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Police call for witnesses to Edithvale assault

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Chelsea SES called in to assist Police at Edithvale

Just before 7.30pm on Tuesday evening (14/08/2012), Chelsea SES members were called to assist Police at a crime scene at Edithvale Beach.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Police are now treating the incident at Edithvale on 14 August as a false report and would like to reassure the community that there are no safety concerns.

Information was provided to detectives this morning which has revealed that no offence occurred.


Detectives have concerns about the welfare of the young woman and are assisting her and her family.


Victoria Police won’t be laying charges in relation to the report as we do not believe this is in the best interests of the young woman involved.


Investigators from the Moorabbin Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.

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Tarping and Lighting were required at the crime scene

When the crews first arrived, they were required to setup lighting for Police photographers and later to install a large tarpaulin to cover the crime scene in case of overnight rain. Members had to carry lights, generators and other equipment to the scene from Wallum Road, as there was no vehicle access to the beach at that point.

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Ensuring that there was plenty of light to allow Police to do an initial check of the scene

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at Edithvale Beach earlier this evening.

Investigators have been told that the victim, an 18-year-old Aspendale woman, was walking along the beach around 5.30pm when her attention was drawn to a man, standing near the Bristol Road toilet block.

The man indicated to the victim that he needed assistance.

The victim approached the man who produced a knife and sexually assaulted her.

The man fled from the scene after appearing to hear a noise.

The woman sustained several knife cuts as a result of the attack and was conveyed to the Monash Hospital.

The victim has told police that her attacker was Caucasian, aged between 40-50yrs, grey stubble all over the shaving area of his face, approximately 180 -185cms tall with a skinny athletic build.

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Lighting Edithvale beach

The man was wearing a black hoodie jumper, with the hood pulled up over his head, black jeans, black gloves and white runners.

The Moorabbin Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the assault or anyone with information to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au

*Copy Courtesy of Victoria Police Online News.

7 Chelsea members in Chelsea Rescue 2 and Chelsea Rescue 3 were on scene until almost 10pm.

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Police on scene at this mornings line search

Just before 9.30am on Wednesday (15/08/2012) morning, Chelsea members were called back to Edithvale Beach to conduct a line search of the area surrounding Tuesday nights crime scene.

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The press conference appealng for public assistance

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Chelsea members search the surrounding area

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Chelsea members begin the line search

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Chelsea members Steve and Ron searching through the bush

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The long grass and undulating terrain made for a difficult search

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Checking the entire area for evidence

Chelsea members were stood down and returned to the Chelsea LHQ just before Noon.

Last Updated (Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:56)

 
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