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Police vow to pursue unpaid COVID fines, despite 'poorly worded' memo

Police vow to pursue unpaid COVID fines, despite 'poorly worded' memo

Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent admitted the wording in a guidance note to officers in December "wasn't ideal and didn't send the right message".

  • by Simone Fox Koob and Cameron Houston

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Homicide squad make arrest following death of man in Hastings
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Homicide squad make arrest following death of man in Hastings

Homicide squad detectives have arrested a 25-year-old man from Hastings following the death of a 29-year-old man who was found with upper body injuries in the Mornington Peninsula town. 

  • by Simone Fox Koob
Police to drop most COVID-19 fines and hand out cautions

Police to drop most COVID-19 fines and hand out cautions

Police officers who issued fines for breaches of COVID-19 restrictions have been instructed to hand out cautions for unpaid infringements rather than proceed with charges in a move that the police association warns could undermine future enforcement of public health orders.

  • by Cameron Houston and Carolyn Webb
City of Melbourne threatens to fine protesters for 'excessive noise'

City of Melbourne threatens to fine protesters for 'excessive noise'

An obscure bylaw designed to stop buskers disturbing the peace has been used against people protesting outside state government offices.

  • by Bianca Hall
'Just beautiful little kids': Woman, three children found dead at Tullamarine home
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'Just beautiful little kids': Woman, three children found dead at Tullamarine home

A Melbourne woman is being remembered as a "lovely mother" after she was found dead along with her three young children, aged 7, 5 and 3.

  • by Simone Fox Koob, Melissa Cunningham and Rachael Dexter
'Sickening thud': Teen punched, kicked in head during unprovoked attack at Mornington Peninsula swimming spot

'Sickening thud': Teen punched, kicked in head during unprovoked attack at Mornington Peninsula swimming spot

The victim fell to the ground, before the offender kicked him in the back of the head, causing him to lose consciousness for 40 seconds.

  • by Simone Fox Koob
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Police interviewing man after animal welfare worker threatened at gunpoint
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Police interviewing man after animal welfare worker threatened at gunpoint

A man is being interviewed by police after a woman was tied up at gunpoint inside a Melbourne animal shelter and asked where the cats were located.

  • by David Estcourt
Two knives being analysed by police following Narre Warren tragedy

Two knives being analysed by police following Narre Warren tragedy

Two seized knives are being analysed by police investigating an alleged stabbing attack which left a Narre Warren mother dead and two family members injured, a court has heard.

  • by Simone Fox Koob
'One gun crime is too many': New police unit cracks down on illegal firearms

'One gun crime is too many': New police unit cracks down on illegal firearms

In an Australian first, a new Victoria Police unit is working to cut off access to illicit weapons and says it has already netted 80 firearms since its inception in September.

  • by Ashleigh McMillan
Pair to face higher court for shooting, ramming police vehicles

Pair to face higher court for shooting, ramming police vehicles

Two men who shot and rammed police vehicles, forcing officers to bunker down in a fast-food outlet, have had their cases sent to a higher court after a magistrate deemed their offending too serious to handle.

  • by Adam Cooper
'We are really sorry': Pair dispute claims they fled officers to avoid quarantine

'We are really sorry': Pair dispute claims they fled officers to avoid quarantine

A NSW couple accused of running from officers at Melbourne Airport after being told they would need to isolate have defended their actions.

  • by Ashleigh McMillan and Fergus Hunter