Police appeal for help following stabbing

Brendan Rees

Police are appealing to the public for assistance after two men were stabbed at the front of a Flemington housing tower on January 31.

Police were called to reports of a brawl near the intersection of Racecourse Rd and Holland Court about 6.30pm.

“The people involved had left the scene prior to police arrival but blood was found on the ground,” a police spokesman said.

“Two men presented at a nearby hospital soon after with stab wounds believed to have been suffered during the brawl.”

Police cordoned off a section of the front of the tower with crime scene tape as they spoke to various people at the scene.

An officer could be seen placing an item, found on a patch of grass at the front of Racecourse Rd, into a brown paper bag.

Detectives from Moonee Valley Crime Investigation Unit are investigating and have urged anyone with information or dashcam vision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The incident comes as residents in Kensington have expressed their fury on social media over the amount of crime occurring in the area, particularly instances of theft.

One resident of 25 years, who has been the victim of two attempted car thefts during the past three months – one in which her husband had caught a culprit trying to start his car – said she had seen crime “rise and fall over the years but nothing like it is now.”

“We are sick of all the horrible things happening and lack of police action,” the resident, who asked not to be named, said, adding she had called police more times in the past few months “than I ever thought I would”.

In the latest incident, the resident said she and her husband saw a woman was loitering around their home and calling them “horrendous things” before returning the next day and throwing a liquid, believed to be coffee, at their bedroom window as they slept.

In January, a resident caught a female on CCTV helping herself to a parcel on a Sunday afternoon.

“Even though mine was placed behind bushes on my front porch this person came onto my property and stole it!” the resident posted to social media.

“I guess there is no safe place!”

In other incidences, a parcel containing kitty litter and flea treatment was taken from a front door on Parsons St in January while another resident said their MacBook Pro laptop was taken from their garage about 5pm on February 9 – the same day a parcel was delivered but also went missing.

A resident’s front porch security camera also captured the bizarre moment a man entered a property on Westbourne Rd at 10.30pm on February 13 before cutting a hose reel and leaving empty-handed.

Flemington police have been contacted for comment •

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