Counter-terrorism police are investigating claims a 17-year-old student at Epping Boys High School has been leading Islamic extremist activities within the school’s playground.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch has confirmed an investigation is underway following reports that the boy was been preaching sermons at the school in north-west Sydney and had twice attempted to flee the country to Syria. Mr Murdoch said: “We are no longer dealing with people in their 30s but we’re seeing people of much younger ages becoming involved.”
Family’s loss in a house fire
A four-year-old boy has died in a house fire in southern NSW that started when flames from the fireplace spread. Police said the Victorian family were holidaying at the house in Anglers Reach, near Adaminaby, just south of Canberra, when they attempted to light a fire in the open fireplace. The 40-year-old father, his 35-year-old-wife and three of their children managed to escape the blaze but the fourth child was found inside the building this morning. The woman suffered burns to her face and upper body and was treated at the scene but remains in a serious condition in Canberra Hospital. Police are investigating the fire and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Bill Shorten’s climate change challenge
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has challenged the Coalition to a climate change election, opening the ALP national conference at Melbourne by declaring: “Bring. It. On.” Mr Shorten then went on to push the party differences by saying: “There is, absolutely, a clear-cut choice between Labor and the Liberals on renewable energy.”
Nurse returns home after working with IS
Melbourne Nurse Adam Brookman has returned home from Syria today and willingly gave himself into the AFP’s custody upon arrival. Mr Brookman told Fairfax Media he went to the war zone for humanitarian work in 2014 but was forced to join IS after being taken to an IS camp. An AFP spokesman said: “If there is evidence an Australian has committed a criminal offence under Australia law while involved in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, they will be charged and put before the courts.”
Fleeing suspect breaks into Ruby Rose’s backyard
A gunman has been arrested in LA after breaking into Ruby Rose’s backyard. The encounter took place after the actor returned home from a night out with LA based music producer Skrillex. Ms Rose tweeted the ordeal to: “There is a gunman in my backyard. This is petrifying. Helicopters, police, dogs..And a crazy person.(sic)”. The man was arrested shortly afterwards and Ms Rose was unharmed. “Man arrested. Wow. Crazy. Annnd now I won’t be watching horror films before bed anymore(sic).” Ms Rose later posted a video of police cars and the helicopters searching for the man which has since been deleted. Compiled from Internet sources by Luke Rufford