Recapping our top story from earlier, thoughtless vandals have chopped down five century-old trees in a state park.
Here’s some audio of Victoria Police’s Alistair Parsons giving Ross and John some more details on the vandalism.
Alistair calls the felling outrageous and Ross says it was disgraceful, and I’m inclined to agree.
The only sort of people I can think of who’d engage in such environmental vandalism for no discernable reason are the fictional eco-villains from the 90s era kids cartoon ‘Captain Planet’.
I’ve narrowed it down to one of these six people. It was probably Greedly.
Two credit card thieves have gone on a $1200 shopping spree in the Werribee area, splashing out on cigarettes and lottery tickets.
It’s believed the men came across a lost card in a shopping centre on the corner of Derrimut and Heaths roads in Werribee and then used it to go on a one-day shopping spree on November 16.
Police believe the men used the stolen card at a number of businesses in the Footscray, Kensington, Flemington and Yarra City areas.
They have released CCTV images of two men they believe could assist with their inquiries. They are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.
It definitely rained last night – in Melbourne exactly 25.2 millimetres of rainfall was recorded.
That’s more rainfall than there was last Friday, when we rebranded the Melbourne Express the ‘Melbourne Weather Express‘ in expectation of a Friday afternoon deluge.
It’s also, I believe, more than the forecast for yesterday. From memory, the weather bureau was expecting up to 15 millimetres of rain in the city yesterday.
It’s probably going to rain today, most likely in the morning, but we shouldn’t end up with more than two millimetres of rainfall being added to the monthly totals.
If you’re beginning to tire of the mild and rainy weather from this week, take heart from the fact we have a few warm and sunny days in store starting Sunday:
Thoughtless vandals have chopped down five century-old trees in a state park.
The trees were illegally felled in Lerderderg State Park, about an hour’s drive north of Melbourne, on December 3 or December 4.
As you can see from the photos Victoria Police released this morning, the trees seemed to have been chopped down for no apparent reason.
One of the trees that was felled at the Lerderderg State Park. Photo: Victoria Police
It looks like this tree was felled using a chainsaw – it’s a pretty clean cut. Photo: Victoria Police
The trees were at the lower camping area at Lerderderg Camp Ground on Upper Chadwick Track.
A new fireplace, which has ‘Parks Victoria Lerderderg State Park’ etched into the steel, was also taken from the area.
Police are urging anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in the area during these times to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00.
Happy Friday and welcome to today’s Melbourne Express blog.
It practically rained through the night last night, didn’t it? I checked the bureau’s figures, and they reckon about 20 millimetres of rain fell in Melbourne from 7pm last night. I mention this because the rain kept me awake last night, and I’m using this as my pre-emptive excuse in case any typos work their way into the blog.
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To kick off your morning, can you guess where today’s Mystery Melbourne photo was taken? As you can see, I clearly snapped it out of the window of a train carriage as I was passing through somewhere.
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