In brief

January 09, 2018

More than 60 fines and 200 fire prevention notices have been issued in Strathbogie Shire since the fire danger period started.

Fire notices issued

More than 60 fines and 200 fire prevention notices have been issued in Strathbogie Shire since the fire danger period started.

Strathbogie Shire Council’s municipal emergency manager Ken Ross said notices protected the community from risks associated with fires.

‘‘Property owners have an obligation to maintain their property to minimise fire hazards,’’ Mr Ross said.

‘‘Failure to comply with fire prevention notices throughout the fire danger period will result in a $1586 fine.’’

Fire prevention notices and fines will continue to be issued during the period.

Those with any questions must provide them in writing to council by emailing [email protected] before the infringement payment date.

For information on preparing for fires visit CFA’s website at

Semi-trailer stolen

Police are appealing for witnesses after a semi-trailer was stolen from a service lane near Enterprise Dve, off Doyles Rd, Shepparton.

The trailer, registered 564UEA (Queensland), was parked on November 27 and was found to have been stolen on December 3.

‘‘The trailer was loaded with nine 15m steel beams and 14 12m steel beams valued at an unknown cost,’’ Shepparton police First Constable Josh Hillman said.

Police said a prime mover would have been needed to move the trailer.

Witnesses should phone Const Hillman at Shepparton Police Station on 58205777.

Bikes stolen

A Polaris quad bike and motorcycle were stolen from a property in Hall Lane, Avenel, sometime between December 24 and December 31.

The vehicles had been in a shipping container and were later found in a disused shed in Molesworth.

Police said other Hall Lane properties also had some disturbance during that time.

Investigations are continuing and those with any information should phone Seymour Police Station on 57350200.

Spike in thefts

There has been a spike in wire theft across the Goulburn Valley, according to Mitchell Crime Prevention Officer Leading Senior Constable Wendy Willingham.

Ldg Sen Const Willingham said a large amount of wire had been stolen from the areas around Dry Creek Rd, Broadford, Schoolhouse Lane, Tallarook and O’Connors Rd, Mangalore, since last month.

‘‘The most recent thefts being in the early hours of Thursday, January 4, near the Broadford railway station and then near Wilbrahams Rd, Balmattum,’’ she said.

Anyone who sees suspicious vehicles along railway lines should phone 000.

Woman hurt in crash

A Seymour woman, in her teens, was flown to Melbourne following a collision in Hughes Creek Rd, Tarcombe, last month.

Police attended the accident about 7.30am on December 28, finding a Mazda sedan had run off the road and struck a tree.

The car was on fire and officers found the woman wandering around nearby.

Investigations are continuing as it is believed the car had previously been stolen from the Hoppers Crossing area.

Vehicle, items stolen

Investigations are continuing into the theft of a vehicle and some Stihl chainsaws from a transport business in Anzac Ave, Seymour.

Seymour police said entry to the business was gained by removing corrugated iron sheets from a wall, with a number of areas and vehicles searched sometime between December 23 and December 26.

A roller door was opened so the vehicle could be driven away, smashing through the gates of the property.

The stolen Ford Transit van was found burnt out in Brassey Crt, Mickleham, on December 26.

Anyone with any information is urged to phone Seymour police on 57350200.

Man arrested

Seymour police arrested a man, 55, after he was disturbed by the resident of a Delatite Rd, Seymour, home, allegedly trying to steal a quad bike.

The resident was woken about 5am on December 31 by his dog barking and confronted the man as he was allegedly trying to remove the bike from a trailer in the yard.

Police said he then fled on foot and was later found hiding at a property in Highlands Rd, Seymour.

He will appear in court in March.

Car impounded

A Rushworth man, 41, lost his vehicle after being caught driving while disqualified.

The man was caught as part of an automated number plate recognition operation on Hume Fwy, near Seymour, just before Christmas.

A Seymour man, 22, was also detected driving on a suspended licence and gave a positive result to a drug test.

Other offences included a learner driver driving without being accompanied by a fully-licensed driver, an unlicensed driver and two other suspended drivers.

More than 10 unregistered cars were detected, along with two speeding motorists. Three defect notices were also issued.

Vehicle seized

Seymour Highway Patrol seized a vehicle after the driver was caught travelling at 185km/h on Goulburn Valley Hwy, near Nagambie, on December 29.

The Murchison woman, 19, will appear in court and received a $760 bill for the towing and storage of her car.

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