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Dramatic moment axe-wielding man covers mobile speed camera in paint

Victoria Police are seeking to identify the men involved in two incidents where they confronted a mobile speed camera operator.

A speed camera operator has been threatened with an axe and their vehicle damaged in one of two alarming incidents in Melbourne.

Victoria Police are looking to identify two men caught on camera approaching the vehicle in the southwest suburb of Altona on January 25.

The man is seen riding a bicycle and wearing a black Lonsdale vest.
The first man allegedly spat at the operator's window. Source: Victoria Police.
The second man throws paint onto the rear windscreen while wearing a balaclava.
The second man was seen wielding a tomahawk axe. Source: Victoria Police

In video shared by police on Monday, the first man can be seen approaching the camera on a bicycle before passing and turning round. He approaches the front passenger's window where police allege he spat at the vehicle and punched its side mirror in a "verbally aggressive" attack.

An hour after the man left the scene on Civic Parade, another man wearing a balaclava and wielding a tomahawk axe approached the vehicle at 7.30pm, as shown by video captured by the vehicle.

The man poured paint over the rear windscreen and allegedly threatened the operator with the weapon.

The second man fled the scene before leaving in a vehicle police believe to be a black Mercedes C-Class.

Police seeking public's assistance in identifying men

Victoria Police are seeking the assistance of the public to identify the two men involved and believe they are known to each other.

The first is described as having a medium build, grey hair and stubble. He was wearing a black and white ‘Lonsdale’ singlet and he has a distinguishing black flame tattoo on his right calf.

The second is described as having a slim build, approximately 182cm tall and was wearing a camouflage top and dark jeans.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or with dashcam footage or information, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via their online portal.

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