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Man charged over alleged assault of toddler and twin babies

A man has been charged over the alleged horrific assault of a toddler and twin babies in the NSW Riverina region.

The 24-year-old was arrested at a business in the Riverina area just after 1.00pm yesterday following ongoing investigations by the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

Detectives were first notified of something going on in May 2013, when a 15-month-old boy presented to hospital with facial bruising and bleeding.

Despite investigations at the time, no one was charged.

However in March this year, a two-month-old boy was transported to hospital after becoming unresponsive.

Officers were told by the doctors the baby had suffered leg fractures, significant head trauma and facial bruising.

Detectives immediately began investigations, and during the course, they were again notified that another two-month-old boy presented at hospital after losing consciousness in March this year.

The man, who is known to the infants, has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV) and reckless grievous bodily harm (DV).

“Police will allege in court that the man assaulted twin two-month-old twin boys on separate occasions in March 2019,” NSW police said.

“It will be further alleged the man assaulted the 15-month-old boy in May 2013.”

The man was refused bail to appear at Griffith Local Court today.

The infants are all in the care of family.

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Two kids arrested for deliberately lighting bush fire, Kingscliff

Two kids have been arrested after allegedly starting a fire in Kingscliff during a Total Fire Ban in far north New South Wales.

Around 1.00pm on Monday, November 11, the two teenage boys went into bush near Casuarina Way, between a cycle path and the ocean.

They allegedly gathered paper, dry leaves and vegetation and set it alight using a cigarette lighter.

Luckily, a man passing by on the cycle path noticed the smoke, and approached the boys who then fled.

The man tried to put out the blaze himself before calling NSW Fire and Rescue.

Police also attended the scene, spoke to the man and seized evidence, and eventually tracked down the boys.

The 13-year-old and 14-year-old were arrested and have since been dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

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50 people charged over major family day care fraud syndicate

A MASSIVE 50 people have now been charged over a sophisticated family day care syndicate operating in NSW.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad and Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Mercury in July last year after receiving reports of “coordinated fraudulent activities targeting family day care operations.”

Police allege the syndicate fraudulently claimed at least $3.9 million in Commonwealth payments under the Child Care Subsidy schemes over a 10-month period.

At least 39 people have already been charged and remain before the courts.

However, police have confirmed they’ve now arrested and charged a further 11 women over their alleged role in the criminal syndicate.

The women, aged between 20 and 48, were taken into custody at homes in Fairfield, Bankstown, Liverpool and Woolongong this week.

They were all taken to local police stations and charged with participate in a criminal group and have since been granted conditional bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court on Monday 25 November.

State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, says joint investigations are ongoing.

“We have completely dismantled this syndicate and put the director, facilitators and parents involved in this fraud before the courts,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“Strike Force investigators will now look to target other syndicates exploiting the government’s childcare subsidy scheme that was established to relieve financial pressures of everyday mums and dads.”

Death toll from NSW bushfires rises to four

NEW South Wales Police have confirmed the body of a man has been found fire-ravaged bushland on the state’s Mid North Coast, taking the death toll from the state’s bushfire crisis to four.

The body was found by locals on the southern end of the Kyuna Track at Willawarrin, about 34km from Kempsey, shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Police say the man is yet to be formally identified but they believe it is the body of a 58-year-old man who lived in a shed nearby.

Officers from Mid North Coast Police District have been told the man was last seen on Friday.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death and confirm identity.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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NSW FIRES: Police hunting arsonists over deliberately lit blazes

Police are still trying to track down multiple people suspected of deliberately lighting fires across New South Wales.

Over 60 fires are still burning across New South Wales today, with exhausted crews working to contain at least 20 that are considered out of control.

One suspected arsonist was reportedly taken into custody last night, after he was spotted acting suspiciously by an army crew.

It’s understood they chased him through Sydney’s Royal National Park, though police are yet to confirm this report.

Following catastrophic conditions on Tuesday, fire fighters will take advantage of easing conditions today, before they’re expected to worsen again over the weekend.

Temperatures are tipped to soar over 30 degrees again in parts tomorrow, though the winds aren’t currently expected to strengthen.

There is still little to no rain on the forecast for the next few days.

Those with respiratory problems are being urged to stay indoors and keep medication nearby, with smoky conditions expected across the state again.

Presentations to emergency departments for breathing issues almost doubled in the past week alone.