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Missing 10-year-old boy found ‘safe and well’

UPDATE at 12:40 PM (AEDT) | A MISSING 10-year-old boy at the centre of a large search operation in Newcastle has been found safe and well.

The police helicopter and dog squad was called in to help search for the boy after his parents woke and discovered him missing from their family home in Wallsend on Sunday morning.

In a statement at 12:34 pm, NSW Police confirmed the boy was located “safe and well” a short time ago after members of the public spotted him and called Triple Zero.

FIRST at 11:50 AM (AEDT) | THE police dog squad and helicopter has joined a large scale search for a 10-year-old boy, missing in Newcastle.

The child was last seen at his home in Wallsend about 11pm on Saturday.

Police said the boy’s family called police this morning after they woke and discovered he was missing.

Local police are conducting a large search of the area, with assistance from the Dog Squad and PolAir.

Police say the boy’s disappearance is out of character and concerns are held for his welfare due to his young age.

He has speech difficulties and may find it hard to communicate.

Anyone who sees the 10-year-old or believes they know his whereabouts is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

*NOTE: For privacy concerns, images and details identifying the child have since been removed from this article.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Man stabbed to death in Killer Street park

A MAN has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing another man to death in a park north of the Sunshine Coast overnight.

Police said they were called to reports of two men, aged 29 and 38, fighting in Norville Park on Killer Street in Bundaberg about 9pm.

It’s alleged during the altercation, the younger man stabbed the older man in the chest and shoulder, causing him to collapse on a park bench.

Sadly, the 38-year-old man’s injuries were too severe and he could not be saved.

The man from Bundaberg North was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.

A short time later, officers arrested the 29-year-old man at an address nearby.

He has since been charged with one count of murder and is due to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Anyone that may have been in the area at the time or has any information which may assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Beach Closed

Man killed by stingray, another bitten by shark in separate attacks

A MAN has died after being stabbed by a stingray while another has been airlifted to hospital after being bitten by a shark in separate incidents on Australia’s east coast.

The man was reportedly swimming at Roches Beach in Lauderdale, about 13 kilometres east of Hobart in Tasmania, when he was stabbed in the chest on Saturday afternoon.

It’s understood police and paramedics performed CPR on the man at the beach, but he could not be saved.

Meanwhile, in New South Wales, another man has been airlifted to hospital after being attacked by a shark while learning to surf at Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa, about 130km south of Sydney.

The 24-year-old was treated by a team of paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to St George Hospital.

The beach is currently closed while police liaise with Surf Life Saving and the Department of Primary Industries.

Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website.

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Driver seriously injured in head-on crash

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following a head-on crash west of Brisbane.

The 23-year-old was driving one of two cars involved in the smash on Forest Hill Fernvale Road at Lowood about 2.20pm on Friday.

He was badly injured and and flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.

The 63-year-old man driving the second car was taken to Ipswich Hospital with less serious injuries.

His female passenger, also 63, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

McDonald's chips

Ronald McDonald House Charities is calling on Australians this McHappy Day

McHappy Day is here, and we’re being encouraged to enjoy a Big Mac at any McDonald’s restaurant around the country.

All funds raised will go towards the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide a ‘home away from home’ for the families of seriously ill and injured children while they receive treatment in hospital.

CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Barbara Ryan, says they’re hoping to raise over $4 million this year for the charity.

“This is our largest annual fundraiser for the charity, it provides vital funds so that we can help children and their families when they need to travel to receive treatment.

“Through the whole journey that a family has to go through, from the traumatic announcement of that diagnosis of that seriously ill child, all the way through to when that child is recovered, we’re there to help them,” says Ms Ryan.

There are plenty of ways to get involved, Hollywood Actress and McHappy Day ambassador Naomi Watts encourages everyone to get on board, by purchasing a Big Mac, a bottle of water, the McHappy Day socks or Helping Hands.

“Of course our bucket brigades will be out in force collecting gold coin donations,” Ms Watts said.

Background on Ronald McDonald House Charities

Last year, Ronald McDonald House Charities helped with:

  • Providing more than 300,000 nights of accommodation or “bed nights” for over 9,000 families
  • Nearly 30,000 families visited our Family Rooms, and 330 were able to use our Family Retreats
  • More than 1,300 students were able to be included in the learning program on any given week

Plus, local sports stars are getting behind the cause on the coast, Gold Coast Titan Jarrod Wallace is at McDonald’s Merrimac until 1pm.