All the news you need to know this Thursday morning.
A woman was given the fright of her life when she discovered a deadly boa constrictor had made her bathroom its home.
And to make matters worse, it may have been lurking around her home in Liverpool, UK, for six months.
Alison Jones told Metro she was shocked to discover the eight-foot-long serpent uncurling itself from a hole next to her toilet.
Police believe the snake belongs to a neighbour who lost two pet snakes during summer last year.
The other snake is still missing.
A female lieutenant from the New York Police Department (NYPD) was busted having drunken sex with a male sergeant while on the job, The New York Post reports.
Brandi Sanchez, 39, and Sergent Lambros Gavalas, 46, have been stripped of their guns and badges after allegedly being caught in the act by another sergeant.
Sanchez has a child and partner who is the commanding officer of Brooklyn’s 79th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Timothy Skretch.
The NYPD has not denied the allegations and a spokesman said the incident is under internal review.
Sweltering temperatures and strong winds forecast across much of NSW has the state’s fire crews bracing for a return of severe fire conditions.
Although fire grounds across the state have received rainfall in the past week, the NSW Rural Fire Service has warned forecast high temperatures and winds could see fire activity increase.
Temperatures are expected to reach 40C in Nowra on the South Coast, 43C in Penrith in western Sydney, 41C in Cessnock in the Hunter region and 42C in Bulahdelah on the mid-north coast.
Total fire bans are in place in NSW for Thursday in the greater Sydney, greater Hunter, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, southern ranges, central ranges and north-western fire districts.
Almost 70 fires continued to burn across the state on Wednesday night.
Our beloved koala population has copped another blow.
Experts say koalas could become extinct in eastern Australia by 2050 due to raging bushfires that have torn through the east coast.
It is hard to say exactly how many animals have been killed but estimates suggest it is more than one billion while more than 100 species of plant and animals are expected to be wiped out.
Dr Stuart Blanch from WWF Australia told News Corp koalas in eastern Australia were on track for extinction by the year 2050 but recent bushfires “have brought that extinction timeline forward”.
He explained koala numbers in northern NSW and Queensland dropped by a staggering 42 per cent between 1990 and 2016, due to loss of habitat.
He blames deforestation, land clearing and climate change as major factors.
A 14-year-old boy is being hailed a hero for saving four grown men from drowning at a notorious beach in northern NSW.
Clayton Schilg was his family and a friend at Wooyung Beach on January 9 when he saw a group of seven swimmers being swept out to sea by a powerful rip.
The quick-thinking teen from Queensland, who is a member of Tweed Heads Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club, grabbed his a surfboard and raced toward the water.
“They had been taken about 50m or 60m offshore so I ran up, grabbed a surfboard and went to them,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
When he reached the panicked swimmers he said it took him about a minute to get them out.
“I was going pretty hard.”
Clayton managed to return the men safely to shore.
Aboriginal youth are detained at a rate of more than 20 times that of non-indigenous Australians in the youth justice system, a new report shows.
During 2018 and 2019 the average daily detention rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders between the age of 10 and 17 was more than 30 per 10,000, compared to 1.4 per 10,000 for non-indigenous youths.
On average, there were 4790 young people under youth justice supervision in 2018, a Productivity Commission report on government services released on Wednesday says.
Most were on community-based orders which includes supervised bail, probation, and parole.
The majority of young people under the watch of youth justice agencies are male, including nearly 90 per cent of those in detention and close to 75 per cent in the community.
The federal government spent more than $916 million on the sector in 2018 and 2019, with the majority of money going towards detention costs.
Banned Greek tennis fans have hit back, branding the decision to boot them out of the Australian Open as “racist”.
Up to 20 Greek supporters were ejected from the Australian Open yesterday for disruptive behaviour. They were there to support the nation’s number one female tennis player Maria Sakkari.
Victoria Police said in a statement that the group of males “left peacefully”.
Melbourne man Armani Nikkas told The Herald Sun that the group had only been celebrating and “supporting our people” and could not believe that he was seeing.
“Today we were supporting our country, the Greeks, and we were chanting and people kicked us out for no reason. I feel like it’s a racist approach,” he said.
“After the game, we won, and then we celebrated how we do, but people think it’s taking it too far.”
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