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Season 39

1 Jan. 2018
Menace to Society
The Apex crime group is hell bent on its car jackings, armed robberies, and violent home invasions. But now, there's a new threat to public safety with a gang of African youths calling itself 'Menace to Society'. They're more organized than ever, now with the law in their sights. Police are being led into ambushes, surrounded and intimidated by up to 40 gang members in laneways, with stolen cars being used as lure. MTS has also been linked to the trade in the illegal drug known as khat.
 
3 Jan. 2018
Supermarket Showdown
It's the dramatic showdown inside a suburban supermarket involving shoplifters in Melbourne. Two women unleash a foul-mouthed tirade on a female security guard at a checkout before storming the store and acting aggressively towards staff. They hurl items including bananas at staff members who attempt to calm the situation, but the women use a "divide and conquer" tactic where they create more chaos by dispersing throughout the store. Security guards are seeing this type of behaviour more frequently.
 
8 Jan. 2018
Sickening Gang Attack
CCTV footage of the sickening attack that will show you just how vicious and out of control some African teenagers have become and the interview with the mother of an Apex gang member who says she knows why the situation is out of control. These teenagers struggle to fit into Australian culture and don't understand the law. Meanwhile families no longer believe Melbourne is safe. Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, also discusses solutions to the gang crime crisis.
 
10 Jan. 2018
Gang Crisis
We've seen the violence, the despairing mums, the frightened neighbours, Victorians have been crying out for something to be done about African youth violence. Victorian police and community leaders today announced the creation of a task force to tackle that violence. But questions remain whether it will be enough to prevent further gang related crime.
 
12 Jan. 2018
Pap to PM
Darryn Lyons famously went from international paparazzo to outspoken celebrity mayor of Geelong to pizza empire mogul. Now, he is ready for another shot at politics, and he has his eye on the top job - Prime Minister of Australia. Lyons has been compared to Donald J. Trump, and wants to stand on a platform of law and order, secure borders, more jobs and less political correctness. He also wants to streamline bureaucracy to remove all red tape.
 
15 Jan. 2018
Flinders Street Survivor
When Bec Larrigan stepped out onto Flinders Street just a few days before Christmas she had no idea she would end up spending the big day in a drug-induced brain fog in Melbourne's major trauma centre, The Alfred Hospital. It has become clear she is mentally and physically traumatized by the Flinders Street crash caused when driver Saeed Noori allegedly drove his car through a crowded intersection. Larrigan was one of 19 people initially injured during the 22 December 2017 crash, and is on the long road to recovery.
 
18 Jan. 2018
One Year On
It's been almost one year since the Bourke Street vehicle rampage in which six people were killed, including a baby and a 10-year-old girl. Many more were badly injured, some critically in the lone-wolf attack. Survivors are making a slow recovery, forced to take months off work because of the trauma, but are determined to regain their past life.
 
23 Jan. 2018
Foreign Criminals Exposed/The Great Debate
Australia has some of the toughest laws in the world for booting out foreign criminals. But there are serious claims some of them are being saved from deportation, thanks to light sentencing in the courts. New Zealand-born Caleb Maraku showed no remorse after escaping a gaol sentence for an unprovoked attack which left his victim unconscious on the pavement in Surfers Paradise last year. The decision has caused outrage with thousands of people petitioning for him to be deported back to New Zealand.
 
24 Jan. 2018
Salim: Rise and Fall
Salim Mehajer first entered the public spotlight after controversially closing off public streets to accommodate his extravagant wedding in 2015. Today, Mehajer is now spending his second night behind bars after a police investigation into a car crash last year, which occurred while Mehajer was on his way to court to face assault charges. Police believe the accident was staged. Mehajer will be charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud.
 
2 Feb. 2018
What a Low Act
Disturbing hidden camera vision of a disabled hospital patient being physically abused by an Asian nurse has shocked everybody who's seen it. The family of a cerebral palsy sufferer will now sue a Melbourne hospital where he was the alleged victim of patient abuse. A hidden camera planted by his family at Caulfield Hospital uncovered the alleged assault - including being grabbed around the throat - by a male nurse.
 
