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Search for witnesses to alleged Scarborough car park gang attack

Leanne Nicholson 5:02 PM   Witnesses to an alleged gang attack at a Scarborough multi-storey car park in November have been asked to come forward to assist WA Police.

Schapelle, sharks and sadness: WA's top stories for 2014

Rolf Harris is appealing his convictions on sexual assault.

Leanne Nicholson 3:25 PM   It may just be the ripples emanating from the tragedies of the past few weeks, but 2014 has a slight air of sadness about it.

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Perth driver allegedly rolls joint in front of motorbike cop

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Aleisha Orr 2:33 PM   Police have released photographs of two people who would appear to be putting the "silly" into silly season.

Fire danger risk upgraded for Gascoyne and West Pilbara

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12:56 PM   The bushfire risk for residents of WA's Gascoyne and West Pilbara regions has been upgraded to severe for Boxing Day.

Side swipe driver allegedly fled police, driving on wrong side of road

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Aleisha Orr 12:45 PM   A man will face court on Boxing Day after he was allegedly involved in a dangerous car chase through a number of Perth’s south eastern suburbs on Christmas day.

Girrawheen man cut from car after tree crash at roundabout

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11:40 AM   A 34-year-old man had to be cut out of the car he was driving after it crashed in Girrawheen on Boxing Day.

West Aussie shoppers to spend $245 million on Boxing Day

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Allen Newton 11:29 AM   West Australians will spend more than $245.7 million in Boxing Day sales on December 26 according to figures released by the Australian National Retailers’ Association.

Cyclone Kate batters Cocos, Keeling islands off WA coast

Path of Cyclone Kate near the Cocos Islands.

Heavy rain and wind from Cyclone Kate are battering the Cocos and Keeling islands as the tropical storm passes to the north of the islands.

Scrub fire near Casuarina Prison flares up

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A scrub fire near Casuarina Prison on the corner of Casuarina and Orton roads has been given the all clear after it flared up on Thursday.

Christmas Day break-in at toy store

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While kids around Western Australia were waiting for Santa Claus to arrive offenders were smashing their way into a Balcatta toy store.

Cyclone Kate moving towards Cocos Islands

Destructive winds gusting up to 150km/h and heavy rain could batter the Cocos Keeling Islands on Christmas and Boxing Day as tropical Cyclone Kate moves southwest.

Scrub fire burning near Casuarina Prison

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Candice Barnes   Fire crews are working to extinguish a blaze which started near Casuarina Prison shortly after 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Woman indecently assaulted near Cannington Train Station

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Aleisha Orr   Police are looking for a man accused of assaulting a young woman near a train station in Perth's southern suburbs.

Autistic Perth boy, 13, allegedly assaulted by 63-year-old man

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Aleisha Orr   A man in his 60s is expected to be charged with aggravated common assault after he allegedly pushed an autistic teenager at a school in South Perth.

Warnbro shark catch-and-kill order raises questions

While detections of the shark were posted on social media, as listed as one of the mitigation strategies the policy outlines, no media releases were distributed in relation to the specific risk at Warnbro Sound, people were not ordered from the water and beaches were not closed, as recommended in the serious threat policy.

Aleisha Orr   Questions are being asked about why and how the Fisheries Department went about hunting a tagged great white shark in the Warnbro Sound at the weekend.

2014 in review: WA's Mars men, Stonehenge and more...

Esperance's Stonehenge replica - imposing to look at but hard to sell.

Aleisha Orr   From the namesakes of historic English landmarks, to interplanetary missions and troublesome kangaroos, WAtoday.com.au takes a look at some of the more interesting local stories of 2014 - and what has happened since we originally brought them to you.

WA police plea for a 'common sense' Christmas

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Candice Barnes   Paramedics are preparing for what is often the busiest time of year for St John Ambulance – Christmas and New Year – with excess booze and drugs to blame.

Easy ways to spread festive cheer to West Australians in need

Vinnies volunteers Brett and Rowan are among those lending a hand this festive season.

Candice Barnes   We asked local charities what simple things people could do to help those in need this festive season – and it’s not all about money.

Carine sporting grounds targeted in deliberately lit fire

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Aleisha Orr   A deliberately lit fire has caused damage to sporting facilities in Carine overnight.

Second WA child dies from meningococcal disease

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Aleisha Orr   A young West Australian child has died from meningococcal.

WA's new deputy police commissioner announced

Gary Dreibergs has been appointed as new deputy police commissioner.

Aleisha Orr and Nicole Cox   The West Australian Police force has a new Deputy Commissioner.

WA's imminent threat policy on sharks is now a serious threat policy

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Aleisha Orr   Changes were made earlier this month to the way the WA government deals with sharks deemed to pose a risk to public safety - but few details about those changes have been released.

Thieves siphon 2000 litres of diesel from storage in Osborne Park

Fuel prices are falling just in time for Christmas.

Thieves have siphoned 2000 litres of diesel from barrels stored in a shipping container in Perth's north.

Coroner makes open finding on a 40-year Jimmy Taylor mystery

Jimmy Taylor disappeared from Derby in 1974.

A West Australian coroner has delivered an open finding into the death of a 12-year-old boy who disappeared more than 40 years ago.

Russell O'Callaghan: son of WA's police commissioner denied bail

Karl O'Callaghan's son Russell has been denied bail..

The West Australian police commissioner's son, who is facing a string of violent offences, has failed in his bid to be released again on bail.

The drum line debate: What 2014 meant for sharks in WA

Protesters took to the beach in their thousands against the controversial drum lines

Aleisha Orr   As with the beginning of any New Year - 2014 started for many Western Australians with time spent at the beach

Woman charged over death of baby in Hamilton Hill

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A 25-year-old woman has been charged over the death of a five month baby.

Shark expert says WA tagging program an 'expensive cull'

A tagged great white shark is still at large after drum lines failed to lure it to bite.

Aleisha Orr   A catch and kill order on a monitored shark in Warnbro Sound, south of Perth, proves the state government's tagging program is being used as "an expensive way to cull sharks", according to an Australian-based shark expert.

Fisheries abandons hunt for great white shark in Warnbro Sound

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Aleisha Orr   The catch-and-kill order placed on a great white shark detected in the Warnbro Sound numerous times across the past few weeks has been revoked.

WA government announces $1.28 billion deficit

West Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan has announced the state's first deficit in 15 years.

West Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan has announced a $1.28 billion budget deficit - the state's first in 15 years.