Police focus on road safety for festival
A four-day road safety operation has been conducted in Moira LGA focusing on the increased traffic due to the Strawberry Fields Festival in Tocumwal.
The Victorian operation focused on two phases — mobile patrols of main highways and roads in the Moira LGA, and a vehicle checkpoint on the Goulburn Valley Hwy at Koonoomoo on Sunday and Monday.
While the results of the operation are not yet available, there is clear indication of the change in the behaviour of drivers on our roads. Detections of drink-driving were minimal compared to those taking drugs and driving.
It is a concern to Victoria Police and other emergency services that these drivers put the lives of their passengers, other road users and themselves at risk.
Anyone with information in relation to any offence can contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
A Numurkah farmer has had a number of tools stolen after advertising them on Facebook.
Between late September and early November thieves took the opportunity to bypass Facebook and help themselves to the farm tools, which were stored in a large tool box.
The tools included a large Stanley socket set, a large spanner set, pliers and fencing equipment. A tractor P.T.O shaft was also stolen.
A seven-year-old boy missing from home for two hours prompted a rapid response from local emergency services on Saturday.
The boy, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD, returned home with a friend and was unfazed by the fuss.
Cobram police, who had alerted Victoria Police’s air wing and dog squad and the SES for support, were relieved the boy returned safe and well.
Police would like to thank the community for its support and assistance.
● A trailer used to store and transport horse jumping equipment was stolen from the Cobram and District Pony Club in Sandmount Rd, Muckatah, overnight Saturday.
Thieves used a bolt cutter to cut a chain on the front gate and stole the unregistered blue tandem axle trailer, which had one flat tyre on the driver’s side.
The trailer has a toolbox on the A-frame and a metal frame in the trailer body to store horse jump wings and poles.
● A Cobram Anglican Church opportunity shop volunteer had her purse stolen on Saturday.
The volunteer left her handbag on a table at the back of the shop for a short time and an opportunistic thief stole the purse.
Burglars have made off with jewellery worth more than $10 000 from a Pinniger St home.
Entry was gained to the house by forcing open a lounge room window on Thursday or Friday last week while the residents were away.
An Echuca resident’s trip to Bunnings turned sour when his car was stolen.
The vehicle was stolen from the car park and found four days later near Nathalia in bushland off Stewarts Bridge Rd, Lower Moira. The number plates, NUT S64, are still missing.