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January 08, 2018

Thousands were in Nagambie for the New Year’s Eve celebrations this year, highlighted by fireworks at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre.

Well behaved

Thousands were in Nagambie for the New Year’s Eve celebrations this year, highlighted by fireworks at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre.

Police said they were extremely happy with the crowds behaviour, with the main aim trying keep people off and away from the main street.

‘‘We had about 10000 people in town for the fireworks, with no offences detected,’’ Nagambie police Sergeant Shane Johnson said.

Fireworks blaze

Police are pleading for the public to avoid illegal fireworks after more than 40ha of bushland caught fire in Nagambie last month.

At about 10pm on Christmas Eve, emergency services were called to the intersection of Ballantynes Rd and Habel Rd, Nagambie after a fire spread.

‘‘Unknown offenders illegally set up fireworks in an unsafe manner,’’ Nagambie police Sergeant Shane Johnson said.

‘‘The Country Fire Authority response was pretty quick bringing the blaze under control within 15 minutes.’’

Police said all fireworks were illegal and the dangers were high.

‘‘People can hurt themselves when lighting them and there is the problem of property destruction when they’re out of control,’’ Sgt Johnson said.

‘‘With Australia Day weekend coming up, it’s a reminder to not become involved in this type of behaviour, especially with the weather heating up.’’

Anyone with information about the fire and the use of illegal fireworks during the incident is urged to phone Nagambie police on 57942526.

Burglary arrest

A Mooroopna man, 24, who is alleged to have committed a burglary in Marungi, near Katandra, last week was arrested after being stopped in his vehicle.

Police said the alleged burglary occurred sometime between Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30.

‘‘We arrested an offender in Mooroopna on Tuesday, following the interception of his vehicle in Young St,’’ Cobram police Crime Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Marcus Boyd said.

‘‘A number of items including cash and ice were recovered, along with a motorbike believed to have been stolen during the burglary.’’

Det Sgt Boyd said the man has since been charged with eight offences.

‘‘Burglary, theft, dealing with the proceeds of crime, handling stolen goods, trafficking a drug of dependence, possessing a drug of dependence, using a drug of dependence and driving with a suspended license,’’ he said.

He is set to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on March 5.

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