Man charged with alleged road rage incident

Footage has been released of a man armed with a hammer smashing the windscreen of an Armaguard van in a road rage attack at a Melbourne shopping centre.
Police swarmed Newmarket Plaza in Flemington following the incident at about 1.05pm on Friday.
Investigators believe a white cash logistics vehicle was driving along Racecourse Road and went to turn into the shopping centre car park when a red hatchback nearly collided with the van.
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Police said a hammer-wielding man then approached the van and remonstrated with the driver, before smashing his side window and front windscreen with the weapon.
The cash logistics driver was forced to draw his gun, while the man returned to the boot of his red hatchback and then fled the scene.
Police said the legally-issued gun was not fired.
Shoppers and onlookers watched on in horror, but the driver and the passenger inside the van were not physically injured in the attack.

WWII sailor’s cap discovered under train station after 70 years

A WWII sailor's hat has been discovered beneath a Brisbane train station's ticket office, and returned to the sailor's family after 70 years.
Shornecliffe Station is over 100 years, old, with Queensland Rail bringing in archaeologists to analyse the site during extensive renovations.
The sailor's hat, confirmed to have belonged to a WWII navy sailor, was among the finds.
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A historian then assisted Queensland Rail in finding the cap's owner, who was later confirmed to be Ernest Hodgess, who has since passed away.
The sailor's hat was then returned to Mr Hodgess' family, who were brought to tears at the return of the heirloom.
Jamie Hodgess, Ernest's son, is a retired sailor, the second in three generations to serve in the Australian Defence Force.
“It's amazing because inside my cap is 'Hodgess JM',” Jamie said.
“To see his name, 'Hodgess EJ', insid..

Electricity boxes explode on Queensland suburban streets

An electricity box has exploded on a suburban street in Queensland, sparking concern for residents.
Video footage shows the electric box going up in flames, shooting blue sparks while the sound of fireworks blared on the Gold Coast.
Pacific Pines residents awoke to find the blaze in their front yards around 4am, when the Energex pillar box exploded.
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Firefighters put it out with a dry chemical extinguisher before Energex arrived.
The same thing happened a few weeks ago just metres from a Sunshine Coast home.
A neighbour passing by alerted the family — a mother with her two daughters — just metres away.
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“One of the neighbours was running into the houses through the gates to help them be aware of it because there was a lot of black smoke billowing out,” a neighbour said.
“They were quite worried and quite relieved when fire and Energex turned up and resolved the..

William Tyrrell’s foster parents leave Sydney as search for remains enters day 19

William Tyrrell's foster parents have left Sydney for the Mid North Coast, as police spent a 19th straight day searching for the missing boy's remains.
The couple has spent this week in the quiet town of Crescent Head, spotted out and about strolling along the coastline.
Their trip north comes a fortnight after the foster mother was identified as the lone person of interest in the toddler's 2014 disappearance.
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No charges have been laid as police investigate a new theory William fell from the balcony of a Kendall home before his body was moved.
9News asked the woman about this line of inquiry, but she declined to answer any questions.
Just an hour south of Crescent Head at Kendall, dozens of officers have spent a 19th day searching bushland for the child's remains or any traces of the two-piece Spider-Man suit he's believed to have been wearing when he vanished.
Persistent rain has added complications to the operation. A f..

New technology hastens blood clot discoveries to prevent strokes

Stroke researchers are looking to deploy new technology to give them a detailed view of blood clots to help hasten discoveries.
The macroscope is a larger version of a microscope and will enable researchers to see how clots develop and break down in real-time.
“This is really exciting because we haven't been able to do this before,” Dr Jessica Maclean, from the Heart Research Institute, said.
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“We get to see how clots form, how they change over time and how treatments work,” she said.
Blood clots account for 85 per cent of all strokes, which affect 55,000 Australians each year.
Researchers are on the search for more effective treatments, as the standard clot-busting drug is safe for only 10 per cent of patients.
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“Finding something that can break down the whole clot can prevent it from re-forming and also not cause damage to the brain is really important,”..

Everything you need to know about NSW local council elections

More than five million NSW residents will head to the polling booths tomorrow for the state's local government elections.
The local council elections have been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pre-poll voting has already opened for residents as part of the government's COVID-safe plans to carry out the election.
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Here is what you need to know about the upcoming election.
What is the local council election date?The polling booths will open tomorrow (Saturday, December 4) however pre-polling opened on November 22.
Who are the candidates?People in all 124 council areas are voting for their preferred councillors this weekend.
You may have already seen signs in your area for these candidates.
You can find out the candidates on the NSW Electoral Commission website.
How can I vote in the local council elections?NSW residents can head into local polling booths tomorrow and cast their vote in person, howeve..

Horse and carriage operators could be banned in Melbourne CBD

A horse and carriage operator has hit out at a Victorian Government proposal to ban horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne's CBD.
Under the proposal, carriages would be banned from public roads in the CBD within the Flinders Street, Spring Street, La Trobe Street and Spencer Street boundaries.
However, operators would still be permitted to drive the carriages outside these areas within the City of Melbourne, with pre-booked passengers.
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Dean Crichton from Unique Carriage Hire told 9News he did not think the proposed ban was “fair”.
“We only heard about this last night that the State Government and Melbourne City Council were going to make it illegal to ride a horse-drawn carriage in the CBD,” he said.
“We are pretty upset about the whole thing and surprised — bearing in mind we will be the only country in the world to have something like this happen and there are horse-drawn vehicles all throughout the world that opera..

Detectives to investigate after woman dies in police custody

A woman has died in police custody after she was found unresponsive at a police station in Melbourne's east yesterday.
The 40-year-old woman from Ringwood was taken into custody at Knox police station on December 2 and was awaiting a remand hearing.
She was found unresponsive when police custody officers conducted routine checks just before 8pm.
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Officers called an ambulance and commenced CPR.
She was taken to hospital and later died.
Victoria Police in a statement said homicide squad detectives would investigate the death, with oversight from the Professional Standards Command as per standard protocol when a person dies in custody.

Severe weather warning for NSW bringing strong winds and hail

A severe weather warning is in place for parts of New South Wales that could see strong winds and hail.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said damaging winds and large hail could hit the Blue Mountains, Hunter region and Illawarra this afternoon.
“A trough moving north along the coast is leading to thunderstorm development on the ranges inland from the coast,” the BoM said in a statement.
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The storms are expected to affect Springwood, Richmond and Windsor by 4.15pm and Colo, Maroota and Wisemans Ferry by 4.45pm.
Locations that may be affected include Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Penrith, Bowral and Katoomba.
Severe thunderstorms could also hit Sydney late this afternoon.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has urged people to prepare for the storm by moving cars ..

Van’s window smashed with hammer at Melbourne plaza

The window of an Armaguard van has been smashed with a hammer in what is believed to be a road rage incident in Melbourne's inner north-west.
Police have reportedly swarmed Newmarket Plaza on Racecourse Road in Flemington following the incident about 1pm.
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Vision shows the van's glass window smashed in, with officers investigating at the car park.
Witnesses told 9News the van's guards were forced to draw their weapons.
The offender remains on the run and police have appealed for anyone with footage or information to come forward.
More to come.