Brekky Wrap: Gym Junkies Use Workout Gear To Attack Each Other In Wild Brawl

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Police are investigating after a violent brawl broke out at a gym in Essex. In a video posted to social media, a gym-goer can be seen swinging a metal pole from a pull-down machine as he yelled obscenities. Others were quick to flee and take cover. In another clip, a man is seen smashing another in the head with a metal bar before kicking him.

A boy, 17, suffered cuts and bruises while a 27-year-old man wound up with a cut above his eye. In a statement, the gym apologised. "This was an isolated incident which has never happened in any of our 5 establishments in the 10 years we have been open," they said. "We do not condone violence in any of our gyms and take this very seriously. The police are aware and appropriate action is being taken. The individuals concerned have been banned from our gyms for life". Charges are yet to be laid.

More than 1,300 firefighters have worked through the night in a bid to contain 59 bush and grass fires burning across NSW.  Five fires are at a watch and act level ahead of the return of hot, dry and windy conditions. At least 257 homes have been destroyed, dozens more are damaged. Meanwhile, firefighters in Queensland are also facing another tough day. More than 70 fires are burning across the state with conditions expected to deteriorate today and into the weekend.

Bushfire Crisis


Hot And Dry Conditions Prompt Severe Fire Danger In NSW

Fire danger in some parts of NSW has risen to severe as hot, dry, windy conditions put an end to a brief reprieve for bushfire-hit areas of the state.

Two students have been killed, two others are injured following a shooting at a Californian school. A gunman opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, minutes before classes began. The suspect -- who turned 16 today -- is in custody. He was treated for what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

People react near Central Park after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Image: Getty

Journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani has arrived in New Zealand after more than six years in detention on Manus Island. He reportedly received a visitor’s visa to travel to Christchurch to speak at a literary festival but has no plans to return to PNG.  Boochani wrote a book documenting his time spent in the detention centre via WhatsApp.



Journalist Behrouz Boochani Arrives In New Zealand After Leaving PNG

Behrouz Boochani, an award-winning author, journalist, and poet, has arrived in New Zealand after leaving PNG, where he has been in offshore detention for six years.

Prosecutors are working to increase the sentence of Melbourne wife killer Borce Ristevski. The 55-year-old was jailed for nine years after admitting to the manslaughter of his wife Karen, who went missing from their Avondale Heights home in 2016. Ristevski will appear via video link from prison.

Borce Ristevski
Borce Ristevski is serving a non-parole period of six years. Image: AAP

The bosses of NAB and ANZ will be grilled by a parliamentary inquiry today.They’ll be asked how they are making changes stemming from the royal commission. The economics committee also plans to scrutinise smaller banks on November 29.

Image: AAP

In sport, the Socceroos have held on to a 1-nil win over Jordan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier. After four games Australia is halfway through the first stage of qualifying and is at the top of Group B.

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