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Police take man into custody in hunt for gunman after shooting at Barra Close home in Leeming

Police have taken a man into custody in their hunt for a gunman after a shooting at Leeming.

The 37-year-old is assisting officers as they investigate the incident that took place at a Barra Close home about 1.20am on Monday.

Police raced to the property after a weapon, believed to be a shotgun, was fired.

A neighbor said they heard two shots in the night.

It is believed a young family lives at the property which was targeted.

No one was hurt and those involved were known to each other. It is not known whether the incident is bikie linked.

Investigators are yet to confirm if it was a drive-by shooting but more information is expected from a police press conference at 11am.

Police are hunting a gunman.
Camera IconPolice are hunting a gunman. Credit: simon santi/The West Australian
Police on the scene in Leeming.
Camera IconPolice on the scene in Leeming. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

As of 10am, there was still a big police presence at the home, with officers knocking on the doors of nearby homes and forensic officers combing the area for clues.

Forensics officers had started moving their attention from the home to a patch of grass about 150m from where the shooting took place.

Other officers were seen taking photographs and putting items into bags.

The home is across the road from a bus stop in the quiet, apparently family-friendly street. Toys are stretched across several front lawns.

An officer outside the home.
Camera IconAn officer outside the home. Credit: simon santi/The West Australian
Police on the scene in Leeming.
Camera IconPolice on the scene in Leeming. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS



WA Premier Mark McGowan and MPs caught speeding in Perth despite warning of crash perils

Mark McGowan and more than half of his ministers have been caught speeding, incurring thousands of dollars in fines and hefty demerit points.

Some of the high-profile MPs who fell foul of the law are the Premier’s closest allies, including Attorney-General John Quigley, Police and Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia, and Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson.

Mr McGowan admitted to speeding twice in four months in 2021 — including during a double demerit period for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend last September.

Despite strong government public messaging about the dangers of speeding — especially during double demerit crackdowns — Mr McGowan exceeded the speed limit by between 10 and 19km/h, copping four demerit points and a $400 fine.

In April last year, Mr McGowan’s lead foot saw him handed another $100 fine for exceeding the speed limit by not more than 9kmh.

Mr McGowan’s speeding ends came as WA recorded its highest road toll in five years in 2021 — 166 people losing their lives. So far this year there have been 87 fatalities, including a horror period when young drivers and passengers died or were seriously injured.



Danny Hodgson: Perth soccer star speaks to 7News’ Flashpoint about legal action considerations

Danny Hodgson is considering what legal action he can take for compensation after he was left with catastrophic injuries when he was coward punched by a teenager who was on bail for other crimes.

Mr Hodgson made the revelation in an emotional interview with 7News’ Flashpoint, during which for the first time since the attack, he returned to the Perth Train Station pedestrian bridge where his life changed for ever on September 5 last year.

“If anything, I’m just really angry at the justice system,” he said.

“The justice system is to convict criminals, to protect citizens, and to keep order across the country.

“But again it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say that a criminal that has 23 offenses shouldn’t stay on the streets.”

Before the attack, Mr Hodgson was a healthy, talented soccer player with ECU Joondalup. He was on his way home from end-of-year celebrations when he was punched to the back of the head.

Danny Hodgson undergoing rehabilitation at Fiona Stanley Hospital
Camera IconDanny Hodgson undergoing rehabilitation at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

The teenager was jailed for three years and eight months over his attack on Mr Hodgson and other strangers while on bail. He was facing 23 charges relating to 13 separate incidents in the seven months prior to the attack.

Asked if legal action for compensation was being considered, Ms Hodgson’s partner, Jess Pollock, said “definitely”.

“Someone needs to be held responsible for this and why should we go through this journey and suffer in other ways as well — not being able to pay our bills when we were both working,” she said.

“I don’t even know if what he did was legal to let him out after breaching bail on 23 charges, I don’t even know.

“But if it is legal, and he has followed the law, then the law seriously needs to change.”

