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Rania Spooner

Rania is a reporter at The Age.

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 Oil giant BP has pulled its trucks off Victoria’s roads after three people, including a young child, were killed when a petrol tanker rolled onto a car in the state’s north-east .

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. 

South Yarra woman tied up, BMW stolen


Rania Spooner Police are hunting a home invader alleged to have tied up a South Yarra woman with a phone charger cord and driven off with her BMW coupe.

Epping man charged over alleged 1987 abduction, rape involving toddler

Magistrates court

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills A man has been charged over an alleged abduction and two sexual assaults in Springvale nearly 30 years ago involving a young woman and a toddler.

Flight MH17: Ripple of grief brings mourners together

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19:  Father Simon Ckuj of the St. Andrews Ukranian Church poses for a picture after a service for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 that was shot out of the sky in Ukranian airspace on July 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Fairfax Media via Getty Images,) *** Local Caption *** Father Simon Ckuj

Larissa Nicholson, Rania Spooner An air of ragged intimacy marked the turnout yesterday of people across the country who gathered to pay their respects and voice their grief for the victims of the MH17 travesty.

Tributes for Victorian victims of MH17 tragedy

Frankie and Liam Davison.

Rania Spooner, Caroline Zielinski, Nick Toscano, Goya Dmytryshchak Tributes have started flowing for the Victorians killed in the MH17 disaster.

Award-winning novelist and passionate teacher remembered

Tammy Mills and Rania Spooner Liam Davison was an award-winning author while his wife Frankie Davison was a passionate literature teacher and mother who was committed to social justice.

Mallacoota couple may be among those lost on MH17

Mary and Gerry Menke of Mallacoota in East Gippsland.

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills Mallacoota couple Mary and Gerry Menke were on their way home from an international holiday when it is believed they boarded Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Ten Victorians among the dead in MH17 disaster

Denis Napthine.

Nick Toscano, Richard Willingham, Rania Spooner Ten Victorians have been killed in the MH17 plane disaster, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has confirmed.