Severe Thunderstorm warning issued for parts of NSW

A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and large hailstones has been issued for people in the Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast and parts of the Hunter, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meterology warns that the thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Bourke, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Eden and Katoomba. Damaging winds are more likely than hailstones in the northwestern area.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:45 pm.


Suspended P-Plater busted drink driving and speeding

A 27-year-old man has been charged with a range of offences after he was allegedly caught drink driving while speeding in Sydney’s south last night.

About 9.30pm, Traffic & Highway Patrol officers were conducting speed enforcement duties on Alfords Point Road, Alfords Point.

The officers observed a 4WD travelling in excess of the 80km/h speed limit.

The vehicle was detected travelling 129km/h and was stopped and spoken to.

The Sutherland man, who was conveying a male passenger, informed police his provisional P2 driver’s licence had been suspended due to a fine default.

He was subjected to a roadside breath test which he failed.

The man was arrested and conveyed to Sutherland Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis, returning a reading of 0.153.

He was issued with a Field Court Attendance notice to appear at Sutherland Local Court on 5 November 2015 after being charged with high range PCA (second offence), drive while suspended and not notify change of address.

He was issued a $2306 penalty notice for exceed speed limit more than 45km/h.

Police could not issue a Notice of Suspension for the PCA offence as the man was already suspended.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said that speed, drink driving, and those continuing to drive without a licence are all significant factors in fatalities on our roads.

“With the road toll currently at 269 deaths from 253 crashes, being 24 crashes and deaths up from this time last year, this event could have easily added two more deaths to the toll more from this event, and perhaps others, given what is a clear lack of personal responsibility on the part of this driver,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life.”

“The effects of alcohol are wide ranging and impossible to avoid. After a big night out you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day.”

“With over 5.8 million breath tests being conducted each year, if you do make the wrong choice and drink drive chances are you will be caught.”

Woman viciously bashed with metal pipe, left to die by estranged husband

A MAN who brutally attacked his estranged wife with a metal pipe, leaving her to die, has been arrested.

Norm Rutherford, 56, reportedly waited for his former partner, Cathryn, 54, to leave work at Carah’s Cakes and Pies in Bathurst on Thursday night when he viciously bashed her with a metal pipe, leaving her to die in the drivers seat of her car.

Five hours after the brutal assault, a passer-by noticed the woman lying unconscious in her car and phoned police around 10.45pm.

Mrs Rutherford was airlifted to Westmead Hospital where she remains in a stable but critical condition with serious head injuries.

Mr Rutherford was arrested the following night and charged with attempted murder, stalking and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

It’s believed the horrifying act of domestic violence was sparked over a dispute of the couple’s property.


Popular columnist Sam de Brito found dead in Sydney home

Fairfax columnist and author Sam de Brito has been found dead in his Sydney home.

46 year old De Brito was found at his Northern Bondi address this morning by his mother.

His family released a statement this morning saying,

“Sam, 46, has revelled in parenthood and was a wonderful and devoted father to his young daughter, Anoushka.”

His close relationship with his daughter was the subject matter of his last column, published in the Sun Herald and The Sunday Age yesterday.

De Brito’s writing career spanned for more than two decades, publishing five books and a weekly column titled All Men are Liars.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, nor a suicide, by police.

A coroner’s report will be issued on his death.

Police investigate frightening social media threat made towards University of NSW

The University of New South Wales is liasing with anti-terrorism officers following a frightening security threat.

University of New South Wales says it has been made aware of a threat to staff and students at the Kensington campus in Sydney.

“UNSW has been made aware of a threat to the safety of staff and students on the Kensington campus,” a statement posted on the university’s Facebook page said.

“We are treating this incident seriously and have been liaising with the NSW Police through the anti-terrorism and security group and Local Area Command.”

“Police are advising this is a general, not a specific or direct threat.”

The frightening threat was posted by an anonymous user on 4chan on Sunday.

“I finally managed to get a handgun. Australians, if you study at UNSW don’t go in tomorrow.”

Police will be at the University throughout the day.

Anyone with information that may assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Posted by UNSW (The University of New South Wales) on Sunday, October 11, 2015