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Katrina Dawson family 'devastated by senseless death'

The family of mother-of-three Katrina Dawson who died in a siege at a Sydney cafe have said they are devastated by her "tragic and senseless death".

The family of Katrina Dawson say they are devastated by her 'senseless death'.

"We are shocked and devastated by the tragic and senseless death of our darling Katrina," a statement said.

"She was an amazing woman and the most loving and loved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, in-law and blessed with a wonderful circle of friends and colleagues.

"We would like to thank everyone who has provided their support and wishes over the past 48 hours and ask that we be allowed to support each other in private."

Sydney siege 'will change Australia forever'

The siege at a cafe in Sydney will change Australia forever, a journalist has predicted.

Mike Bowers, the picture editor for the Guardian Australia, who was at the scene in Market Place when the deadly siege came to an end, said Australians had been left "deeply shocked" by the incident.

"There is no doubt these things change a country," Mr Bowers told ITV News.


Police presence increased across Sydney after siege

Police numbers have been increased across Sydney in response to yesterday's cafe siege which left two people dead, senior New South Wales officers have said.

Police officers will be on patrol throughout Sydney following yesterday's attack. Credit: Reuters

There will be an increased police presence in public places, transport hubs and iconic locations such as the city's harbour.

Mick Fuller, the force's assistant commissioner, said the aim was to ensure all residents felt safe "during these testing times".

“We want the community of Sydney and for that matter NSW, to go about their day to day business with confidence and comfort in the knowledge they are safe,” assistant commissioner Mick Fuller said.


Police chief 'couldn't be sadder' after deadly Sydney siege

The New South Wales Police commissioner said he "couldn't be sadder" following the deaths of two hostages in the Sydney cafe siege.

Andrew Scipione told reporters: "It's incredibly sad - I don't think I could be sadder."

New South Wales Police commissioner Andrew Scipione. Credit: Channel 7 News

Sydney DJ describes phone call with cafe hostage

A Sydney DJ who spoke to one of the hostages trapped in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe has recalled the demands made by the lone gunman.

Ray Hadley told Good Morning Britain one of the hostages called 2GB radio station where Mr Hadley works, and relayed demands made by Man Haron Monis.

"He wanted an ISIL flag - pretty simple requests - he wanted to speak to the Prime Minister for five minutes. And he wanted the say it was an ISIL terrorist plot and he wanted that broadcast on the radio."

Abbott: We face a 'very real threat' from extremists

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that people face a "very real threat" from extremists.

In a press conference after the 16-hour siege at a café in Sydney, Mr Abbot said there were people with the "will and capability" to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that people face a Credit: APTN

He said he shares people's "outrage" that gunman Man Horan Monis was allowed out on bail despite being implicated in a string of serious offences, and vowed that an investigation would be launched.

But he told reporters that he believed even if Monis had been under 24-hour surveillance, the seige may still have happened.

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