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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.

Baby in Hospital

Newborn baby abandoned outside hospital

A NEWBORN baby has been found abandoned, dumped outside a hospital in Western Australia.

The baby, believed to be less than 24-hours-old, was reportedly left in front of the nurses’ quarters, across the road from the local hospital in Geraldton, 400km north of Perth, on Saturday morning.

It’s understood residents who live close to the hospital raised the alarm about 7am after hearing the baby crying.

The infant was taken to the hospital where it is being looked after by nurses and is reported to be in good health.

Concerned for the baby’s mother’s welfare, Geraldton detectives urged her to come forward and contact police as it was likely she would require medical attention.

She was located more than four hours later, about 11.30am, and also taken to hospital for assessment.

It”s the second time a newborn baby has been abandoned in Western Australia in four months.

A baby boy was left in a box outside a medical centre in Booragoon, in Perth’s south in March.

Anyone requiring support or help in Western Australia can call the state’s Crisis Care Helpline on 9223 1111.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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‘Wildlife smugglers’ caught with 13 native lizards in luggage

TWO Japanese men have been charged after allegedly trying to smuggle more than a dozen native bobtail lizards out of Australia in their luggage.

The men, aged 28 and 51, were detained at Perth International Airport on Wednesday after allegedly trying to board separate flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with the animals in their luggage.

It’s alleged 13 bobtail lizards were found packed inside netted laundry bags which were wrapped in towels inside two plastic containers in the older man’s check-in suitcase.

Source: Australian Border Force

Border Force officers also allegedly found empty laundry bags and plastic containers in the younger man’s baggage, as well as photos on his mobile phone of shingleback lizards and what appears to be one of the two containers of lizards.

While all of the lizards in the older man’s luggage were alive, none had access to food or water and some appeared to be in poor health.

It’s alleged the men are part of a much larger international wildlife smuggling syndicate and are linked to three other Japanese nationals charged with similar offences in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth over the past six months.

The lizards are known to sell for up to $10,000 each on the international black market.

Source: Australian Border Force

Source: Australian Border Force

The 51-year-old has been charged with attempting to export a regulated native specimen, and subjecting the lizards to cruel treatment, contrary to the Environment Protection and Bio-diversity Conservation ACT 1999.

The younger man is charged with aiding and abetting the attempted export.

Both men were remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

The 28-year-old arrived in Australia, via Brisbane, in May, while the 51-year-old arrived in Perth last Monday.

Source: Australian Border Force

The maximum penalty for wildlife trade offences under Australian law is 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $210,000 for individuals or up to $1,050,000 for corporations.

Parks and Wildlife Service is expected to lay a number of additional charges under the Western Australian Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

The ABF Superintendent of Enforcement Operations in WA, Clint Sims, said the ABF works closely with its state and federal partners to detect, disrupt and investigate those involved in this cruel trade.

“Wildlife smuggling is a lucrative trade and we know individuals and organised criminal syndicates can make significant profits by exporting and selling Australia’s unique native fauna overseas, particularly in Asia,” Superintendent Sims said.

“The ABF is doing all it can to prevent that from happening.”

Parks and Wildlife Service wildlife officer Karen Smith said Australian reptiles were highly sought after on the black market because they were easy to care for, attractive, and exotic.

“The smuggling of native wildlife is not only illegal but cruel and inhumane, with reptiles often smuggled for extended periods of time without food or water, in extremes of temperature and generally in confined spaces,” she said.

People with information about the illegal removal of reptiles or who notice any suspicious border related activity should call Australian Border Force’s Border Watch at Australia.gov.au/borderwatch or the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.