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NSW police officer charged with assault following domestic violence incident

A POLICE officer has been arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a domestic violence-related incident at a house in Sydney’s west.

The 39-year-old senior constable was arrested at a home in Mt Druitt on Friday afternoon. Police said they were called to the Hassall Grove home in response to a domestic disturbance around 4pm.

After speaking with a teenage girl at the house, officers escorted the 39-year-old man back to Mt Druitt Police Station where he was formally interviewed.

In a statement released this afternoon, police said the senior constable had been charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (Domestic Violence-related).

The officer, identified only as being senior constable attached to a local area command in the South West Metropolitan Region, is due to front Mt Druitt Local Court on Monday.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au – In an emergency, call 000.

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Homicide squad called in after body found dumped in wheelie bin

HOMICIDE detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found dumped in a wheelie bin on a street in Melbourne’s north.

It’s understood a garbage collector made the grisly discovery while emptying bins along Butler Street, near Young Street, in the suburb of Preston around 8am on Saturday.

The area has been cordoned off with police tape and a crime scene has been established.

Victoria Police confirmed in a statement that the homicide squad has been called in to investigate the death.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

Anyone who may have information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Capsicum spray used to break up brawl in convenience store

Police have been forced to use capsicum spray to break up a violent brawl involving five men in an inner-Sydney convenience store.

Officers were called after reports of an assault about 11.30pm Friday.

They arrived at the Redfern store to find the men still in full flight and pulled out the OC spray to disperse the group.

Two men, aged 21 and 26, were arrested.

Three other men – two 24-year-olds and a 31-year-old – were taken to hospital for various injuries including facial lacerations.

Both men were taken to Redfern Police Station where they were later released pending further inquiries.

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Animal Welfare League urges Queensland to expand on new dog breeder laws

THE Animal Welfare League has welcomed the Queensland Government’s move towards puppy protection, but says there’s still plenty more that still needs to be done.

New breeder registration laws came into effect today which require all dog breeders in Queensland to register and obtain a breeder supply number before they breed, or within 28 days of pups being born.

The supply number has to be included in any advertising, recorded in the dog’s microchip information and given to a person who receives the dog.

“This is only the first step in the prevention of poor breeding practices,” AWLQ Strategic Director Dr Joy Verrinder said. “Consumers will be encouraged to only buy from dog breeders with a breeder supply number.

“Breeders without a supply number will be breaking the law and can be penalised, provided they can be tracked.”

“However, unfortunately, a breeder ID does not mean that the breeder has been inspected and met good welfare standards.

“We hope the government will go further and require all breeders to have an independent inspection based on a Breeder Code of Practice with high standards of care and rehoming for the parent animals, pups and kittens before breeders are issued with a permit number.

“As well, there need to be follow-up inspections at regular intervals to ensure standards are being maintained,” Dr Verrinder said.

Such model legislation has already been developed and introduced in 2010 as a pilot project for the Qld Government by AWLQ and City of Gold Coast Council after a two-year consultation with both cat and dog breeders, the pet industry, and other animal welfare groups.

“Breeders pay for the cost of inspections, just as a builder is required to pay for a licence to operate,” Dr Verrinder said.

“It benefits responsible breeders as they can show that they are following appropriate standards and avoid being associated with those who do the wrong thing by animals.”

Dr Verrinder says cats miss out in this legislation and need the same level of protection as dogs.

“On the Gold Coast, breeder permit by-laws also require kittens to be desexed prior to sale or transfer.”

“We would like to see this extend across the state and be legislated nationally.

“If this was to happen we would see a dramatic reduction in the number of cats being euthanized in Australian pounds and shelters.”

AWLQ, which has rehomed more than 120,000 animals since it first opened its doors on the Gold Coast in 1959, urges people to look to adopt a pet from an animal shelter first.

“A great diversity of breeds, small and large, come through our doors. “You’ll be giving an animal a second chance at life,” Dr Verrinder said.

Teen critical after being run over by excavator in horror workplace accident

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being crushed by an excavator in Sydney.

The accident happened on a construction site on the city’s Upper North Shore shortly after 1pm on Friday.

The teen suffered horrific injuries after being run over by the excavator’s tracks on Koola Ave in East Killara.

CareFlight’s rapid response helicopter was dispatched to the scene and landed on a nearby sports oval.

Police rushed the CareFlight medical team to the construction site where they attempted to stabilise the teen.

A CareFlight spokesperson said the teen had suffered critical pelvic, abdominal and lower chest injuries.

He was transferred into an ambulance and rushed to the Royal North Shore Hospital.

The CareFlight doctor and intensive care paramedic continued to treat the teen in the ambulance.

Safe Work NSW has been notified and is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.