Danny Hodgson interviewed for Flashpoint
Camera IconDanny Hodgson interviewed for Flashpoint. Credit: flash point/Channel 7

Mr Hodgson spent 82 days in intensive care at Royal Perth Hospital before he underwent weeks of rehabilitation at Fiona Stanley Hospital. He was rushed back to hospital last month after suffering a 10-minute seizure at home.

Heartbreakingly, Mr Hodgson’s independence, as well as his dream of having children, has been ripped away.

“We were hoping to start a family pretty soon but now I can’t start a family because you can’t have Jess as having full responsibility for a kid,” he said.

“As a parent you’ve got to have two parents to look after you, to change your nappy, to feed the kid — it’s impossible to have a kid as one parent.

“It’s not impossible but it’s hard to have a good kid and do the right thing, and that’s been taken away from us.”

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin with Danny Hodgson, Peter Hodgson and Jess Pollock at Optus Stadium
Camera IconManchester United legend Denis Irwin with Danny Hodgson, Peter Hodgson and Jess Pollock at Optus Stadium. Credit: daniel wilkins/The West Australian

He added: “I honestly may as well be dead in my head, mate. There’s no point of being alive. I’m worthless, I’m hopeless, I’ve got no benefit of being on this earth anymore.”

Asked if he had a message for Attorney-General John Quigley, Mr Hodgson said: “He can be a hero and save people’s lives”.

“Please change the law so this doesn’t happen again,” I asked.

“You’ve got the power to change the law and you can save people’s lives.”

Danny Hodgson at Manchester United open training session at the WACA.
Camera IconDanny Hodgson at Manchester United open training session at the WACA. Credit: Andrew Richie/The West Australian

Mr Quigley did not respond to Flashpoint’s questions asking why the offender was allowed out on bail and what action he had taken to ensure that what happened to Mr Hodgson would not happen again in the future.

But he said he would meet with the family in coming weeks to discuss their concerns.

Under WA’s Criminal Injuries Compensation legislation, a victim of crime can be entitled to a one-off, maximum payment of $75,000.



Perth petrol prices: How much WA drivers are paying for fuel every year revealed in new transport data

Drivers are bracing for the looming end to the fuel excise cut next month as new figures show Bunbury is the nation’s most expensive regional center for petroleum, with the average household shelling out an eye-watering $122.70 each week.

According to the Australian Automobile Association’s latest Transport Affordability Index covering the June quarter, that’s $20 per week higher than the national regional average and amounts to $6,381 per year.

Bunbury took out the unenviable gong because research showed its residents tended to drive longer distances than people in other regional centers, the association said.

Perth motorists are far better off for fuel costs despite getting fleeced at the bowser, ranking the second cheapest capital city behind Adelaide, with the average household now forking out $95.71 per week or almost $4977 per year.

How many WA families are paying for fuel.
Camera IconHow many WA families are paying for fuel. Credit: The West Australian

Hobart is the nation’s most expensive capital city with fuel costing residents $102.63 per week on average.

This is followed by Darwin ($99.84), Sydney ($99.13), Canberra ($98.92), Brisbane ($98.15) and Melbourne ($97.29).

Scarborough woman Taylor Donovan, 30, says a full tank of fuel for her Kia Sportage is costing her on average $130 a week.

Before recent fuel price surges, it cost her about $65 a week, and Mr Donovan says it’s now “ridiculous”.

Taylor Jade Donovan says current prices are “ridiculous”.
Camera IconTaylor Jade Donovan says current prices are “ridiculous”. Credit: daniel wilkins/The West Australian

“Are we not paying enough? Expensive fuel on top of car registration, insurance, licensing … it’s just full on,” she told The Sunday Times.

“It needs to be paid. It’s affecting me, everyone.

“I feel for the families.

“If I had kids, I’d become best friends with the mums and carpool to and from school and sports.”

