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Sydney’s sinking suburb: Jordan Springs East residents could be waiting MONTHS for repairs  

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Distraught residents watching their properties crumble as the ground sinks could be waiting months for repairs as authorities squabble over who is to blame.  

Jordan Springs East, a new development in Llandilo, near Penrith in Sydney’s west, is in such crisis the local council slapped notices on 841 homes, worth $605 million, warning would-be buyers.

The ground is allegedly built on insufficiently compacted landfill – causing it to sink by up to a foot in some areas in just the past few years – with unknown long-term effects.

Properties have suffered sunken driveways, cracked brickwork, walls, and concrete slabs, and a sinkhole opened up in the middle of the road that took months to fix.

This house in Jordan Springs East, a new development in Llandilo, near Penrith in Sydney's west, has been left to rot for years as it is so badly damaged by sinking ground

This house in Jordan Springs East, a new development in Llandilo, near Penrith in Sydney's west, has been left to rot for years as it is so badly damaged by sinking ground

This house in Jordan Springs East, a new development in Llandilo, near Penrith in Sydney’s west, has been left to rot for years as it is so badly damaged by sinking ground

But Penrith Council said further investigations are needed to confirm the exact cause of the sinking, meaning ‘a clearer understanding of the extent of the fill of relative compaction maybe some months away’.

‘Our investigations are continuing and will include an assessment of public assets across the Jordan Springs East precinct, such as roads and footpaths, including the impact that fill of low relative compaction may have on the life expectancy of these assets and relevant maintenance costs,’ a council spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

Tensions over who is at fault between the council and developer Lendlease continue to escalate, with the council taking aim at private certification system which hinders their ability to police developments. 

‘Council believes that the inherent conflicts with private certification in some cases need to be fixed as a matter of priority to mitigate the risks arising from those conflicts,’ a spokesman said.  

Meanwhile, Lendlease is calling on the council to remove notices on houses that have not been affected amid fears the reputational damage will further devalue properties. 

Homeowners have been urging the council to remove ‘notations’ or official subsidence warnings to prospective homebuyers as soon as possible, with experts employed by Lendlease estimating only 90 homes are affected.  

Next door, Amit Vohra, 35, had his whole front yard sink almost a foot within months of him moving there in June 2018

Next door, Amit Vohra, 35, had his whole front yard sink almost a foot within months of him moving there in June 2018

Next door, Amit Vohra, 35, had his whole front yard sink almost a foot within months of him moving there in June 2018

‘We’re urging council to provide clarity to customers around the removal of the notation from properties which are not impacted, and we remain committed to working with council for the benefit of our customers,’ Lendlease senior development manager Kevin Montier said. 

However, the council said the crisis requires a complex investigation overseen by numerous experts over coming months.  

Amit Vohra, 35, had his whole front yard sink about 18cm within months of him moving there in June 2018, wrecking his driveway and putting dents in his lawn.

The problem was finally fixed earlier this year with developer Lendlease relaying his entire front and giving him a new driveway.

But the IT engineer said he was still worried about the future and what else could go wrong with his Navy Road home.

The house next door to him has been left to rot due to huge cracking problems, with weeds growing around it and a brand new kitchen (pictured) gathering dust

The house next door to him has been left to rot due to huge cracking problems, with weeds growing around it and a brand new kitchen (pictured) gathering dust

The house next door to him has been left to rot due to huge cracking problems, with weeds growing around it and a brand new kitchen (pictured) gathering dust

Over the road on Armoury Road, four homes were demolished - three still vacant blocks (pictured is one of them)

Over the road on Armoury Road, four homes were demolished - three still vacant blocks (pictured is one of them)

Over the road on Armoury Road, four homes were demolished – three still vacant blocks (pictured is one of them)

‘We put our life savings into this house so I’m anxious and scared that we will get cracks in our walls or the driveway will sink again,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Vohra with his pregnant wife and 18-month-old son, live at the epicentre of the crisis engulfing the suburb.

The house next door to him has been left to rot due to huge cracking problems, with weeds growing around it and a brand new kitchen gathering dust.

He said the house was like that when he moved in, and even before that while his home was still being built.

Over the road on Armoury Road, four homes were demolished – three still vacant blocks – and a huge hole opened up in the road that took months to fix.

