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Rania Spooner

Rania is a reporter at The Age.

Albion Hotel fire probe to begin as detectives chase new leads

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills The charred remains of what would have made South Melbourne's new Albion Rooftop venue a summer favourite – the open terraces and retractable awnings – are left hanging from the...

Teen who met stranger online still missing, 12-year-old found safe

Still missing: 14-year-old Jade Robson-Whitehouse.

Rania Spooner Missing girl Lasela Fue has been found safe and well, while another Victorian girl, believed to have met a stranger online, remains missing.

Bayside Melbourne's history of mysterious fires

 St Kilda Pier Kiosk , which burnt down overnight on  September 11,  2003.

Rania Spooner There's an eerie regularity about catastrophic fires at entertainment venues along Melbourne's bay that can't be hosed down.

Police probe arson attack, bashing of foreman at South Melbourne hotel owned by Dane Swan

The Albion rooftop in York Street is  engulfed by fire on Monday.

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner, Cameron Houston, Marissa Calligeros, Royce Millar Police will probe links to bikies in their investigation into a bashing of a construction foreman and subsequent arson attack that gutted a newly renovated South Melbourne hotel...

Police believe they have found body of missing Oxfam accountant

Fawkner man Talha Wahab.

Rania Spooner Detectives have discovered the body of missing 29-year-old Oxfam accountant Talha Wahab less than 3km from his Fawkner home.

Have you seen Jordan Hall?

Rania Spooner Police are calling for help to finding a missing 16-year-old boy from Melbourne's west, who lives with autism.

Family violence crime figures will continue to rise, say support services

Non identifying pic of abuse victim for story on domestic violence.

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner Shocking but not surprising - is how Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack describes a rise in family violence-related offending.

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.

Victorian policeman Daniel Luke Smith found guilty of stalking woman

  Victoria Police

Steve Butcher and Rania Spooner A Victorian policeman who made his victim's "skin crawl" has been found guilty of stalking the woman for more than a year Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that constable Daniel Luke Smith rented an...

Crime rate jumps on stalking, drugs, weapons offences

Members of Victoria Police are involved in the operation.

Rania Spooner Crime has risen 4.6 per cent in the past year pushed by a jump in stalking, acts endangering people, drugs and weapons offences and breaches of orders.

Anti-war protesters eye legal action over allegations they were assaulted and stripped by ADF personnel

ADF members

Rania Spooner Anti-war protesters have moved to sue Australian Defence Force personnel over allegations they were assaulted, blindfolded and stripped naked while trespassing on a highly...

'He's just ruined her': Cop on trial for stalking woman

A constable has been charged with stalking a female colleague.

Rania Spooner An alleged stalker cop rented an apartment 100 metres from the home of his alleged victim, was constantly seen running past her home and would park opposite her lounge room window, a court has...

Andrea Lehane's accused killer Caleb Jakobbson appears in court

Andrea Lehane and her husband James Lehane.

Chloe Booker, Rania Spooner, Craig Butt Andrea Lehane's husband watched on as an 18-year-old man accused of riding the 'monkey' bike that struck and killed his wife in Carrum Downs appeared in court on Saturday.

Teenagers arrested after mother Andrea Lehane hit by monkey bikes at Carrum Downs

Andrea Lehane with husband James Lehane.

Rania Spooner The Carrum Downs mother who was allegedly struck by a motorcyclist in a shopping centre car park has died of her injuries.

Bedside vigil kept for Melbourne mother Andrea Lehane after Carrum Downs hit and run

Andrea Lehane is fighting for her life after being struck by a motorcycle.

Chloe Booker, Marissa Calligeros, Rania Spooner A Melbourne mother who was run down and left for dead by a gang of young hoons on mini "monkey" motorbikes has suffered "unsurvivable brain damage".

Woman fighting for life after hit and run in Carrum Downs shopping centre car park

Andrea Lehane

Marissa Calligeros, Rania Spooner, Bianca Hall, Chloe Booker Police are hunting up to five motorcyclists involved in a hit and run at a Melbourne shopping centre which has left a woman fighting for her life.

Teenage motorcycle gang leaves young mother for dead in Carrum Downs

Andrea Lehane with husband James Lehane

Rania Spooner, Bianca Hall, Chloe Booker A mother of two young children was left fighting for her life after being mowed down by a gang of teenaged motorcycle riders, who left her for dead at a shopping centre car park in Carrum Downs.

Pregnant young wife's desperate plea to find her missing husband

Missing accountant Talha Wahab.

Rania Spooner The pregnant young wife of missing 29-year-old Oxfam accountant Talha Wahab has made a desperate plea for help to find him.

Vanished without a trace: Mystery of missing Melbourne accountant Talha Wahab deepens

Missing Fawkner man Talha Wahab failed to come home from work seven days ago.

Rania Spooner Social, gainfully employed, and with his first baby on the way, missing Melbourne accountant Talha Wahab is not the sort of man to just vanish.

Fugitive Junior Taupati arrested on Gold Coast

Chloe Booker, Rania Spooner Gold Coast police have arrested fugitive Junior Taupati wanted for his part in a bloody knife and bat fight that left three people with lifelong scars.