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Rania Spooner

Rania is a reporter at The Age.

Family remember their 'beautiful boy' - one of four killed in horror crash

Konrad Marshall and Rania Spooner The curtains of the Mongta family home are drawn, muffling the Murray Valley sunlight and shutting out the reality of a new day – the first full day in which their first born son, Nick, 22, is...

Relatives of victim killed in Pyalong crash find wallet in wreckage

Nick Mongta's auntie Pamela Reade (left) and cousin Tarah Reade leave a floral tribute at the scene of the crash.

Rania Spooner The crash site where Echuca father Nick Mongta and his three mates lost their lives on Wednesday was reduced to scattered fragments by the time his aunt and cousin arrived today to lay a bouquet.

Animal activists confront alleged puppy farmer Anthony Sammut outside court

Veterinary nurse Kat Butterworth.

Rania Spooner Animal welfare activists confront puppy farm accused outside Werribee Magistrates Court.

Drug setup found in dead butcher's home, suspects' images released

One of the two men who police say used the credit card of retired butcher Raymond Parker, who was found bashed to death last month.

Rania Spooner The investigation into the bashing death of a "knockabout" retired butcher has turned towards two suspects who used his stolen credit cards in the days before his body was discovered.

Breakthrough in killing of Melbourne father Kenan Balikel

Kenan Balikel was found dead in a burnt-out car in Diggers Rest.

Rania Spooner Homicide detectives investigating the discovery a man's body in his burnt-out car have made a breakthrough in the case.

Brunswick jeweller says it's 'too dangerous' to keep going after third robbery

Crime scene.

Rania Spooner An uninsured Brunswick jeweller who has been held up for the third time says he lost about $50,000 worth of gold in the latest nerve-racking ordeal.

Mongol bikie enforcer Shane Bowden charged with South Yarra home invasion

Victoria Police.

Tammy Mills and Rania Spooner Detectives have made a public appeal for information about a violent burglary in South Yarra linked to a prominent bikie that allegedly left one man wounded.

Horrific footage of Melbourne karaoke bar gang attack

A gang attack a young couple at a Melbourne karaoke bar.

Rania Spooner Chilling footage of a relentless gang attack on a young couple in a Melbourne karaoke bar has been released as detectives search for the identity of the attackers.

Cowes hotel bouncer bashing allegations

Darren Butler can recall the handcuffs.

Rania Spooner There are a lot of things Darren Butler can't remember about the night he clashed with three security guards outside a Phillip Island hotel.

Chinese medicine practitioner suspended over pig intestine mix-up


Rania Spooner A Chinese medicine practitioner has been reprimanded after a patient complained she'd been told her bowel disease could be cured by injections of pig intestine cells imported from Germany, and that...

Victoria braces for dangerous fire conditions

A hot sunset over Port Phillip Bay. And there'll be more to come.

Rania Spooner Victorians already on high alert after a bushfire raged through the state's west on Friday are facing ferocious winds and heat on Saturday, which are expected to create some of the most severe fire...

Dob in reckless acts in the heat, says police chief


Rania Spooner A cigarette butt flicked out a car window, a camp fire erected, an angle grinder being powered up, are all reason enough to call 000 as Victoria faces two days of extreme heat and fire danger,...

Camper seriously injured in fight near Echuca

Rania Spooner A man has been taken into custody, suspected of seriously injuring a man with his car following a campsite fight near Echuca in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Puppy severely beaten by Melbourne man

Rania Spooner Ten-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy rescued by police.

Melbourne New Year's Eve: 2015 comes in with a bang

The sky sizzled and sparkled.

Marc Moncrief, Rania Spooner, Lily Partland, Patrick Hatch, Laura Banks The sky sizzled and sparkled. Drinks were swilled and lips kissed. One year became another in a sulphur haze in the heart of Federation Square.

Ballarat woman wakes to prowler in her bedroom

Rania Spooner Police are hunting a sexual predator who attacked a woman in her Ballarat home before fleeing off a balcony.

Ken Lay resignation: Deputy Commissioner Lucinda Nolan says no one wants to take over after him

Lucinda Nolan outside Melbourne's Town Hall on Tuesday.

Rania Spooner A leading candidate to become Victoria's next police chief, Deputy Commissioner Lucinda Nolan, says she's disappointed in Ken Lay's early departure and that she has never aspired to the top job.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay: Rosie Batty pays tribute to man 'who really helped me'

Rosie Batty praised Ken Lay for his stand on family violence.

Rania Spooner "Oh no," were the first words uttered by anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty after learning that police chief Ken Lay was stepping down after three years in the top job.

Fire threatening Mystic Park, Lake Charm and Kangaroo Lake has been contained

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Rania Spooner and Louise Almeida Holiday makers and residents in Victoria's north are under threat from an out-of-control fire.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay steps down

Ken Lay

Rania Spooner Victoria Police chief commissioner Ken Lay is standing down after three years in the top job.