Not a ‘silly sea­son’ in Mans­field Shire

Po­lice happy with pub­lic be­hav­iour dur­ing busy pe­riod, but not with­out tragedy

Mansfield Courier - - Front Page - BY RHYLL Mc­COR­MACK rm­c­cor­[email protected]­me­

THE over­rid­ing con­sen­sus is that the Christ­mas/New Year pe­riod in Mans­field was a good one.

Boom vis­i­tor num­bers pro­vided an in­jec­tion for lo­cal busi­nesses, while po­lice were treated to a rel­a­tively quiet hol­i­day pe­riod in re­gards to in­ci­dents.

Sergeant Nathan Pelling, from the Mans­field po­lice, said over­all the pub­lic had proven to be well be­haved in what is of­ten a silly sea­son.

“New Year’s was quiet, most peo­ple were well be­haved at the li­censed premises,” he said.

“Christ­mas was the same.

“We ex­pected the usual call outs to The Pines, Gough’s Bay and Sheep­yard Flat – (but) over­all, peo­ple have been very well be­haved – our call outs to those ar­eas have been very min­i­mal.”

It was a sim­i­lar case for the High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cers, who said that the pub­lic had been gen­er­ally good.

De­spite a num­ber of driv­ers clocked 30km/h over the limit, earn­ing them an au­to­matic loss of li­cence, and a num­ber of four wheel driv­ers given no­tice for ex­ces­sive lift kits, the ma­jor­ity of road users did the right thing.

“Mo­torists were mostly be­hav­ing and abid­ing by the law,” Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Re­becca Watkins of Mans­field po­lice said.

“There are al­ways the few speed­sters that we get, that lose their li­cence.”

State high­way po­lice were a vis­i­ble force across the shire, which is thought to aid de­ter­ring those who may oth­er­wise be tempted to do the wrong thing.

Mar­ring the fes­tive sea­son was a fa­tal­ity out at Jamieson, where a 34 year old man from the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula was killed when his mod­i­fied four wheel drive fell 20 me­tres down an em­bank­ment.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on a fire ac­cess track off the Eil­don Jamieson Road at 1am on De­cem­ber 21, with the driver sus­tain­ing crush in­juries when he was par­tially thrown from his ve­hi­cle.

It is thought he was not wear­ing a seat­belt at the time.

His two male pas­sen­gers, both 19 years old, were taken to the Mans­field Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion be­fore later be­ing re­leased.

In other tragic news, a lo­cal Mans­field man died sud­denly while at­tend­ing the Be­yond the Val­ley mu­sic fes­ti­val in War­ragul.

The man was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29, how­ever, died on Tues­day morn­ing, Jan­uary 1.

Po­lice will pre­pare a re­port for the Coro­ner, but the death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

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