Police issue stern warning after Melbourne chaos

Victoria Police have warned that officers will be out in force to confront any new violent protests that break out following chaos in Melbourne.

Police issue stern warning after Melbourne chaos

Victoria Police have warned that officers will be out in force on Wednesday to confront any violent protests that break out following yesterday's chaos in Melbourne.

Police condemned the "selfish" and criminal actions of "cowards" who caused chaos in the city, which led to 62 arrests.

Heavily armed riot officers were deployed to confront the crowd, with Chief Commissioner Shane Patton warning more of the same awaited any law-breakers.

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"My message is really clear: stay away," he said.

"We will be out in force again."

Chief Commissioner Patton said the events of the day were not "a protest" but at times "an affray" and there were "criminal scenes".

Three police officers received minor injuries in the chaos while a journalist was also injured and police cars were damaged.

Chief Commissioner Patton said the very "angry, angry group" had posed a "really challenging environment for police"

"Any police force anywhere in the world would have been challenged," he said.

He said the protests had further involved criminal behaviour, with groups of "angry men" causing a series of rolling confrontations with police from 10am right through till the protest concluded about 6pm.

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Chief Commissioner Patton said police cars were damaged after the group converged on the vehicles and threatened officers.

He said lit flares, rocks and bottles were also thrown at police.

"Crowds like this, they're for cowards," he said.

"The type of activities committed by these cowards was disgraceful.

"This was totally unacceptable conduct."

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Late this afternoon protesters were seen walking into peak-hour traffic travelling at about 80km/h, hitting cars - including police cars, forcing trams to halt, setting off flares, drinking alcohol and throwing items at police.

More than 500 police from a range of specialist units were involved in diffusing the protest.

They used pepper balls, foam baton rounds, smoke rounds and stinger grenades to try to stop the protest.

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Chief Commissioner Patton said the thousands of "selfish individuals" involved in the protest had all placed themselves and others at risk of contracting COVID-19.

He said they had also impacted the public by infiltrating traffic on the West Gate Freeway and allegedly damaging some cars.

Aerial vision captured a steady stream of construction workers in high-vis sprawling across the busy West Gate Freeway on the outskirts of the CBD in Docklands this afternoon.

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The workers were seen weaving in and out of large trucks and traffic, ignoring the honking of horns, while chanting "f--- the jab", lighting flares and flying Donald Trump 2020 and CFMEU flags.

Some climbed on top of halted vehicles, including trucks.

"I cant imagine how frightening it must have been for drivers," Chief Commissioner Patton said.

He said while police had arrested 62 people of the day's chaos, police were continuing to investigate the criminal activities that took place.

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Prince Andrew attorney served with sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew was served with legal papers in a civil sexual assault case against him when the senior British royal's US-based lawyer was sent the suit by FedEx and email on Monday, court papers show.

Prince Andrew attorney served with sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew was served with legal papers in a civil sexual assault case against him when the senior British royal's US-based lawyer was sent the suit by FedEx and email on Monday, court papers show.

The US court documents, seen by CNN, show the legal papers were delivered to the duke's lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, at the law firm of Lavely and Singer in Los Angeles on Monday morning at 9:22 a.m. local time.

The court document also shows legal papers being delivered to the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday.

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Andrew, the Queen's second-oldest son, stands accused of sexual assault by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who is suing the prince in New York.

Giuffre says that the assaults happened in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, that Andrew was aware that she was a minor (17) when it started, and that she had been trafficked by the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew, 61, has consistently denied the claims, telling the BBC in 2019: "It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."

Brettler, his lawyer, has called the case "baseless, non-viable (and) potentially unlawful."

Andrew's team had previously said that he had not been properly served notice of proceedings, despite Giuffre's legal team saying papers were served at the prince's home in Windsor, England.

His lawyers also say a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein released the duke from "any and all liability," though that settlement was and remains sealed.

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Last week, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan approved a request from Giuffre's legal team to seek alternative means of serving a lawsuit against Andrew.

Kaplan, approving the request Thursday evening, said that "service of the defendant's United States counsel is reasonably calculated to bring the papers served to the defendant's attention, regardless of whether his US counsel is 'authorised' to accept service on his behalf."

One of Giuffre's lawyers, David Boies, told CNN on Tuesday that "we are pleased that the service issue is now behind us and that we can proceed to a resolution of Ms. Giuffre's claims."

Andrew's legal team said they would not comment when asked by CNN.

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