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Child trauma specialists assisting Cairns police

Local police in Cairns said that a range of specialists were flying to the area to assist the investigation and support the family of the children who have died.

Woman in hospital is mother of 'most' of children killed

A 34-year-old woman in hospital suffering serious injuries after a mass stabbing in Cairns, Australia, is the mother of "most" of the eight children found dead at the scene, police have revealed.

The children were aged between 18 months and 15 years.

Det Insp Bruno Asnicar Credit: Reuters

Det Insp Bruno Asnicar said the woman is believed to be the mother of seven of the children.

The eighth child is thought to be another relative, he added.

He called the incident "one of the most serious" he had ever had to deal with.

Mass stabbing 'shocked the community of Cairns'

An Australian city has been shaken by the death of eight children in what appears to be a "mass stabbing", a reporter at the scene told Good Morning Britain.

Cairns, a "picturesque" city in the northwest of Australia has been shocked by the deaths of the children, the youngest being just 18 months old, according to Channel 7 reporter Lauren Dejoux.

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.

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