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1. Man questioned in William Tyrrell case serving suspended jail sentence for possession of child abuse material.
A man who has previously been questioned over the William Tyrrell case is serving a suspended jail sentence for the possession of child abuse material.
News Limited reports that Derek Nichols, who has historic child abuse charges, previously lived a short walk from where William vanished from his grandmother’s home in Kendall.
Nichols was sentenced to 18 months prison on October 21 for possession of the material.
Nichols, an accomplished pianist and organ player, has previously denied any involvement in the disappearance of William or that he knew another person of interest, Bill Spedding.
Nichols has said on the day William went missing he was living in Dunbogan.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Bill Spedding, a separate person of interest, said he was in Dunbogan a short time after William Tyrell went missing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
2. Police officer and guard shot in Sydney hospital.
Western Sydney’s Nepean Hospital was forced into lockdown last night after a police officer and security guard were shot.
Around 10.40pm a man allegedly held scissors to a female doctor’s throat. When a police officer went to assist a scuffle broke out during which the gunman allegedly shot the officer and a security guard.
A witness told News Limited “A guy was screaming and shouting and holding a knife to a woman’s throat, we couldn’t make out what he was saying,” the man said.
“Security came running and started evacuating the area. A police officer came running in, he was overalls, and tried to calm the situation down.
“Nurses were trying to get everyone back in the room.”
According to police, the officer suffered a gunshot wound to the upper leg, while the security guard was hit in the calf.
A 39-year-old man has been arrested and is currently assisting police with inquiries.
3. James Hird labels Essendon decision a “miscarriage of justice.”
James Hird has said the decision to suspend 34 Essendon players is a “miscarriage of justice’’.
Hird told The Herald Sun: “I am shocked by this decision.I firmly believe the players do not deserve this finding.
“They do not deserve to face a twelve -month suspension from the sport.