Breaking news | August 4

Health workers prepare to treat patients who have contracted Ebola in Guinea. Photo: EC/ECHO/flickr


Ebola: Aussie travel warning


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has partnered with the Department of Health to urge travelling Australians to reconsider visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and/or Guinea due to the serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Both Departments continue to issue regular updates on the government’s travel advisory website, and they remain in close contact with the international agencies monitoring the Ebola outbreak.

Due to the seriousness of the outbreak and the ongoing challenges of containing the disease, the Australian government is urging all Australians to familiarise themselves with the travel advice on the Department’s website. They ask travellers to register their details on smartraveller before departing Australia, and to contact their insurance provider to check the details of their coverage while travelling to West Africa.

Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 700 people and has a death rate of 90 per cent.

Although Australia is providing more than $40 million annually to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support its work, a medical evacuation at this time is difficult to conduct.


More cheese, please


Police charged a 21-year-old man with assault at 5:20pm in a park on Wellington Road in Auburn yesterday after a fight broke out with him and a 41-year-old man over the amount of cheese on a gozleme.

The fight occurred where people had gathered for a cultural festival. The 41 year-old had purchased the gozleme at a food stall but returned a short time later upset that there wasn’t enough cheese.

An argument began after the 21 year-old food vendor tried to refund the man. Its believed the 21 year-old punched the older man, causing a cut to his left ear.

The 41 year-old was admitted to Auburn hospital and received five stiches to the wound. The 21 year-old was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station.

He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm by unlawful act. The man will face court on 26 August 2014.

Speedsters sprung speeding


Coffs Harbour highway patrol officers discovered a large haul of cash and drugs in a routine ticket stop for speeding on the Pacific Highway.

The Toyota Camry driven by the alleged offenders was pulled over for a routine traffic stop on Saturday after being clocked doing approximately 58km per hour over the 100km speed limit.

The driver, a 29 year old Chinese man originally from Hong Kong, was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit before the police performed a search of the car and found what they believe was a large quantity of methyl amphetamine, or ‘ice’, worth an approximate street value of $218,000.

Police claim the driver of the vehicle and his 27-year-old passenger who is also from Hong Kong, were found in possession of the drugs and an amount of money totalling $290,000, a total of almost half a million dollars. Due to the quantities involved police have refused both men bail and charged them with supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of a crime.

The two men will appear in Grafton Local Court today where their charges will be heard by the magistrate.


Man bashed with pool cue


Police are investigating the circumstances behind the assault of a 26 year old man with a pool cue in the Eastern Suburbs on Sunday.

At about 1:25pm police were called to a hotel on Bondi Road after 2 men got into an argument and the 26 year old was hit in the head repeatedly with a pool cue.

Both men had fled the scene prior to the arrival of police at the scene. A short time later a 26 year old man received treatment for facial cuts and a broken finger.

Eastern Suburbs police are still investigating the matter. Police are urging anyone with information to contact crime stoppers on 1800 330 000.


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