Bunbury resident Claudia Stiglmayer, 23, said she is spending at least an average of $80 to $100 on fuel every week and is fed up with the “disruptive” changes to her budget.

“It gives you whiplash, honestly. Prices will be quite high then they’ll go low again,” she said.

“People get comfortable and complacent and then it will spike.

“It interferes with my budget and I can’t get into a solid routine financially…it’s very disruptive.”

Nationally, the average weekly fuel cost jumped to $100.39 – the first time it has passed $100 since the index’s inception in 2016.

“Despite the temporary excise cut, fuel prices are rising and continue to be a significant contributor to cost of living pressures across both regional and metropolitan Australia,” managing director Michael Bradley said.

The excise cut finishes at the end of next month.

Drivers are bracing for the looming end to the fuel excise cut next month as new figures show Bunbury is the nation's most expensive regional center for petroleum, with the average household shelling out an eye-watering $122.70 each week.
Camera IconDrivers are bracing for the looming end to the fuel excise cut next month as new figures show Bunbury is the nation’s most expensive regional center for petroleum, with the average household shelling out an eye-watering $122.70 each week.

Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

The index also showed that total transport costs – covering everything from car loan repayments to servicing, tires and public transport – for the average Perth household was just over $380 per week or $19,782 annually.

That compares to the national capital city average of just over $412 per week or $21,435 annually.

Bunbury stood out again, with total transport costs of almost $363 per week or $18,868 annually compared to a regional average of nearly $343 per week or $17,835 annually.

Sydney is still Australia’s most expensive capital city for transport costs averaging $486.18 per week, followed by Melbourne at $461.01 per week and Brisbane at $454.52 per week.

RAC general manager of external relations Will Golsby noted the change in Perth’s fuel price cycle from weekly to fortnightly in October was making it harder for motorists to save money by filling up on the cheapest days.



Perth’s public hospitals declare more than 500 code yellows as capacity issues plague WA health system

Perth’s public hospitals have been forced to declare more than 500 code yellows in the past year as capacity issues continue to plague the health system.

Worst impacted was Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, which went into code yellow 144 times in 2021-22 – an average of eleven every two and a half days.

That was followed by Perth Children’s Hospital (89 code yellows), Fiona Stanley Hospital (74) and Royal Perth Hospital (68).

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The city’s biggest maternity hospital, King Edward Memorial, declared 36 code yellows in the year to July.

A code yellow refers to an infrastructure or other internal emergency that is impacting service delivery – including a lack of available beds.

Shadow Health Minister Libby Mettam said the “shocking” figures – contained in answers to questions in Parliament – ​​pointed to a health system that was “significantly under-resourced and lurching from crisis to crisis”.



Woman charged by WA Police after tow truck stolen from Lansdale business

A woman has been charged with stealing a tow truck from a northern Perth business in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A white Hino tow truck was stolen from a commercial premise on Attwell Street in Landsdale about 3.20am.

The 32-year-old woman has been charged with one count of stealing a motor vehicle and one count of possessing a prohibited drug.

Police were alerted to suspicious activity at the business and, upon arrival, spotted the truck was leaving the premises.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the driver allegedly fled the scene prompting a pursuit.

The chase was then terminated a short time later after driving conditions were deemed unsafe.

The tow truck was later found abandoned on Gnangara Road.

WA Police found the woman inside a red Volvo on Attwell Street in Landsdale and suspect she may be linked to the burglary.

She was taken into custody at the scene and later questioned by authorities.

The woman was released on bail and is set to appear in court at a later date.

A WA Police spokeswoman said inquiries are ongoing to locate a male driver and passenger.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.



Perth family take home unique prize after being crowned one-millionth WA Museum Boola Bardip visitors

Heading to WA Museum Boola Bardip on a gloomy Saturday afternoon to escape the rain has resulted in one Perth family scoring a unique prize.

Olivia Pizzale-Bryce, Jack Mcauliffe, and baby Pia had the shock of their lives when they went to the museum only to be greeted by the waiting media and Housing Minister John Carey as they became the one-millionth visitors.