‘My real estate friend tells me the value of my house will already have gone down and I don’t know if it will recover with the suburb like this,’ he said.

A few doors down on Navy Road, Suman Saini and Sandeep Kumar had similar problems with their driveway that are yet to be properly fixed.

The ground sunk about a foot, so far it exposed the bottom of the driveway slab and took the couple two tonnes of soil to fill in.

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The ground sunk so far it exposed the bottom of the driveway slab and took Suman Saini and Sandeep Kumar two tonnes of soil to fill in 

'We're just so sick of it, we don't know what's going to happen next or what will go wrong in the future,' Ms Saini said

'We're just so sick of it, we don't know what's going to happen next or what will go wrong in the future,' Ms Saini said

‘We’re just so sick of it, we don’t know what’s going to happen next or what will go wrong in the future,’ Ms Saini said

They still have to put more decorative stones into parts of the garden bed bordering the driveway every time they do any gardening as it keeps sinking.

‘We’re just so sick of it, we don’t know what’s going to happen next or what will go wrong in the future,’ Ms Saini said.

Jaymie Murphy there were problems with her home on nearby Private Circuit – two doors from one of the demolished houses – that were fixed before she moved in.

However, she was worried other problems could crop up in the future, and that the crisis would send house prices through the floor for years to come.

‘My husband has stage four cancer and only a year to live, so this is his last house,’ she said.

‘It would be a disaster for us if anything else went wrong, I don’t know what we would do. All we can do is cross out fingers and try to be optimistic.

‘It’s such a shame for the whole suburb because it’s a really nice area with a great community.’

Even after they dumped soil in to refill it, they still have to put more decorative stones into parts of the garden bed bordering the driveway every time they do any gardening as it keeps sinking (pictured at its worst)

Even after they dumped soil in to refill it, they still have to put more decorative stones into parts of the garden bed bordering the driveway every time they do any gardening as it keeps sinking (pictured at its worst)

Even after they dumped soil in to refill it, they still have to put more decorative stones into parts of the garden bed bordering the driveway every time they do any gardening as it keeps sinking (pictured at its worst)

This photo shows the neighbour's driveway was just as badly affected by the sinking ground and needed extensive work to fix

This photo shows the neighbour's driveway was just as badly affected by the sinking ground and needed extensive work to fix

This photo shows the neighbour’s driveway was just as badly affected by the sinking ground and needed extensive work to fix

Ms Murphy said a friend in the next street had a host of problems with her new two-storey home that overlooked a pond and marshland on the end of the development.

‘She was just destroyed, they had cracks all through the house and overflowing sewage – the whole backyard was flooded. She’s still distraught about it,’ she recalled. 

Back on Navy Road, young dad Rahul Gupta said he spent $13,000 landscaping his backyard just 10 months ago, only for parts of it to sink and make the lawn uneven.

‘I spent all my money designing and building my dream house and look what happens. All I wanted was a nice backyard,’ he said.

Mr Gupta’s toddler son wears a padded helmet so he doesn’t hurt himself. ‘I’m worried about my kids falling over on the uneven ground in the backyard. I need it fixed,’ he said.

Young dad Rahul Gupta said he spent $13,000 landscaping his backyard just 10 months ago, only for parts of it to sink and make the lawn uneven

Young dad Rahul Gupta said he spent $13,000 landscaping his backyard just 10 months ago, only for parts of it to sink and make the lawn uneven

Young dad Rahul Gupta said he spent $13,000 landscaping his backyard just 10 months ago, only for parts of it to sink and make the lawn uneven

Cracks visible in the brickwork of a house in Jordan Springs East development, which is beset by structural problems

Cracks visible in the brickwork of a house in Jordan Springs East development, which is beset by structural problems

Cracks visible in the brickwork of a house in Jordan Springs East development, which is beset by structural problems

Mr Gupta's backyard backs onto a swampy area and floodplain that the rest of the suburb was reclaimed from

Mr Gupta's backyard backs onto a swampy area and floodplain that the rest of the suburb was reclaimed from

Mr Gupta’s backyard backs onto a swampy area and floodplain that the rest of the suburb was reclaimed from

His neighbour Harshana Wrasigne also had several small cracks in the internal walks of his home and garage.

