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Chris Vedelago

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Cost of repairing Metropolitan Remand Centre after riot likely to be over $10 million

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago The final cost of Victoria's worst prison riot is expected to cost taxpayers more than $10 million, with repair work at the at the Metropolitan Remand Centre due to be completed by January.

Paris shootings: Increase in security around public events in Victoria following Paris attacks

No change to terror alert level: Graham Ashton.

Chris Vedelago Victoria's Chief Police Commissioner said the state's terror alert level would not be raised in light of the Paris attacks but there would be increased security at events such as the UFC fight at...

Paul Mullett seeks multi-million dollar settlement over 'malicious' police campaign

Former police union chief Paul Mullett is seeking more than $2 million in settlement.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago Victoria Police is negotiating a significant financial settlement with former Police Association boss Paul Mullett, who has alleged in court documents that he was a victim of "malicious prosecution"...

Liberals profit at Fishermans Bend

Fishermans Bend has seen a dramatic increase in land values since it was rezoned in 2012.

Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago, Ben Schneiders Senior Liberal party figures and donors, including the party's federal treasurer, have reaped multi-million windfalls from the former Baillieu government's signature urban renewal project  in...

House of God to become 'House of Stoush'?

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston A kickboxing promoter and a conservative Christian group are locked in a fight over whether a church will be be used to host a combat sports tournament.

Second Victorian casino proposed for Geelong waterfront


Cameron Houston, Royce Millar and Chris Vedelago The Andrews government is considering a $1 billion private bid to build Victoria's second casino on Geelong's waterfront.

'There hasn't been this much weaponry on the streets since the days of the underworld war': police

Police at the scene of a drive-by shooting in Thomastown on Tuesday.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago, Ben Preiss Changes to Victoria's gun laws will be rushed through before Christmas in response to a spate of drive-by shootings and a burgeoning black market in stolen and smuggled weapons.

Audi: the getaway car of choice for teen gangsters

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Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago Melbourne teenagers are probably not the target market for German car manufacturer, Audi, but the luxury vehicles are being stolen by young gangs and used to commit serious crimes,...

Golf course could lose Jack Nicklaus' stamp of approval

Greg Norman and his former wife Chris Evert  at the Heritage Golf  and Country Club in 2009.

Chris Vedelago One of Victoria's most prestigious golf clubs is at risk of losing its endorsement from golfing legend Jack Nicklaus amid allegations of mismanagement and neglect at the championship course.

Ganglands, not Docklands: new high-rises harbour the ganglands crowd

Ex-bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell makes his home in Docklands.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Originally conceived as a lifestyle destination for inner-city professionals, the gleaming towers of Docklands have become a popular haunt for gangland figures, illegal sex workers and slum landlords.

Police force grapples with mental health and guns

Victoria Police's handling of mental illness and its policies surrounding its officers' access to firearms are coming under pressure.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago A veteran police officer charged with murder had an extensive history of psychiatric problems, which has raised further concerns about Victoria Police's handling of mental illness and its...

Police accused of Inflation nightclub cover-up: 'We are the police and we decide what to do'

An undercover police officer videos patrons in Inflation nightclub

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago A Melbourne nightclub owner has accused Victoria Police of fabricating evidence of drug dealing at a city venue and then repeatedly blocking her attempts to obtain a video recording that led to...

Bendigo mosque protests: Anti-racism demonstrators face off with nationalists

Anti-racism protesters gather in Bendigo.

Chris Vedelago A massive police operation has prevented Saturday's demonstrations in Bendigo from descending into ugly scenes.

120 prisoners to be charged over Ravenhall riot

Police and paramedics  at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall where prisoners were rioting.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago A police taskforce investigating the riot at the Metropolitan Remand Centre is expected charge 120 inmates with a range of offences, while a separate investigation by former police Chief Commissioner...

Office of Public Prosecution staff reinstated ahead of court protest


Tammy Mills, Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago Union plan to demonstrate on Thursday in response to the suspension has been cancelled.

Police officer charged with murder

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Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago A veteran police officer has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a driver during a routine traffic stop in Windsor in 2013.

Court protest over Office of Public Prosecutions treatment of staff

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago The Office of Public Prosecutions faces a public backlash on Thursday when staff and several unions protest against the contentious decision to discipline three social workers for preparing a...

Family violence underpins crime increase for fifth consecutive year

Family violence has been linked to almost half the crimes in Victoria.

Rania Spooner, Chris Vedelago and Tammy Mills In the year to June, almost half of crimes against Victorians were related to family violence, and authorities warn a plateau in the figures won't come any time soon.

Victoria's bail system is in disarray

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago Victoria's rising crime rate has been exacerbated by an alarming rise in the number of offenders violating their bail conditions, which now exceeds 50 breaches each day.

Shane Charter to be grilled about underworld connections and hidden assets

Shane Charter is to be questioned about his connection to Irene Meletsis and her husband, Tom Karas.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Shane "Dr Ageless" Charter will be grilled in the Federal Court over his role in allegedly helping to hide millions of dollars in assets on behalf of an underworld family.