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- 02/03/11--07:16: Burglar Trapped During Break-In
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- 02/12/14--19:48: Aussie train station
- 12/26/12--07:27: Boxing Day Fight on Frankston line
- 08/19/07--14:21: Muslim @ Frankston Neighborbhood
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A WOMAN who blew a record blood alcohol reading after crashing her car into a tree was today jailed.
Heather-Ann Higgins, 49, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to reckless conduct endangering life and driving while exceeding the blood alcohol limit, the Herald Sun reports.
She also lost her licence for five years.
Higgins blew .462 - believed to be an Australian record reading for a female driver and a record nine times over the legal blood-alcohol limit.
Ms Higgins, 49, told police she drank four cans of a vodka-based mixed drink shortly before she hit a tree and rolled her car on a road in Moorooduc, on Mornington Peninsula, on February 15.
The force of the impact was such that her hat ended up in a tree at least 6m off the ground.
Ms Higgins' blood-alcohol level was tested after a sample was taken while she was treated at the Frankston Hospital.
Today Magistrate Ross Betts said he would have jailed Higgins for a year had she not pleaded guilty.
And he blasted motorists for regarding drink driving as a minor offence.
''Every day people from all walks of life come before this court charged with drink driving offences,'' Mr Betts said.
''Unfortunately, far too many of them appear to consider this an innocuous and minor offence that caused no real harm to others.''
Higgins has two prior convictions for drink driving.
In 1994 she blew .175 and had her licence cancelled for 17 months. In 1997 she recorded .275 and lost her licence for 57 months.
The court was told she is an alcoholic who had unsuccessfully tried to rehabilitate herself.
Lawyers for Higgins will today apply for bail pending an appeal on the severity of the sentence.
Earlier in the case, Constable Phil Frith said the reading was believed to be the highest recorded for a woman in Victoria.
"I was dumbfounded, to put it politely,'' Constable Frith said."I rang forensic science straight away to confirm it and they said it was definitely correct.''
Constable Frith, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene, said the woman was trapped in the wreckage and police helped an ambulance crew free her.
He said she was very lucky to be alive.
CONNEX can do its best to improve Victoria's train services, boost cleanliness, remove graffiti and upgrade security, but this man proves it's impossible to idiot-proof trains.
A horrified Herald Sun reader captured the moment this bloke risked his life hitching a ride on the back of a train on Friday night.
Connex management, police and the community at large, are outraged such behaviour is becoming more common.
The rail operator gets about nine reports a month, up from three just a year ago.
Connex spokesman John Rees said the pranksters were risking their lives foolishly riding on the back of trains.
"You wouldn't sit on the roof of your car at 70km/h, so why would you do it on a train?" Mr Rees said.
Herald Sun reader Paul Maric, whose friend captured the moment on camera, said he was horrified to see a man hanging on to the windscreen wipers at the back of the train.
"We couldn't believe it, we called out to him to get off and he signalled us to be quiet," he said. "I just hope someone can identify him and make it known how stupid it is."
Victoria Police also wants to know the man's identity.
Mr Rees said train surfing had grown to the extent there'd been reports of teenagers as young as 14 attempting it.
He said Connex was targeting hot spots such as the Frankston, Lilydale and Pakenham lines.
The Brumby Government said the latest incident was "incredibly stupid, dangerous and irresponsible" and the culprit risked a $222 fine.
Another Herald Sun reader saw a boy of about 12 ride outside of a carriage between Yarraman and Noble Park last week.
The reader, Deon, grabbed the boy at Noble Park station and called police.
POLICE tend to "go in hard" with guns in volatile situations they are not properly trained to handle.
An independent inquiry has called for an overhaul of training in the Victorian police force so officers are given other strategies apart from relying on guns and capsicum spray to handle difficult situations.
"The current police operational safety training and education of police does not meet the needs of police facing an increase in challenging and potentially volatile situations," Office of Police Integrity director Michael Strong said in his report tabled in parliament today. "Police must be given alternatives to a hands-on approach that is heavily reliant on tactical equipment such as capsicum spray and firearms."
In 2008, police had operational contact with people more than 3.4 million times.
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Pete of Queensland Training must refocus attention on giving police the skills to identify people under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Mr Strong said.
"Victoria Police must refocus attention on establishing a culture of embedded principles of safety first, risk assessment, risk management and avoiding or minimising the use of force," he said.
Mr Strong said there appeared to be major under-reporting of the use of force.
"There is little evidence that Victoria Police is actively monitoring or strategically examining that data (about the use of force) to inform police training and improve police policies," he said.
New Chief Commissioner Simon Overland vowed to take a close look at the current level of training provided to police, the Herald Sun reported.
"Victoria Police does not disagree with a majority of the findings of the report, as they accord with our own findings on the issues,'' Mr Overland said in a letter to Mr Strong.
Mr Strong said today that police needed to be taught a range of communication and negotiation skills so that more of the many volatile situations police faced could be resolved without the use of force.
From July 2007 to June last year, there were 4855 reports of use of force, the report indicated.
Between July 2004 and June last year, Frankston police, in Melbourne's south-east, used or were subjected to force much more than other stations reviewed.
urs and there was a critical incident every 49 hours.
A would be thief who broke into an Australian bakery, found himself injured, and trapped in a storeroom, instead.
