An Australian man has been jailed for life for killing six people during a car rampage in January 2017, in what the judge described as "one of the worst examples of mass murder" in the country's history. 29-year-old James Gargasoulas drove a stolen car into pedestrians in Melbourne's city centre, mowing down dozens of people. As well as the six fatalities, 27 people were injured. Among his victims was three-month-old Zachary Bryant, who was thrown 60 metres from his pram and 10-year-old, Thalia Makin. Jess Mudie, 22, Yosuke Kanno, 25, Bhavita Patel, 33, and Matthew Si, 33, were also killed. Gargasoulas, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was experiencing a drug-induced psychosis when he drove into lunchtime crowds at the busy Bourke St. Mall. On Friday, Judge Mark Weinberg said he had shown "no genuine remorse" for perpetrating one of the worst massacres in Australian history "You made no attempt to avoid … [Read more...] about Australian man jailed for life over Melbourne car rampage that killed six
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0 Have your say Planning permission has been granted for a new residential development in Leeds city centre. Addington Capital, a property investment and asset management firm, has now been given the go-ahead for 100 apartments of varying sizes - split into three blocks - on Melbourne Street.Leeds-based firm Den Architecture were employed as architects for the project and the plan is to get on-site and build as soon as possible, according to bosses at the company.The firm was attracted to undertake another Leeds development due to significant regeneration over the last few years, as popularity and vibrancy in the city centre’s Northern Quarter has soared.Phil Symonds, partner at Addington told City Buzz: “This scheme will be Addington’s third PRS scheme in Leeds. “We acquired, refurbished and sold 183 units in joint venture at Waterside and are currently on site at Headingley, where we have developed 124 units to date and are now about to … [Read more...] about Go ahead for Leeds city centre apartments
You probably haven't been able to ignore a 10-year challenge on social media over the past few days and weeks. You might have even done one yourself. The thinking is that people tweet, Facebook or Instagram pictures of themselves now next to snaps dating back a decade. For what exact purpose no one knows. Now it's Stoke City's turn. A lot has changed in 10 years at the bet365 Stadium, which was just the one-corned Britannia Stadium back then, as Stoke were fighting to establish themselves back in the top flight after a dramatic promotion season. A promising autumn, when Tony Pulis's side went on a run of four wins in seven games - including earning the scalps of Tottenham and Arsenal - was followed by a hard winter. A run of 11 matches without a win even featured a League Cup home defeat to Derby. But Pulis struck gold twice in a crucial January transfer window, bringing in Matthew Etherington and James Beattie from West Ham and Sheffield United respecitively. Both would combine to … [Read more...] about The Stoke City 10-year challenge: where are Tony Pulis’s 2009 squad now?
Man City made their first signing of the January window earlier this week by bringing Ko Itakura to the club. The 21-year-old is believed to have signed for a transfer fee of around £1million before being sent out on loan to Dutch outfit Groningen until the summer of 2020. You may never have heard of Itakura, so we've put together this handy profile on the youngster: Full name: Ko Itakura Date of Birth: January 27, 1997 Place of birth: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Postions: Centre-back, holding midfield Club career Itakura joined Kawasaki Frontale as a youngster in 2006 before working his way up the youth ranks and into the senior set-up in January 2015. In February 2018 he left the club to join Vegalta Sendai on loan for a year, before returning to his parent club at the end of December. Two weeks later City signed him before immediately sending him to Groningen for the next 18 months. What's he said? "Just a moment ago, I signed a contract with Manchester City!" Itakura … [Read more...] about Who is Ko Itakura? Man City new signing profiled
Suspicious packages have been delivered to the British Consulate and other embassies in Melbourne and Canberra, Australian police say. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said Australian Federal Police are "dealing" with a report of a suspicious package at the British Consulate General in Melbourne.A spokesman for the US Consulate in Melbourne also confirmed they had received a package which local authorities are investigating.Similar parcels have reportedly been delivered to consulates and embassies of the United States, Germany, India, New Zealand, Korea, Greece, Egypt and Switzerland in Melbourne.Consulates in the Australian capital of Canberra also received the packages, police said.A number of consulates have been evacuated in Melbourne.Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has sent vans to reports of "hazardous material" at 16 sites, according to the Vic Emergency website.A spokeswoman for the service said: "We are assisting the Australian Federal Police right now … [Read more...] about Consulates in Melbourne and Canberra evacuated over ‘suspicious packages’