Sydney news: Police watchdog to review fatal shooting of man in Seven Hills

Date: 2021-11-09 21:17:13

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Inquiry into shooting

The police watchdog will independently review an investigation into yesterday’s fatal shooting of an Indigenous man in Western Sydney.

Police said Stanley Russell was armed with an axe and a knife when they turned up at a Seven Hills home to look for him over an outstanding warrant. 

Officers alleged there was a “physical confrontation” before police shot Mr Russell.

Officers and paramedics performed CPR but the 46-year-old could not be revived.

A critical incident investigation into the shooting is underway and will be independently monitored by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC).

Arrests in fake email investigation

Millions of dollars are lost each year to invoice scams. (ABC News. )

Eight people have been arrested and more than $1 million frozen or recovered following an investigation into a fake invoice scam.

Earlier this year, detectives from the NSW cybercrime squad set up a strike force to look into a scam using emails to send fake invoices to individuals and companies requesting payment. 

A 20-year-old man who was among those arrested was charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime totalling more than $100,000.

Police said more than $128 million was lost to fake invoice scams last year.

Small business COVID payments to resume

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Service NSW says small businesses should receive COVID-19 payments this week.(ABC: Robyn Herron )

Service NSW has announced it will resume payments to small businesses and sole traders affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

The payments were suspended last month after staff spotted a number of anomalies.

Checks identified more than $20 million of fraudulent applications.

Police have now been called in to screen all applications for potential fraud.

Service NSW apologised to eligible claimants for the inconvenience and said thousands of payments should be deposited within the week.

Storm and flood warning 

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The Bureau of Meteorology is warning NSW residents to brace for storms and flooding.(Twitter: Robbi Bishop-Taylor)

Parts of NSW are forecast to receive more than a month’s worth of rain over the next three days, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning residents to brace for heavy storms and flooding.

The BOM said weather conditions would deteriorate over the rest of the week, with Australia’s eastern states all affected.

“Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to set in from Wednesday and continue into the weekend, so we’re urging people to prepare now,” BOM senior forecaster Jane Golding said.

“Many areas in eastern Australia will see significant rainfall and some locations in New South Wales and Queensland are likely to see daily rainfall totals of 150 millimetres or higher.

“This kind of heavy rainfall over a short period of time can cause dangerous flash flooding and, combined with the fact that many river catchments down the east coast are already quite wet, there’s a very real risk that we may see some rivers flood too.”

Cultural heritage destruction

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council says its disappointed by the rate of cultural heritage destruction being approved by the state government.

In the recent NSW budget estimates, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs revealed the government had approved 221 Aboriginal heritage impact permits (AHIPs) in the last financial year and 46 since July.

The opposition said it was a tripling of average yearly approvals.

The council’s chair, Anne Dennis, said the government promised standalone cultural heritage in 2018.

“It is quite disappointing that we are long way off from getting those better protections and cultural protection heritage laws passed through this parliament,” she said.

“The current rate really, I suppose, around AHIPs is around destroying what little if any culture and heritage is left on country.”

Parts of NSW lagging behind on vaccinations 

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Vaccination rates in some parts of NSW are lagging behind.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts )

More than 90 per cent of people in NSW are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 —but how well protected you are depends on where you live.

The latest health data shows vaccination rates are lagging in parts of the state, including the Tweed and Richmond valleys in the state’s north, Sydney’s CBD, and Marrickville, Sydenham and Petersham in Sydney’s inner west.

More than half of new COVID-19 cases so far this month have been in regional NSW.

Commonwealth vaccination data shows only 66 per cent of the Indigenous population in New England and the North West region has been vaccinated.

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