His increasingly desperate attempts to break out were all caught on camera.
The would be burglar broke through a skylight and found himself unwittingly in the spotlight. He quickly realizes he's not going to find any dough there.
First, he tries to use a bin to climb out of the bakery's locked storeroom. Then, he decides buckets might be the way to a great escape. Over the next half hour, he keeps trying, falling from ceiling height again, and again, and again.
The long time owner of the Frankston bread shop is looking on the bright side.
Maria Ferreira says, "I think I never seen this in my life, not even on video, it was funny."
The burglar broke in while the bakery was closed over Christmas. The owners say there wasn't even a cookie jar left for him to steal.
At one point, the helpless trespasser uses a mobile phone, probably to call for help. Because of the height of the room, the owners believe he couldn't have escaped alone.
Friends of a young Victorian chef who drowned after jumping off a pier say they will suffer
for the rest of their lives after pressuring him to take the fatal plunge.
The body of 26-year-old Jerrem Edwards was found by police washed up on the shore near the Frankston pier, south of Melbourne, at 6am, more than four hours after he went missing during the late-night swim.
A friend of the man, who identified herself as Sheree, told Nine News the group had been singing karaoke at a local pub before deciding to go for a swim at the pier.
Mr Edwards had wanted to stay in the car but the group convinced him to go with them, even though he told them he was not able to swim.
"I said to him he should live day by day, have a bit of fun and do something spontaneous. Pretty much forced him to come down with us," she said. "I could've been the sober one in the group to say 'no, this is a silly idea'... but instead we convinced him to do it."
A friend named Mel told reporters the group would have to live with Mr Edwards' death for the rest of their lives. "We lost a friend because of a stupid accident and now the rest of us will suffer for the rest of our lives, our entire lives, because he's gone."
One of the chef's friends climbed down a ladder to try reach him, but he was washed away under the pier.
Frankston Police Sergeant Martin McLean told reporters the young man's death was tragic.
"I'm unsure as to how good he was at swimming, but I suppose it's a timely reminder to people that alcohol and the water don't mix,'' he said.
A PASSENGER has posted video of a racist tirade against a French woman on a Melbourne bus.
The YouTube video shows commuters on a late-night bus on the Frankston route verbally abusing the woman, yelling at her to "speak English or die".
One of the passengers then allegedly hurled a rock through the window of the bus, smashing glass inside the vehicle.
Passenger Mike Nayna, who filmed the incident and posted the video on YouTube, said the mob started yelling at the woman when she began to sing in French.
He said one of the abusive passengers even threatened to "fillet these c---s" with a fishing knife.
One of the men, who had a child in a pram, allegedly smashed the window nearest to the girl after hopping off the bus.
"One girl started singing in French, and a girl up the front started telling her to shut up and chanted "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie'', most at the front of the bus joined in, that's when the passenger in the video on his phone joined the abuse,'' Mr Nayna said.
The shocking incident took place at approximately 10.30pm on November 11.
A woman screams at a fellow passenger after she started singing in French.
Young male passengers "egged on" the man to abuse the girl, offering him beer, cigarettes and even a fishing knife, Mr Nayna said.
"The young guys up the front were egging him on, they gave him a beer and a smoke and even offered his a fishing knife, and then he went off saying 'I'll fillet these c---s,'' Mr Nayna said.
"The French girl started to sing louder and they didn't like that so started the f--k off to your own country type of thing,'' he said.
The man who allegedly smashed the window was pushing a pram with a small child and can be heard in the video ordering the girl to get off the bus.
"There was a large bang and a few screams about the bus, then I saw he had smashed the window, the one right near the French girl,'' Mr Nayna said.
Passengers were shaken and afraid for their safety as they shouted at the bus driver to drive off.
Mr Nayna said he yelled at the bus driver to leave the scene.
"The main thing was to get away from the danger, I just said 'close the back door and drive off!'" he said.
POLICE are hunting brazen thieves who stole a ute to use in a ram raid on a Langwarrin ATM last week.
Police are investigating the incident in which the stolen Nissan Patrol was driven through the front doors of the Langwarrin shopping centre, hitting the freestanding ATM
Two men allegedly stole the car from a used-car yard in Wells Rd, Seaford, about 4.30am.
After smashing into the shopping centre they unsuccessfully tried to steal the money safe from the machine before fleeing along Frankston-Cranbourne Rd.
The vehicle used in the raid was discovered burnt out a reserve on Luscombe Road, Carrum Downs at around 5.20am.
Probably the Frankston line
Footage of suburban enduro wannabes in Frankston, Melbourne Australia, crashing a dirtbike into a fence!
The following video footage depicts a motorcyclist losing control of his bike on the wrong side of the road, veering off into someones front yard, hitting an electrical power box and being ejected through the fence.
The person filming then rides there bike home which can be seen in the full video link below. It was mentioned that at first they tried to avoid confessing to the crime when police turned up. The police began fining neighbours cars parked illegally in the street which in turn led to the culprits confessing to their inability to pilot a bike correctly!
It has also been mentioned that the riders received a beating from disgruntled neighbours for the fines.
The rider lived.
Uncle Sam(eer) from Salam Cafe visits the friendly suburb of Frankston...he gets some interesting reactions.