5 Feb. 2018
Australia's New Militia
Some Melbourne residents say crime is so out of control in their suburb, they've been left no choice but to arm themselves with deadly weapons. Families in Cranbourne have become traumatized by violent home invasions and robberies, and by the lack of police action, that they have decided to take the law into their own hands. They have formed a proactive neighbourhood watch called No Fear to protect their properties and belongings from intruders.
 
9 Feb. 2018
Hilton Bombing 40 Years On
Forty years ago, in the dead of night, a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney and brought terror to Australia. Three men including a police officer died and over a dozen people were injured. To this day, survivors have flashbacks and painful memories, and families grieve over lost loved ones. Two men connected with the Ananda Marga sect, Timothy Anderson and Evan Pederick, were eventually charged over the bombing.
 
14 Feb. 2018
Sam for Mayor?
Provocative AFL Footy Show host Sam Newman is reportedly considering running for Melbourne Lord Mayor after Robert Doyle stood down amid harassment allegations. Newman, who admires Donald J. Trump, is considering a tilt at the job on a platform of making the city safe, eliminating homelessness in the CBD, removing graffiti and to provide an alternative to politically correct agendas. His campaign slogan being 'You Need Uncle Sam'.
 
19 Feb. 2018
One Punch Thug Deported
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has reiterated his zero-tolerance stance on violent foreign criminals following his decision to deport Kiwi coward punch thug Caleb Maraku. Under Mr Dutton's direction, Maraku was arrested by Border Force officers at his Gold Coast home early Friday morning and is now due to be deported back to New Zealand. Maraku caused public outrage when he laughed and smiled at cameras while walking free from court last month, having avoided gaol time for a shocking assault.
 
20 Feb. 2018
Gotcha Fatma!
For years Fatma Sleiman received more than $150,000 in welfare benefits she wasn't entitled to, and she's been living a lavish life with the help of that taxpayer money. Sleiman from Glenroy in Melbourne owns two properties, a large speed boat and luxury cars. The Department of Human Services claims that she wasn't entitled to receive the benefits because of undeclared income she was earning from self-employment and rental income from a property. They now want her to pay up.
 
26 Feb. 2018
Refugee Husband and Wife Arrested
There are calls for the federal government to slash our immigration intake and bar criminals from entering Australia after an Iranian couple granted asylum were charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of the deadly drug ice. Refugees Ali Maleki and his wife Yosra Rabieh were among three Iranians charged last week after an investigation by police allegedly uncovered a Middle Eastern crime gang peddling methamphetamines on the streets of Sydney.
 
7 Mar. 2018
Restaurant Scam
Gypsy mothers have been accused of planting shards of broken glass in their food to get free meals. Restaurant owners in Brisbane claim a group of Irish Travellers and their unruly children have been scamming them by planting shards of glass in their food and then refusing to pay for their expensive meals and wine. Their modus operandi includes disrupting service by screaming and crying at staff near the end of their meals, and threatening legal action, until their bill is waived. Venues are losing hundreds of dollars to the fraud.
 
9 Mar. 2018
Restaurant Runners Hunt
More business owners have come forward to claim they were targeted by a group of Irish Traveller women who allegedly use scams to get free meals from Brisbane area restaurants. The group, with children in tow, pretend to find glass in their food and demand the staff waive their bill. Now retailers claim the same women have been shoplifting their stores. Police have been urging more alleged victims to come forward as they track the group.
 
12 Mar. 2018
No Respect!
The Moomba Festival was originally founded as a family event, however for the last few years it has been marred by violence and gang activity. More than a thousand youths of African appearance, arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning to hold a huge unauthorized street party where a series of violent incidences unfolded. One shocking video shows visitors running for safety as dozens of African youths mob a tram along Bourke Street.
 
13 Mar. 2018
Deportation Debate
Brazilian-born Pedro Fernandes has a violent criminal past - but he's been allowed to stay in Australia. Even though Fernandes has a criminal record for armed robbery, affray and breaching an intensive corrections order, he took his deportation case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and won. The decision has angered many including his victims of the violent robbery in Sydney. The AAT has been accused of failing to meet community expectations.
 
14 Mar. 2018
New Cold War?
Australia could see deadly espionage on its own soil as the "new Cold War" involving world superpowers heats up. Fears of spy games have increased after the attempted murder of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK. Skripal and his daughter Yulia are fighting for their lives in hospital after being poisoned with a Russian-made military-grade nerve agent.
 
