Shepparton News

Funeral numbers probed

POLICE LOOKING INTO POTENTIAL BREACH, BUT PREMIER URGES PEOPLE NOT TO ‘JUMP TO CONCLUSION­S’

- By Monique Preston and Rosa Ritchie

Police have confirmed they are looking into a potential breach of the Victorian chief health officer’s orders at a funeral in Shepparton on August 11.

Police received a report about the breach on August 11.

Victoria Police chief commission­er Shane Patton told 3AW police and the health department were investigat­ing “a large funeral” in Shepparton and that they were looking at numbers to see if more than the 50 people allowed attended.

When asked about allegation­s that a large funeral in Shepparton seeded the current outbreak, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged people not to ‘‘jump to conclusion­s’’ about the situation.

“I don’t know that any such events occurred, I don’t know what the circumstan­ces of it were if it did,” he said.

“But we can all be confident that the (Victoria Police) Chief Commission­er and his officers will look at the matter and any other matters that they think are appropriat­e.

“I ask people not to jump to conclusion­s about what has happened in Shepparton.

“The people in Shepparton are doing it tough at the moment, but they are doing a great and amazing job and for that we are grateful to them.

“They are working hard not just to protect their community, but to protect all of us — coming out and standing in queues for long, long periods of time to get tested and getting vaccinated in strong numbers and staying at home away from everybody else in hard iso is really difficult, but critically important work and we thank them for it.”

 ??  ?? Investigat­ion: Police and the health department are investigat­ing “a large funeral” in Shepparton.
Investigat­ion: Police and the health department are investigat­ing “a large funeral” in Shepparton.

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