Witnesses sought in attempted abduction

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an attempted abduction in Traralgon on Thursday afternoon.

Police said a 26-year-old Morwell woman was walking west along Princes Freeway about 6.30pm when two men in a dark coloured Holden approached her and offered her a lift home.

When she declined, one of the men left the vehicle and attempted to drag the victim into the car.

The woman managed to free herself and fled the scene before notifying police.

She sustained minor injuries during the incident and did not receive treatment.

The vehicle was last seen driving east along the Princes Freeway about 6:30pm.

The first male offender is described as Caucasian in appearance with grey hair

The vehicle is described as a dark coloured late model Holden Commodore sedan.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or people with any information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Fire restrictions end

Fire restrictions end across Gippsland on Wednesday, May 1, however, the Country Fire Authority has urged residents to exercise extreme caution when burning off.

CFA Acting Chief Officer Gavin Freeman reminded residents to register any burn-off they were considering and to check the local conditions on the day.

“Even if you have registered your burn, conditions can change quickly and fires can get out of control within minutes in dry and windy conditions,” Acting Chief Officer Freeman said.

“The effects of an out-of-control fire can be devastating and we want everyone to exercise extreme caution.”

Landowners can register their burn-off with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) by calling 1800 668 511 or emailing burnoffs@esta.vic.gov.au.

“It reduces the chances of CFA brigades being called out unnecessarily if a member of the public calls about smoke or a fire in the area,” Acting Chief Officer Freeman said.

He added that people should never leave a burn-off unattended as it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that it does not get out of control.

“If a burn off does get out of control, call 000 immediately. People should have a fire plan and prepare for the event of fire, and never be complacent.”