16 Mar. 2018
Derryn Hinch's Liver
Senator Derryn Hinch promised he'd never consume alcohol again after a fortunate life-saving liver transplant. But the 74-year-old leader of his own Justice Party has "fallen off the wagon" - and the sister of the man whose liver he received is furious he is continuing to drink alcohol. This follows an accident in which Hinch stumbled out of a Uber vehicle after having earlier drunk wine, and struck his head. Witnesses claim Hinch has been boozing for the last 12 months.
 
21 Mar. 2018
Killer Cop Charged
Australian Justine Damond-Ruszczyk was shot dead by the American police she'd just called for help, in circumstances that have baffled her family. Officer Mohamed Noor has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over the shooting death after turning himself in overnight in light of a warrant issued for his arrest. Noor allegedly shot Ms Damond-Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old life coach from Sydney's northern beaches, minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.
 
22 Mar. 2018
Crime Crisis
We've never seen a law and order crisis like this before. The victim of an alleged home invasion in Melbourne last week has spoken of the moment that he claims four young African men smashed their way through his home. Security footage appears to reveal a brutal assault which began at 3am when Adam, a disability pensioner, was asleep in bed. The wave of violent crime has some residents living in fear, trapped in their own homes.
 
26 Mar. 2018
Pauline Hanson Uncovered
Queensland senator Pauline Hanson has spoken passionately about Lakemba, a suburb in Sydney's southwest, telling the Senate in 2017, "If you look around Sydney, Lakemba and Bankstown, these areas, they're no longer Australian". Despite her concerns, Senator Hanson agreed to visit the suburb, and pointed out Australians have been forced out of the area as they don't feel a part of it any more. Senator Hanson also opened up about the day she stormed the Senate in a burqa, stating it is a claustrophobic garb and won't be worn again.
 
2 Apr. 2018
Bomb Scare
The discovery of a car carrying a bomb in a suburban carpark has sent shockwaves around Australia, just days out from the Commonwealth Games. Authorities have credited CCTV surveillance for the swift apprehension of two people charged over an alleged bomb scare in Brisbane. An explosive device "capable of causing injury" was allegedly found in a car parked at the Redbank Plaza shopping centre, south-west of Brisbane, this morning.
 
10 Apr. 2018
Gold Coast Ghost Town?
The Commonwealth Games is meant to be a time for celebration. Businesses on the Gold Coast were promised the games would boost the local economy, however they claim it is the worst downturn in trade they have experienced in five years, and have blamed GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie for scaring away locals and tourists from the area. The normally busy Gold Coast is now a "ghost town", as shops, hotels, cafes, and restaurants face financial ruin, and have begun laying off staff.
 
20 Apr. 2018
Barber Shop Blues
The traditional barber shop is under siege. Owner Joy Arnott was shocked to be on the receiving end of an anti-discrimination complaint after allegedly refusing to cut a woman's hair, a woman no-one in her shop remembers asking for a haircut. This comes during a spate of anti-discrimination claims against barbers across Australia, who are only qualified to cut men's hair. Businesses are being financially ruined defending themselves over what some see is a coordinated assault by would-be feminists against a service for men.
 
27 Apr. 2018
Bill Cosby Guilty
Today, justice was served to American actor and comedian Bill Cosby after he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago. Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in gaol after a jury unanimously concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. The criminal case arose following a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who claimed the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.
 
3 May 2018
Don't Do It Harry!
Meghan Markle's half-brother has written an open letter urging Prince Harry to cancel his 19 May union to his sister. Thomas Markle Jr., 51, who has not been invited to the royal wedding, slammed his younger sister claiming the 36-year-old actress is "jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage." Thomas previously stated that Meghan is "phony" and she has forgotten about her family. While her half-sister, Samantha, has also expressed anger after being shunned from the royal wedding.
 
7 May 2018
Act of Horror
A father who was stabbed by an international student dressed in a full burqa in his own home has described how the knife sunk three centimetres into his neck as he frantically urged his young daughter to make a run for it. He now says his daughter is so traumatized by what she witnessed she thinks she can see blood on the walls and dreams her parents are dead. Momena Shoma, who arrived in Melbourne from Bangladesh in January 2018, has been charged with engaging in a terrorist act. Police believe Shoma is linked to Islamic State.
 
