'You see so many sad things' - Prince William 'took a lot home' after working as first responder

Prince William has confessed he "took a lot home without realising" when he worked as an air ambulance pilot.

The 36-year-old royal worked for England's East Anglian Air Ambulance as a first responder for two years and admits it was tough seeing such "despair and sadness".

Speaking at a mental health event in Bristol yesterday, he said: "I took a lot home without realising it. You see so many sad things every day that you think life is like that.

"You're always dealing with despair and sadness and injury. The attrition builds up and you never really have the opportunity to offload anything if you're not careful."

Meanwhile, William - who has Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, four months, with his wife Duchess Catherine - announced in January 2017 that he would be stepping down from the job and said it was a "huge privilege" to work with the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

He said in a statement at the time: "It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come. I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals.

"I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger."

Prince William talks about getting the work-life balance right on his first day as an air ambulance pilot.
Source: AAP

Disappearance of William Tyrrell, NSW boy missing for four years, referred to coroner

The case of missing NSW boy William Tyrrell is to be handed to the coroner and an inquest has been proposed for next year.

On the fourth anniversary of William's disappearance, NSW Police announced that investigators have been speaking with the coroner and an inquest before Deputy NSW Coroner Harriet Grahame has been proposed.

In a statement, NSW Police said investigators in the case "would like to acknowledge the continued strength and courage of William Tyrrell's families today.

"Over the past year, investigators have continued to explore lines of inquiry in an effort to find out what happened to William, including a large-scale forensic search," it said.

The deputy coroner has requested a brief of evidence, the statement said, which would be provided by the end of the year.

The inquest will be "an opportunity to test information and evidence gathered by Strike Force Rosann and further the investigation.
"This is another step in ensuring answers are provided to William's loved ones," the statement said.

William was playing in his grandmother's yard at Kendall on the NSW mid north coast when he vanished on September 12, 2014.
He was three.

Despite a large-scale search, no trace of him has been found.

William Tyrrell.

State of emergency declared in Virginia as Hurricane Florence approaches

President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Virginia as Hurricane Florence approaches.

Mr Trump announced the action today. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and South Carolina, which are currently in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm. The action frees up federal funds and resources.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center forecasts as much as 50 centimetres of rain, if not more, for parts of North Carolina.

Rain could reach as much as 25 centimetres elsewhere in North Carolina, Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, but no federal emergency has been declared in the nation's capital.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on America’s south-east, with more than a million people already ordered to flee. Source: 1 NEWS


Vladimir Putin's ex-bodyguard says he'll 'make a good juicy beef steak out of' opposition leader

In an extraordinary public outburst, President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard and chief of the National Guard overnight challenged opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a duel.

Viktor Zolotov recorded an emotional seven-minute speech, posted on the National Guard's YouTube channel, attacking Navalny for his investigation into large-scale corruption at the National Guard. Zolotov admitted "shortcomings in terms of corruption" in his governmental agency but rejected Navalny's claim that he personally profited from the shady deals.

Navalny, Russia's most popular opposition leader, is currently in jail serving a 30-day sentence for organising an unsanctioned public protest. Last month he published an investigation alleging that at least $29 million had been stolen in procurement contracts for the National Guard.

Navalny rose to prominence thanks to his investigations uncovering official graft and has spearheaded mass anti-government protests across Russia, rattling the Kremlin. Rallies took place on Sunday in all of Russia's 11 time zones, and the National Guard's riot police violently cracked down on the protests in some of the cities.

The 64-year old Zolotov, who rarely makes public appearances, took to YouTube to vent his frustration with the opposition leader. Zolotov said he was insulted by Navalny's allegation and felt compelled "as an officer" to challenge him to a duel:

"I'm simply challenging you to a fight: to a ring, to a tatami, anywhere where I promise I will make a good juicy beef steak of you," Zolotov said, seated at the desk and shaking his fist.

Zolotov served in Putin's security detail for 13 years and is believed to be one of the president's closest allies.

His Tuesday speech is a radical departure from the usual Kremlin policy of avoiding mentioning Navalny's name in public. Over the years Putin has ignored Navalny's investigations and protest rallies, refusing to even call him by his name.

However, Navalny has run into trouble with Russian law enforcement as his prominence has grown. He was convicted on two separate sets of charges and his family members and allies have faced criminal prosecution.

The Kremlin dismissed suggestions that it encouraged Zolotov to make his statement.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Zolotov did not run his speech by the president and that the Kremlin doesn't view it as a physical threat to Navalny. Peskov called Navalny's investigation "shameless lies" and supported Zolotov's outburst, saying that "sometimes you need to fight shameless libel with all possible means."

While most of Navalny's allies treated Zolotov's statement as a joke, others saw chilling overtures in the former bodyguard's emotional appeal.

"Zolotov's public threats against Navalny should be taken without any irony," said Ilya Yashin, an opposition activist and close friend of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Yashin referred to Zolotov's close ties to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov whom the opposition considers to be behind Nemtsov's 2015 murder: "Because of the Nemtsov case we know how the Chechen bandits react when their friends feel offended."

In this video grab taken from Rosguardia official website, National Guard chief Viktor Zolotov speaks as he records an emotional speech, posted on the National Guard's YouTube channel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard and chief of the National Guard has challenged opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a duel. (Rosguardia Press Service via AP)
National Guard chief Viktor Zolotov speaks as he records an emotional speech, posted on the National Guard's YouTube channel Source: Associated Press

Perth father accused of murdering three daughters, wife and mother-in-law showed 'no hint of problems'

A Perth father accused of murdering his three daughters, wife and mother-in-law showed no hint of financial or emotional problems, but his franchisor says he failed to respond to phone calls several times.

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, allegedly used a blunt instrument and knives to kill three-year-old Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his wife Mara Lee Harvey, 41, and mother-in-law Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, at a Bedford home in Perth.

Police say Harvey, who ran a Jim's Mowing franchise, stayed in the house for days before travelling about 1500km north, then turned himself in.

Jim's Group managing director Jim Penman said Harvey had been a respected and well-liked franchisee.

"(He) had given no hint of financial or emotional problems in the many contacts we had with him over the past few months," Mr Penman said on Tuesday.

"The only suggestion of trouble was his failure on several occasions to respond to phone calls."

Mr Penman said Jim's Group would consider tightening requirements for franchisees to keep in regular contact to prevent something similar happening again.

The bodies have been removed from the house but mourners have left toys, notes and flowers outside.

It is the third family mass-murder in WA in four months, representing 15 of 23 domestic violence-related deaths in the state this year.
Three adults and four children were fatally shot in Osmington in regional WA in May, while a mother and two of her children were killed in Ellenbrook, in Perth's northeast, in July.

Federal Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer became emotional in parliament on Tuesday while discussing the Bedford deaths.

"Any attempt to describe the horror of this tragedy that ended the lives of three small children, the children's mother and their grandmother is futile. It is incomprehensible," she said.

"Sadly, it marks the third terrible killing, a family killing, in WA this year. It is clear that family and domestic violence remains far too prevalent."

She stressed that both sides of parliament at every level must do more to tackle the issue.

WA Premier Mark McGowan has urged anyone with mental health or domestic violence concerns to seek help.

Anthony Robert Harvey has been charged with murdering his wife, three daughters and mother-in-law. Source: Breakfast