Man in critical condition following fight outside Sydney pub

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fight outside a hotel at Parramatta on the weekend, which has left a man hospitalised with critical injuries.

Shortly before 1.30am, Saturday 7 November 2015, a number of people became involved in an altercation outside the licensed premises on Smith Street.

Emergency services were contacted and police from Parramatta Local Area Command attended and located two men who had been involved in the fight.

Police spoke with a 21-year-old man who had suffered facial lacerations and a possible broken nose. The man was treated at the scene and conveyed to hospital.

A 22-year-old man was also speaking with officers but subsequently collapsed.

The man was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics and was conveyed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition with a suspected bleed on the brain.

His condition remains as serious, but stable.

Patrolling police located three men a short distance away and they were arrested and conveyed to Parramatta Police Station.

The men, two aged 18 and one 19, have been charged with affray.

The two 18-year-olds were granted conditional bail, to appear at Parramatta Local Court on 30 November 2015.

The 19-year-old man was refused bail, to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday 12 November 2015.

Investigators have appealed for anyone that might have witnessed the incident or with information about those involved to contact Crime Stoppers.

Police search for missing Ipswich teenager

Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl who is missing from the Ipswich area.

She hasn’t been seen since 8.00am on November 2 outside an educational facility on Warwick Road in Ipswich.

She has made contact with family but so far has not been located.

Initial investigations suggest she may be travelling in the company of a man who is described as Caucasian in appearance, tall with a slim build and large, light-coloured beard.

The girl is described as Caucasian in appearance with olive complexion, slim build, approximately 185cm tall, with long brown hair, brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a royal blue and gold school uniform with a black backpack but may have changed into a black hooded jumper and jeans and a black cap.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Riots break out on Christmas Island

Riots have reportedly broken out at Christmas Island detention centre, with detainees angry over the death of an Iranian asylum seeker.

According to a refugee advocate, fences and walls have been knocked down and fires have been started in some sections of the detention centre.

It’s believed the canteen has been burnt down.

The Immigration Department is yet to confirm the incident.

Meanwhile, a New Zealand detainee has told TVNZ guards have abandoned the centre.

“They’ve gone, they’ve freaked out and left,” he said, according to audio provided to ABC radio.

A coroner will investigate the death of the Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker, named by refugee groups as seeker Fazel Chegeni.

His body was found on Sunday after he escaped from the centre on Friday.

 

Strike action to cause chaos at Australian airports

Travellers are bracing for major disruptions across Australian international airports on Monday.

Border Force staff began a strike at midnight as part of industrial action to protect pay and conditions.

About 5000 workers will take part in the Community and Public Sector Union’s 24-hour strike at international airports, ports, mail and cargo centres.

 

“Staff will strike for 24 hours at international airports, ports, mail and cargo centres to protest government threats to cut their pay,” CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said, adding that cuts to conditions would cause some workers to lose about $20,000.

Border Force staff who clear passengers and cargo will be involved in the industrial action, but those involved with counter-terrorism and national security will work as usual.

“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers but we would suggest that people get to airports early,” Ms Flood said.

Under the proposed cuts, part of a year-long dispute between the union and the government, allowances for extra duties would be slashed to a standard $2000 payment.

This would decrease many workers’ pay by about $8000, Ms Flood said.

Last week the government offered to lift the pay cap to two per cent, but hasn’t budged on other proposed cuts.

 

Woman tragically killed in NSW house fire

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A WOMAN has tragically died in a house fire at Holsworthy, in Sydney’s south-west this evening.

Police say emergency services were called to the house ablaze on Damour Street just before 7.20pm AEDT.

After extinguishing the blaze, a woman believed to be aged in her 60s was found dead at the scene.

The scene will be examined by forensic specialist officers, however police say initial investigations suggested the fire was not lit deliberately.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.