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Nick Ralston is the Crime Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Nick Ralston, Peter Hannam, Lucy Cormack and Ella Rubeli The biggest storm to hit Sydney and the Hunter this century has battered the region, with at least three people dead, dozens of others needing rescuing and entire homes washed away in...
Nick Ralston Three people have been killed in flash flooding in the Hunter Valley township of Dungog.
Nick Ralston, Sarah Whyte and Peter Hannam The volatile nature of the bushfires still burning across NSW was again underlined on Thursday night, with two massive fires raging uncontained on the western side of the Blue Mountains flaring again...
Nick Ralston and Sarah Whyte and Peter Hannam A high-risk gamble by firefighters has paid off, with NSW escaping from one of its most threatening bushfire days on record mostly unscathed.
Nick Ralston, Emma Partridge Weather worse than the extremes already predicted, combined with large bushfires burning out of control, and the real potential for others to spark up, have prompted a very grim warning.
NSW bushfires: Blazes continue to rage as hot dry conditions intensify and two boys charged with starting a massive bushfire
Nick Ralston, Sarah Whyte, Peter Hannam It had hoped to be a day of relative quiet before another looming firestorm but hot dry conditions saw three emergency warnings issued for major blazes across NSW and two boys charged with starting a...
Nick Ralston ONE man is dead and hundreds of homes have been destroyed but the true devastation of the NSW bushfires may not be known for some days, and maybe not before a dangerous weather conditions fan the...
Nick Ralston Volunteer firefighters who spent Thursday trying to save their local communities from raging bushfires have returned to discover their own homes have been destroyed.
Lisa Davies, Nick Ralston, James Robertson City office workers might have complained about smoke in their eyes and nostrils on Tuesday afternoon but on Sydney's north-western fringe, firefighters were engaged in a running battle to save lives...
Nick Ralston THE devastation caused by the cyclonic weather will continue for days, with thousands of homes inundated, entire communities isolated and the possibility that Brisbane could run out of drinking water.
Nick Ralston and Lisa Davies Nearly 1500 firefighters do an incredible job keeping the state's homes protected from fire.
Nick Ralston, Saffron Howden NSW is facing its most dangerous bushfire threat in 12 years as the state swelters through a record-breaking heatwave and fire officials express concern about the public's preparedness.
Andrew Darby, Nick Ralston AT LEAST 80 homes have been lost and one man is feared killed by a bushfire that swept down onto the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, less than 60 kilometres from Hobart, in catastrophic conditions.
Nick Ralston PARTS of the state are facing their most serious bushfire threat in more than a decade amid a heatwave across much of Australia.
Nick Ralston More than 2500 homes and businesses across Sydney have been left without power after wind gusts of up to 80km/h hit the city.
Nick Ralston, Alen Delic A woman accused of throwing her puppy out of the window of her Kingswood apartment in western Sydney has been granted bail after she gave up the dog and promised not to own another.
Nick Ralston A drop in temperature is expected to help fire crews who were last night fighting a bushfire in the Blue Mountains that had forced the evacuation of homes and a high school.
Nick Ralston It had only just gone dark when George, a three-year-old blue Staffie, was stolen in a brazen dognapping at a busy Kings Cross intersection.
Nick Ralston THE devastation was horrific.
Nick Ralston and Matthew Jones IT WAS supposed to be a feelgood ending to a monkey theft mystery, but instead it ended up a case of mistaken identity.