Search for Melbourne Police Station Firebomber

CCTV of an attempted firebombing on Pakenham police station
CCTV of an attempted firebombing on Pakenham police station
Police are searching for a man who threw a Molotov cocktail at the doors of a Melbourne police station.

Just before 1am on Saturday, the balaclava-wearing assailant entered Pakenham police station on the Princes Highway carrying a lit Molotov cocktail, but was unable to get through locked security doors.

He threw it at the doors and ran away, with police managing to quickly put the fire out.

A “makeshift” policy of locking one of the two sets of doors leading into the station at night likely prevented the offender from being able to throw the firebomb at the officer manning the desk.

After failing to gain access through the second set of doors, the offender threw the Molotov cocktail at the glass doors and fled.

Pakenham police station
Pakenham police station

The Pakenham police station is yet to receive an upgraded “security screen” to protect the front desk, a security measure that is being rolled out across the state.

Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said the delay in installing the equipment was sparking anger and frustration among officers whose lives were being put at risk.

“We are fortunate that this offender was unable to fully enter the station foyer or this situation might have seen our members very seriously injured or worse. The Police Association has been calling for the installation of security screens at stations for over 18 months, but the installation of these screens is taking far too long,” he said.

No injuries were reported. “The resulting fire was quickly extinguished by members at the station,” a police spokeswoman said.

Sources: The Australian, The Age.

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