Heavily pregnant teen missing

A heavily pregnant teenager has gone missing following a phone call from her 29-year-old boyfriend.

Rebecca Hatzis, 17, was last seen about 3pm on Tuesday, November 10, at her home in Latrobe Street, Box Hill, Victoria.

Hatzis is reported to have made contact from a Lonsdale Street address on Wednesday saying she was staying with family in Clayton for a few days, however she vanished on Thursday after receiving a phone call from her boyfriend.

Hatzis has not been seen or heard from since.

Paris attacks create uncertainty in Australian stock market

The Australian share market is lower at noon (AEDT) as the Paris terror attacks create uncertainty and trepidation among investors.

Only the gold stocks were performing strongly, with Newcrest Mining up five per cent, Evolution Mining up four per cent and Regis Resources up 3.75 per cent.

Gold is considered a strong defensive stock, providing stability and returns amid uncertainty.

Elsewhere among commodities, results were mixed, with BHP Billiton up one per cent while Rio Tinto was down about two per cent.

The big banks were all lower.

 

 

However, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry boss  Kate Carnell says it’s nothing unexpected.

Past experience of major terrorist attacks showed share markets recovered within a couple of days and consumer spending quickly as well.

“I think now people have come to grips with fact that we live in a very unstable and very challenging world,” Ms Carnell told reporters in Canberra.

The potential knock to confidence came as a new report shows small business is slowly benefiting from the “Turnbull effect” and the all-round lift in sentiment.

Ms Carnell said the change of prime minister had lifted spirits on the belief there was now good leadership and a plan for the future.

“The challenge for the Turnbull government, the rhetoric is good … but it really does put pressure on them to deliver on solid policies in the run-up to the election.”

The chamber’s survey for the September quarter shows while there is an improvement in trading conditions and confidence, for small business they are still lagging their larger counterparts.

Body of man found inside roof

A man has been found dead inside a roof cavity in Sydney’s south-west.

Around 10.20pm yesterday, Sunday 15 November 2015, police were called to a property on Cammarlie Street, Panania, after reports a man may have electrocuted himself inside a building.

Officers attended the scene and located the body of a man inside the roof cavity of an abandoned home. A ladder and tools were also found at the scene.

Initial inquiries indicate the man may have electrocuted himself after cutting a live wire within the roof cavity.

The man has not yet been identified, so investigators are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Woman left toddler in unlocked car with engine running

A woman will face court next year after leaving her toddler in a car in Bowral.

About 11.10am, Sunday 15 November 2015, police were called to Station Street, after members of the public found an unattended child.

Upon arrival, police located a 19-month-old child asleep in an unlocked car, with the keys in the ignition and engine running.

Officers from The Hume Local Area Command remained with the child while inquiries were made to locate her carer.

Following inquiries, officers attended a nearby cafe and spoke with a 40-year-old woman.

The woman, from Canyonleigh, was issued a court attendance notice for the offences of leave child unsupervised in motor vehicle and leave vehicle unsecured with engine running.

She is due to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

Elderly man dies after being run over by two cars

An 85-year-old man has died after being hit by two cars in Baulkham Hills.

Shortly after midnight, Monday 16 November 2015, emergency services were called to the M2, near the Windsor Road off-ramp, following reports a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

Upon arrival, police and ambulance paramedics attended to an unconscious man, who was lying in the westbound lanes.

Despite the efforts of emergency services who performed CPR on the man, he was unable to be revived.

Initial inquiries indicate the man was crossing the M2 on foot when he was struck by one car, and then another.

Both cars stopped at the location and the drivers of each vehicle have been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

An investigation into the incident is now underway and police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.