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Police search

Police are appealing for public help to find Alex Fisher.

Warrants have been issued for the 34-year-old’s arrest in relation to failing to appear at Ringwood Magistrates’ Court for drug, burglary and theft matters.

He is described as 187 centimetres tall with a solid build, blue eyes and short brown hair.

Fisher is known to frequent the Yarra Valley, Ringwood and Croydon areas.

Police released an image of Mr Fisher in the hope someone might have information on his whereabouts.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.

Missing boy

Police are appealing for public help to find 13-year-old Liam Jenkins.

Liam was last seen on 6 August in Victoria Road, Lilydale.

Police have concerns for his welfare due to his age and the length of time he has been missing.

Liam is 150 centimetres tall with brown hair, brown eyes, a slim build and a fair complexion.

He is known to frequent the Box Hill, Ringwood, Ashwood and Springvale areas.

Police released an image of Liam in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his whereabouts.

Call Lilydale Police Station on 9739 2300 with any information.

First ANPR car on the road

Unauthorised drivers in the Yarra Ranges will find it much harder to flout the law with the addition of a new highway patrol car equipped with Victoria Police’s new automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).

The technology allows police to detect suspended, disqualified or unlicensed drivers as well as unregistered and stolen vehicles and stolen number plates.

The car is one of 221 ANPR units being deployed across the state over the next two years.

Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol officers started patrols in the car last Friday 6 September.

It detected 270 vehicles of interest in its first three days.

Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol Sergeant David McIlfatrick said the car was able to scan number plates and match them against a database of vehicles of interest.

“It’s able to scan thousands of number plates per shift which we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do,” he said.

The cars are also fitted with in-car video to record audio and visual evidence that can be used in court.

Sgt McIlfatrick said it was hoped that public awareness of the video system would enhance officer safety by deterring and de-escalating potential incidents.

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