirus rules dropped dramatically ahead of restrictions easing in Victoria.

Only two fines were issued in the 24 hours before restrictions were eased at midnight on Tuesday. Victoria Police said the reduction could be attributed to officers showing more discretion, as well as a new process that began on Monday that requires police officers to get the approval of their supervisors before handing out infringement notices.

Victoria Police issuing COVID-19 fines in Preston during a refugee protest last month.

Victoria Police issuing COVID-19 fines in Preston during a refugee protest last month.Credit:Nine

The numbers were the lowest since the end of March, when stage three rules halting gatherings and restricting movement came into force.

The lower numbers are also due to a new process that introduces a delay between a breach being detected and a fine being issued.

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Dramatic arrest of a mother protesting in Sydney shocks bystanders

Dramatic footage has surfaced of a woman being pulled away from her screaming son by a number of police officers while protesting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two clips shared to Facebook depict the woman speaking with police officers near Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney’s CBD at around 3.50pm on Saturday, then being dragged into a police van as her screaming son is torn from her arms.

Wearing a yellow sign that read: “If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any. Magna Carta,” the woman is first seen refusing to give her name to a group of officers, before walking away down the street.

“I don’t know how you guys are going home in honour tonight and trying to infringe me with a notice which I don’t consent to because we’re doing nothing wrong,” she told the group of officers.

“You guys should be here holding the signs with us, defending us. I don’t consent to what you’re doing,” she said, as a female officer asked for her name.

“We’re doing nothing wrong … We’re not acting in aggression … Am I under arrest?,” she responded.

“No, I’m just trying to speak to you … I am asking for your name because I do believe you are committing an offence,” the officer explained.

“I’m here fighting for not just myself and my kids, but for your children too,” the woman then said as she walked away.

Moments later in a second clip, the altercation took a turn for the worst as police are seen dragging the woman by her arms as her son wails and passers-by object.

“Why is she under arrest? She’s not done anything wrong,” one woman is heard yelling.

“Leave her alone … What are you proving?” another man objects.

“Out of everybody they grab a woman with a child,” he added.

“You’re scaring your son,” the female officer is heard saying while the young boy screamed and cried.

“Mummy is not going,” he said. “Leave mummy alone.”

Towards the end of the video, the child is seen kicking and screaming in the arms of two officers. has contacted NSW Police for comment.

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