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Neighbours weep as they learn of Cairns mass stabbing

Emotional neighbours have gathered near a house in Cairns, Australia, where eight children were found dead in a mass stabbing.

People spoke of their shock at learning the news, as friends wept and comforted one another.

A 34-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after being found at the house with serious injuries.


Australian PM: Cairns mass stabbing is 'unspeakable crime'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has paid tribute to eight children killed in a mass stabbing at a house in Cairns, calling the incident "heartbreaking" and "an unspeakable crime".

He added:

All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened. This is an unspeakable crime.

Tonight, there will be tears and prayers across our country for these children.

– Tony Abbott

While unrelated, it comes just days after a 16-hour armed siege ended with the death of two hostages and the gunman.

Mr Abbott said these were "trying days" for the country.

UK's 'black market' in labour 'attracting illegal immigrants'

A migration thinktank has warned that a 'black market' in labour and the crisis in the Middle East are among factors increasing pressure of Britain's borders.

It comes as official figures show a dramatic increase in the number of illegal immigrants, or 'clandestines' being caught trying to sneak into the UK.

Illegal immigrants have been trying to break through Britain's borders around 100 times a day, figures show Credit: PA

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migrationwatch, told the Daily Telegraph the UK was "very attractive" to those trying to escape.

The sharp rise in the number of clandestines might reflect more effective detection, but an increase on this scale is more likely to be due to increased pressure on our borders.

Part of that may be due to deteriorating conditions in the Middle East and Africa, but there is little doubt that the freedom of our society, the existence of a black market in labour and the presence of relatives and friends add up to making the UK a very attractive destination.

The Government is seeking to make it more difficult to live in Britain illegally but it will take some time for recent measures to take effect.

– Lord Green of Deddington, Migrationwatch

Kenny Dalglish to give evidence at Hillsborough inquest

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who was at the helm on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy, is due to give evidence in the inquest into the disaster today.

The ex-player will take to the witness box in the final afternoon session before the Christmas adjournment.

Kenny Dalglish was Liverpool FC's manager on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy Credit: PA

Upon the request of South Yorkshire Police, Mr Dalglish broadcast a message to football fans asking for calm as events unfolded more than 25 years ago.

A total of 96 Liverpool fans were killed at the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest, held at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium in April 1989.

Pictures: Forensic teams at scene of mass stabbing

Forensic teams have sealed off a house in the Manoora area of Cairns, Australia, after eight children were found dead in what police say was a mass stabbing.

Forensic teams at the house Credit: 7 News

The children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were found inside after officers were called to reports of a seriously injured woman in the area.

Police chiefs have sealed off the street and say investigators could be at the house for several days.

Forensic teams at the house Credit: 7 News


Detectives: 'No concern' for anyone else in Cairns

Police chiefs in Cairns, Australia, have said there is "no concern" for anyone else living near the scene of a mass stabbing which left eight children dead.

The youngsters, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were found dead after reports of a woman who was seriously injured.

Watch a video of Det Insp Bruno Asnicar's press conference here:

DI Asnicar said there was "no need" for anyone else to worry.

A 34-year-old woman was also found at the scene with serious injuries, reported to be the children's mother. She is currently helping police with their inquiries.

Eight children found dead after 'mass stabbing' in Australia

The bodies of eight children aged between 18 months and 15 years have been found at a house in Australia, in what police have said was a "mass stabbing".

Credit: Google Maps

Officers were called to a house in Murray Street, Cairns, after reports of a woman with serious injuries. The children were found dead inside.

The woman, who is in her 30s, is being treated in hospital and is helping police with their investigations.

Inquest for Alice Gross murder suspect set to resume

The inquest into the death of the prime suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross is expected to resume today.

The body of convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns was found in a park in west London on October 4, more than a month after the 14-year-old went missing from her home in Hanwell.

Alice Gross went missing in August Credit: Family handout

The 41-year-old Latvian man was found hanged in woodland at Boston Manor Park four days after Alice's body was pulled from the River Brent.

Alice was reported missing on August 28, sparking Scotland Yard's biggest manhunt since the aftermath of the July 7 bombings.

Her inquest has been adjourned until January.

Read: Alice Gross' mother tells of grief and anger at schoolgirl's murder

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