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Police seek witnesses to Gosnells indecent assault

6:01pm Police want community help to find a man responsible for an alleged indecent assault in Gosnells.

Mid West New Year's Eve murder accused to plead not guilty

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4:21pm A 65-year-old man accused of murdering a younger man during an argument at a small settlement in Western Australia's Mid West region on New Year's Eve intends to fight the charge.

Third trial into Cariad Anderson-Slater death scrapped

A juror's failure to follow directions led to the scrapping of the latest trial into the death of Cariad Anderson-Slater.

ALEISHA ORR 6:01pm “Guilty, raised an appeal. Hung jury,” these were the words typed on a mobile phone that caused a third manslaughter trial of Ronald Leslie Pennington to be aborted earlier this week and left the judge "almost speechless with rage".

Fremantle ports dispute sees business handed to rival

DP World Australia said the company had been negotiating a new enterprise agreement with the MUA for the past seven months and 'its hand had been forced'.

NICOLE COX 2:10pm One of Australia’s biggest port operators will indefinitely stop shipping operations through its Fremantle terminal from Thursday afternoon after the Maritime Union of Australia advised of industrial action.

WA animal bashings more than double as arrest warrant issued

Bobbi suffered severe injuries as a result of an attack but fortunately has recovered.

LIAM DUCEY 3:49pm The RSPCA has reported a 100 per cent increase in deliberate animal bashing in the first half of 2014 as an arrest warrant was issued for a Parmelia man that allegedly, repeatedly soccer kicked his 18-month old Staffordshire terrier.

MH17: Maslin siblings, grandfather to be celebrated in service

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick Norris were killed on MH17.

NICOLE COX 2:02pm A private celebration of the lives of three Perth children and their grandfather killed in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy will be held on Sunday.

Life sentence for Merriwa hit-and-run killer

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ALEISHA ORR 1:40pm A man who struck another man with his car and killed him in Merriwa has been sentenced to life in prison.

Five people injured in five-car Gnangara Road smash

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LIAM DUCEY 12:59pm Gnangara Road has been reopened following a five-vehicle smash on Wednesday morning.

Car club owner says police targets are "monumental waste of time"

The focus on the two car clubs netted more than 120 speeding offences.

LIAM DUCEY 12:05pm The owner of a high-performance car club with more than 3,000 members said his club would not tolerate any members behaving like hoons, but believes police shouldn't be focusing on clubs.

WAtoday Morning Buzz: Wednesday July 30, 2014

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10:08am Morning Buzz is a constantly updated blog, providing bite-sized news flashes to give you everything you need to know in the lead-up to lunch.

Gelignite found at Kalgoorlie home, bomb squad called in

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LIAM DUCEY 6:28pm The bomb squad is expected to dispose of gelignite found on the back shed of a home in Kalgoorlie some time before midday on Wednesday.

Police name suspected Dianella homicide victim

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7:36pm Major Crime Squad detectives are investigating a suspected homicide that occurred on Grand Promenade in Dianella overnight.

ERA report sparks concerns for WA small retailers

Small retailers face more profit blues.

Independent grocers say a report recommending further deregulation of retail trading hours in Western Australia will be a "catastrophe" for small business.

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High schools suffer under new funding model

High schools in WA will suffer under the new funding model.

CHENEE MARRAPODI Teachers have criticised the state government's new funding model for public education, saying it could disadvantage high schools.

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Railway explosives stolen from Parmelia

A major challenge for commuters:

ALEISHA ORR Police are investigating the theft of 54 railway detonators from a vehicle parked in the southern Perth suburb of Parmelia overnight on Monday.

Duo airlifted to hospital after sickening collision

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LIAM DUCEY Two people have been rushed to Royal Perth Hospital by helicopter after a car towing a caravan collided with a truck on the Brand Highway.

Earthmoving equipment stolen from Gidgegannup property

The equipment stolen from Gidgegannup.

LIAM DUCEY Earthmoving equipment to the value of $40,000 has been stolen from a property in Gidgegannup.

Power restored to East Perth

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LIAM DUCEY Power has been restored across East Perth after an outage left about 3000 customers without power.

Qantas investigates last-minute aborted Perth landing

Qantas was involved in an emergency at Perth Airport.

LEANNE NICHOLSON Qantas has launched an investigation into an aborted Perth landing caused at the last minute by a rouge vehicle on the runway on Saturday.

Driver Dad heartbroken over son's death

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A father whose dangerous driving in an illegally modified car caused the death of his three-year-old son demonstrated negligence and a lack of responsibility, a Perth judge says.

WA prison escapee Brett Klimczak faces court

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A man who allegedly escaped from Western Australia's largest prison by breaking through two locked doors and four razor wire fences has appeared in court.

Police searching for Kwinana Bus Station vandals

Police want to speak to these two men in relation to the bus shelter incident.

LIAM DUCEY Police are looking for two men that smashed the glass panel of a bus shelter at Kwinana Bus Station earlier this month.

More charges for WA man facing 100 child sex offence counts

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ALEISHA ORR A man who was already facing more than 100 child sex offence charges against two young girls is now alleged to have sexually assaulted a third girl.

Serco guards suspended over Brett Shannon Klimczak escape

Brett Klimczak, who escaped from Acacia Prison.

Prison operator Serco has suspended two guards while it investigates how a man broke through two locked doors and four razor wire fences to escape Western Australia's largest prison.

WA hospital staff to walk off the job

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Hundreds of hospital support workers in Perth will stop work on Tuesday to protest against potential job losses when the new Fiona Stanley Hospital opens.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder council approves mosque during fiery meeting

A photo on the Kalgoorlie mosque Facebook page.

LIAM DUCEY The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder has approved the construction of a mosque in the inland city during a heated council meeting on Monday night, passing the motion six votes to four.

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Police target Perth car clubs during two weekend operations

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LIAM DUCEY Police are targetting car clubs in an attempt to rub out hooning on Perth roads, with two vehicles siezed and 100 people caught speeding in two separate weekend operations.

WAtoday Morning Buzz: Tuesday July 29, 2014

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Morning Buzz is a constantly updated blog, providing bite-sized news flashes to give you everything you need to know in the lead-up to lunch.

Kiara assault leaves supermarket worker requiring eye surgery

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LIAM DUCEY Police are searching for witnesses of an assault outside a Kiara shopping centre that left a man with a serious eye injury that required emergency surgery.

Caltex Broome staff threatened with spear gun during robbery

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LIAM DUCEY A spear gun was used to threaten staff of a service station in Broome during a robbery on Monday night.