Businesses ‘tagged’

Police are investigating after vandals targeted more than five Moe businesses and the railway station on Sunday night.

Acting Sergeant Jo Sinclair said the businesses were tagged with silver spray paint and police were alerted about 10pm.

Act Sgt Sinclair said police would obtain and review closed-circuit television to identify offenders. She said the incident followed a string of graffiti attacks during the past fortnight. Police have urged anyone who notices anything suspicious to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Thirteen people landed fines for public order offences on Friday night during Traralgon Police Station’s ongoing ‘Operation Xmas Party’.

Sergeant Paul Stow said an extra crew would be posted from 9pm, each night until Christmas. Sgt Stow said seven people received a $738 fine for being drunk and disorderly.

One man was arrested for assaulting police and resisting arrest, five men faced $590 fines for urinating in public and one woman was fined $295 for failing to leave a licensed premises when requested, according to police. Sgt Stow said there were two arrests for public drunkenness on Saturday night.

Police are investigating the circumstances of a man’s drowning at Venus Bay over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to the Number 4 Beach about 2.45pm yesterday after reports of two people in trouble in the water. One man made it back to shore, but a second man was located non-responsive in the water by Surf Life Saving Club members. The man could not be revived. Next of kin was yet to be identified as of this morning, and police were preparing a Coroner’s report.