8 May 2018
Cops Gone Soft?
From gang violence and home invasions to smash and grab robberies and organized crime - police have their work cut out for them. But some retired senior cops say today's force has gone soft and needs to act now to regain control of the streets. This comes in the wake of a crime wave in Melbourne culminating in a rental property in Footscray being maliciously trashed by an African gang while police stood by and watched, failing to make any arrests.
 
16 May 2018
Terror Families
The Indonesian terror attacks over the weekend have sickened the world with the bombers use of their own children in the carnage. The recent bombings saw a family of six target three Christian churches across Surabaya during Sunday mass, while their friends struck a local police headquarters. Around one million Australians travel to Indonesia every year. The latest attacks, on Australia's back doorstep, have prompted a travel warning from the government to say there's a heightened risk and there could be more.
 
23 May 2018
Education Report Card
Australian students are falling behind the rest of the world academically and there are growing calls to strip back the syllabus and go back to basics. In just fifteen years Australia's academic world ranking has slipped from 4th to 16th in Reading, from 7th to 25th in Mathematics and from 4th to 14th in Science. Experts claim content beyond the basic "Three Rs" has crept into the curriculum, and teachers are being forced to do too much parenting.
 
28 May 2018
No-Go Gang Zones
You're meant to feel safe in places like schools, shopping centres and busy CBDs in Australia. Mobs of African and Islander youths however have been imitating American street gangs known as the Bloods and the Crips, and taking part in vicious brawls, intimidating police, harassing people and dealing with drugs. It is damaging the image of Melbourne as a safe tourist destination. Victims come forward to tell their stories.
 
30 May 2018
Fun in the Sun
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal, which has infamously overturned numerous Department of Immigration decisions to deport foreign-born guests after being convicted of violent crimes, held its taxpayer-funded $600,000 biennial junket on the Sunshine Coast this week. But their arrival on Monday morning was ambushed by enraged family of murdered Melbourne woman Korinna Aylward. Aylward and her partner, Greg Tucker, were stabbed to death in 2013 by Turkish man Mustafa Kunduraci, who the Immigration department had twice attempted to ban from entering Australia. But ...
 
5 Jun. 2018
Sons Reject Mum
Leaving her husband and the Muslim world was the hardest thing mother-of-seven Nadia has ever done. But it got much worse. Because she was no longer Muslim, her sons wanted her dead. Nadia and her eldest daughter Allawea are now in hiding, after their family turned against them when the pair denounced Islam. She tells A Current Affair how she felt like an "animal" and a "slave" while practising Islam and says she hopes she'll inspire other female Muslims to free themselves from the religion.
 
15 Jun. 2018
Plastic Bag Ban
Thrifty shoppers should prepare to get slugged a little extra at the checkout when plastic bags are banned around the country, but it's not the only sneaky extra fee out there. Woolworths will become the first big supermarket to ban the bag from their store network. Customers will pay 15 cents for a re-usable bag if they've not brought their own, or 99 cents for a foldable bag. There will also be fee increases for online shopping and home delivery. Customers are angry as a result, many seeing the controversial ban as a money-making scam.
 
18 Jun. 2018
Kicking out the Creeps
The most despised of all criminals are the ones who prey on children. Now the government is targeting predators from the moment they set foot on Australian soil, before they commit any crimes. Some of the most horrific child exploitation material has been uncovered by officers conducting searches of electronic devices, books, and magazines. Hundreds of pedophiles mostly from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia have been detained and deported by border security. Australia is also sharing information with international agencies to track down victims of child exploitation ...
 
21 Jun. 2018
Christopher's Killer
For twenty years, murderer Kathy Keng Hwee Yeo has refused to tell police where the beheaded body of her ex-boyfriend Christopher Dorrian lies. In 1997, psychiatric nurse Yeo and an accomplice shot Dorrian three times before severing his head. The head was later discovered washed up inside a sports bag on the banks of the Cooks River at Tempe. Now Yeo has been released on parole despite never revealing the whereabouts of Dorrian's body, angering the victim's family.
 
22 Jun. 2018
Plastic Bag Backlash!
The plastic bag ban has many customers seeing red. Some believe it's just an inconvenient cash-grab by the supermarket giants, others say it's an empty virtue signalling gesture, while for some it may help save the planet. The first day of Woolworths plastic bag ban has seen a very mixed reaction. What shoppers might not be aware is that many of the reusable alternatives such as "green" carrier bags made from polyethylene or polypropylene may actually turn out worse for the environment. They require to be reused hundred of times to negate the influence of one ...
 
