THE QUEENSLAND father and son on the run from the law are believed to have spent the night in Victorian bushland, surrounded by Police.
A major 100-square kilometre search zone has been set up in the central highlands north of Melbourne with check-points at all roads in the area.
Father Gino Stocco, 58, and son Mark, 35, are believed to be in possession of at least one gun and were last seen by officers about 1am on Thursday on a highway in the area, but police did not pursue the vehicle.
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The pair have been on the run for around eight years, terrorising farmers in Queensland and NSW.