Brekky Wrap: Glaring Spelling Error Alerts Police To Fake Number Plates
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Police have pulled up a driver with fake number plates thanks to a glaring spelling error. Officers spotted the dodgy paper plate in Wyndham, south-west of Melbourne, on Friday. 'Victoria - the edgucation state,' it read. Local police took to Facebook to mock the driver and to confirm that charges have been laid. "Criminal Mastermind... not quite," they wrote. "We gave him an 8/10 for his colouring-in skills, a 2/10 for his spelling ability and an additional charge for court".
Brits are set to hit the polls before Christmas to resolve the political deadlock over Brexit. MP’s have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s calls for a December 12 election. The House of Commons approved legislation 438 votes to 20 paving the way for the first December election since 1923.
Back home, the federal government will inject $1 billion into the energy sector to drive down power prices and future-proof the grid. The funds will go towards the backing of hydro, battery and gas projects as well as storage upgrades and transmission infrastructure. It won’t be used for new or upgraded coal-fired projects, The Australian reports.
Fire crews are battling 71 bush and grass fires across NSW, 30 are not yet contained. A blaze near Port Macquarie which broke containment lines yesterday is among the worst of the fires but it was not threatening properties this morning. The fires have caused hazy conditions in Sydney, with air quality expected to be poor today.
The father of murdered Israeli student Aya Maasarwe has called on the government to do more to keep women safe. It comes after Codey Herrmann, the man who raped and murdered the 21-year-old in Melbourne in January, was sentenced to 36 years jail. Speaking outside court, Saeed Maasarwe told reporters that "revenge" wasn't the focus. "We want the Australian government to do more to protect people, to protect women," he said.
British police have launched a manhunt for two brothers believed to have hired the truck in which 39 people were found dead. Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, from Northern Ireland, are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking. One man, Maurice Robinson, has been charged with manslaughter and fronted court on Monday.
Olivia Newton-John’s iconic Grease outfit is going up for auction to help raise money for cancer. The skin-tight pants and black leather jacket worn for her final duet with John Travolta is expected to sell for close to $300,000. “The pants have a broken zip and I had to be stitched into them because they were made in the 50s,” Newton-John, 71, told Reuters.
In sport, Ash Barty has held on to the year-end number one ranking, despite going down to Kiki Bertens in her second-round match at the WTA Finals. Lleyton Hewitt is the only other Australian to have finished the year as the world’s top-ranked tennis player.
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