Search for Bo Huang, missing from Preston

Deborah Gough Police are concerned for the welfare of a Preston woman whose disappearance they say is out of character.

Man wanted over car park assault on 68-year-old in Preston

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Lachlan McLean Police are looking for a man after a vicious assault on a 68-year-old woman in a car park in Melbourne's north earlier this month.

Lucky escape for Preston pair in house fire

Deborah Gough A father and daughter have had a lucky escape from a house fire that saw the tiles explode off the roof of their Preston home on Saturday morning.

Charges over Preston crashes

Adam Cooper A man has been charged with conduct endangering life and a series of road charges after a run of collisions in Preston on Saturday left a woman and two police officers injured.

Bendigo Bank claims $1.5m from Crown for stolen funds

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Jason Dowling Crown Casino could face a $1.5 million bill if it is found to have known - or should have known - that a former bank employee was ''unlikely to have gained access to the sorts of funds she expended...

Gusty winds, thunderstorms for Victoria overnight

Alana Schetzer Thunderstorms are moving through parts of Victoria with gusty winds bringing down tree branches in greater Melbourne.

Melbourne renters face harsh home truths as gentrification creeps north

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Nick Toscano Renters are being priced out of working-class suburbia as gentrification creeps further north.

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Student dies after 'freak' pool accident

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Thomas O'Byrne A 22-year-old student who was seriously injured in a “freak accident” at a public pool last week has died in hospital.

Bodies of man and woman found in house in Ramu Parade, Heidelberg West

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Nino Bucci and Caroline Zielinski The deaths of two people whose bodies were found in their Heidelberg West home on Sunday night are no longer being investigated by homicide squad detectives.

Police want mothers to become PSOs

Walking the line: About 200 stations still don't have protective services officers.

Carolyn Webb Police are trying to recruit mothers to increase the number of women working as Protective Services Officers.

Four charged after student protesters clash with police in Melbourne's CBD

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Nino Bucci, Jessica Wright Four people have been charged after student protesters clashed with police in chaotic scenes in Melbourne's CBD on Wednesday afternoon.

Loner Alan Davies caught with 156,000 child pornography files

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Steve Butcher A computer technician who downloaded child pornography almost daily for 15 years in his north-suburban Melbourne home has pleaded guilty to charges involving about 156,000 files.

Ambulance Victoria fears over children locked in hot cars


Lara O'Toole More than 1100 children were locked in cars in the past 12 months, with Ambulance Victoria revealing most of them were newborns and toddlers.

Dimitrakis claims talk of murdering Soteriou's husband was role play to improve sex

Mark Russell When mother of three Vicky Soteriou talked to her lover, Ari Dimitrakis, about killing her husband, he claimed she had "a sparkle in her eye" before they would have great sex.

Growing old and doing time


Julia May Victoria’s prisons are struggling to look after the rising number of ageing, and often infirm, inmates who end up dying behind bars.

P-plater's car impounded under hoon laws ... again

Caroline Zielinski A teenage P-plate driver's car has been impounded for the second time since he received his licence.

Ric Hambleton grabs two awards in short-story awards


Jason Steger Short-story competitions are often regarded as a way for promising young writers to get a break. If that is the case, 67-year-old Ric Hambleton says he has been a promising young writer for 50 years.

Backpacker held hostage in hotel for sex

Funding cuts to court systems endanger community access to justice, an American expert has warned.

Adam Cooper A man accused of keeping a Dutch backpacker hostage for six weeks in a Preston hotel and sexually and physically assaulting her believed the woman and his co-accused were conspiring to kill him, a...

Alleged Dutch backpacker hostage was 'marked for death'

Adam Cooper A woman allegedly held hostage and sexually and physically assaulted at a Melbourne hotel feared for weeks she was hours away from being killed, according to court documents.

Dutch backpacker tells of hostage terror in Melbourne hotel

Adam Cooper A woman allegedly held hostage and sexually and physically assaulted at a Melbourne hotel feared for weeks that she was hours away from being killed, according to court documents.