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Rania Spooner

Rania is a crime reporter at The Age.

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...

Sex offender register laws to be bolstered

Police Minister Kim Wells.

Rania Spooner Police would be allowed to tell the parents of a child they believe is at risk of sexual abuse about the identity of a registered sex offender under a Napthine Government proposal to bolster laws...

Facebook shuts down Bendigo anti-mosque page

An artist's impression of the proposed mosque.

Rania Spooner A divisive social media page protesting the development of a mosque in Bendigo has been shut down by Facebook for violating its community standards with “hate speech”.

Bendigo mosque permit condition may be unconstitutional, says judge


Rania Spooner A planning permit condition that bans any political discussion on the site earmarked for Bendigo's controversial first mosque may raise constitutional law issues, a Supreme Court judge has said.

Crime victims' advocate misled clients, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal finds


Rania Spooner A prominent victims of crime advocate and psychologist misled and exploited clients on a website, failed to provide appropriate counselling services and prioritised getting compensation, a tribunal...

Victoria Police sergeant charged with assault, suspended

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills A Victoria Police sergeant has been charged with assault and suspended without pay.

Man wanted over serious Brunswick assault

Rania Spooner Police are hunting a man wanted in relation to a serious assault in Brunswick at the weekend.

Woman arrested after police discover hydroponic operations

Victoria Police

Rania Spooner More than 1000 plants have seized and a woman in her 20s arrested after police discovered sophisticated hydroponic operations in Melbourne’s outer south.

Porsche pair bash revellers in 'unprovoked' attack


Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston One of the victims of a bizarre South Yarra assault in which two men were attacked by the occupants of a porsche, says it was completely unprovoked.

Petrol tanker trailer rolls, kills three in car on Yackandandah-Wodonga Rd


Rania Spooner and Patrick Hatch The BP fuel truck that caused a triple fatality when its trailer became detached in the state’s north-east had been serviced last week, the company says.

Police find man's body, search called off

Rania Spooner The search for a missing 64-year-old Victorian man has been called off after police discovered human remains on Wednesday.

Gatecrashing Melbourne teens bash crowd controller

Security Guard

Rania Spooner A group of school boys believed to be from some of Melbourne’s most exclusive colleges, and calling themselves the “Melbourne Boys Club”, are accused of terrorising teenage parties...

Mongols starting to flex their muscles in Victoria

Mongols Motorcycle club

Nino Bucci and Rania Spooner Feared bikies from the Mongols are forming a stronghold in Victoria, with a feeder club established and international links growing as two senior members make Melbourne home.

Families thrown into medical marijuana wrangle

Rania Spooner A knock at the door of a home in Melbourne’s outer suburbs last month threw three parents, all with children who suffered debilitating epilepsy, into the centre of a political debate about...

Police union calls for 1880 extra police by 2018


Rania Spooner Victoria’s police union has called on both sides of politics to commit to 1880 new blue-uniform wearing police to tackle booming population pockets over the next four years.

Rebels bikie raids 'linked to murder' of Michael Sleiman

Police station sign

Rania Spooner and Nino Bucci A large number of people have been arrested in a series of pre-dawn raids on an outlawed motorcycle gang police believe is linked to the murder of a man in a suspected home invasion on Australia Day.

Cyclist has suspected spinal injuries after hit and run

Melbourne, Yarra and Maribyrnong local government areas have the highest crime rates in Victoria.

Rania Spooner A female cyclist has been taken to hospital in a serious condition with suspected spinal injuries after a hit and run in Frankston.

Police recover car believed to be linked to South Yarra home invasion

Rania Spooner Police have recovered a luxury car believed to be linked to a South Yarra home invasion in which a young woman was allegedly tied up with an iPhone cord.

Man's body found on Portland beach

Rania Spooner Police are racing to identify a man whose body was found on a beach at a coastal town in Victoria’s far west.

More young men arrested over Deer Park death of Michael Sleiman


Rania Spooner and Adam Cooper Homicide detectives are questioning another two men over the death of Michael Sleiman who was found fatally wounded after his home was stormed on Australia Day.