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Man charged over horrifying hit and run of Gold Coast cab driver

UPDATE 3.30PM SATURDAY: A man has been arrested and charged over the horrifying hit and run of a cab driver in Surfers Paradise on Friday.

The 33-year-old man from Broadbeach was arrested on Saturday morning and later charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

The man is accused of mowing down the 29-year-old cab driver in a black Holden Cruze on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm on Friday.

The shocking incident, which unfolded in front of horrified witnesses, the majority of whom were tourists, was captured on CCTV.

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The footage shows the black Holden Cruze striking the cab driver as he stood next to a parked maxi taxi.

The victim, a local man from Labrador, was thrown into the air and onto his face.

He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

The 33-year-old man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court May 26.

FRIDAY: A manhunt is under way on the Gold Coast for a driver who mowed down a cabbie in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.

The shocking hit-and-run occurred on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm and was captured on CCTV.

A black sedan, described by police as a Holden Cruze, was caught on camera ploughing into the cab driver at high speed before driving off.

The cabbie, a 29-year-old Labrador man, can be seen in the footage standing on the roadway beside a parked maxi taxi when he was struck.

The sedan hit the man with so much force, he was thrown over the bonnet and into the air before landing on his head.

The sedan also side swiped the parked taxi.

According to 7NEWS, the cab driver and the driver of the sedan had been engaged in a heated argument moments before the hit-and-run.

Shocked witnesses raced to the injured cab driver’s aid and attempted to stop the black sedan, but it sped off.

The 29-year-old was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police said the man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police, including officers from the Forensic Crash Unit, are investigating the incident and are attempting to track down the driver of the black sedan, which is described as a Holden Cruze with Queensland registration 816-VJS.

Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run, or anyone who may have information that could assist police in locating the driver of the sedan, has been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

NSW fire fighter arrested, accused of deliberately starting bushfires

A NSW fire fighter has been arrested and charged with deliberately lighting several bushfires across the state’s Hunter region.

Arson detectives investigating more than 100 bushfires in the Cessnock area between August 2015 and April this year arrested the 20-year-old probationary member of the NSW Rural Fire Service at the scene of a fire at Lochinvar around 2pm on Thursday.

Following a search of the young man’s vehicle, which was also found at the scene, investigators allegedly found accelerants and a number of mobile phones which the man is thought to have used to alert authorities to the fires in which he had started.

The man was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with five counts of causing a fire and being reckless to its spread and trespass.

He was refused bail and due to appear in court yesterday (Friday).

Man escapes police custody in handcuffs following arrest in Wagga

A man is on the run after somehow managing to escape police custody while still in handcuffs after being arrested in Wagga Wagga overnight.

Police say they arrested the 19-year-old on Bruce Street in Tolland at around 1.15am on Saturday in relation to an alleged property offence.

But shortly after being arrested, the man made a daring escape.

It’s alleged while in handcuffs, the man simply got up and ran away from officers at the scene.

The man is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance with a tanned complexion and about 170cm tall with a medium build.

He was last seen running west along Bruce Street, still in cuffs, wearing black tracksuit pants and a grey, hooded jumper.

Police are urging anyone with information that could assist them with their investigations to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.

Boy, 16, arrested in NSW, accused of plotting Anzac Day terror attack

UPDATE 1.00PM: A 16-year-old boy charged with preparing to carry out a terrorist attack at an Anzac Day ceremony in Sydney will front court on Tuesday after the case was adjourned in a children’s court on Monday.

Court documents reveal the 16-year-old had allegedly attempted to obtain a gun between Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 in order to carry out the attack at a commemorative event in Sydney.

Officers from the state’s Joint Counter Terrorism unit pounced on the Australian-born teenager on Sunday, arresting him as he walked down a street near his home at Auburn, in Sydney’s west.

The terrorism unit then searched the teenager’s home where it’s alleged they found a disturbing collection of extremist propaganda.

