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Archive for March, 2018
Sixteen injured in NSW balloon crash

A hot air balloon that crashed in the NSW Hunter Valley, injuring 16 people, was packed up and removed before authorities arrived on the scene. March 30, 2018 A hot air balloon operator didn’t call triple zero after one of its balloons crashed in the NSW Hunter Valley, injuring 16 people, and it was packed […]

Cops ask questions after NSW balloon crash

A hot air balloon that crashed in the Hunter Valley, injuring nine, was packed up and removed before authorities arrived on the scene. March 30, 2018 A triple zero call wasn’t made after a hot air balloon crashed in the NSW Hunter Valley injuring nine people, and it was subsequently packed up before authorities could […]

NSW baton cop too violent: police watchdog

A NSW police officer who hit a naked and drug-affected teenager with a baton more than 15 times has been blasted for being too violent. March 29, 2018 A Byron Bay police officer has been blasted by the police watchdog for being too violent after he baton-struck a disoriented teenager more than 15 times. The head […]

NSW cop didn’t count blows on boy

A NSW policeman who hit a naked teenager more than 15 times after he was brought to ground told a hearing he didn’t count the number of baton-strikes. March 29, 2018 A Byron Bay policeman who hit a disoriented teenager with a baton more than 15 times as three other officers attempted to handcuff the […]

NSW cop didn’t count blows on boy

A NSW police officer who hit a naked teenager more than 15 times after he was brought to ground told a hearing he didn’t count the number of baton-strikes. March 29, 2018 A Byron Bay police officer who hit a disoriented teenager with a baton more than 15 times as three other officers attempted to […]

Uber carpooling hits Sydney’s streets

With Sydney’s population booming, Uber says its new carpooling service will help ease congestion and get more people into fewer cars. March 29, 2018 Sydneysiders will soon be able to beat city traffic jams by carpooling with Uber. The ride-sharing app says with the city’s population booming its new service, UberPOOL, will help get more […]

Drowned boy’s parents say system ‘stinks’

The parents of toddler Braxton Slager who drowned while in foster care have called for changes to the NSW child protection system to prevent further deaths. March 27, 2018 The parents of a toddler who drowned while in foster care say the NSW child protection system “stinks” and change must be made to prevent further […]

Toddler drowning preventable: NSW coroner

A NSW coroner says the case of an unsupervised toddler’s drowning in an unregistered backyard pool while in foster care pointed to systemic problems. March 27, 2018 A toddler’s drowning in a backyard pool while in foster care was a terrible but preventable tragedy, a NSW coroner has found. The 22-month-old died in September 2014, […]

Cop thought her life was in danger

The first officer to intercept a knife-wielding woman shot dead near a Sydney fast-food restaurant thought her life was in danger when she ran at her. March 23, 2018 A police officer believed her life was in danger when she tried to taser a knife-wielding woman who was then shot dead by a colleague near […]

Cop thought woman was on drugs or drunk

The first officer to intercept a mentally ill knife-wielding woman shot dead near a Sydney fast-food restaurant thought she was on drunk or on drugs. March 23, 2018 The first officer on the scene before a knife-wielding woman was shot dead by police near a Sydney fast-food restaurant misunderstood radio calls warning of mental health […]

Cop unable to use training to save woman

Police were told a knife-wielding woman shot dead by an officer near a Sydney fast-food restaurant was “talking to herself” and may “self-harm”. March 22, 2018 A policeman trained to deal with mental health emergencies arrived seconds too late to help prevent a knife-wielding woman being shot dead by another officer near a Sydney fast-food […]

Cops told woman was ‘distressed’: inquest

Police were told a knife-wielding woman shot dead by officers near a Sydney fast-food restaurant was “talking to herself” and “distressed” March 22, 2018 Radio calls about a knife-wielding woman shot dead by police near a Sydney fast-food restaurant told responding officers she was talking to herself and had a large knife pointed at her […]

Woman shot by police in ‘zombie’ state

A knife-wielding woman shot dead by police outside a Sydney fast-food restaurant three years ago was in a “zombie” like state, an inquest has heard. March 21, 2018 A young woman was like a “zombie” when she brandished a knife near a Sydney fast-food restaurant before being shot dead by police, an inquest has heard. In the […]

NSW cop filmed sex to brag to mates

A Sydney police officer who filmed a colleague while they were having sex and uploaded it to social media says he had her permission to video the encounter. March 20, 2018 A NSW police officer said “do what you want” when her colleague asked if he could film them having sex, a Sydney court has […]

Opal card implant just ‘not the ticket’

A man who surgically implanted an Opal chip in his hand has pleaded guilty to travelling on a Sydney train without a valid ticket despite having tapped on. March 16, 2018 A ticket inspector who scanned a NSW travel card chip implanted in a man’s hand said “Wow, that’s crazy” when her reader pinged to […]

Opal card implant just ‘not the ticket’

A man who surgically implanted an Opal chip in his hand has pleaded guilty to travelling on a Sydney train without a valid ticket despite having tapped on. March 16, 2018 A ticket inspector who scanned a NSW travel card chip implanted in a man’s hand said “Wow, that’s crazy” when her reader pinged to […]

$750,000 reward for leads on NSW ‘murder’

Detectives hope a $750,000 reward will lead to new information about the suspected murder of a NSW man almost nine years after he was last seen. March 2, 2018 Police hope a hefty $750,000 reward will help solve the mystery of a NSW man who went missing nine years ago and is believed to have been […]

NSW ambos refuse to collect billing info

NSW paramedics protesting against being slugged an $80 fee for Working With Children checks are refusing to collect patients’ billing information. March 1, 2018 Paramedics across NSW are giving ambulance patients a free ride to protest the state government’s order that they pay for their own Working With Children checks. As of Wednesday night, paramedics stopped […]

NSW, Qld lead Aust fossil fuel emissions

Greenhouse gas pollution levels are up across Australia with NSW and Queensland the worst offenders. March 1, 2018 Conservationists say the fact Australia’s greenhouse emissions have jumped again proves the country is “a global laggard” when it comes to tackling global warming. Federal government figures released on Wednesday show greenhouse gas pollution levels increased by 0.8 […]

NSW ambos refuse to collect billing info

NSW Paramedics protesting against being slugged an $80 fee for Working With Children checks are refusing to collect patients’ billing information. March 1, 2018 Paramedics across the state are giving ambulance patients a free ride in protest over the NSW government’s order that they pay for their own Working With Children checks. As of 9pm Wednesday […]

NSW ambos refuse to collect billing info

NSW Paramedics protesting against being slugged an $80 fee for Working With Children checks are refusing to collect patients’ billing information. March 1, 2018 Paramedics across the state are giving ambulance patients free rides in protest over the NSW government’s order they pay for their own Working With Children checks. Australian Paramedics Association NSW secretary Steve […]

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