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Baby found dead at Perth private school

A major investigation is underway after the body of an infant was found at a private school in Perth.

The 11-month-old baby was discovered on the grounds of Kingsway Christian College early last night.

Emergency crews, including paramedics and police, immediately swarmed the scene following the shock discovery.

It’s not yet known if the death is suspicious, but police have confirmed they’re investigating.

“Major crime division are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an 11-month-old infant located in Darch,” WA police said in a statement overnight.

One person is currently assisting officers with inquiries.

Further information is expected to be released later today.

Coronavirus

Perth wakes to snap five day lockdown after hotel security guard tests positive

Residents across multiple Western Australian areas are waking up to lockdown conditions for the first time in almost a year, after a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive to coronavirus.

The man in his 20s returned the positive test yesterday, but had apparently travelled to 16 locations in the three days before he got tested.

Authorities believe he may have contracted the highly infectious UK strain of the virus, forcing the whole of Perth into a snap five day lockdown.

“When the man was working at this hotel there were four active cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Of those four cases we have at least three confirmed variant strains, two UK and one South African.

“We are told the guard was working on the same floor as a positive UK variant case,” he said.

It’s prompted widespread testing, rapid contact tracing and panic buying across the state, breaking WA’s 10 month streak of no community transmission.

Other states and territories have begun closing their borders to Western Australia, while it gets on top of the potential outbreak.

Anyone coming into Queensland from Western Australia will now have to go into 14 days of hotel quarantine.

While anyone already in Queensland who may have been in Metropolitan Perth, Peel or the South West regions since January 25 is being urged to come forward and get tested and isolate while waiting for the result.

Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory have closed their borders to Western Australia as well, while NSW and the ACT is asking anyone who’s been in the lockdown areas since January 25 to isolate for five days and get tested.

Perth’s lockdown is due to come to an end at 6.00pm on Friday, provided there’s no evidence that the virus has spread in the community.

Schools will stay closed for another week before the 2021 year begins.

Beer

Perth man to wear ankle bracelet after leaving quarantine to go to pub

A man in Perth has become the first person to have to wear an ankle bracelet, after continuously breaching quarantine restrictions.

The 53-year-old arrived at Perth Airport on Friday night after arriving from Queensland without a pass.

He was taken to hospital after complaining of non-COVID related symptoms, where he was told to wait for a police escort to a quarantine sight.

But, upon receiving treatment he allegedly left the facility before transport arrived, to hit up the local pub.

Police tracked him down at the Northbridge Hotel after he checked into a nearby backpackers.

Health authorities say the man is at a very low risk of any COVID exposure, but he’s been tested as a precaution and put into hotel quarantine.

He will be summonsed for Failing to Comply with direction and will appear at a Perth court at a later date.

The pub’s been closed for cleaning.

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts says the man will be given an ankle bracelet for the rest of his time in quarantine.

“These are GPS ankle bracelets. We purchased 200 of them for this exact purpose and, as I understand it, the state emergency coordinator is progressing a direction so we can do just that.

“We’re not about putting ankle bracelets on people that don’t need them or having additional requirements where they’re not required,” Minister Roberts said over the weekend.

Crime Scene Tape

Pregnant woman found dead outside hospital in remote mining town

A pregnant woman has been found dead outside a hospital in the small mining town of Newman in Western Australia.

It’s understood the woman’s body was discovered in the early hours of this morning, with police called to Newman Hospital just after 4.00am.

According to WA Today, the body was found inside a wheelie bin, although police are yet to confirm this.

Local media say a man has since been taken into custody.

Investigations into the shock discovery are ongoing.

Newman is a fly-in-fly-out mining town with a population of around 7200 people.

Police Tape

Man shot dead after alleged stabbing attack at WA shopping centre

A man has been shot dead by police after reportedly going on a stabbing rampage at a shopping centre in Western Australia.

The terrifying scenes unfolded around 10.00am on Friday at the South Hedland Square Shopping Centre.

It’s understood a man, armed with a knife, stabbed a number of innocent shoppers before being shot by responding police.

“Police can confirm that a male has died as a result of the incident at the South Hedland Square Shopping Centre,” WA police said in a statement.

They also confirmed that a number of people received injuries and are currently being treated at Hedland Health Campus.

“Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding how these people received the injuries,” WA police said.

“As per normal protocols, Major Crime Division and Professional Standards Division will investigate the circumstances surrounding the police shooting.”

Officers confirmed there is no ongoing threat to the public.