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Police surround elderly woman, snatch mobile phone

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Dramatic footage has captured a bizarre stand-off between five police officers and two elderly women sitting on a Melbourne park bench.

The video posted to YouTube on Sunday showed the officers surrounding the two women as one of them said firmly: “No, I’m not standing up”.

“On what grounds am I under arrest? This is unlawful,” the woman said.

She then went on to raise her voice, again questioning why she was under arrest.

A female officer replied: “For failing to provide your name and address”.

The other woman had been recording the encounter, until a male officer walked behind her and appeared to snatch the device from her hand.

“Excuse me, you have no right to seize my property,” she yelled.

Victoria Police confirmed to NCA NewsWire they were aware of the vision.

“Victoria Police is aware of vision circulating where police appear to be attempting to obtain identification details of two females,” a spokesperson said.

“Without further details around this incident such as the time, date, location and details of the police officers involved, we are unable to provide further comment.

“Generally speaking, it is an offence to not provide your name and details to police when they believe you have either committed or are about to commit an offence.

“As part of their powers, police have the ability to remove items from a person’s possession where necessary to effect an arrest.”

The video upload could correspond with the same date hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters took to the streets of Melbourne’s CBD on Saturday.

The location also appeared to tally with the Shrine of Remembrance where the protests were held, with a Melbourne tram appearing in the background at the start of the video.

Police arrested 17 people during the protests and issued at least 180 infringement notices for breaching the chief health officer’s directions.

Fifteen of the arrests were for failing to provide identification, while one was for assaulting police and another for unrelated offences.

Seven of those arrested were issued with a penalty notice after providing their name and address.

It comes just days after Victoria Police came under fire for the arrest of a pregnant woman in Ballarat for allegedly inciting an illegal protest due to take place in Ballarat on Saturday.

Zoe-Lee Buhler, 28, will face court in January.

Ms Buhler went viral on Wednesday, with her husband live streaming her arrest on Facebook as detectives raided their Miners Rest home, west of Melbourne.

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