Statement – Labor must commit to new Brighton Police Station
28 May 2022.
Last night, Victoria Police reportedly shot at a car after a home invasion in Cochrane Street, Brighton. The group of offenders stole two cars, before making a getaway.
Following a police interception, the offenders drove one of the cars at a police officer, knocking him to the ground and forcing his partner to shoot at the car.
Member for Brighton, James Newbury, said his thoughts were with the officers involved in the incident.
“It is clear that the Bracks Labor Government was wrong to close the Brighton Police Station,” Mr Newbury said.
“On behalf of my community, I am calling on Daniel Andrews to open a Brighton Police Station.”
Last night’s incident is the second home invasion in Brighton this week.
Earlier this week, seven offenders armed with kitchen and flick knives broke into a Yuille Street home and confronted the elderly home owner, who was forced to defend himself with a mop.
The offenders then broke into a Chelsea Street home, before driving their getaway car into a tree.
Mr Newbury said there had been similar incidents in Bay, Chelsea, Downes, Elwood, Kinane, Martin, and Sussex Streets in recent months.
“The Brighton community deserves to feel and be safe in their homes. Yet, we have been victim to repeated terrorising home invasions this year,” Mr Newbury said.
“How many violent crimes have to occur in Brighton before the Andrews Labor Government stops ignoring my community?
“Labor must commit to a Brighton Police Station.”
James Newbury, Member for Brighton