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‘Ice’ blamed for rise in violent crimes

Authorities in central Victoria admit they are on the back foot when it comes to responding to a rising use of the drug known as ‘ice’.

Representatives from the police, government and health services are holding a public forum about the issue in Kangaroo Flat tonight.

Police Superintendent Daryl Clifton says the drug has caused a big increase in violent crimes in the region.

He says a whole of community approach is needed to tackle the problem.

“From a police perspective no we don’t know what the best approach is and it’s certainly a drug that, we’ve seen other drug problems before, but the types of drugs have never caused the impact or the violence that this drug does,” he said.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry into ice will sit in Bendigo tomorrow.

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