Over the road, workers drilled deep holes in the ground of a vacant block where a house was demolished, to fill with concrete in a technique that stabilises the foundation – in the hope of preventing further issues.

Numerous homeowners in surrounding streets have signed non-disclosure agreements with Lendlease while they try to negotiate fixes and compensation for the damage.

One of them said he had lived there for two years and now there were cracks in the walls, garage, supporting columns, and the driveway.

Some have given up and sold out, with a real estate company for sale sign lying on the front lawn under a wheelie bin having just been sold to another buyer. 

Cracks in a driveway on a street off Navy Road are just some of the damage to the house

Cracks in a driveway on a street off Navy Road are just some of the damage to the house

On another property a tradie works on a nearly completed building

On another property a tradie works on a nearly completed building

Cracks in a driveway on a street off Navy Road are just some of the damage to the house, while on another property a tradie works on a nearly completed building

Repairs to a footpath on another street in the area are carried out near one of the vacant blocks where a damaged house once stood

Repairs to a footpath on another street in the area are carried out near one of the vacant blocks where a damaged house once stood

Repairs to a footpath on another street in the area are carried out near one of the vacant blocks where a damaged house once stood

Only 30 houses, centred around Armoury and Navy, were initially believed to be affected, but Penrith Council continues to expand the number of homes with planning warning certificates. 

The warnings, which in September was increased from 195 to 841 houses, state that the council is investigating ‘fill of low relative compaction’ under property foundations.

Jordan Springs East was built on swampland and an old creek bed, and is on a floodplain. To reclaim the land for development, soil and other materials are added on top.

However, the developers allegedly used bigger rocks instead of finer soil, and then didn’t wait long enough for the rocks to settle and stop compacting before starting to build. 

Lendlease said the issue was made worse by heavy rain in late 2018 and early 2019 that caused a temporary detention basin to rise due to a blockage.

Angry homeowners told Daily Mail Australia they were told about 100 residents had lodged complaints. 

The epicentre of the problem in Jordan Springs East is around this intersection - Armoury Road and Navy Road. Vacant lots where houses have been demolished are visible while on the top right of the intersection a new house is being rebuilt where one was knocked down

The epicentre of the problem in Jordan Springs East is around this intersection - Armoury Road and Navy Road. Vacant lots where houses have been demolished are visible while on the top right of the intersection a new house is being rebuilt where one was knocked down

The epicentre of the problem in Jordan Springs East is around this intersection – Armoury Road and Navy Road. Vacant lots where houses have been demolished are visible while on the top right of the intersection a new house is being rebuilt where one was knocked down

One of the demolished blocks is seen from the air, with the fenced-off ruined house to the right and Mr Vohra's home behind that

One of the demolished blocks is seen from the air, with the fenced-off ruined house to the right and Mr Vohra's home behind that

One of the demolished blocks is seen from the air, with the fenced-off ruined house to the right and Mr Vohra’s home behind that

The ground is allegedly built on insufficiently compacted landfill - causing the ground beneath 841 homes to sink by up to a foot

The ground is allegedly built on insufficiently compacted landfill - causing the ground beneath 841 homes to sink by up to a foot

The ground is allegedly built on insufficiently compacted landfill – causing the ground beneath 841 homes to sink by up to a foot

Lendlease bought 20 homes from individual owners, and have offered to buy another offered to buy 22.

Four homes have been knocked down due to extreme cracking, one of which is being rebuilt, and another has been left abandoned for almost three years.

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said she had a ‘moral and legal obligation’ to tell homeowners about the possibility of structural damage to their property.

She said the council commissioned an independent geotechnical assessment despite getting a report from Lendlease.

‘Council is aware that such notations may be of concern to some homeowners and wants to assure them that the decision to take this course of action was taken only after extensive professional assessment and in the best interests of all property owners,’ she said.

