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Nick Ralston

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

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.

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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.

Parents lobby retailers over 'sexy' children's clothes

Kate Prideaux, Nick Ralston Major retailers are being urged to stop marketing inappropriate clothing at children or risk a boycott by parents after a social media backlash aimed at Target over its range of girls' clothes.

Man charged with family murders

Nick Ralston, Lisa Davies For almost all his adult life, Carlos Lopez had dedicated much of his time to caring for his intellectually disabled brother as a way of supporting his ageing parents.

Three slain, relative arrested

Police outside a Sydney unit where three members of the same family were discovered dead.

Nick Ralston, Lisa Davies Man expected to be charged over deaths of three of his family in a Sydney unit.

Man, 44, held over family killings

Photographs show scenes from a housing complex on Melbourne st. St.John Park this morning where the bodies of three people and two dogs were found stabbed to death. A further male is under police guard in Liverpool hospital with stab wounds.Police direct a resident out of the complex.Photograph by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.News.Taken Sunday 29th July 2012.

Nick Ralston, Lisa Davies A Sydney man is under police guard in hospital suspected of killing his parents and brother in Sydney yesterday

Alleged killer watched Kelly treated

Lisa Davies, Rachel Olding, Nick Ralston As Thomas Kelly lay bleeding on the Kings Cross pavement, floored by a forceful blow from a stranger, he was being watched, not only by his distressed girlfriend, a friend and concerned onlookers -...