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Nick Ralston

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

Search for yacht now focused on rafts, debris

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

Mackay 'didn't believe anyone would kill him' (Thumbnail)

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.

Paid interview may 'prejudice' Harris case

Nick Ralston Any potential criminal trial involving Rolf Harris could be prejudiced by a Wollongong woman's decision to go public in paid interviews about how she was allegedly sexually assaulted by the...

'Every image is a crime scene': police crack online child abuse images network


Nick Ralston An online network that shared child exploitation images has been uncovered leading to the arrest of 20 men and a woman Australia wide.

Speedy delivery, no questions

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Nick Ralston As the fallout from the Australian Crime Commission report began, Fairfax Media decided to find out how easy it was to buy the substances listed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency as being...

Drenched Brisbane faces drinking water crisis

The Melbourne Hotel in Bundaberg.

Nick Ralston Devastation caused by ex-cyclone Oswald in Queensland and northern New South Wales will continue for days, with thousands of homes inundated, entire communities isolated and the possibility that...

Australia reloads as gun amnesties fail to cut arms

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Nick Ralston AUSTRALIANS own as many guns now as they did at the time of the Port Arthur massacre, despite more than 1 million firearms being handed in and destroyed, new research reveals.

Fire crews race against return of heat

Bowning Brigade members fight a fire near Jugiong.

Nick Ralston More than 135 bushfires continued to burn across New South Wales on Wednesday night, including 30 that were out of control, as fire crews raced to contain blazes before a return to hot and windy...

Man feared dead, at least 80 properties lost in Tasmanian bushfires

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.

Hey Dad star lands to face multiple sex charges

Robert Hughes.

Megan Levy and Nick Ralston Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been charged with 11 child sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Hey Dad star granted bail on sex charges

Robert Hughes

Nick Ralston THE star of one of Australia's most watched television shows, Robert Hughes, sat in the dock of a Sydney court on Thursday facing 11 child sex charges that date back to the 1980s.

Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes charged with 11 child sex offences

Actor Robert Hughes

Megan Levy and Nick Ralston Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes been charged with 11 child sex offences dating back to the 1980s. Mr Hughes appeared in court when his matter was briefly heard on Thursday afternoon.

Opposition plots return of TPVs via private bill

Liberal MP Scott Morrison.

Jessica Wright and Nick Ralston The opposition will try to resurrect temporary protection visas through legislation this week.

Gillard will be grilled, says Abbott

Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott

Nick Ralston The Coalition says it is prepared to give Prime Minister Julia Gillard the benefit of the doubt over claims she was involved with the mortgage on a property partly paid for with stolen union funds...

Catholic brother, teacher on child sex charges

Nick Ralston Police cannot rule out further arrests, or that more victims will come forward, after a Catholic brother and a teacher were charged over child sex offences at two western Sydney schools.

Fatal shooting at bikie wedding

Glenda Kwek, Nick Ralston Sensing there may be trouble, police had an eye on the reception hall at the Serbian National Defence Council in Sydney on Sunday evening.

Italian father of sisters in custody dispute speaks out


Nick Ralston THE father of four sisters at the centre of an international custody dispute says their mother has nothing to fear if she returns to Italy to visit them.