Spate of New Year’s fires keeps CFA busy

COUNTRY Fire Authority members saw in the new year fighting fires in Hazelwood North and Glengarry West.

On New Year’s Day about 15 CFA vehicles and air support attended a small bushfire travelling in a northerly direction from Burnet Park Road, Glengarry West.

About two hectares was ablaze close to a house when the brigade arrived, but was under control shortly after 4pm.

The previous day about 23 fire trucks and air support attended a grassfire travelling in a southerly direction from Firmins Lane in Hazelwood North.

Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit detectives are now investigating the blaze, which was under control about 5pm before any properties were lost.

Police would like to speak to anyone who has a dashcam and drove past the Firmins Lane area between 3pm and 3.20pm on 31 December.

Those with any information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to

Moe armed robbery

LATROBE Valley police are investigating an armed robbery at a Moe service station.

A hooded man entered the Albert Street Coles Express Service Station on 6 November and produced a knife before demanding cash from the attendant.

Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit Detective Shane Kew said the attendant handed over a quantity of cash from the cash register and the offender left without further incident.

Det Kew said police detectives had CCTV still images of the man (pictured) they believed may be able to assist with the investigation.

“It was all over in a matter of seconds, and we ask the community to assist in our enquiries,” Det Kew said.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the person pictured can phone Latrobe CIU on 5131 5043 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Road rage incident

A MOTORIST with no licence plate allegedly backed into the rear of another car before the driver threw an unknown object in a flurry of road rage in Yallourn North.

Moe police Senior Constable Lauren Bowman said a red Toyota sedan allegedly hit the white vehicle about 12.40am on 22 December on East Street.

“The vehicle is likely to have damage to the rear and possibly (scratched) white paint,” Ms Bowman said. Latrobe Valley Police acting divisional traffic advisor Senior Sergeant Jason Dastey said if people had issues while driving, get the registration number and phone triple zero.

Sen Sgt Dastey asked motorists to not take matters into their own hands. Witnesses should phone Moe Police Station on 5128 1100.