Emergency

GC man suffers burns after boiling water explodes in his face

A MAN has been rushed to hospital after boiling water exploded in his face on the Gold Coast overnight.

It’s understood the man was checking his car on Ferry Road about 9.45pm when the explosion occurred.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene and treated the man for facial burns before transporting him to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed he was taken in a stable condition.

 

Olympics

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics, effective immediately.

It follows claims the Russian Government was involved in a state-sponsored doping program at the Sochi Games in 2014.

The IOC also suspended Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member and banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics for life.

Russian athletes will still have the chance to compete under the Olympic flag however, if they can prove they are clean.

It’s alleged the country made performance enhancing substances and swapped urine samples to avoid being caught.

Light rail multi-storey car park sparks fresh calls to save Bruce Bishop

The action group fighting the sale of the Bruce Bishop car park in Surfers Paradise claims the city council’s plans for a major car park at Burleigh Heads supports their case.

A multi-storey car park is a key part of the next extension of the Gold Coast light rail and will be built close to the Burleigh Heads terminus for passengers.

The Save Surfers Paradise group, which is made up of high profile local professionals, is arguing the need for a major car park on the southern end of the tram line reinforces the need to keep public parking spaces available in Surfers.

The action group says the council’s controversial decision to sell the city’s asset in May was “madness, economic vandalism, and makes no sense at all.”

They’re putting three arguments forward for their case, with the continued use of the Bruce Bishop car park by local tram commuters a major point.

“It [the car park] has been proven to be used as a Park and Ride facility by locals catching the tram to the University Hospital,” the SSP group said.

“We know that parking at BBCP went up 23% in the 2 years after the tram commenced operation.”

The group are also claiming the car park “had very little cost to ratepayers because it was mainly paid for by developer contributions and parking fees it collected over many years” as well as the car park being able to “make enough profit to pay for its own expenses and maintenance upkeep.”

Police Lights

Machete-wielding thief on the run after robbing Logan fast-food store

A masked man wielding a machete has robbed a fast-food store in Eagleby overnight.

Police said the man entered the business on River Hills Road just after 7.30pm.

“The man demanded money from a female staff member, who complied with the man’s demands before he fled the scene on foot with a sum of cash,” Qld police said in a statement.

Luckily, the woman managed to escape unharmed.

The man is described as Caucasian, approximately 178cm tall with a medium build.

He was last seen wearing dark coloured clothing and a face covering.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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.

WATCH: Gold Coast police hunt man accused of brazen daylight sex attack

POLICE are hunting an alleged sex predator who allegedly bailed up a young woman and assaulted her in a brazen daylight attack outside a chemist at Palm Beach.

The terrifying encounter was captured on CCTV outside a pharmacy on Fifth Avenue on Saturday, November 11.

Police said the 24-year-old woman was sitting on a park bench, minding her own business when around 12.30pm a man described as being aged in his 50s walked up and sat next to her.

The man can be seen on camera standing in the street, appearing to eye off the woman before making his move.

It’s alleged the man made a number of lewd comments towards the woman before grabbing her leg and sliding his hand up her skirt and into her groin area, all while bystanders walked past, oblivious to the attack.

The woman is seen on camera to pull away from the man before hurriedly walking away. See the video below.

Police have released the CCTV footage in the hope someone may be able to recognise the woman’s attacker.

He is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged around 50, approximately 180cms tall, with a pale complexion, thin build and short, light coloured orange hair.

Poice say he was wearing dark blue shorts, a dark blue short sleeved shirt and thongs at the time.

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.