Cobram man charged after school incident

March 02, 2017

A Cobram school went into lockdown last Wednesday after a man rode through the school grounds on a motorcycle, driving close to students.

The Cobram man, 35, is facing more than 10 charges after he rode on to Cobram Primary School grounds on Wednesday morning, allegedly riding through the sandpit, the school oval and near a group of students.

In a statement, Cobram Primary School principal Matt Knight said no-one was hurt in the incident, but the school had contacted police.

‘‘A member of the public drove their motorbike onto the school grounds and because he refused to leave when asked, the children were taken inside the school as a precaution,’’ Mr Knight said.

He said support was available for children at the school if needed.

Cobram police Crime Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Marcus Boyd said following the incident, police executed a search warrant at a Toms Dve address on Friday, and seized a number of items including a pit bike and some cannabis plants.

‘‘He was charged with reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering safety, driving in a manner dangerous, two counts of making a threat to kill, two counts of making a threat to inflict serious injury, unlicensed driving, unregistered motorcycle, cultivating a narcotic plant, possessing cannabis and possession of a prescription drug,’’ Det Sgt Boyd said.

He said all the charges, bar the drugs-related charges, had stemmed from the incident at Cobram Primary School.

The man appeared before Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Friday for a bail application, which was opposed by police.

He was refused bail and will appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court again on March 24.

Stolen car found

Police were involved in a pursuit of a stolen car on Saturday afternoon.

Cobram police’s Nick Rae said police had received reports of a car which had allegedly been stolen from Mustica Motors on Saturday morning.

While on patrol, the car was spotted by police officers travelling west on the Murray Valley Hwy towards Cobram from Yarrawonga.

Police performed a u-turn to pursue the car, but the pursuit was called off shortly afterwards.

The car was found dumped in Bisogni Dve about an hour later.

●Anyone with information can phone Cobram Police on 58711977 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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