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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.

Child Seat Buckle

Man charged after 3-month old baby left in hot car at shopping centre

A MAN has been charged after he allegedly left his three-month-old baby boy in a hot car for more than half an hour while he went shopping.

Police say the Perth father drove to the Armadale Shopping Centre about 4.25pm on Wednesday and parked his vehicle in the undercover car park.

It’s alleged the 35-year-old then left his baby in the vehicle with the front window slightly open while he went inside the shopping centre.

“It is further alleged he did not return to his vehicle until just before 5pm,” Western Australia Police said in a statement.

A member of the public heard the baby crying about 10 minutes after the father left and opened the rear door to allow more air into the vehicle before calling police.

Officers then rushed to the scene and removed the baby, who they say “felt quite hot” from the vehicle.

The infant was checked over by paramedics before being taken to hospital where he was assessed and thankfully released unharmed.

The man has since been charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle and will appear in court at a later date.

Police say the penalty for this offence is “Liable to imprisonment for 5 years. Summary conviction penalty: a fine of $36 000 and imprisonment for 3 years”.

“Frustrated resident” paints fake zebra crossing on road

Mystery surrounds a fake zebra crossing that popped up on a busy street in Western Australia this weekend – with reports it may have been a frustrated resident taking matters into their owns hands.

City of Rockingham Councillor Matt Whitfield posted a photo of the crossing to his Facebook page on Monday, appealing for help to try and find the person responsible.

“You will perhaps have noticed that there is a new ‘pedestrian crossing’ on Makybe Drive between Delta road and Phar Lap Parade,” Mr Whitfield wrote.

“This ‘appeared’ over the weekend. This is not approved by the City or Main Roads, and it is not a legal crossing. This is not a supervised crossing and it does not comply with any safety standards.”

Mr Whitfield continued by saying that he’s not sure who painted the crossing, but praised their impressive painting efforts.

“Not sure who painted this (in fairness they have done a great job of it!) and would be keen to hear from anyone about this – surely someone noticed someone painting a zebra crossing on a decently busy road!” he wrote.

Whitfield confirmed the City of Rockingham would be removing the crosswalk as soon as possible.