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Wandin North crash

Emergency services attended an incident in Wandin North on the afternoon of Tuesday 17 March.

Ambulance Victoria advised that a two car collision took place about 2pm on the Warburton Highway near Wandin North Primary School.

Paramedics assessed four people at the scene with one person being taken to The Alfred Hospital.

Wanted man

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Joshua Venn.

The 24-year-old is wanted in relation to serious traffic, theft and drug related offences.

Venn is known to frequent the Boronia, Lilydale and Ringwood areas.

He is described as Caucasian with short sandy hair and is unshaven.

Anyone who sights Venn is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Myth busted

Victoria Police wants to make it very clear that the exposure risk to coronavirus from a preliminary breath test (PBT) machine is no different to going about your daily life in the community.

Expert medical advice has been sought and Victoria Police has been reassured that it is safe for people to participate in a PBT.

It is against the law for drivers to refuse a PBT on the basis that they suspect coronavirus could be contracted.

New straws and gloves are used every time a PBT is conducted. The machine is also disinfected between use.

If the driver is not confident this has taken place, they can ask the police officer to complete the steps in front of them again.

If a person refuses to undergo a PBT, normal penalties apply.

This includes your licence being cancelled for two years and maximum fine of nearly $2000.

Supermarket behaviour

Victoria Police is encouraging people to act in a respectful and law-abiding manner – including in public spaces, such as supermarkets throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

While instances of people exhibiting unruly behaviour in supermarkets and shopping centres have occurred, the vast majority of people do the right thing and there have been plenty of examples where goodwill and generosity have been shown to those less able or disadvantaged.

We (Victoria Police) know a visible police presence assists the community in both feeling and being safe and minimises anti-social behaviour.

We urge Victorians to act in a respectful manner in spaces such as supermarkets to ensure police resources can be used keeping the community safe and on other enforcement activities.

Coronavirus enforcement

Victoria Police has established a coronavirus enforcement squad of 500 officers to ensure containment measures that have been put in place to combat coronavirus are followed.

Coordinated through the Police Operations Centre, the officers will be out in the community doing spot checks on returning travellers who are in 14-day isolation, as well as enforcing the bans on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

This includes the decision of the National Cabinet to implement Stage 1 of a shutdown of non-essential activity across the country from 12pm Monday 23 March, which is aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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