Workers drilled deep holes in the ground of a vacant block where a house was demolished, to fill with concrete in a technique that stabilises the foundation - in the hope of preventing further issues

Workers drilled deep holes in the ground of a vacant block where a house was demolished, to fill with concrete in a technique that stabilises the foundation - in the hope of preventing further issues

Workers drilled deep holes in the ground of a vacant block where a house was demolished, to fill with concrete in a technique that stabilises the foundation – in the hope of preventing further issues

Jordan Springs East was built on swampland and an old creek bed, and is on a floodplain. To reclaim the land for development, soil and other materials are added on top

Jordan Springs East was built on swampland and an old creek bed, and is on a floodplain. To reclaim the land for development, soil and other materials are added on top

Jordan Springs East was built on swampland and an old creek bed, and is on a floodplain. To reclaim the land for development, soil and other materials are added on top

Mr Vohra's brand new driveway after Lendlease had it completely redone earlier this year to fix the issue

Mr Vohra's brand new driveway after Lendlease had it completely redone earlier this year to fix the issue

Mr Vohra’s brand new driveway after Lendlease had it completely redone earlier this year to fix the issue

But Kevin Montier, Lendlease’s senior development manager, told Daily Mail Australia the $8 billion company is ‘disappointed’ by the council’s ‘premature response’.

‘We’re disappointed Penrith City Council has acted prematurely by placing a notation on the planning certificates of 841 properties… while the investigations requested by Council’s experts are ongoing.’

He insisted the company did its own testing with results that were ‘supported by two of Australia’s top geotechnical experts’ and the council’s actions were far broader than appropriate.

Mr Montier said the company set up a compensation scheme with Fair Trading to support impacted homeowners in the area around that section of Armoury Road and side streets coming off it.

Lendlease earlier this year said it would pay for any repairs due to ground settlement over the next 15 years. 

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Rapper Offset livestreams himself being detained by cops in Beverly Hills  

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Rapper Offset has been detained for allegedly ‘waving guns at people’ while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles. 

The 28-year-old recorded himself being pulled over by police in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon.  

In a video shared to his Instagram Live, the rapper refused to step out of his car while being questioned by cops – one of whom had a weapon drawn.  

That officer told Offset there were reports he had been ‘waving guns at people’ as he drove through the area. He replied that Trump supporters had hit his car with a flag.  

The Los Angeles Police Department has not responded to a request for comment.  

The rapper’s wife, Cardi B, was also spotted on the scene in videos captured by bystanders. 

TMZ reports that her cousin, Marcelo Almanzar, was arrested in connection to the incident. He was allegedly in possession of a loaded firearm. 

Rapper Offset has been detained for 'waving guns at people' while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles

Rapper Offset has been detained for 'waving guns at people' while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles

Rapper Offset has been detained for ‘waving guns at people’ while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles

During the livestream video, Offset can be heard telling officers: ‘I’m a f**king celebrity, do you know who I am? I’m Offset from [hip-hop trio] Migos’.

He continues: ‘You told me to put my hands up, I’m not doing that. There’s 25,000 people [watching] on my livestream. You’re gonna get sued publicly.’

Another of the cops subsequently attempts to reach into Offset’s car and open the door from the inside. 

‘You can’t do that! It’s not legal!’ the star snaps. 

I’m gonna sue the s**t outta you. Ya’ll know who I am?’ he asks the officers. 

The stream ends after the officer opens the door and Offset steps out. 

Separate video showed him being placed into handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters look on.  

Video later posted by an onlooker showed the musician in handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters stood looking on

Video later posted by an onlooker showed the musician in handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters stood looking on

Video later posted by an onlooker showed the musician in handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters stood looking on 

Hundred of Trump supporters turned out in Beverly Hills to show their support for the President ahead of the election

Hundred of Trump supporters turned out in Beverly Hills to show their support for the President ahead of the election

Hundred of Trump supporters turned out in Beverly Hills to show their support for the President ahead of the election 

Police have not confirmed whether Offset waved a gun at the supporters as he drove by in his luxury vehicle

Police have not confirmed whether Offset waved a gun at the supporters as he drove by in his luxury vehicle

Police have not confirmed whether Offset waved a gun at the supporters as he drove by in his luxury vehicle 

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, has a lengthy rap sheet. 

In 2013, he was briefly held in custody for violating probation that he had received due to prior convictions for burglary and theft. 

In  2015, he was arrested for marijuana possession and firearm possession. He was denied bond due to his earlier criminal convictions. 

While being held in a Georgia correctional facility, Offset was charged with battery and inciting a riot after attacking another inmate. He spent the next eight months behind bars. 

