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  •   Home > News > International

    Sydney news: CCTV of carjacking at Eagle Vale McDonald's released, two teens fall off Glebe cliff

    MORNING BRIEFING: Police release CCTV footage of a carjacking last year as they continue to hunt for a man who pulled a gun on a driver in a McDonald's drive-thru in Sydney's south west.

    Here's what you need to know this morning.

    McDonald's carjacking

    CCTV of a carjacking in Sydney's south west last year has been released as police continue their hunt for a gunman.

    About 1:30am on December 20, a 32-year-old man was driving his Hyundai Getz into the McDonald's drive-thru on Gould Road, Eagle Vale, when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun.

    The man, wearing ski googles and a face covering, forced the driver out of the vehicle and drove away from the scene.

    The driver alerted nearby staff from the restaurant and police were contacted. He was not injured.

    Police are making a public appeal for any information about the gunman who they describe as Caucasian with a slim build.

    Cliff fall in Glebe

    A 17-year-old boy has suffered serious injuries after falling off a cliff in Sydney's inner west when police officers told him to stop riding an allegedly stolen motorbike.

    Just before 2:00am today police saw two teenagers riding motorbikes along Toxteth Road in Glebe.

    Police said when officers told the two riders to stop they dropped the motorcycles and jumped a fence barricading a cliff.

    The 17-year-old boy has been taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he is undergoing surgery, and the other boy, also aged 17, suffered minor injuries after landing on a ledge.

    Health alert for Brisbane hotel

    NSW Health is advising anyone who has been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane since December 30 to urgently self-isolate and seek testing.

    They should remain in isolation for 14 days even if they test negative.

    Six cases of the virulent UK COVID-19 strain have now been linked to the hotel.

    "This is to make sure that the virus doesn't escape into the community, which is the aim of all of the states," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this morning.

    Traffic backed up for 10km

    City-bound traffic is queued for 10 kilometres on the M5 after a multi-vehicle crash in Hammondville in Sydney's south west.

    One of three city-bound lanes on the motorway was closed approaching Henry Lawson Drive just as peak hour began.

    Motorists are advised to allow plenty of extra travel time or avoid the motorway.

    Emergency services, traffic crews and a tow truck are on site.

    South Australia opens to regional NSW

    Residents of regional NSW are now permitted to visit South Australia, with border restrictions having been eased at midnight.

    However, travel restrictions will remain in place for people from Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and the Wollongong area.

    Anyone outside of these areas is now free to travel into South Australia on the proviso they get a COVID-19 test on days one, five and 12 of their stay.

    South Australia imposed a hard border on NSW on January 1 as the northern beaches and Croydon clusters grew.

    Funeral for officer killed in Blue Mountains

    A funeral will be held today for NSW Police officer who died while trying to rescue a fellow canyoner pulled underwater by a whirlpool in the Blue Mountains.

    The service for Senior Constable Kelly Foster will take place at the Uniting Church in Lithgow.

    Members of the public are being asked not to go to the church due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    A funeral procession and marching escort will follow the service.

    Icare boss becomes highest paid public servant

    The NSW Labor opposition has criticised Treasurer Dominic Perrottet for approving a significantly higher salary for the incoming CEO of troubled state insurer icare.

    Icare announced the new boss, Richard Harding, would be paid a salary of more than $820,000 a year, $120,000 more than his predecessor, John Nagle.

    Mr Nagle resigned last year in a scandal after it was revealed he was stripped of a bonus for failing to declare a contract awarded to his wife.

    Shadow Minister for Finance Daniel Mookhey said it was a slap in the face for sick and injured workers who were hoping to see culture change at the troubled agency.

    Police pursuit in Wahroonga

    A teenager has been arrested after a police pursuit in Sydney's north overnight.

    The teenager was allegedly speeding along the M1 near Wahroonga about 11:00pm yesterday when police began chasing him.

    Police followed the 17-year-old to Pennant Hills Road where he crossed onto the wrong side of the road and crashed into a pole.

    Police say checks of the vehicle revealed it had been reported stolen and was involved in a separate pursuit in the Tuggerah Lakes area earlier last night.


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