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Nick Ralston

Nick Ralston is the Crime Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Australians arrested over Philippines child abuse

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Nick Ralston Three Australians have been arrested for allegedly paying an international crime group to arrange live webcam shows of children being abused in the Philippines.

Small fire breaks out at Villawood detention centre

Nick Ralston A small fire has broken out at Villawood detention centre in Sydney's south-west, NSW Fire and Rescue says.

Two bodies found in Sydney house

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Nick Ralston The bodies of a husband and wife have been found inside their house at Revesby in Sydney’s south-west.

Defence contractor charged over 'Knights of the Jedi Council' emails

Hastings Frederickson at the Queanbeyan Police Station.

Noel Towell and Nick Ralston The alleged ringleader of the Defence Force’s “knights of the Jedi Council” has been charged by NSW Police in Queanbeyan on Tuesday.

Former commando charged over Jedi Council sex ring


Noel Towell, Nick Ralston The alleged ringleader of the Defence Force’s ‘‘Knights of the Jedi Council’’ was charged by NSW police in Queanbeyan on Monday.

Banks bitten with $200m stolen by brazen workers

Nick Ralston Employees have stolen more than $200 million from the nation's financial institutions in the past 13 years, with the need to feed a gambling addiction the motivation for more than half the 123 people...

Boys arrested as winds threaten to build monster fire front

Royal Fire Service firefighters work late into the night strengthening containment lines  outside of Bilpin.

Nick Ralston, Sarah Whyte and Peter Hannam Firefighters had hoped for a day of relative quiet before another looming firestorm but hot, dry conditions meant emergency warnings were issued for three major blazes in NSW and two boys charged...

'Baddest' bikies attract top ads


Nick Ralston and Rory Callinan They are the self-proclaimed 'baddest' bikie gang in the world and Qantas and Telstra have been advertising on their website.

US Mongols 'patch over' Australian Finks gang


Nick Ralston, Rory Callinan They are the self-proclaimed baddest bikie gang in the world, and they have quietly orchestrated a takeover of an Australian gang.

NSW prisoners to be banned from smoking


Nick Ralston Smoking in all NSW prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's prison boss expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.

Army officer accused of sexually assaulting private

Nick Ralston An Australian Army captain allegedly pulled rank, pointing to insignia on his clothing, and ordered a lower ranking female private to walk into a park on Anzac Day where he sexually assaulted her,...

Australian man in Syria, 'Abu Asma al-Australi', suspected to be suicide bomber

Abu Asma' al-Australi

Natalie O'Brien, Nick Ralston An Australian man is suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing attack in Syria on behalf of the proscribed terror group the al-Nusrah Front.

Helen Liu defamation case: Age journalists ordered to reveal sources

Helen Liu

Nick Ralston The Age and three of its journalists have failed in a final bid to keep confidential their sources in a series of stories about Chinese-Australian businesswoman Helen Liu and a Labor MP.

Hopes fade for yacht crew

Vintage wooden yacht, Nina.

Nick Ralston Relatives of those on-board a vintage racing yacht which has vanished while sailing between New Zealand and Australia say their hopes of any survivors are fading.

Named: the Australian paedophile jailed for 40 years

 Mark Newton

Nick Ralston Standing before an American court convicted of the most heinous of child sex crimes, the double lives of Australian citizen Mark J. Newton and his long-term boyfriend Peter Truong were laid bare.

Search for yacht now focused on rafts, debris

Searchers said Thursday, June 27, 2013, they have grave concerns for seven people aboard the American schooner that has been missing for three weeks between New Zealand and Australia.

Nick Ralston There was something chilling in the final message from vintage yacht Nina before it disappeared. As it met rough seas halfway through its 12-day trip from New Zealand to Australia, crew on the...

Mafia insider hid role in hit on campaigner

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John Silvester, Nick Ralston and Lisa Davies A Mafia insider who told police he hired the hitman who killed Griffith anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay was in fact present at the 1977 execution, and helped dump the body in a well on a property...

Mother blasts footy violence

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05:  Paul Gallen of the Blues punches Nate Myles of the Maroons during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Nick Ralston, Nicky Phillips The mother of a man who was nearly killed by a punch to the head has branded Paul Gallen's violence in Wednesday night's State of Origin game as ''disgusting'', saying such thuggery ''should not be...

Charity watchdog investigates 'rogue individuals'

Nick Ralston Scores of complaints have been lodged about the conduct of charities months after a watchdog was set up to police the not-for-profit sector.

Dance teacher 'snapped naked girls'

Grant Davies from his RG Dance who is facing child pornography charges. Sourced from Grant's personal Facebook page. May 18, 2013.

Nick Ralston For almost a decade thousands of parents trusted prominent Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies as he told them he could make their children famous.