The 16-year-old has since been charged with one count of preparing or planning a terrorist act which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

He was due to front Parramatta Children’s Court on Monday, however was not required to appear as the case was adjourned until Tuesday.

The boy has been remanded in custody with the understanding he will apply for bail on Tuesday.

UPDATE 8.30AM: Police have allegedly found a disturbing stash of Islamic State propaganda inside the home of a 16-year-old boy charged with planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Sydney today.

The teenager was arrested by officers from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team on a street near his home at Auburn in Sydney’s west on Sunday as part of Operation Vianden.

It’s alleged the 16-year-old had plotted to attack an Anzac Day ceremony in Sydney today. He is believed to have been acting alone.

Following his arrest, officers searched the teen’s home where it’s alleged they found a frightening collection of extremist propaganda, though no weapons were found.

Details of the alleged terror plot have not yet been released.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione addressed the media on the developments at a 6am press conference.

“At this stage, we believe it was one person by himself,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters.

“The risk from this particular threat has been thwarted.”

The teenager, who police have confirmed was known to them, has since been charged with one count of acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

He is due to front a Sydney’s children’s court today.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up at Anzac Day services right across New South Wales following the arrest, with Commissioner Scipione urging people to “go out and enjoy” the sacred day.

“Do not let an event like this stop you from going out and taking part in what is a most important commemorative day for us,” he said.

FIRST AT 4.00AM: Police say they have foiled an Anzac Day terrorist attack in Australia following the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in Sydney.

In a statement released to media early on Monday morning, police said the teenager was arrested near his Auburn home in the city’s west on Sunday following an investigation by officers attached to Operation Vianden.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the Joint Counter Terrorism Team was forced to act in order to ensure public safety.

The teenage boy was taken to Auburn Police Station and charged with one count of Acts in preparation for, or planning, a Terrorist Act, contrary to Section 101.6 of the Criminal Code (Cth) which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

It’s alleged the teen had planned to carry out an attack at an Anzac Day ceremony in Sydney.

Details surrounding the exact nature of the attack have not been released.

Refused bail, the 16-year-old is due to appear in a Sydney children’s court today.

“Clearly we have taken swift action to ensure community safety on the eve of a sacred day on the Australian calendar,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“ANZAC Day should be observed by all in our community free from fear and I would encourage everyone to enjoy this special day,” he said.

“I want to assure the NSW community that our counter terrorism capability is such that we were able to move quickly to prevent harm.”

“The age of the individual is obviously a concern for us, and it remains a measure of the ongoing task facing law enforcement and the community.”

The AFP State Manager for NSW, Commander Chris Sheehan, said family and friends were vital when it came to connecting with young people who “may be susceptible to carry out criminal acts that attract significant penalties”.

“A cohesive society and social inclusion is critical in driving a counter-narrative to extremist ideology,” he said.

“Yesterday’s activity is another example of the effectiveness of the cooperative nature of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team.

“We will disrupt to ensure the safety of the community, and follow that up with thorough investigations to identify criminal behavior.

“In Australia and around the world, the age of people radicalised is getting younger, with online grooming tactics similar to those used by sexual predators.”

Police will address the media with more detail at 6am.

This is a breaking news article. More information will be added once it becomes available.

Alleged gaming thief arrested following police pursuit in Sydney

An alleged gaming thief has been arrested and charged following a police pursuit in Sydney’s west.

It’s alleged the 43-year-old man was spotted riding a Honda motorcycle recklessly along Luxford Road in Bidwell at around 7pm on Friday and failed to stop for police when instructed to do so.

A pursuit ensued and officers followed the motorcycle onto Daniel Road where it’s alleged the man jumped off his ride and tried outrunning officers on foot through the backyard of a home.

Officers arrested the man and allegedly found him to be in possession of numerous console games suspected to have been stolen.

He was taken to Mount Druitt Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit, driving while disqualified, having stolen goods in custody, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

He was granted bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on 26 May.