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THE lives of residents are being put at risk because of an “ambulance crisis” on the Mornington Peninsula, says Hastings MP Neale Burgess. “While our paramedics are doing everything they can to provide their life saving services in the fastest time possible, the state government is letting them and Victorians down badly,” he said. “The latest quarterly performance data from Ambulance Victoria shows ambulance wait times are the highest they’ve been since the Andrews government came to power.” The figures from Ambulance Victoria show 71 per cent of the 2669 callouts on the peninsula were responded to in 13 minutes…

POLICE say a man referred to as “The Penguin” climbed over the gate into the candy bar at Hoyts Cinemas Frankston and stole four bottles of alcohol, 5.45am, Saturday 22 May. He is described as Caucasian, mid-late 30s, medium build, wearing a camouflage hoodie, long pants and dark coloured shoes. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Senior Constable Brendan Fontana, of Frankston CIU, 9784 5535 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 1 June 2021

A MORNINGTON man has been charged with theft after police recovered allegedly stolen garden ornaments in his possession. The Mornington police night shift van found the man, 51, in the early hours of Tuesday 25 May with ornaments they believe came from across the Mornington area. The man was arrested and bailed to appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Police are yet to identify the owners of some of the ornaments. Anyone who believes they have had items stolen is urged to contact property officer Paula O’Brien, 5970 4900, Monday-Friday. First published in the Southern Peninsula…

A MAN who entered the art room at Bayside Christian College last month allegedly stole two Apple Mac computers and photography equipment. Police say the man slid open an unlocked window at the school in Langwarrin South, 8-8.30pm, Monday 5 April. He then covered the alarm sensor in two rooms to avoid detection. The offender is Caucasian, mid-late 30s, medium build, light brown short hair with receding hairline, wearing a navy blue t-shirt, dark coloured pants and riding a bike. He removed his t-shirt during the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Senior Constable Brendan Fontana, of…

A MAN was shot in the leg at Rosebud last week. Armed Crime Squad detectives are investigating the incident on Jetty Road, 9.10pm, Wednesday 26 May. A 38-year-old Rosebud man was airlifted to hospital with what police described as “serious non-life-threatening injuries”. A crime scene was established and detectives had the area in Jetty Road cordoned off on Thursday. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or make a report at crimestoppersvic.com.au First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 1 June 2021

DUCKS have just two weeks to lie low until the end of this year’s shortened duck hunting season. The season, which ends Wednesday 16 June, was limited to three weeks instead of the three months the state government could have declared. Nationals Leader Peter Walsh said the cutback was “a deliberate attempt to put another nail in the coffin of legal, legitimate recreational activities in regional Victoria”. Mr Walsh quoted a report commissioned and paid for by Field & Game Australia that found “the justification [for the shortened duck hunting season] masquerades as a science-based decision, when in reality it…