Mildura Weekly : Friday January 6 Vol 11 No 9
NEWS 5 FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU POLICE are calling for public assistance to locate a person of interest after a woman, aged in her 20s, was sexually assaulted at a Mildura hostel last month. Victoria Police Sexual Crimes Squad detectives have released CCTV footage (which can be viewed on the Mildura Weekly’s digital edition) of a man they would like to speak to. They have also released an image of the man, RIGHT, in the hopes of locating him. Investigators believe that the man – perceived to be of Aboriginal appearance, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, 170cm to 180cm tall with a solid build – entered the Lemon Avenue- based hostel at 2.40am on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, gaining entry to a communal room. It is alleged that he ap- proached a woman sleeping on the couch and stole her mobile phones before sexually assault- ing her. The woman confronted the offender, who also attempted to steal her handbag. She was able to retrieve her handbag before the offender fled on a bicycle. He was wearing a cap back- wards, a long-sleeved hooded top which was dark coloured at the top and light coloured at the bottom, a wrist band on his right wrist with cargo pants and runners. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stop- pers on 1800 333 000, or sub- mit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com. au. Residents with information can also make a report at the Mildura Police Station. Mildura sexual assault investigation under way Our motorcyclists urged not to become a statistic MILDURA motorcycle enthusi- asts are being urged to take care on the road these summer months to ensure they don’t become another statistic. The warning forms part of a safety reminder campaign being un- dertaken by RACV, with Transport Accident Commission (TAC) fig- ures showing that of the 252 people killed on Victoria’s roads in 2015, 30 were riders or pillion passengers of motorcycles. This represented 12 percent of the road toll despite motorcycles only making up about four percent of all vehicles registered with VicRo- ads. Last year (2016) also proved a horrific year for motorcyclists, with 56 deaths – all men aged between 18 and 70 – recorded on the State’s roads. Of those deaths, one oc- curred in the Mildura police service area. Mildura Highway Patrol Ser- geant Mark McDonald echoed the warning, saying local members con- tinually worked to enforce safety messages amongst local motorcycle enthusiasts. “With motorcycles, one of the main things we promote locally is the safety gear available,” he said. “While everyone wears a helmet, quite often we see people driving around with shorts and thongs, or other inappropriate gear. “Your odds of walking away from a motorcycle accident are im- proved if you are wearing the appro- priate gear. “The alternative is to spend po- tentially months dealing with hor- rific injuries. “In the past local police mem- bers have witnessed horrific inju- ries because motorcyclists have not been wearing the appropriate gear, and it’s just not necessary, and why our ‘dress for the slide, not the ride’ campaign is so important.” Sgt McDonald said that in the past, Mildura had endured “hor- ror runs” with motorcycle fatalities, especially incidents involving off- road riders. “We had a really bad stretch re- cently where we had some serious off-road collisions,” he said. “We ask people not to ride in remote ar- eas by themselves, and to have a set time to be back and stick to it, and to just be aware with issues about wildlife etc. “We have also run operations in the past enforcing licensing, regis- tration etc.” Sgt McDonald said road safety would continually be a top prior- ity for Mildura police members, es- pecially over the New Year holiday period. “Hopefully we can get through the rest of the holiday period and beyond without any serious colli- sion incidents,” he said. “Unfortu- nately we have attended quite a few serious collision incidents and even fatalities in the past few months, and it puts a strain on the emergen- cy services, and not something we want to see.” • Continued Page 15 *Free on-roads applies to new and demonstrator vehicles (excluding BMW M models) ordered and delivered between 1.1.17 and 28.02.17 and includes 12 months registration and CTP and stamp duty but excludes dealer delivery which varies between dealers. 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