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Rania Spooner

Rania is a crime reporter at The Age.

Sentences to more than double for some offences, under new medians

Rania Spooner and Nino Bucci The sentencing benchmark for killer drivers, child rapists and drug traffickers are expected to increase from November and in some cases more than double.

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Kevan Gosper's gold medal stolen from home

A bronze medal similar to the gold medal stolen from Kevan Gosper.

Rania Spooner A Commonwealth gold medal has gone missing from the South Yarra home of former Olympic Committee vice president Kevan Gosper.

Coroner considers Hazelwood mine fire inquiry

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Rania Spooner La Trobe Valley residents, including a woman who recently lost her husband to a brain aneurysm, are lobbying the state coroner to investigate a possible rise in deaths following the Hazelwood Mine...

Third arrest over suspicious disappearance

Rania Spooner Detectives have arrested a third person over the disappearance of Leopold man Paul Kingsbury who vanished under suspicious circumstances last month.

Homicide police investigate discovery of body at Hampton Park landfill

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Rania Spooner Homicide detectives believe the body of an unidentified man found at a landfill site in Melbourne's outer south-east was carried into the tip by a truck.

Police officer charged with assault over Lakes Entrance incident

Rania Spooner A senior constable has been charged with assault and causing injury over an incident at a licensed venue in Lakes Entrance.

Remains found in storm drain in Carrum Downs

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Rania Spooner Remains discovered in a storm drain in Melbourne's south east have been tested by forensic pathologists and found to belong to a chicken.

Mick Gatto gets iced for charity, then nominates police chief, premier and radio identity

Mick Gatto

Rania Spooner Underworld identity Mick Gatto has braved the ice bucket challenge, challenging Victoria's police chief Ken Lay, premier Denis Napthine and radio personality Neil Mitchell to take his lead.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...