25 Jun. 2018
Car Crash Con Man
Former refugee and immigration lawyer Amadu Bangura, who tried to claim $700,000 in compensation for a staged fender bender in Lakemba, has been found guilty of insurance fraud after a magistrate slammed his evidence as being "vague and evasive" and at times "just plain dishonest". Bangura had claimed his car was written off in the accident but police surveillance footage shows Bangura driving the same car afterwards with only a minor scratch.
 
5 Jul. 2018
Mosque Madness
A simple request asking to speak to an imam of a local mosque has ended in a verbal clash between Muslims and Christians in Brisbane, with police becoming involved.
 
9 Jul. 2018
Vegemite Pest
He's been called "The Vegemite Pest". His real name is Ammar Mousali and he seems to be at war with his neighbours in the Gold Coast unit complex where he lives. His habit of smearing Vegemite on the lenses of security cameras in the unit block has earned him his nickname. Mousali has been accused of deliberately antagonizing other tenants by stalking and videoing them, willfully damaging an electricity power board, and vandalizing security cameras throughout the building. He has also been labelled a psychopath after assaulting the property manager.
 
18 Jul. 2018
Justice for Ashlee
It took young mother-of-three Ashlee Brown five days to die on a floor, and her devastated mother is desperate to find the truth. Siobhann Brown says her daughter Ashlee was vulnerable when she decided she wanted to convert to Islam for her marriage, without knowing much about the religion. Ashlee died in her marital home in Melbourne's north, and her husband has been convicted of negligent manslaughter. Mohamed Naddaf claims he found his wife in the garage of their home suffering multiple serious injuries but didn't call an ambulance.
 
19 Jul. 2018
Laura Versus Lauren
Young Canadian political activist Lauren Southern has arrived in Australia for a series of talks around the country. Southern believes Australia is facing the same problem that much of the West is facing right now, and that is the failings of progressivism and multiculturalism. She gained international notice through tackling a series of subjects via social media, taking on Muslims, feminists, and trans people, and says there is a thirst for her message in Australia.
 
7 Aug. 2018
On Trial!
Hiring a tradie you've never used before can be nerve-wracking, and it's even worse when you realize you've been taken for a ride. NSW Fair Trading is investigating several customer complaints against the Plumbing Detectives, which also operates in Melbourne and Brisbane. There are claims many customers are being charged excessive call-out fees and double the amount to have repairs done to pipes. Detectives director Belal Dassouki and co-director Mahmoud Sayadi have also been accused of ripping-off the elderly. They have also been operating under the names Electrical ...
 
9 Aug. 2018
Dole Police
New tactics are being used to crack down on welfare fraud. Australian Federal Police, as part of Operation Integrity, are setting up stands in shopping centres, where they're encouraging people to dob in fraudsters. The last operation in Werribee recovered around A$11 million from welfare cheats. Welfare fraud costs Australian taxpayers millions every year and the AFP and Centrelink are urging people to report rorters either at the stands, online, or calling 131 524.
 
16 Aug. 2018
Dubious Dinh
RIC Homes founder Jason Dinh, is a wealthy property developer who refuses to explain how A$3 million in home deposits went missing. Winning Post Officer, the company offering the parcels of land, allegedly took the deposits before the families were told the company had gone into liquidation. It's a scandal that's cost a hundred families thousands of dollars and the dream of a home.
 
22 Aug. 2018
Our Land, Our Rules!
Muslim imam Mustapha Kara-Ali and Diwan Al Dawla is at the centre of a dispute with the local council over work undertaken on his property in Colo, New South Wales. Hawkesbury City Council have launched civil action against Kara-Ali and his brother Diaa in the Land and Environment Court, claiming all work done on the property so far has been done without developmental approval. Kara-Ali claims his religion is above Australian law, and believes the flag and coat of arms hold Christian symbolism which he refuses to acknowledge.
 
24 Aug. 2018
Prime Minister Morrison
After a tumultuous day in politics, Liberal MP Scott Morrison has been elected the 30th Prime Minister of Australia. What are his immediate plans and who will he have in his cabinet?