In Brief

PROMISE: Christine Couzens MP announces funding for Newcomb Secondary College with principal Phil Honeywell and students Ashleigh Welsh, Georgia Sheridan and Jack Terrill. (Michael Tate)

Woman ‘grabbed’

A man has allegedly grabbed a woman “from behind” on the Bellarine Rail Trail at Leopold, according to police.

Investigators were yet to establish the “exact circumstances” of Wednesday night’s incident but were treating it as “an isolated matter at this stage”, police said.

‘Daters’ infected

“Changing sexual behaviours” amid the rise of online dating are linked to increasing rates of sex infections in Geelong, according to State Government.

Gonorrhoea rates rose almost 250 per cent and potentially deadly syphilis infections jumped 435 per cent in Geelong between 2012 and 2017 amid the increasing popularity of dating sites and apps, the government said.

Cars chased

Two men who stole cars from a Melbourne property have abandoned them in Geelong before police arrested each suspect on the run in separate suburbs.

The 24 and 26-yeard-olds were allegedly armed with a knife when they stole the cars at Mooroolbark before a police helicopter helped officers hunt the men down in Geelong later on Sunday.

Injured axed

Geelong Football Club has delisted six players, including defender Aaron Black as her recovers from a knee reconstruction following an ACL injury in round 12.

Others to join the former Kangaroo exiting Geelong this week included fellow injury victims Stewart Crameri and Cory Gregson along with Ryan Gardner, Matthew Hayball and Tim House.

Teens arrested

Police have arrested two teenagers three hours after they tried to rob a 14-year-old boy in Geelong’s mall.

The 15-year-olds threatened the boy around on Sunday afternoon before officers caught the pair at Newcomb in the evening and remanded them in custody to appear in Geelong Magistrates Court the following day, police posted on Facebook this week.

City action

A car has flipped and a truck has crashed after crews filming a movie returned to central Geelong.

The Whistleblower crew filmed “major action scenes” in the city on Thursday as work continued on the filming of “the largest Australian-Chinese-partner film project ever produced”, City Hall said.

‘Thieves’ arrested

Community “information” has helped Geelong Police’s High Volume Crime Team catch two alleged offenders.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old male on burglary and theft “matters” along with a 36-year-old man wanted on “numerous counts” of stealing from motor vehicles, police said while thanking the public for its help.

Newcomb promise

Labor has pledged a $6 million upgrade of Newcomb Secondary College if the party wins November’s state election.

The Liberals have yet to say whether they would match the pledge, which would make improvements to the college’s Building A and Junior Wing.

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