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Shakespeare, the notorious conman, surfaces in Victoria

Danny Robert Shakespeare

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago One of Australia's most notorious conmen has surfaced in Victoria and has already attracted the attention of police after refusing to pay deposits for the purchase of two million-dollar properties in...

Daughter of prominent legal family on cocaine trafficking charges

Drugs were allegedly found by police at Kristina Hampel's South Yarra home in an August raid.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago The daughter of a retired Supreme Court judge has been charged with cocaine trafficking offences in the latest controversy to confront one of Melbourne's most prominent legal families.

Police deny Williams deal

Carl Williams.

Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston Victoria Police and the state government are now denying they ever struck a deal for the testimony of drug kingpin Carl Williams in a controversial move that could impede future attempts to obtain...

Payout possible to Roberta Williams as a victim of crime

Williams. Roberta Williams leaves a hairdressing salon today.   her ex husband Carl Williams was killed in the Barwon Prison yesterday.    Melbourne Age. news. photo by Angela Wylie. April 19 2010.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston The family of slain drug kingpin Carl Williams is eligible to receive compensation of up to $742,000 from the state government after medical experts acknowledged they are legitimate victims of crime.

Stonnington Council conceals plans to acquire 450 properties

Stonnington city council

Chris Vedelago Stonnington Council has blocked the release of a secret report that would reveal to hundreds of inner suburban home owners and businesses whether the city is planning to buy their properties to turn...

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Hits and misses: The real Mob Wives of Melbourne

Danielle McGuire,

Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston The wives, girlfriends and lovers of Australia's criminal underworld are set to become the subject of a new reality TV show based on the hit US series, Mob Wives.

Our most-burgled suburbs: City's outer west, inner north hotspots for thieves

Burglary crime

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago and Craig Butt Residential burglaries have fallen across Victoria over the past five years, but a swathe of growth suburbs in Melbourne's outer-west continue to be prime targets for thieves.

Entrepreneur Fabrizio Ferrari charged over fire blamed on terrorists

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago Melbourne real estate spruiker Fabrizio Ferrari has been charged with arson, racial vilification and fraud after he allegedly set fire to a Doncaster house and attempted to blame the blaze on Islamic...

Doncaster house fire accused faces court

Fabio De Luca

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago and Tammy Mills A real estate and investment spruiker has been charged with arson, racial vilification and several fraud charges after he allegedly set fire to a Doncaster property and posted a sign that threatened...

Gatto hired in Edelsten divorce stoush


Chris Vedelago Feared debt collector Mick Gatto has been hired to "remind" Geoffrey Edelsten of his financial obligations to ex-partner Brynne as the former couple wage a bitter fight over their marital fortune.

Unprecedented security for AFL grand final

Extra security checks at the grand final.

Chris Vedelago, Tom Cowie Footy fans and revellers flooding into the city for the AFL grand final were met with unprecedented security precautions on Saturday amid heightened concerns about the potential threat posed by...

Scalpers demand $650 for grand final tickets

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  A fan asks for scalping tickets behind AFL CEO Gill McLachlan during his interview on television during the 2014 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 27, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gill McLachlan

Tom Cowie and Chris Vedelago Desperate footy fans had no shortage of options to buy last minute access to the grand final as tickets scalpers once against found space to ply their trade outside the MCG despite the best efforts...

Abdul Numan Haider terror suspect: Police discount ambush theory

18-year-old shooting victim and terror suspect Numan Haider poses with the Islamic State flag.

Rania Spooner, Tammy Mills, Chris Vedelago Police are playing down the theory that a group of young men who met with Abdul Numan Haider shortly before his fatal run-in with authorities had conspired to ambush and attack police officers.

Sin city ... bringing Melbourne's crime wave under control


Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston, Craig Butt Melbourne's bid to become a 24-hour city has been marred by a wave of violent crime that sees about six people a day falling victim to bashings, robberies and sexual assaults in the CBD.

Police union warns against 'raid' on WorkCover funds

Ron Iddles

Chris Vedelago and Nino Bucci The Police Association has warned the Napthine government against "raiding" the WorkCover compensation fund in a bid to boost its own bottom line ahead of the state election.

'Missing' estate agent fled overseas

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Chris Vedelago An inner-suburbs estate agent, linked to Melbourne's underworld, who vanished after allegedly misappropriating $250,000 from clients is believed to be hiding out in South East Asia.

Melbourne sex abuse priest Mato Krizanac returns to church in Bosnian parish

Father Mato Krizanac.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago A Catholic priest expelled from the Melbourne diocese for sexual abuse has been allowed to resume his duties in an overseas parish.

Crown Casino exploits loophole to create secret bank for high rollers


Chris Vedelago, Ben Butler, Marc Moncrief Crown Casino has been operating as a secret bank for some of the country's biggest gamblers, exploiting a legal loophole to lend tens of millions of dollars in chips despite a government ban on...

Melbourne Uni construction crew boss linked to outlaw bikie gang

IMAGE SOURCE Facebook PHOTO OF BELL  bikie building contractors for Chris Vedelago story THE SUNDAY AGE NEWS Pub date 24th August 2014

Chris Vedelago and Rania Spooner A construction crew run by a prominent member of an outlaw motorcycle gang has worked on Melbourne University's new architecture building, a nursing home and a Toorak mansion, further fueling...

New sex abuse case rocks church

Archbishop Denis Hart

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago Catholic Church expels a Melbourne priest after allegations of sexual impropriety.