Thursday September 5 2013
– A parole violator who police say shot up a Lilydale house at the weekend is believed to be armed and on the run with two children.
Police are hunting Simon Leigh Hancock, who has a history of violence, including shooting a pregnant woman at his sister’s wedding.
Mr Hancock is wanted over shootings at a house in Beresford Road, Lilydale, last Sunday and Monday.
When Mr Hancock was arrested over the wedding shooting he was found with a loaded rifle at his feet in the car he was driving, along with ammunition and cannabis.
Fugitive Taskforce Detective Inspector Ian Campbell said police had issued an arrest warrant for Mr Hancock, who is feared to be armed and dangerous.
Mr Hancock is on parole for the wedding shooting and other firearms offences. He is believed to be at large in the Yarra Ranges in the company of a woman, Kim Perry, and her two primary-school-aged children.
– Niño Bucci & Nick Toscano