In 2016, Offset was charged for driving with a suspended license. He was arrested again for weapons and drug possession in 2018. 

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B

Offset is the on-off husband of Cardi B. 

The couple – who tied the knot in 2017 – recently reconciled following a short split. 

Cardi also took to Instagram on Saturday evening, sharing video which showed her sitting in the backseat of a Rolls Royce as it drove through Beverly Hills. 

The vehicle then passed the Trump rally as she stated: ‘I don’t like this!’

It’s currently unclear whether the pair were traveling in separate vehicles st the time of Offset’s arrest. 

Together they share two-year-old daughter, Kulture.  

Cardi B and Offset are pictured together at the 2019 Grammy Awards

Cardi B and Offset are pictured together at the 2019 Grammy Awards

Cardi B and Offset are pictured together at the 2019 Grammy Awards 

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The toughest team in the NRL: Read the inspirational success stories in the Penrith Panthers

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The remarkable success of Penrith Panthers NRL team this season has been nothing but incredible.

The minor premiers hope to continue their dream 17-game unbeaten run when they take on Melbourne Storm in the NRL grand final at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

It will be the club’s third premiership if the fairytale script goes to plan, following previous success in 1991 and 2003.

Many of the locally-raised Panthers stars have endured mammoth personal challenges and tragedy off-the-field which have inspired their on-field success this season.

From family heartache and tough upbringings to extreme poverty and family behind bars, many have defied the toughest of odds to overcome adversity.

‘They embody the battler spirit the Penrith club prides itself on,’ Panthers legend Mark Geyer told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Coming from tough backgrounds, they’ve had to work harder than anyone else to get where they are today, which has made them more resilient. Everything else that comes their way is a bonus.’ 

 Geyer was the only player who grew up in the Mount Druitt area when the Panthers won their maiden premiership in 1991.

Six players in the Panthers line-up this Sunday come from the 2770 postcode, which was subject to a controversial SBS documentary called Struggle Street five years ago.

‘The five or six players from Mount Druitt are the driving force behind this year’s side, which has brought a culture that’s made them so successful ‘ Geyer said.

‘They’re role models to today’s youth from the 2770 postcode that they too can be a success.’

Daily Mail Australia pays tribute to the Panthers stars who have defied the toughest of odds to overcome adversity.

Brian To’o

The young Panthers winger was a day shy of his 10th birthday when his sister Dannielle tragically lost her hard-fought battle with cancer in 2008. 

‘I didn’t get to say goodbye to her, I miss her so much,’ he told Fox Sports in 2019.

‘I would do anything just to see her again, it’s so hard to describe how much I love my sister. I’d do anything to take her place. I would do anything for her.’

To’o still visits her grave every week.  

‘She had the mentality to never give up and always keep smiling. That’s something I spoke about amongst the boys and something I want to have myself. When I grow up I want to pass that on to my kids.’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald this week.

His parents often struggled to make ends meet.

‘There would days when we would be sweet but then there would be days I’d have to sacrifice all my meal prep for training for my parents and siblings,’ To’o recalled.

Penrith winger Brian To'o, pictured with his partner is one of several Panthers stars to endure family tragedy

Penrith winger Brian To'o, pictured with his partner is one of several Panthers stars to endure family tragedy

Penrith winger Brian To’o, pictured with his partner is one of several Panthers stars to endure family tragedy

To'o still visits the grave of his sister Dannielle, who died a day before his 10th birthday

To'o still visits the grave of his sister Dannielle, who died a day before his 10th birthday

To’o still visits the grave of his sister Dannielle, who died a day before his 10th birthday

Jarome Luai  

Martin Luai was jailed for drug trafficking three years ago, leaving his eldest son Jarome to help raise his three siblings on top of becoming the breadwinner and  starting his own family. 

He not only missed the birth of Jarome’s first child but also his NRL debut in 2018 during his two-and-a-half-years behind bars in a Brisbane maximum security prison.

He had to listen to his son’s milestone game against the Newcastle Knights on the radio in his prison cell.

The young Panthers playmaker learnt a great deal while his father was behind bars.

‘You’ve got to work for everything in life and there’s no easy road, which is  something I took out of that,’ Luai told Nine News this week.

