Ilya Gridneff

Ilya Gridneff is a Crime Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald.

In a flap over macaw's great escape

Ilya Gridneff He's a former debt collector and bikie associate. But now Mark Judge is in a flap after losing his much loved pet parrot ''Paris''.

Four dead, two missing as heavy rain ravages coast

The usually tranquil Wategos Beach in the wake of Cyclone Oswald.

Ilya Gridneff, Nicole Hasham and Amy Remeikis A WEEK after some of the hottest temperatures on record, four Queenslanders are dead and two men remain missing as winds and torrential rain lash the east coast and flooding wreaks havoc in parts of...

Lismore residents prepare to evacuate as torrential rain and wild winds head towards Sydney


Ilya Gridneff and Megan Levy More than 500 Lismore households are preparing to evacuate as heavy rain from ex-tropical Oswald cyclone brings potentially severe flooding to the region.

'Shocking' bushfire destroys 33 homes

Aerial picture shows smoke billowing from an out-of-control fire raging towards the Siding Spring Observatory (centre), a remote global research facility in the Warrumbungle ranges about 500km north-west of Sydney.

Ilya Gridneff, Tom Arup and Kristen Amiet THE worst bushfires in NSW for more than a decade have ripped through the state's north-west, taking 33 homes and destroying 40,000 hectares of land.

'It came up so quick and was phenomenal': the moment Mark will never forget


Ilya Gridneff This is the moment Mark Barrow will never forget.

Firefighters fear the return of heatwave


Ilya Gridneff THE NSW Rural Fire Service fears ground they made fighting fires could be lost with temperatures set to soar as conditions worsen across the state this weekend.

'Worst fire danger the state has faced'


Ilya Gridneff, Peter Hannam A ''DOME of heat'' is expected to push temperatures in NSW above 40 degrees, creating ''catastrophic'' fire conditions.

True Bluey or not, snorkellers hail Elvis of the sea


Ilya Gridneff Bluey's back. Or is he? The legendary Clovelly Bay groper, famed for befriending many a Sydney snorkeller, may have returned. Or he's spawned a family.

Early marks all round as workers run for the hills

Ilya Gridneff PORT MORESBY: When Mother Nature roared, the workforce of Papua New Guinea's capital hit the door.