1. A mum and her children, who vanished after a blind date and house fire, are “in danger”.
Relatives of a US woman who went missing with her two children after a blind date on Saturday are gravely concerned about her safety.
Shortly after Monica Bogart Lamping and her children Kai, seven, and nine-month-old Oria went missing, the family’s home in Virginia burned down, The Virgina Pilot reports.
Police say the young family’s disappearance is suspicious and believe they are in danger. Her car is also missing.
The 29-year-old had dropped her children at a friend Anne Shell’s house to go on the date, picking them up again at 5pm.
She texted her Ms Shell into the night, who received the last text from Ms Lamping at 10.30pm – about five hours before a fire took hold of her home.
Kai’s stepmother told WVEC that Ms Lamping had gone on the date with a man named Chad and he had reportedly fixed her car.
Police are looking for “Chad”, but do not know his address or what he looks like.
Firefighters say a space heater may have sparked the fire, but have not determined the cause yet.
2. Grave fears for baby girl who went missing with her father in NSW.
Police have grave fears for the welfare of a baby girl who went missing with her father in the Hunter region of New South Wales.
The three-month-old infant was with her mother when she handed over care of the little girl to her father Danny Wever at Morisset about 3pm on Sunday, News.com.au reports.
Mr Wever, who is also known as Danny Reid, took little Kalais Reid to a nearby shopping centre but did not return, police say.
NSW Police are concerned about the child’s welfare and have asked the father to visit the nearest police station with his daughter.
Mr Wever is 160cm to 170cm with a thin build and has a small tattoo under his left eye. He is caucasian with an olive complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes.
Police have urged anyone who sees Mr Wever or Kalais to call Triple-0 immediately or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they have any information in relation to their disappearance.
3. Police told to “hold off” intercepting suspect cars ahead of Bourke Street rampage.
Victoria Police officers were reportedly ordered to not rush to intercept stolen or suspect cars last months before the Bourke Street mall tragedy.
The Herald Sun reports that an email from the state’s deputy commissioner sent on September 13 told officers they should take time to plan their approach.
“Plan your approach and response when intercepting a stolen or suspect vehicle — time is on your side,” it read.
It is understood the email also directs officers not to shoot at moving vehicles.
Dimitrious Gargasoulas was tailed for hours by police after he stabbed his brother at Windsor before allegedly ploughing into crowds of shoppers in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, killing five people and injuring dozens more.
Since the incident that has shaken the country there has been debate over whether police could have done more to prevent the massacre.
Police Association secretary Ron Iddles told The Herald Sun that police tailing the 26-year-old had asked to move in on him, but their requests were rejected by senior officers.