Two arrested over bashing murder of WWII veteran

POLICE have made a breakthrough in the shocking bashing murder of a Victorian great-grandfather and WWII veteran.

The body of 90-year-old Kenneth Handford, pictured, was found in the bedroom of his Springbank home on September 15, what would have been his 90th birthday.

Two men have been arrested and are assisting police with their inquiries.

Police are still trying to track down Mr Handford’s valuable war service medals, which were allegedly stolen, along with cash, from his home at the time of the attack.

Crime scene established after man shot multiple times

A crime scene has been established following the shooting of a man in Mount Druitt overnight.

Shortly after 9pm Monday 26 October 2015, emergency services were called to Derwent Street following reports that a man had been shot.

On arrival officers located a 34-year-old man suffering a number of gun-shot wounds.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.

Investigations continue by detectives from Mount Druitt Local Area Command.

Youth charged with stabbing teenager during fight

A youth has been charged following the stabbing of a teenager in Kiama yesterday.

About 6.30pm Monday 26 October 2015, an altercation occurred between a group of 17-year-old youths at Kiama Railway Station.

Following that altercation, it’s alleged one of the boys ran from the scene and was chased by a second boy. When the pair reached the intersection of Terralong Street and Collins Street it’s alleged a knife was produced and one of the boys stabbed the other in the chest.

The injured teen was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to St George Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police from Lake Illawarra arrested the second boy and took him to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he was charged with wounding or grievous bodily harm with intent, affray, having custody of a knife in a public place and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail and will appear in a Children’s Court today Tuesday 27 October 2015.

 

NSW man arrested, charged with mortgage fraud

Fraud and Cybercrime Squad detectives have arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with fraud offences following a nine-year-investigation targeting organised mortgage fraud.

Strike Force Apia was formed in 2007 to examine cases of complex, large-scale mortgage frauds across NSW, and has resulted in the arrests of numerous people for various offences.

That includes the 41-year-old man who was arrested at Katoomba yesterday (Monday 26 October 2015).

He was charged with use false instrument with intent and make false statement to obtain money. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 9 November 2015.

Police will allege the man assisted with the fraudulent application of a home loan for $460,000 using false documents.

It will be alleged he was part of a wider, organised syndicate involved in large-scale fraud within the finance industry.

Strike force investigators have previously arrested and charged 18 people with more than 100 offences, relating to fraudulently obtained loans worth $16 million.

Through their inquiries, police have also prevented other fraudulent loan applications, totalling more than $55 million, from being processed.

WATCH: “It’s so stupid on so many levels”, Queenslanders hit back at CSG industry

QUEENSLAND singer Katie Noonan has put a Federal politician in his place during a fiery debate over the impacts coal seam gas mining is having on farmers.

The ABC hosted its Q&A panel in Toowoomba on Monday night and heard from the daughter of a Chinchilla farmer who recently took his own life following a ten-year battle with coal companies.

“One of the last things my father said: ‘No one is listening, why are you wasting my time?'” Helen Bender told the panel from the audience.

“You are a turntable, you walk in, walk out, you talk the talk, you are just here for show. You are not listening.”

Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon responded by explaining the “the extraction of those resources are too significant to the national economy”. He was booed by the audience and Ms Bender shook her head with disbelief.

He added that the issue was ‘state-based’.

“I’m sorry but I think that’s a cop out,” Noonan replied.

“To me it seems so incredibly stupid on so many levels,” Ms Noonan added – to applause.

“This state government has let everyone down for years and passing this off to a state problem is a cop out – it’s a national problem.

“We can’t survive without farmers. Farmers aren’t allowed to say ‘no’ to these multinational companies that come into their land that they’ve had for generations.

“They don’t know the health impacts they don’t know the water impacts. It is a matter of national importance.”

Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash went against her party’s policy and admitted farmers should have the right to say no. Ms Nash said she agreed that farmers should have the right to block CSG mining on their land.

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