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Man in hospital after being dragged by car in Belmont

Police

Steve Holland 5:08pm A man is recovering at Royal Perth Hospital after being dragged along a road in Belmont by a black four-wheel drive on Friday morning.

Uniting Church's $88 million residential tower for Perth

Uniting Church development

Brendan Foster 4:56pm The Uniting Church wants to build an $88 million, 41-storey, residential tower on St Georges Terrace in Perth.

Five-month-old baby boy admitted to PMH with meningococcal

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3:04pm A five-month baby boy admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday night with meningococcal is in a critical but stable condition.

Anzac: Albany population surge a $50 million business boom

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ALEISHA ORR 2:33pm Christmas will come early for Albany business this weekend as the usually quiet coastal city hosts Anzac commemorations, injecting an estimated $50 million into the local economy.

Perth family shocked after family pet cat shot dead

RSPCA

LEANNE NICHOLSON 3:05pm An Oakford family has been left shocked and distraught after they found their pet cat shot dead in their street.

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Stunning photos emerge of surfer's Esperance shark encounter

Andy Johnston paddles onto a wave just in front of the estimated three-metre shark.

SIMON WHITE 4:34pm More than a month after an Esperance surfer had a close encounter with a great white shark, stunning photos have emerged of the incident.

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Boy, 15, charged over alleged Warwick sexual assault

Police

12:22pm Police have charged a 15-year-old Duncraig boy with the alleged sexual assault of a woman near Warwick Train Station on Wednesday.

Thieves ram-raid a shopping centre in Bunbury

Bunbury ram-raid

11:52am Thieves have ram-raided a shopping centre in Bunbury on Friday, but have left empty-handed after targeting an ATM.

Perth.com.au: website blurs lines between WA and Tasmania

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Brendan Foster 3:55pm Holiday-goers keen to visit Perth could be excused for thinking the WA capital had shrunk in size after visiting the travel website Perth.com.au.

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The five spookiest places in Perth to spend Halloween

Prepare for a scare.

Ray Sparvell 9:35am Want to scare yourself silly on Halloween? You won't have to travel too far to find a place where things go bump in the night – and it's likely to be your heart!

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Perth terror expert says we are losing the language war

The power of language in constructing ideas and in creating perceptions had been largely neglected.

Ray Sparvell 10:45am A leading Perth authority on counter-terrorism believes that the West is losing the language war to Islamist terrorists.

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Fallen diggers remembered ahead of ANZAC commemorations

WA soldier Mervyn Ross.

CANDICE BARNES 10:14am The muddy battlefields of the Western Front were a world away from Fremantle, but it set the scene for an unlikely family reunion for two young Australian diggers.

WA 'head-in-a-bag' killer sentenced to 23 years prison

Police search areas of Rottnest Island's coastline for body parts after a man's head is found.

6:46pm The man who murdered underworld figure Stephen Cookson and dumped his dismembered body in the ocean off Perth has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 23 years.

Six 'butt-out' fines in five months: Perth smoking bans

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NICOLE COX Just six smokers have been fined and almost 3000 cautioned – five months after Perth City Council banned people from lighting up in city shopping malls.

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No jailbird here: stolen parrot found by Karratha police

Police

NICOLE COX Karratha police are well-versed in rubbing shoulders with jailbirds, but officers ruffled more than a few feathers to track down a most unusual item of stolen property – an expensive eclectus parrot.

Man, 52, fires gun over mine workers near Laverton: police

A 52-year-old man from the Mount Margaret community has allegedly threatened staff at a mine site near Laverton with a gun on Wednesday.

Police investigate sex assault near Warwick train station

WA police

Police have launched an inquiry into reports a woman was raped by a teenage boy near Warwick train station during the afternoon peak commute on Wednesday.

Australian scientists should fight ebola in West Africa: WA expert

Ebola nurse.

Brendan Foster A University of WA medical microbiologist says Australia needs to tackle the Ebola epidemic in West Africa head on and not wait for it to "come knocking on our doors".

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Sentencing process to begin for head-in-bag killer

Police search areas of Rottnest Island's coastline for body parts after a man's head is found.

Sentencing submissions will be heard in a Perth court for a man found guilty of murdering an underworld figure whose severed head washed up on Rottnest Island.

Snake bite victim airlifted from Onslow to Perth

Tiger snakes are said to be in strong supply around Herdsman Lake.

Brendan Foster A 19-year-old man was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital on Thursday morning after he was bitten by a snake in the Pilbara.

RPH staff call snap strike over 150 job cuts by WA government

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LEANNE NICHOLSON Royal Perth Hospital support staff have called a snap strike for 1pm on Thursday with concern more than 150 jobs could be cut from hospitals around the state.

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'Mistaken identity': vandals target Perth Sikh temple

Some of the graffiti found spray-painted on the still-to-be-completed temple.

LIAM DUCEY A Sikh temple in Perth’s north-east has been spray-painted by vandals with anti-Muslim graffiti.

New Perth busport 'will ease public transport pressure'

Artist impression of the busport.

Andrew MacNiven The WA government unveiled the final design for Perth's new underground busport on Wednesday.

Aaron Carlino guilty of Rotto head-in-a-bag murder

Rottnest Island search for body parts

Aaron Carlino has been found guilty of murdering underworld figure Stephen Cookson, whose severed head washed up on Rottnest Island.

National Anzac Centre lives up to legend: RSL president

National Anzac Centre in Albany

LIAM DUCEY A centre of national significance will officially open in Albany this weekend when Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveils the National Anzac Centre.

'Entire car was gone in 10 minutes': Bunbury driver escapes fire

Mr Walsh's car went from fine to gutted in minutes.

Andrew Elstermann A Bunbury man was completely shocked when his car caught fire on Bussell Highway on Wednesday morning.

Kimberley police sting nets prolific drug courier, illicit drug seizures

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A police sting on youth crimes and drug trafficking across WA's Kimberley region has netted a high-profile drug courier and several seizures of illicit drugs, WA Police claim.

Teen remanded over Scarborough concrete attack at Hamburger Hill

Perth Children's Court.

A 16-year-old Girrawheen boy charged over a concrete attack on the owner of a Scarborough burger joint has been remanded in custody.

Perth court: Man pleads guilty to double murder in Warwick

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A man has pleaded guilty in a Perth court to the double murder of a mother and daughter in their home.

Patients or paperwork: Bunbury psychiatric staff overloaded

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James Taylor Frustrated doctors and nurses at Bunbury’s acute psychiatric unit are having to choose between patient care and filling out paperwork, a staff member has revealed.