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Rania is a reporter at The Age.

Police officer shot after attempting to intercept a car in Melbourne's north-west

Rania Spooner, Nino Bucci and Daniella Miletic A policeman was shot in the back of his head as part of a drive-by shooting in Melbourne's north-west early on Tuesday.

Children, woman held captive in Tarneit siege


Rania Spooner A man armed with a machete has held police at bay for more than three hours after barricading himself inside a Tarneit home with a woman and two children.

Victorian Transport Department drops myki court challenge after QC takes case

Lindy Muto was charged with not touching on her myki card before the case was withdrawn.

Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston A second case involving a commuter and Victoria's controversial myki ticketing system has been dropped by the Transport Department.

Fresh fires at Metropolitan Remand Centre after prison riot quelled

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Melbourne remand centre.

Tom Cowie, Nino Bucci, Rania Spooner Fire crews are again on the scene of a blaze at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, a day after inmates rioted and lit fires at the prison.

Dramatic police incident in Melbourne CBD shuts down Flinders Street

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Rania Spooner Five juveniles have been arrested after an allegedly stolen luxury car smashed into a police vehicle at a busy intersection in Melbourne's CBD.

Teenager on drug charges after taskforce raids Sale property

Rania Spooner A teenager has been charged with importing commercial quantities of controlled drugs and dealing with the proceeds of crime, after federal authorities raided a Sale property.

Police Minister outlines plan to tighten firearms legislation after increase in gun-crimes

The scene of the drive-by shooting in Westbourne Grove, Northcote on Monday.

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner Victorian Police Minister Wade Noonan has announced plans to tighten the net on gun traffickers after two shootings in Melbourne in as many days.

Identity thieves targeting apartments in Melbourne's west

Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston Apartment dwellers in Melbourne's west have been targeted by a sophisticated sim card swapping scam that enables fraudsters to take control of their online bank accounts and fleece them of thousands...

Police suspect Melbourne's second shooting in as many days, in Werribee

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Rania Spooner Police are investigating what is believed to be the second shooting in Melbourne in as many days.

Northcote gunman still on the loose, police suspect 'not a random attack'

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Rania Spooner Police are still on the hunt for at least one gunman after a man known to police was shot several times in an apparent ambush in Melbourne's inner-north.

Motorist flees police, injuring taxi driver and passenger in Windsor

Rania Spooner A motorist fleeing police has smashed into a taxi, injuring two people, before taking off on foot in Melbourne's inner south-east overnight.

Man who murdered Kelly Thompson hid in her backyard and stalked her friends before killing her, inquest hears

Rania Spooner The man  who murdered his ex-partner Kelly Thompson had spoken of hiding in her backyard and was seen stalking her friends in the days before he killed her, an inquest has heard.

Intervention order breaches not taken seriously by police, inquest into Kelly Thompson's death hears

Kelly Thompson contacted police more than 35 times to report the breaches.

Rania Spooner The mother of a woman murdered by her ex-partner while she was protected by an intervention order says her "little ray of sunshine" could still be alive if repeated breaches of the order had been...

Paedophile preys on students in class via chat site

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Henrietta Cook, Rania Spooner A sexual predator has used a webcam to masturbate in front of Year 7 students at a Victorian state high school.

Primary-aged children accessed pornography at school

The primary school hadn't blocked porn on its computers

Henrietta Cook and Rania Spooner Children as young as seven have been exposed to pornograhy at an affluent bayside Catholic primary school, where basic filtering software was not in place.

'Another priest' present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, royal commission hears

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale can't remember who else was in the room when he abused a child.

Jane Lee, Rania Spooner A royal commission has heard that another priest was present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, but he says he cannot remember who it was.

Gerald Ridsdale tells sex abuse Royal Commission that he did share meals with George Pell

Gerald Ridsdale tells the commission he does remember George Pell.

Rania Spooner Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale has conceded he shared meals with George Pell and chatted with him when the pair lived together in the 70s but denied telling the prominent Catholic leader he was...

I was abused as a child: disgraced priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence at sex abuse royal commission in Ballarat

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence via videolink from jail to the child sex abuse royal commission

Rania Spooner A paedophile priest has told a royal commission he has never felt sexual feelings for an adult, except when he was in prison.

Cardinal George Pell says he will give evidence to commission into child sexual abuse if requested

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Rania Spooner Serial child sex offender and paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale says he never asked George Pell to support him when he first faced court over child sex offences.