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People trapped in Beckenham multi-car crash

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11:38 AM   Several people were trapped in a multi-vehicle crash in Beckenham on Saturday morning.

Firefighters tackling three life threatening bushfires

Bush fires have become out of control in many areas across Perth today

Aleisha Orr 8:19 PM   Watch and act alerts were issued for three separate fires threatening homes and lives around Perth on Friday afternoon.

Catch and kill order for great white shark off Warnbro Sound

A catch and kill order is in place for a shark off the coast of Warnbro Sound (file pic)

Leanne Nicholson 7:05 PM   A great white shark which has remained one kilometre off the coast of Warnbro Sound for the past few days is being captured by Fisheries after being deemed a public threat.

Strange fruit: Poisonous Pilbara kiwi hasn't soured Gina’s dream

A contractor working at Gina Rinehart's mine site noticed an “unusual discoloration” inside the kiwi fruit from the dining hall.

Steve Holland 5:37 PM   Gina Rinehart’s prospective iron ore miner, Roy Hill, has announced that it is still on track for its 2015 completion after a poisonous kiwi fruit found at the remote construction site soured operations.

Jailed WA priest basher 'remorseful'

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5:06 PM   A man who broke a priest's jaw during a home invasion in Western Australia's south has been jailed for five and a half years.

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Perth magistrate taken off case after Googling details

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4:06 PM   A Perth magistrate has been taken off a case because she Googled information about it during a trial.

Christian Brothers failed to prevent child sex abuse - saw it as 'moral lapse'

A new report has been released regarding sexual abuse carried out by Christian Brothers

Aleisha Orr 3:53 PM   Leadership of the Christian Brothers Order failed to prevent sexual abuse of children living in four of its Western Australian institutions, a report has found.

WA child sex abuse investigations improved

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Steve Holland 3:09 PM   Federal and state police targeting the online sexual exploitation of children will be sitting side by side for the first time in a bid to make investigations quicker and more effective.

Perth in for a hot Christmas and a scorcher today

The sun is set to be out over Christmas as Perth gets ready for a hot holiday period

Aleisha Orr 1:21 PM   Break out the paddling pools and make sure you have plenty of ice ready to go because Perth is set for a hot Christmas.

Perth primary school torched, high school ransacked

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Steve Holland 12:25 PM   A fire which caused $50,000 damage at Perth primary school is being investigated by police.

Elderly woman dies after crashing into tree in Dumbleyung

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A woman in her 80s has died after crashing into a tree in Dumbleyung on Thursday.

Want to lose weight? Breathe more!

A research suggests losing weight is as simple as...breathing

Derek Rielly   How are you doing? How's that body of yours? If you're like most of us, I'm guessing you're not entirely thrilled by the shape.

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Council puts cap on Guildford Hotel apartments

An artist's impression of how the Guildford Hotel redevelopment would have looked if the seven storey development was given the green light.

Brendan Foster   The owner of the run down Guildford Hotel will only be allowed to build apartments up till four storeys behind the pub, after the City of Swan put a cap on the heights.

Truck lodged under Hay Street overpass on Mitchell Freeway

Truck crashes into the Hay Street bridge on Mitchell Freeway.

Brendan Foster   The traffic chaos along the Mitchell Freeway is starting to ease after a truck lodged under the Hay Street overpass on Thursday morning was cleared.

Police seek information on Port Kennedy armed robbery

Police are chasing information over an armed robbery at a fast food outlet in Port Kennedy on Wednesday night.

Four Sydney men jailed for bashing Perth man over drug money

Four Sydney men were jailed after flying to Perth to bash a man for drug money

Four Sydney men have been jailed over the brutal bashing of a Perth man who owed them cash for drugs.

WA Greens, Labor lash Perth Freight Link toll road plan

Only large trucks would have to pay the toll on the planned Perth Freight Link.

The wrong transport projects are being funded in Perth, with a $1.5 billion freight road receiving federal money but a promised light rail network put on ice, says Labor firebrand Alannah MacTiernan.

Police to target Christmas drink drivers

Police say "They are not out to ruin Christmas. They are out to save lives" as they tackle drink drivers

Brendan Foster   Drink drivers trying to evade police by using suburban backstreets this Christmas will be caught, WA police have warned.

Farewell for toddler Sam Trott scheduled for Saturday

Sam Trott's family had decided against a private service and the community would be welcome at his funeral.

Nicole Cox   A funeral for little Sam Trott – the two-year-old boy found dead in a Landsdale lake after wandering from his home – will be held on Saturday morning.

Murder charge for White Gum Valley teenager over mum's death

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Brendan Foster   A 19-year-old White Gum Valley man has been charged over the fatal stabbing of his mother on Monday night.

Homes safe as Rockingham bushfire downgraded

A bushfire burns close to homes on Fisher Street in Rockingham.

Candice Barnes   A large bushfire near Rockingham's Lake Richmond has been downgraded with homes no longer under threat.

Perth man found guilty of partygoer's murder

Ashley James Gunson has been found guilty of murder after attacking Jamie Devine with a pair of scissors

A partygoer who plunged a pair of scissors into another reveller at a 21st birthday party in Perth has been found guilty of murder

Illegal pig hunters getting feral in WA

Feral pigs have long been the target of recreational hunters.

Aleisha Orr   Farmers, environmental groups and researchers fighting against feral pigs causing damage to the environment, native animals and farmland are not only competing against the pigs themselves but some hunters who encourage the growth of wild pig populations.

Government releases details of Perth Freight Link toll

Mathias Corman discusses the Perth Freight Link with reporters.

Aleisha Orr   Details of a proposed toll on the planned Perth Freight Link were revealed on Wednesday when the state government released a summary of the project's business case.

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5000 children homeless in Perth

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Aleisha Orr   Thousands of West Australian children are sleeping rough each year.

Giant water slide planned for Fremantle is cancelled

Slidestreet made its debut on the weekend on St Georges Terrace but it won't make it to Fremantle, as planned.

Brendan Foster   The giant waterslide planned for Fremantle has been dumped by organisers.

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More contractors charged for not keeping quiet over CCC investigation

More charges have been bought against contractors involved in CCC investigations

Three more people embroiled in the Corruption and Crime Commission investigation involving City of Perth works have been charged for unlawfully disclosing restricted information.

Churchlands high school to expand as Fremantle prepares for merger

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Candice Barnes   The state government has announced it will spend a further $40 million to expand Churchlands Senior High School, with a robotics workshop among the planned upgrades.

Volunteer firefighter hospitalised after Lesmurdie fire

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Candice Barnes   A 53-year-old volunteer firefighter is in a stable condition in hospital after he collapsed while responding to a bushfire in Lesmurdie on Tuesday evening.

WA's mental health system failed stabbing family: Labor

WA's mental health system failed Joan Hendry, Labor says.

Brendan Foster   Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk says WA's mental health system has "absolutely failed" after a 19-year-old man, who allegedly stabbed his mother to death, was unable to get into Alma Street in Fremantle because it was closed.