Sydney news: Police seize $40m of cannabis, one of the largest hauls in Australian history – ABC News

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13,000 cannabis plants destroyed

Fourteen men have been charged and cannabis worth more than $40 million has been seized on the state’s Mid North Coast in one of the largest busts in Australian history.

Police raided three properties in Minimbah, Melinga and Moorwood, seizing 13,353 cannabis plants.

The raids were part of Strike Force Harthouse, which has so far resulted in 33 arrests and the destruction of more than $100 million of cannabis.

26yo stabbed in chest and face

A man was stabbed in the chest and face at a home on the Central Coast overnight.

Paramedics treated the 26-year-old after being called to the house at Watanobbi about 11:30pm.

He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

A crime scene has been established and NSW Police are appealing for information.

Children evacuated from fire

Residents of a Western Sydney apartment block were evacuated overnight after a car caught fire in the basement carpark.

Emergency services were called to the two-storey block on Marian Street in Guildford about 11:50pm following reports of smoke.

Police evacuated about 20 people — many of them children — from their units while fire crews worked to contain the blaze.

Wet weather’s mixed response

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Manly Ferry battered by wild waves in Sydney Harbour

The wet weather predicted over the next seven days could be a mixed blessing in the state’s north west, with too much rain likely to affect what should be a bumper harvest.

For some regions, more rain has fallen in the past 48 hours than for all of 2019, which can make it difficult for combine harvesters to access sodden surfaces.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jordan Notaro said he hoped that farmers in the drier areas would be to be able to „help those people out”.

Calls for prison reform

Three Indigenous women hold a portrait of Tane Chatfield
Tane’s mother Nioka Chatfield (centre) wants the focus to shift to healing.(ABC News: Dayvis Heyne)

An Upper House inquiry into the high rate of incarceration and deaths in custody among First Nations people will hold its first hearing today.

There have been 120 submissions to the inquiry from the legal fraternity, Aboriginal community organisations, and the families of people who have died in custody.

Among them is a video message from Nioka Chatfield, whose son Tane died in custody in Tamworth in 2017, calling for a rethink of criminal justice in NSW.

„Change your policy and procedures. Build healing centres, not prisons,” she said.

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