1. A Victorian couple had $10,000 stolen from their wishing well when an unknown man crashed their wedding ceremony.
When Victorian couple Breanna and Danny tied the knot in front of their closest friends and family on Saturday, they had no idea that one guest was not who he seemed.
According to 9 News, the pair, who married at the Jack Rabbit Vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, didn’t realise until their night was nearly over that a man pretending to be a wedding guest had stolen almost $10,000 from their wishing well.
“[The thief] was as cool as a cucumber, he walked in and even chatted to a couple of the guests,” Jack Rabbit Vineyard venue owner Lyndsay Sharp told 9 News.
“It’s just devastating… there are people out there trying to ruin what is supposed to be a happy, special day.”
The man, dressed in a white shirt, suit pants and suspenders, arrived at the ceremony in a white ute. CCTV from the night shows him using a tool to break the lock on the wishing well, before he helps himself to a number of cards containing cash donated by the couple’s guests.
Police believe the man may have been attending a wedding at a venue nearby.
“It was like a scene out of Wedding Crashers,” Senior Constable Bradley Johnson told 9 News.
“It was pretty brazen… I think alcohol gave him the confidence to do it.
“We’re pretty confident he went to the wrong reception, realised he was at the wrong one and thought ‘while I’m here I might as well take some cash’.”
But newlyweds Breanna and Danny haven’t let the man’s actions ruin their wedding: they are currently honeymooning in Fiji as police continue their investigations.
A 41-year-old woman has been charged with one count of murder following the death of an eight-year-old boy on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.
Nine News has confirmed the woman charged is the boy's mother, and police are investigating suffocation as the possible cause of death.
The boy was found inside the home he shared with his mother and another man - who's reportedly not a suspect - in Tootgarook, Victoria. Emergency services were called to the place around 1:30pm on Thursday, where the boy's body was discovered.
"He was always a happy child," a neighbour told Nine News, adding the boy was often seen playing on the trampoline in the front yard.
"We'd wave hello as we were collecting the bins. They'd always say hello back."
The woman has been remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday morning.
A closed out-of-sessions hearing was held on Thursday evening.
Nearly half of all working, professional women are wary of starting a family, fearing it will damage their career progression, The Herald Sun reports.
The Time to Talk study from global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 42 per cent of women feared getting pregnant would impact their career, while 48 per cent felt they had been overlooked for a promotion after returning to work after having a baby.
Another 38 per cent said that even if their employers offered work-life balance or flexible work conditions, they feared being looked up on negatively if they accessed them.
The global study saw 247 Australian women at the manager level or above interviewed, with nearly a third reporting they had experienced inappropriate sexual behaviour or harassment in the workplace.
"Despite more awareness about flexible work leading to significant productivity gains, we have not shifted work culture to enable the benefits to be realised," PwC Australia's chief of diversity and inclusion, former Army gender adviser Julie McKay, told The Herald Sun.
"The findings of our survey around sexual innuendo and harassment experienced by women at work adds to a growing body of data that shows we've got a long way to go before all women feel respected, safe and empowered to fulfil their career potential."
After a decade-long fight, the family of Matthew Leveson finally have the chance to bury their son, only to find his memorial site vandalised on the eve of his funeral.
"The night before Matty’s funeral we visited his memorial tree in the National Park to find it vandalised," the 20-year-old's father, Mark Leveson, posted to social media yesterday, alongside a picture of the bare tree.
"Butterflies taken, gifts taken, memorial plaques taken, fresh flowers taken. Nothing is left!"
Matthew's mother, Faye Leveson also commented, saying: "My heart is broken. How could someone do this on the eve of Matt’s funeral?"
Absolutely devastated. The night before Matty’s funeral we visited his memorial tree in the National Park to find it vandalised. Butterflies taken, gifts taken, memorial plaques taken, fresh flowers taken. Nothing is left! @RoyalNatPark pic.twitter.com/4F92YOgeCN
— Mark Leveson (@MarkLeveson) March 8, 2018
Matthew disappeared on September 23, 2007, and was last seen leaving a nightclub in Darlinghurst, Sydney, with his former partner Michael Atkins, then aged 44.
His remains weren't found until 10 years later, when bones were located in the Royal National Park in mid-2017.
"It's our final goodbye," Mark told AAP ahead of Friday's funeral. "It's the culmination of ten and a half years of work."
Atkins was arrested in 2008 and charged with Matthew's murder, but later acquitted.
Years of uncertainty followed and Atkins continued to deny involvement as Matt's parents pleaded for information.
The case broke new legal ground when Atkins was granted immunity from contempt and perjury charges on the condition he lead police to the body.
The coronial inquest in 2017 heard Atkins told police he found Mr Leveson's body in their bedroom after their night out and assumed he had overdosed. Atkins said he was worried about his reputation so decided to bury Matt's body in the park.
Now, as Mark and Faye prepare to say their final goodbye, they're insisting the Sydney service doesn't reference the court cases, inquests or searches.
Instead, they'll share with guests who Matt really was: a bright, vibrant, creative, caring son whose company they enjoyed for 20 years.
Cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system, a study has found, AAP reports.
Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise regularly.
The findings showed the cyclists preserved muscle mass and strength with age while maintaining stable levels of body fat and cholesterol. In men, testosterone levels remained high.
More surprisingly, the anti-ageing effects of cycling appeared to extend to the immune system.
An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T-cells normally starts to shrink from the age of 20. But the thymuses of older cyclists were found to be generating as many T-cells as those of young individuals.
Professor Janet Lord, director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham, said: "Our findings debunk the assumption that ageing automatically makes us more frail.
"Our research means we now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier."
Male cyclists taking part in the study had to be able to cycle 100km in under 6.5 hours while women had to cover 60km in 5.5 hours.
The non-exercising group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80, and 55 young adults aged 20 to 36.
Professor Stephen Harridge, director of the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King's College London, said: "The findings emphasise the fact that the cyclists do not exercise because they are healthy, but that they are healthy because they have been exercising for such a large proportion of their lives.
"Their bodies have been allowed to age optimally, free from the problems usually caused by inactivity. Remove the activity and their health would likely deteriorate."
The research is outlined in two papers published in the journal Aging Cell.
6. A Perth cat shelter is overflowing with cute kittens and what better excuse do you need to adopt?
If you've been looking for an excuse to adopt a new fur baby, this is it. A cat shelter in Perth is overflowing with abandoned kittens and concerned staff are begging for your help.
"We are at crisis point and will not be able to continue to receive cats and kittens who need our help if we cannot find homes for our lovely cats," the shelter posted to Instagram this week.
Cat Haven at Shenton Park received 80 surrendered cats on Wednesday alone, Nine News reports, with welfare officer Katrina Sand saying: "We have a capacity of 250 cats and at the moment we have 380."
Financial hardship, owners moving cities, and unexpected (and unwanted) litters are the top reasons for people leaving their feline friends at the shelter.
"Now is the time to add to your fur family. We are absolutely desperate," the shelter is pleading.
Who could resist?