Bendigo woman arrested and charged with child stealing
A woman who forged documents to become an au pair is arrested for allegedly kidnapping two girls aged four and 10 months.The 31-year-old woman was arrested by Bendigo Sexual Offences and Child Abuse detectives and charged on Friday with two counts of child stealing and stating a false name.
A series of "unprecedented" bushfires are raging through Australia's southeastern state of New South Wales , with three people dead and more than 1,000 firefighters battling five emergency-level blazes and dangerous conditions.
Widespread areas of NSW will experience Severe or Extreme fire danger. Under these conditions, lives and homes will be at risk. This page displays all bush and grass fires attended by fire services in NSW and other incidents attended by NSW RFS volunteers.
NSW Police have charged two men with stealing firefighting equipment during yesterday's bushfire crisis, as they probe several "suspicious" blazes around the state.
In a separate incident, officers also charged a 19-year-old with impersonating a firefighter and stealing equipment in Sydney's south.
Fire damaged or destroyed more than 50 homes in NSW yesterday — at the height of the chaos, authorities issued emergency warnings for 19 separate blazes.
Serial fraudster charged with child stealing
A woman has been charged with stealing two children in regional Victoria after allegedly pretending to be an au pair.Convicted criminal Samantha Azzopardi was with a four-year-old girl and a 10-month-old baby when police swooped on her at Bendigo's Pall Mall on Friday.
Smoke shrouds the Sydney Opera House as bushfires rage across parts of New South Wales . Brian Wilson sits outside his home in South Turramurra, after firefighters extinguished a fire which had rapidly developed into an emergency-level blaze , threatening homes and lives on 12 November.
More than 100 blazes burn across New South Wales and Queensland, amid warnings of more to come. Image caption The fires have driven thousands of people out of their homes. At least three people are dead and thousands have been displaced by a weekend of bushfires in Australia.
Police are investigating "suspicious" fires at Moonbi, Berkeley, Balgownie, Katoomba, Morisset, and Loftus, near the Royal National Park.
They were also looking at two fires at Turramurra, on Sydney's North Shore.
Police officers at Lismore charged two men after they were found with emergency service paraphernalia including NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) uniform patches, documentation, equipment and helmets.
Meanwhile, police said the 19-year-old was found riding a scooter in the Royal National Park, dressed as a firefighter.
NSW Police and fire investigators made a public appeal for more information regarding fires that may have been deliberately lit.
"It's awful. It angers every firefighter and angers everybody in the community and our frustration," RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.
Man charged over cop assault on Sydney bus
A 44-year-old man who allegedly took part in assaulting an off-duty police officer on a Sydney bus on the weekend has been charged.Police say the 44-year-old got on the bus with a 40-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl at Drummoyne on Saturday afternoon.
Three people have been killed and there were fears for another seven still missing after uncontrolled bushfires destroyed more than 150 homes over thousands of hectares of eastern Australia. The woman was found with burns to 40% to 50% of her body and later died in Sydney ’s Concord hospital.
There are 54 blazes in each of New South Wales and Queensland with up to 20,000 firefighters trying stop them spreading as the Army prepares to evacuate residents if necessary. Police have warned about criminals looting from the ruined houses of devastated bushfire victims on the mid-north coast.
"Clearly we are looking at those as suspicious, particularly the one in Loftus were there were multiple ignition points in the Royal National Park there."
Five people across NSW were also fined for breaching the state's total fire ban for either using a BBQ with an open flame or burning rubbish yesterday.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said anyone who deliberately lit a fire yesterday would face the "full force of the law" and that the punishment for arson exceeded 10 years in prison.
The RFS said at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed in blazes around the state yesterday.
It brings the total number of homes affected by fires in NSW over the past week to more than 200.
Authorities said at least 21 people were injured in yesterday's fire, including 13 firefighters.
South Australian police launch operation targeting deliberate firebugs
Operation Nomad is aimed at tackling criminals engaging in deliberate, reckless or negligent behaviour that could lead to a bushfire. Known as 'Operation Nomad', police will begin patrols on total fire ban days aimed at detecting risky and deliberate behaviour.Operation Nomad isn't solely target at arsonists, but on people who may be inadvertently creating high-risk fire situations.© AAP Operation Nomad is on the alert for behaviour that could lead to bushfires such as these on the East Coast of Australia.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A 12-year-old boy Strong winds have fanned some 140 bushfires in northern Queensland and neighboring New At least eight of the fires are suspicious , Queensland Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll told reporters, and police said they had questioned three children over blazes . Police were questioning two 14-year-old girls over a fire in bushland near the Gold Coast
Bushfires are raging across New South Wales ( NSW ) and Queensland forcing hundreds of schools Australia bushfire : Extreme weather sparks 'apocalyptic' blaze . Australia bushfire map: Shock map NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney : “Everybody has to be on alert no matter
"Early estimates are just as a result of yesterday's fire spread and fire activity," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
"We could be seeing in the order of another 50 homes damaged or destroyed as a result of those fires spreading across the landscape."
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the state should expect below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures in the coming months.
A prominent bushfire expert warned residents should brace for more days of potentially catastrophic bushfire risks in the coming weeks.
"It ain't over, it's as simple as that," said Ross Bradstock, the director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong.
"It looks like we're locked in this pattern at the moment of no rain and one or two major cold fronts a week."
The fronts bring hot, gusty conditions in front of them, elevating the risk of fires breaking out or spreading.
"We're probably in for a few more really bad days," Professor Bradstock said.
Man charged after allegedly planting explosive device .
A man has been charged after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was allegedly left at a property in Sydney's north west.Police were called to a home on Avon Road, Bringelly, when a suspicious devise was found on Monday.