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MCG security doubled as Victoria goes on 'heightened' security alert for Easter weekend

24 March 2016 12:16 AM
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The police presence at public sporting events and in the Melbourne CBD will be doubled over the Easter weekend following the bombings in Brussels.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was briefed on the security situation by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today.

He said "important, longstanding protocols" had been put in place that would mean Victorians saw an significantly increased police presence.

"There will be significant police resources, a police presence at the soccer, at other AFL matches throughout the weekend.

The additional resources are "all about keeping Victoria safe", the Premier said.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said Victorians need to be "alert but not alarmed".

"We need to go about our daily lives like we do and not be bunkered down," he said.

"It's a heightened level of awareness and we do need to be really quite aware of our environment."

Victoria Police are running Operation Nexus over the holiday period to try and keep the road toll down.

There are already 17 more deaths than at the same time last year and there has been a three fold increase in the number of motorcycle deaths.

"This is the most deadly start on our roads to a calendar year for 10 years," Premier Andrews said.

"Every Victorian must slow down, drive to the conditions, know your limits, just be sensible, be aware of the risks."

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said police would be "saturating our roads" over the holiday period.

"So all drivers can expect to be speed tested, drug tested, alcohol tested," Assistant Commissioner Fryer said.

"Fatigue happens in the cabin of the car and it's really up to the driver and the occupants to take carriage, ownership of that."

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will be manning the 40 driver reviver rest spots across the state and six of the busiest will be upgraded.

"The instant coffee's very good at the other 34, but there'll be slightly higher grade coffee at the six that are being upgraded," Mr Andrews said.

"I'd encourage everybody to stop, take a break for a few minutes, have a cup of coffee and make sure you're fresh to start the next leg of your journey."


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