The family has visited the museum five times and said they were heading there to see the Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition as it’s little Pia’s favorite.

“It’s really nice, we love coming here… it’s a place we can come for her, which is really nice,” mum Olivia said.

“We both support creative industries and museums and the gallery,” dad Jack added.



McDonald’s in $250 million wage theft claim with SDA over alleged denial of paid rest breaks

The fast food workers’ union has hit McDonald’s with a $250 million-plus wage theft claim in the Federal Court over the alleged denial of paid rest breaks.

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is seeking compensation for more than 250,000 current and former workers across the country.

The union this month launched a new “mega” legal action involving 323 McDonald’s operators and the fast good giant itself, and spanning almost 1000 current and former McDonald’s sites.



COVID in WA: State’s purchase of rapid antigen tests to be probed amid donation call for huge stockpile

The McGowan Government’s much-vaunted purchase of more than 110 million rapid antigen tests at a cost of almost $600 million is being probed by WA’s Auditor General Caroline Spencer.

The probe comes amid calls for some of the more than 62 million RATs still in the State stockpile to be donated overseas or sold to other States before they reach their expiration date.

Nationals MP Martin Aldridge said WA households had reached a RATs “saturation point”, with constituents refusing to take anymore because they were running out space to store the self-test kits.

He said the 110 million tests ordered over the summer by the departments of Finance and Health ahead of WA’s border opening was “excessive” and equaled to 40 RATs for every man, woman and child.



Banksia Hill boys self harming after transfer to unit at adult Casuarina Prison

Children transferred to an isolated unit at a maximum-security adult prison in Perth have made multiple suicide and self-harm attempts within weeks of the move.

A group of 17 boys, aged as young as 14 and mostly Indigenous, were shifted last month from Banksia Hill detention center to a new unit at nearby Casuarina prison.

Between their arrival on July 20 and August 8, there were three attempted suicides and 13 minor self-harm attempts at the facility known as Unit 18.

The figures were provided by Western Australia’s government in parliament on Thursday in response to a question from Greens upper house MP Brad Pettitt.

Beds in the youth detention facility at Casuarina Prison (file image)
Camera IconThere have been three attempted suicides and 13 self-harm attempts at the facility in recent months. Credit: AAP

Government MP Matthew Swinbourn, representing the corrective services minister in the Legislative Council, confirmed four children had been involved in a self-harm attempt last week which resulted in one boy being hospitalized.

The boy returned from hospital the same day with no further medical intervention required and was provided with mental health support, he said.

Officials have said they were left with no choice but to transfer the boys to Unit 18 because they had been destroying property, escaping from their cells, assaulting staff and harming themselves.

They have promised the detainees will be kept away from adult prisoners in safe and secure units while repair works are completed at Banksia Hill.

The number of self-harm and attempted suicide incidents at Banksia Hill has spiked over the past three years.

Megan Krakouer, from the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project, said there was an “ongoing crisis” in youth detention.

“The self-harms will continue this year, next year and the year after unless we radically reform the system,” she said on Friday.

The Department of Justice have released images of some of the facilities inside Casuarina Prison, being used by teenagers who have been moved there from Banksia Hill
Camera IconSome of the facilities inside Casuarina Prison, being used by teenagers who have been moved there from Banksia Hill. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston this week said the remaining details at Banksia Hill were now in a “much better” environment.

“It was not functioning to have these young offenders causing violence at Banksia Hill, so that the other kids … were not getting the services they need because the facility was constantly going into lockdown,” he told reporters.

He said the boys at Unit 18 had access to education, cultural, medical and psychological services and secure recreation facilities.

They were being regularly assessed and would be returned to Banksia Hill once it was deemed safe for them to do so, he said.

An independent inspector this year found some boys at Banksia Hill were spending as little as one hour a day outside their cells, in violation of their human rights.

About 600 past and present details have signed up for a planned class action against the state government.

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