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Cyclist critical following fall

A cyclist suffered critical injuries when he fell from his bike in Yarra Glen.

Paramedics were called to a bike accident on Yarraview Road about 3.30pm on Saturday 8 September.

An air ambulance transported the man in his 40s to The Alfred hospital with injuries to his head, arms and leg.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said it appeared to be a high-speed crash.

Healesville Police also attended the scene.

Police said the fall occurred during an organised bicycle event, when 10 to 12 cyclists were travelling west on Yarraview Road.

One rider moved right to overtake another, but struck the front wheel of the bicycle behind them.

That rider fell, and struck their head on the road.

Police nab drug drivers

Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol officers issued 18 penalty notices during an operation in Coldstream on Thursday 6 September.

They held the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) bust on Maroondah Highway, and also conducted random breath tests.

“There were 18 penalty notices issued for unregistered vehicles, unlicensed drivers and other traffic offences,” Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol unit commander Sergeant David McIlfatrick said.

“In addition, two suspended drivers were interviewed and three drivers tested positive to drugs, including the driver of a B-double truck.

“We will continue to run regular ANPR operations at sites around the Yarra Ranges.”

Robbery at Haining Farm

Thieves stole a rifle and ransacked site offices at Don Valley’s Haining Farm.

Yarra Ranges CIU detectives said they broke in between 5pm on 31 August and 11am on 1 September.

They also stole laser levels, a field control computer, surveying equipment, and power tools valued at more than $6000.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.

Council depot rolled

Thieves stolen thousands of dollars in garden maintenance tools from the Yarra Ranges Council depot.

Yarra Ranges CIU is investigating the 30 August break-in at the Nelson Road site.

Detectives said the bandits entered through the rear of the property about 2am and broke into 10 vehicles.

They piled leaf blowers, brush cutters, chainsaws and more into a trailer and fled along Trafalgar Crescent, towards Nelson Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw a car towing a trailer around that time to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Wake-up call from police

Police arrested a Noble Park man in Lilydale after allegedly finding him with three grams of ‘ice’.

Yarra Ranges CIU detectives said the 36-year-old was asleep in his car in a gaming venue car park on 27 August.

He was bailed to appear at Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on 7 March.

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