Two dead after crash on Gatton-Laidley Rd, Gatton Trenton Akers May 29, 2015

TWO people have died in a head-on crash near Gatton this afternoon.
A 26-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man both died at the scene. They were the sole occupants of the vehicles.
The crash occurred on Gatton-Laidley Rd just before 2pm on Friday. The road remains closed.

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Capricornia Correctional Centre overcrowding sparking more violence warns prison guard

ABC News William Rollo 29 May 2015

A prison guard says overcrowding at a jail near Rockhampton, in central Queensland, is putting the safety of his colleagues at risk.
Queensland’s prison population has risen more than 20 per cent in the past two years.
Corrective Services’ officers are investigating an assault at the Capricornia Correctional Centre last week, that left one detainee hospitalised.
Prison officer Jay Boal said overcrowding at Capricornia was sparking more violence.

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Gold Coast man conspired with sex worker to rob businessman, court hears

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens May 29, 2015

A Gold Coast man accused of accidentally killing a wealthy West Australian businessman following the victim’s kinky, drug-fuelled romp with a sex worker has been refused bail for a second time.
Benjamin Ghobrial, 25, is alleged to have killed Gregory John Hudson, 57, in a robbery attempt gone awry last October.
He stands accused of conspiring with the sex worker to rob the businessman of cash and cocaine, only to accidentally kill him with multiple punches to the head.
Mr Hudson’s body was found naked, bound with a computer cord and with a bloodied gag near his head at a friend’s Varsity Lakes unit on October 23, 2014.
He also had a stiletto puncture wound in his buttocks and potentially lethal levels of cocaine in his bloodstream.
On the morning of his death, Mr Hudson is alleged to have engaged the services of a sex worker he had met at a brothel soon after his arrival in Queensland.

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Driver dies in car accident in Brisbane eastern suburb

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva May 29, 2015

A person has died after a car slammed into a tree east of Brisbane on Friday morning.
Police and paramedics rushed to Chelsea Road in Ransome, about 20 kilometres from the city, following the crash about 8.40am.
An ambulance spokeswoman said one person was trapped in the vehicle and died at the scene.
Chelsea Road was closed between Molle Road and Rickertt Road.

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Queensland Police raids of 100 properties catches alleged drug kingpin, $1m in drugs and high-end sports cars Thomas Chamberlin May 29, 2015

POLICE have raided 100 properties in Mackay and Whitsundays area, seizing $1m worth of drugs and charging 29 people with trafficking.
Detectives say they have arrested the drug kingpin in the widespread raids, seizing two high-end sports cars, a motorcycle, jet ski, $150,000 worth of jewellery, $79,000 in computers and $80,000 of household goods.
Detectives today said the operation had so far netted 14kg of marijuana, 460g of ice and 370 ecstasy tablets.
Three rifles and a taser stun gun were also found by police.
Police believe many of the drugs were brought in from southeast Queensland and Sydney.
More than 100 police were involved in the operation, including the Special Emergency Response Team and officers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Taskforce Maxima Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence said there were no links to bikies but people charged had links to crime gangs.

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Food poisoning bug ‘found in 73% of shop-bought chickens’

BBC News 28 May 2015

Some 73% of fresh shop-bought chicken tested positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in a year-long study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
The survey tested about 4,000 samples of whole raw chickens bought from UK retail outlets and independent stores.
All of the major retailers failed to reach industry targets to reduce the bug over the period of the study.
But the FSA said Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, the Co-op and Waitrose had since seen a fall in contamination.
The four retailers carried out their own case studies to show how their plans to reduce levels of campylobacter are working, the results of which have also been published.
This data – from tests carried out on more recent samples than the FSA study – showed “significant decreases in the incidence of campylobacter on their raw whole chickens”, the agency said.
Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, with an estimated 280,000 people a year affected by it. Poultry is the source of most cases – although cooking meat properly will kill the bug.

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Mers virus: Concern growing in South Korea

BBC News 29 May 2015

Concern is growing in South Korea over the spread of the Mers virus after a man defied quarantine to travel to China.
Seven people have been infected with the disease so far in South Korea, said the country’s health ministry.
Chinese officials said they had traced the son of a patient who had refused voluntary quarantine.
Cases of the virus, for which there is no known cure, have been confirmed in more than 20 countries.
Two new cases of Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in South Korea were confirmed on Thursday.
The health ministry said that all of them had been linked to a man who returned from the Middle East – where Mers is more common.
Dozens of people are now in quarantine.

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