Brekky Wrap: Newborn Baby Edward Abandoned On Doorstep Wrapped In Knitted Blanket

All the news you need to know this Tuesday morning.

A newborn boy who was left on a doorstep at a home in London's east has been named as police hold growing concerns for the infant's mother.

Little Edward was just 12 hours old when he was found in Hackney by a member of the public shortly before midday on Saturday.

He was wearing a grey babygrow, grey hat, and was wrapped in white knitted blanket when he was found.

Pictures of Edward have been released by London's Metropolitan Police who are concerned for the health and wellbeing of his mother. They said she gave birth outside a hospital environment but that Edward is a "healthy lad".

“I am reaching out to Edward’s mother. You are my primary concern. I do not know the circumstances around Edward’s birth but, as a father myself, I understand how daunting becoming a parent can be," Detective Sergeant Andy Barry said.

“I can offer you help, please be assured you are not in trouble. Edward is safe and well, and your health and wellbeing is our priority."

Edward remains in hospital in east London.

A doctor has issued a dire warning to parents about a metal ball craze that has hospitalised several children in the UK.

Four children have been admitted to hospital after swallowing metal balls in a new and dangerous trend, Britain's The Sun reported.

It is understood the fad involves children putting small magnetic balls in their mouth to mimic face piercings – one inside the mouth and the other outside.

But many children are accidentally swallowing them.

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A doctor from Manchester has written a letter which will be distributed to primary schools in the city.

"I cannot emphasise how dangerous these can be if swallowed. These balls have already been banned in other countries because of their risk to children," he wrote.

In 2019 a six-year-old girl named Libbie Walker suffered a perforated bowel after she accidentally swallowed a magnetic ball bearing. She now has a seven-inch scar on her stomach.

The fire chief in Alabama said at least eight people were killed in an explosive blaze that consumed 35 vessels along the Tennessee River.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said all eight people known to be missing were confirmed dead, and "that number could go up, because we don't know how many were on boats [that sank]".

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Necklaus said about 35 boats were destroyed, some of them sinking at the dock and others floating away before going under. He said divers need to locate each one and search them individually to be sure.

Earlier Mecklaus told CBS News seven people were sent to hospitals suffering from exposure to the frigid water or the flames. Most were in stable condition, he said.

The fire quickly consumed the dock as people were sleeping, cutting off their escape routes and raining debris.

A three-metre saltwater crocodile has given an outback plumber the fright of his life.

The NT News reported the salty crept over and entered the outside toilet.

Laynhapuy Homeland Aboriginal Corporation executive Ashleigh Ayres told the publication that the crocodile was found in the bathroom at Bukudal Homelands – about 85km southwest of Yirrkala.

She said they see crocodiles often but they don't usually venture too close to homes.

"But that particular community has a big swamp close behind it with a lot of crocs in it so (they’re) not too surprised there," Ayres explained.

The Laynhapuy Homeland Aboriginal Corporation is warning residents to always stay "crocwise".

Ayres said the crocodile was likely trying to avoid bigger crocs and has since returned to the swamp.

NSW police are set to announce a $1 million reward to help catch the killer of western Sydney business owner Hasan Dastan, who was brutally bashed in 1995.

Dastan's severely beaten body was found in the workshop of his Blacktown auto wrecker's business in December 1995.

Police said a post-mortem examination found the 52-year-old died of severe blunt force trauma to the head and face.

No one was ever charged with his murder, despite the offer of a $100,000 reward in 1998.

Detectives re-opened the case in 2018 and are set to announce a NSW government reward of $1 million for information that leads to the conviction of those behind Dastan's murder.

Brisbane parents say a new $10 million playground in the city's north is dangerous after reportedly leaving their kids either burnt or battered.

Hercules Street Park is based in Brisbane's Northshore Hamilton precinct and was only unveiled earlier in the month following a 12-month makeover.

However, parents have slammed the park saying it is "stupid" and poorly designed, alleging their kids have been burnt on the slide.

They have also slammed the lack of shade and parking, The Courier Mail reports.

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Beck Stephenson told the publication she was shocked to see her seven-year-old son Jack sustain nasty burns to his thigh, after going down the metal slide.

“The slide didn’t look dangerous but he went straight up into the air and over the soft-fall (landing) as there wasn’t enough,” Ms Stephenson claimed.

“If you’re going to spend $10 million, why the hell would you use metal slides and not put in proper shade or safe landings for little kids? It’s a stupid waste of taxpayer dollars."

According to The Courier Mail, the larger slide has since been closed, just days after the park opened.

Architects have also slammed the design, deeming it "disappointing".

John McEnroe has called Australia's Margaret Court the ‘crazy aunt’ of tennis and said he hopes Serena Williams could beat the 77-year-old’s record  24 Grand Slam singles titles so we can put her in the past.

Court has attracted heavy criticism for voicing her religious-based opposition to same-sex marriage.

On Monday the Australian Open marked the 50th anniversary of her 1970 feat of winning all four major titles in one calendar year with compatriot Rod Laver.

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“If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

McEnroe meanwhile unleashed his broadside on Eurosport television.

“There’s only one thing longer than a list of Margaret Court’s tennis achievements: it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements,” he said.

“Serena, do me a favor, get two more Grand Slams this year and get to 25 so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past, where they both belong. Thank you,” added the American.

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