Victoria Police

BREAKING | Four dead after two aircraft collide mid-air

Four people have been killed in a horror mid-air collision in Victoria this morning.

Emergency services were called to two separate crash scenes east of the Mangalore airfield about 11.25am.

“It is believed two aircraft have collided mid-air before crashing,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

Two people were in each aircraft and were declared dead at the scene.

Police say they’re still working to identify them.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have been notified.

Police are currently investigating and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Vic wife-killer daughter tells nightmare

Sarah Ristevski, the daughter of jailed wife killer Borce Ristevski, has spoken of the nightmare she was trapped in since the day her mother Karen disappeared.

“I felt like we were just zombies, just not sleeping, not eating, we just paused in that day. It just felt like we were trapped in a nightmare,” Sarah told the Nine Network on Sunday night.

Sarah spoke with Nine’s 60 minutes in her first public appearance outside of court.

Confused and overwhelmed to the point of asking for a break from answering questions, Sarah said “she didn’t know what to believe” when it came to her father’s innocence.

Karen Ristevski was killed and dumped in Victorian bushland by her husband in 2016. After years of silence and lies he finally pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2019.

Sarah, however, maintained her father “still loves her mum” and she refused to fully break her faith in his innocence.

In December last year, Borce Ristevski was re-sentenced in Victoria’s Court of Appeal to 13 years’ jail for his manslaughter conviction, an increase of four years on his original sentence.

“I believe in him. I think that’s what it is” Sarah said.

“I think that because at the end of the day he’s my father and I have one parent left. And even though he’s pleaded guilty I guess sometimes I just find it hard.”

When Sarah asked her father where her mother was, he told her she had gone for a walk after an argument and assured her “he was worried”.

The 24-year-old Sarah, who supported her father throughout his trial, claimed she didn’t give a victim impact statement because of the way police treated her and her father.

“I think I just didn’t want to (give a statement) to the officers because I was giving it to those who were so horrible to me,” she said.

Sarah maintained that police told them her mother “was probably at the pokies” when she was reported missing.

She described how distressed she felt when accusations against her father started emerging but confirmed she had confronted him about her mother’s killing.

“I asked him if he had anything to do with it,” she told Nine.

Borce Ristevki’s answer to that question, according to Sarah, was “no”.

With her father serving time and “missing her mother every day”, Sarah acknowledged she was starting a new chapter alone but she expected to “make her parents proud.”

© AAP 2020

Police Victoria

Police operation forces parts of Melbourne’s CBD into lockdown

There were chaotic scenes in Melbourne this afternoon after a major police operation forced parts of the CBD into lockdown.

Just before 2.00pm, officers were alerted to a man seen driving erratically along Flinders Street.

It took just five minutes for the Critical Incident Response Team and local police to swarm the scene and take the 26-year-old man into custody.

During the incident, an exclusion zone was set up and public transport halted with people and motorists told to avoid the area.

“Due to an incident at Flinders and Williams Streets, a number of streets have been closed and public transport will be affected. We are asking everyone to avoid the area.” Victoria Police wrote on social media at the time.

Superintendent Dan Trimble told reporters that the bomb squad was called in to check a backpack that was found in the man’s vehicle, which was later deemed safe.

He also revealed that the incident may have been mental health related and confirmed that it does not appear to be terror related.

“He had no weapons on him, there was no members of the public or police injured, and I can assure the public that police will be out making sure the city is safe. At this stage there is no relation to anything counter terrorism wise.”

The man remains in custody and is expected to be interviewed this afternoon.

Baby ‘critical’ after being left in hot car outside Victorian pub

A baby boy has been left fighting for life after allegedly being left in a hot car outside a pub in Melbourne.

Emergency services were called to Point Cook around 3.15pm on Wednesday after getting reports a baby had been left inside the vehicle for several hours while temperatures outside reached 33.6 degrees.

The 14-month old boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Victoria Police have confirmed a 32-year-old woman has since been charged with negligently causing serious injury and reckless conduct endangering life.

Officers are investigating allegations she may have been playing the pokies while the infant was in the car.

She was granted bail and will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on January 23.

Almost 30 missing in Victorian bushfires as evacuations ramp up

Victoria’s Premier has confirmed 28 people are now unaccounted for following devastating bushfires in the State’s east.

Daniel Andrews concedes they have serious concerns for those people as conditions worsen across the region.

The death toll in Victoria stands at two.

“We have grave fears for the safety and well being of those 28 people who cannot be located,” Mr Andrews said.

“Having said that, though, these numbers will move around. A number of people who were part of the original 17 were located yesterday.”

A State of Disaster is in place for a number of communities in north-eastern Victoria with people urged to get out.

“If you can leave, you must leave. That’s the only safe thing for you, your family and, indeed, for others who may be called to your assistance,” Mr Andrews said.

“We cannot guarantee your safety.”

It comes as the Navy begins to evacuate people from the coastal town of Mallacoota who have been cut off because of the fires.

Around 4000 people were forced to huddle on the beach as bushfires raged on Monday.

Approximately 1000 of those are expected to be transferred to HMAS Choules.