Live: NSW Now: Man allegedly used wheelie bins to rob luxury store in Sydney’s CBD


Here's what you need to know this morning.

Family's concern for missing woman Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from North Sydney.

Police have appealed for public assistance to locate a woman who went missing after leaving for work in Sydney's north shore yesterday.

Susan Gay, 56, left her St Leonards home about 5.55am on Thursday but never arrived at her place of work.

Her family holds concerns for her welfare.

She is described as caucasian, with shoulder length grey hair, about 170cm tall and a solid build.

Ms Gay was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black pants, black sneakers, a black face mask and was carrying a blue cardigan.

Anyone with information should contact Chatswood police, 9414 8499, or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

Man allegedly used wheelie bins to steal $460,000 in luxury goods A man will face court over the alleged robbery today.(Supplied: NSW Police)

Police say a man broke into a luxury store in Sydney's CBD on New Year's Day and made off with almost 100 items.

The man, 38, allegedly forced entry to the George Street store about 3.30am on January 1 and took a handbag.

He then allegedly returned with two wheelie bins and loaded them up with dozens of items, with a total value of more than $460,000.

Following an investigation, police attended a motel on Liverpool Road, Ashfield and arrested a man yesterday.

Inside the room police allegedly found several items including three luxury handbags.

He was charged with break and enter and stealing items worth more than $60,000. The man will face Burwood Local Court today.

Hillsong slammed for singing and dancingSpace to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 50 seconds50s An Instagram video shows music acts performing at th Hillsong Summercamp.

NSW Health has demanded Hillsong Church immediately stop singing and dancing at a youth camp near Newcastle after video emerged of hundreds of maskless people gathered inside a large tent.

Changes to public health orders came into effect on Tuesday that banned singing and dancing at music festivals, forcing the cancellation of the Grapevine Gathering scheduled for the Hunter Valley this weekend.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the Hillsong event was in breach of the spirit and intent of COVID-19 public health orders.

"While the order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major recreation facilities and this event is clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent of the order, which is in place to help keep the community safe," Mr Hazzard said.

NSW Police say they will liaise with organisers of an event to ensure future compliance with the public health orders.

Change to crime recording to support Indigenous people

It is now mandatory in NSW for police to ask all victims and people of interest if they identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, regardless of their appearance, as part of a bid to improve justice outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar, the corporate sponsor for Aboriginal engagement, said asking the question "allows us to improve safe custody practices, refer vulnerable people to support services and divert them from the criminal justice system".

The change was introduced in consultation with NSW Aboriginal people and on advice from the the NSW Police Aboriginal Strategic Advisory Council (PASAC).

Wiradjuri man and deputy secretary transforming aboriginal outcomes at the Department of Communities and Justice, Brendan Thomas, said the change is part of a vision to create a fairer justice system for Aboriginal people.

He said more accurate data allowed for better-informed decisions on how to support Aboriginal people and reduce offending and incarceration.

"Key to all of this is continued consultation with Aboriginal people and communities. Aboriginal people want to be part of the solution, to create a justice system that works better for them and ultimately closes the gap," he said.

The executive director of NSW Crime Statistics and Research, Jackie Fitzgerald, said there had previously been information gaps in some crime records regarding a person's Aboriginal status.

This change would help identify patterns of success and failure in programs supporting Indigenous people, she said.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news



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