Happy New Year! It’s a public holiday, and we’ve rounded up your top stories so you don’t have to go looking.
1. An alleged bomb hoax put a dampener on an otherwise successful NYE.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports a Dover Heights man was arrested around midnight, after allegedly issuing a bomb threat in a Military Road park on Sydney’s North Shore. The man was taken into custody at Waverley police station, and is expected to be charged with public mischief.
Despite this and other incidents, including 30 arrests in Sydney, and multiple assaults in W.A., police have praised revelers for their over-all good behaviour.
ABC reports, New South Wales Assistant Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has said the majority of party-goers behaved responsibly.
“Finishing on such a safe night and the fact that Sydneysiders were so well-behaved again, it was important for me to say happy New Years.”
In Melbourne, calls to triple zero were down by one third.
2. Munich train stations evacuated after NYE terror threats.
German authorities have evacuated two train stations in the German city due to evidence suggesting a planned terror attack.
ABC reports authorities suspect Islamic State was behind plans to carryout a terror attack among the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The city’s main railway station, Haupbahnhof station, and a second station in Pasing neighbourhood have been evacuated. No train services are running at those stops.
Munich police have tweeted, warning citizens to avoid public transport and crowded, public areas.
In Berlin, police presence has been escalated at Brandenburg gate and surrounding areas.
3. Fire engulfs a 63-story building in Dubai ahead of New Year celebrations.
BBC reports the Address Hotel went up in flames at approximately 9:30pm local time, and is now said to be largely under control.
The surrounding area was evacuated, and 16 people have suffered mostly minor injures. The hotel, which is booked out up to five years in advance, is located in Dubai’s downtown district.
The fireworks display at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, went ahead as planned at midnight.
4. Up to 20 sharks closed in on a NSW beach yesterday.
Approximately 20 sharks were spotted in the water just of Hyams Beach, a popular tourist destination near Jervis Bay on the NSW coast.
Sydney Morning Herald reports about 100 people rushed from that water after life savers sounded an alarm just after 2.30pm yesterday.
It was the second incident in as many days, with up to eight sharks spotted dangerously close to a group of swimmers late on Wednesday afternoon.
Reports suggest as many as 60 sharks have been spotted near Wollongong, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven beaches this week.
5. A 44-year-old man is in custody after shooting on Tasmania’s east coast.