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Local news April 19

  • Local news April 19

Your local Gippsland news for the day...

Local police have conducted more than 52,000 breath and drug tests across Gippsland and the wider Eastern region since last Thursday

So far there have been approximately 150 traffic related infringements issued across Latrobe, Baw Baw and the Bass Coast over the long weekend, including 6 drivers who returned positive to alcohol and/or drug tests.

8 drink drivers were also detected in the Wellington Shire, with more than 50 other offences also recorded.

Police say a majority of traffic-related infringements include excessive speed, mobile phone use and seat belt offences.

Operation Nexus runs until midnight, Tuesday April 25.


Police attended a residential address in Moe on Good Friday in an attempt to arrest a 21 year old man in relation to family violence offences.

According the police, when officers arrived the man was sitting in his car in the driveway of the property.

Police allege that upon sighting them, the man reversed his vehicle into the officers, hitting one while the other was forced to jump out of the way.

Another unit in attendance initiated a short pursuit which was abandoned due to excessive speed and the risk of endangering public safety.

A 21-year-old Moe man is assisting police with their enquiries.


Police received a tip-off on Friday during what appeared to be a burglary in process at a residential address in Churchill.

Authorities were quick to respond before locating a 34-year-old male inside the house.

It is alleged he smash a large window and security door to enter the property.

Police say the man was found in an extremely agitated state and allegedly struck an officer in the face.

He was overpowered with capsicum spray before being arrested and charged with numerous offences including criminal damage and assaulting police.

He was released on bail to face court in July.


A residential unit in Jane Street, Morwell, was gutted by fire on Saturday afternoon around 2.30.

Police say the cause of the fire was a cigarette or similar item, and was not being treated as suspicious.

CFA crews attended the property and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries reported.

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Police are investigating the theft of a $700 CCTV system and two Google Chromecasts from the Traralgon Good Guys Store on April 4.

Police have released images of a male and female who they think might be able to assist them with their inquiries.

It is believed the pair, left the store driving a maroon-coloured sedan.

Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Traralgon Police Station.


Police are investigating an alleged assault at the Rosedale speedway over the weekend. A suspect has been interviewed and witnesses are asked to contact Sale police or Crimestoppers.


Police are warning motorists to observe the speed limit on McDonald Street near Morwell Central Primary School after several people were booked during term 1 for breaking the limit.

2 drivers lost their licence after exceeding the 40 kilometre per hour restriction recently.

Police will continue to monitor the area, after identifying McDonald Street as a prime area of concern.


On Saturday April 15, police attended a residential address in Yallourn North in relation to a dispute where a firearm was produced.

Police arrested a 30-year-old man in relation to threats and firearms offences.

He was released pending summons.