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Mother charged after baby found ‘abandoned’ in unit

A MOTHER has been charged after allegedly abandoning her three-month-old daughter in Sydney.

Police were called to the woman’s Fisher Street unit in Cabramatta about 11.30am on Wednesday after Sheriff’s Officers allegedly found the infant alone in the unit, laying in a bassinet.

The child was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment and a child at risk notification was made to the Department of Family and Community Services.

Police said the baby’s 28-year-old mother returned to the unit around 90 minutes later, about 1pm.

She was arrested and taken to Fairfield Police Station where she was charged with abandoning a child under the age of seven causing danger of serious injury (domestic violence related).

Police allege the woman left the baby unattended for “several hours”.

The woman was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Liverpool Local Court today.

Alternate care arrangements have been made for the woman’s daughter.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Two men seriously injured in freak marlin accident

TWO men have been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being speared by a marlin when it jumped into their fishing boat offshore of the NSW North Coast.

The men, brothers aged 46 and 48, were heading back to the mainland after a day out fishing when the freak collision occurred off the coast of Wooli, north of Coffs Harbour about midday on Wednesday.

Police said the men were in a five-metre rigid hull inflatable boat, travelling through the Solitary Islands Marine Park at around 40km/h when a large marlin shot out of the water in front of them and landed in their boat.

The huge fish “crashed” into the men, police said, with its sharp snout slicing open the younger brother’s lower right arm, causing an open fracture, and spearing through the older brother’s shoulder.

Police said the marlin, estimated to have weighed between 80 and 100 kilograms, then “scrambled off the boat and back into the water”.

The 46-year-old was airlifted to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, while his brother was transported to the same hospital by ambulance.

While their injuries are serious, they are not considered life-threatening.

A third man who was also on the boat escaped unharmed.

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Man caught with bomb making materials in his backpack

A MAN has been charged with possessing explosives with intent to injure after he was allegedly found walking around Sydney’s west with bomb making materials in his backpack.

The 18-year-old was stopped by officers from the Police Transport Command on Church Street in Parramatta about 10am on Wednesday.

While searching the man’s bag, officers allegedly located material used to manufacture an improvised explosive device, as well as stolen goods including jewellery, a mobile phone case and earphones.

Further inquiries revealed the items had been stolen from a store in a nearby shopping centre earlier in the day.

The 18-year-old was arrested and taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with possessing explosives/gunpowder with intent to injure and going armed with intent to commit an indictable offences.

He was also charged with possessing ammunition without a licence, as well as two counts of larceny and malicious damage.

The Telopea man was remanded in custody overnight and will appear before Parramatta Local Court next Wednesday.

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.

Man charged over fatal NSW tanker crash

A man has been charged with murder following a car chase and fatal crash that claimed the life of a father on a southern NSW highway.

Police say a Ford Territory was travelling on the Princes Highway when it struck a petrol tanker at Albion Park Rail about 2.20am on Saturday.

Daniel Merrett, 27 – also known as Daniel Clulow – died at the scene.

The 25-year-old female driver, believed to be Mr Merrett’s sister, and two other passengers – a man and a woman also aged 25 – were rushed to hospital where they remain in a stable condition.

Investigators believe the Ford Territory was being pursued by a silver Toyota Corolla when it smashed into the truck. Media reports indicate shots may have been fired at the SUV.

Detectives began a search for occupants of the Toyota and on Wednesday afternoon arrested two people – a man, 34, and woman, 25.

The man was charged with murder and armed robbery. He was refused bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on Thursday.

The woman was charged with numerous offences unrelated to the crash and was also refused bail to appear at the same court.

Police are still searching for Darren Butler, 27, and 25-year-old Holly Green.

Members of the public are urged not to approach them but call Crime Stoppers.

Group accused of defrauding millions from NDIS

FIVE people have been arrested, accused of defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme of more than $1 million in western Sydney.

Three men and two women aged between 27 and 40 were arrested in Lurnea and Liverpool early on Wednesday morning and each charged with a range of fraud and proceeds of crime offences.

A sixth person is expected to be issued a summons to appear before court to answer a related charge at a later date.

Today’s arrests follow a protracted investigation led by the NDIS Fraud Taskforce.

It’s alleged the group controlled and exploited three registered NDIS providers that are accused of claiming more than $1.1 million in NDIS payments from over 70 people on disability plans, or those managing their affairs.

Investigations into the true scale of this fraud are continuing, with more than 100 other potential victims identified through the three entities – Universal Group Australia Pty Ltd, Reliance Disability Services and United Mission.

The three providers are believed to have received more than $2.6 million in NDIS payments since December 2017, but further enquiries are needed to determine whether these payments are legitimate or fraudulent.

It is also suspected that syndicate members applied to register another four entities as NDIS providers to claim payments.

During Wednesday morning’s action, Federal Police also seized three luxury high-end vehicles – a Porsche Cayenne, an Audi A3 and Mercedes E63.

AFP Acting Commander Mark McIntyre, Manager Criminal Assets and Fraud and Anti-Corruption, and said police were committed to targeting those deliberately exploiting the Australian community.

“This is an organised criminal activity preying on those that society has chosen to help– it took money directly out of the pockets of NDIS participants, reducing their ability to obtain crucial assistance and services to help them lead their lives,” he said.

“Unfortunately this is not an isolated case, and we will continue to work with our taskforce partners to identify those preying on our needy and bring them to account for their selfish and despicable actions.”

Acting CEO of the NDIA, Vicki Rundle, said the NDIS Fraud Taskforce was a partnership with a focus on high-risk and serious criminal activity targeting the NDIS.

“The NDIA is committed to working with families impacted by alleged fraud and ensuring they have their funds reinstated in their plans where appropriate,” she said.

“We want to make it clear that fraud of the NDIS will not be tolerated. The NDIA takes the matter of fraud very seriously and will continue to invest in our capability to continue to identify attempts to defraud the scheme”.

The Department of Human Services also has an important role in the NDIS Fraud Taskforce, providing expert capability to detect and investigate organised criminal networks that seek to take advantage of vulnerable members of the community.

Anyone with information about suspected fraud involving the NDIS should contact the Fraud Hotline on 1800 650 717.

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.