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Rania is a reporter at The Age.

Five injured in wall collapse at Cranbourne Shopping Centre

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Rania Spooner A temporary wall collapse inside a Melbourne shopping centre has hospitalised two people, including an elderly woman, and injured another three.

Boy at centre of attempted child abduction claims was not approached by stranger in white van, say police

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Rania Spooner A young boy at the centre of attempted abduction claims in Melbourne's inner north was not approached by a stranger in a white van but did get a "fright," police say.

Child-snatch attempt claims unverified

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Rania Spooner A vague account of an attempted child abduction involving two men and a white van has been circulating through Melbourne's inner north since the weekend, despite no official report being made to...

Investigations look into bullying claims in suicide of gay former officer Michael Maynes

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston Two investigations are underway into the suicide of a gay former police officer after allegations emerged that he was bullied over his sexuality while serving in the force.

'Oddities' in myki reader records as legal challenge looms

The case follows revelations the department was told myki technology may not stand up to legal scrutiny.

Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston A Melbourne academic is bracing to fight a myki fine he claims is "identical" to the case Julian Burnside QC was due to argue this week, until the charge was suddenly dropped amid claims...

Commuters bullied into paying myki fines, claims Julian Burnside

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Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston Innocent commuters are being bullied into paying myki fines by the state's transport department, human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC says.

Docklands apartment tower fire fuelled by material in building's walls, says MFB

The Lacrosse Building fire may lead to a class action by the block's residents.

Nick Toscano and Rania Spooner The rapid spread of a fire through a Docklands apartment tower was contributed to by combustible construction materials, a review has found, sparking an investigation...

Altona Meadows shooting of Khaled Abouhasna a possible case of mistaken identity

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Tammy Mills, Chris Vedelago and Rania Spooner Police are investigating if the murder of a father-of-six outside his family's home in Altona Meadows was a case of mistaken identity.

Security bolstered at suburban Anzac Day ceremonies in wake of terror raids

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Tammy Mills and Rania Spooner Security will be increased at suburban Anzac Day ceremonies as a response to the recent alleged terror plot.

Corporate watchdog in showdown with Showgirls

Rania Spooner and Chris Vedelago A notorious Melbourne strip club run by the relative of an underworld boss is under threat of closure as the corporate watchdog moves to wind up its trouble-plagued parent company.

Family remember Khaled Abouhasna, gunned down in Altona Meadows shooting

Altona shooting victim Khaled Abouhasna (left) and his son Boyka.

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner and Chris Vedelago The grieving family of a Melbourne man gunned down in his mother's driveway are at a loss to understand who would want him dead despite his links to underworld identities.

Shooting ambush victim had ties to underworld, Toby Mitchell

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Chris Vedelago, Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills The victim of a bloody shooting ambush was well known on Melbourne's nightclub scene and had close ties to underworld figures including former bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell.

Boy struck by tram on Royal Parade


Rania Spooner A boy has suffered only minor injuries after being struck by a tram in Parkville.

Woman in critical condition after tram and car collide in Parkville

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Rania Spooner A woman is fighting for her life after a tram collided with a car on Royal Parade in Parkville on Tuesday.

IBAC investigates allegations of excessive force by Ballarat police


Richard Willingham, Tammy Mills and Rania Spooner Two senior constables from the Ballarat police station have been suspended with pay pending an investigation into the incident.

Outpouring of love and support for family of slain child Alistair Kwong and grandmother Mai Mach

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Rania Spooner Friends of the family devastated by the murders of four-year-old Alistair Kwong and his grandmother Mai Mach have raised more than $35,000 to support the loved ones they left behind.

Victoria Police hire private armed guards in response to terror threat

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Rania Spooner Victoria Police has hired a private security company to protect key police sites – including the crime command headquarters – with armed guards in response to the elevated terror threat.

Body in burnt-out car was Dung Tri Pham, who had a drug history

Dung Tri Pham was found dead in the back seat of a burning car.

Rania Spooner The charred remains of a suspected homicide victim found in a burnt out car a week ago have been identified as a Vietnamese-born man with a drug past.

Geelong residents evacuated as explosive device found in Whittington home


Rania Spooner Streets have been evacuated, a man is in custody and the bomb squad are headed to a home in Geelong where an explosives device has been found.

VCAT leads on female representation, Supreme Court lags

Richard Willingham, Rania Spooner Women make up just 11 per cent of the elite pool of barristers from which Victoria's top judges are chosen, presenting a major headache for the Andrew' government's target to have half of all...