‘It gave me more motivation to make it for my family as well. My dad wasn’t around so i had to step up and take that father role in the house. 

His father is proud of how his son stepped up in his absence and will be in crowd cheering him on  at ANZ Stadium this Sunday night.

‘To show that maturity as a young man, to step up, I just get emotional thinking about it,’ Mr Luai said.

Jarome Luai became his family's breadwinner when his dad Martin was sent to jail. The Panthers star is pictured  with his partner and young son on a Gold Coast holiday in January

Jarome Luai became his family's breadwinner when his dad Martin was sent to jail. The Panthers star is pictured  with his partner and young son on a Gold Coast holiday in January

Jarome Luai became his family’s breadwinner when his dad Martin was sent to jail. The Panthers star is pictured  with his partner and young son on a Gold Coast holiday in January

Martin (right) is proud of his son Jarome (left)

Martin (right) is proud of his son Jarome (left)

Martin Luai will be cheering from the stands

Martin Luai will be cheering from the stands

Martin Luai  (right) was jailed for drug trafficking three years ago, leaving his eldest son Jarome (pictured left with his dad)  to help raise his three siblings

Viliame Kikau  

It’s been 10 years since the backrower’s older brother Jope was confined to a wheelchair by a spinal infection.

Kikau idolised Jope, who had been a rugby union prodigy until his promising career was abruptly cut short at age 19. 

Kikau brought his Panthers teammates to tears when he opened up about Jope’s story at one of the club’s regular vulnerability sessions earlier this season.

‘He (Jope) was going places. I have no doubt one day he would have worn an All Blacks jersey. And just like that it happened,’ Kikau told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘But for him, it’s still hard.’

Kikau famously made a post-game 6750km dash to Fiji to be the best man at Jope’s wedding last season which involved two mid-game vomits and three missed flights.

He will be playing for his older brother when he runs onto ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

‘I am living his dream,’ Kikau said.

Viliame Kikau (right) still idolises his brother Jope (left) who's confined to a wheelchair

Viliame Kikau (right) still idolises his brother Jope (left) who's confined to a wheelchair

Viliame Kikau (right) still idolises his brother Jope (left) who’s confined to a wheelchair

Viliame Kikau (pictured at Panthers  training this week) will be playing for his older brother

Viliame Kikau (pictured at Panthers  training this week) will be playing for his older brother

Viliame Kikau (pictured at Panthers  training this week) will be playing for his older brother 

Stephen Crichton 

The Samoan-born centre, 19, has become one of the code’s brightest rising stars since bursting onto the scene to make his NRL debut 14 months ago. 

When he was two, his parents Sina and Va’a ditched their jobs at an onion factory in Apia and moved their growing family initially to New Zealand and then Australia, where they settled in western Sydney.

He almost never played rugby league because his family couldn’t afford the junior registration fees.

Crichton was in year nine when SBS aired Struggle Street, filmed in the Mount Druitt housing commission streets where he grew up.

He recalls the deep hurt suffered and being given a hard time by Patrician Brothers Blacktown schoolmates about coming from the area when the documentary dubbed as ‘poverty porn’ by the local mayor aired in 2015.

He’s one of six Panthers stars who grew up in the 2770 postcode who now use the documentary as motivation towards premiership glory. 

Crichton is desperate to the dispel the misconceived stereotype that nothing good comes out of Mount Druitt.  

‘At school, I was teased a fair bit. Kids would laugh at me and say ‘oh, you’re from Struggle Street’. ‘It hurt but after a while, it also became my motivation,’ he recently told the Daily Telegraph. 

Stephen Crichton (right) was raised in Mount Druitt and was teased by schoolmates when Struggle Street aired in 2015. He's pictured with teammate Brian To'o, who also grew up in the 2770 postcode

Stephen Crichton (right) was raised in Mount Druitt and was teased by schoolmates when Struggle Street aired in 2015. He's pictured with teammate Brian To'o, who also grew up in the 2770 postcode

Stephen Crichton (right) was raised in Mount Druitt and was teased by schoolmates when Struggle Street aired in 2015. He’s pictured with teammate Brian To’o, who also grew up in the 2770 postcode

Brent Naden

The centre who has scored 12 tries this season was raised in Wellington, a town in central west NSW often dubbed ‘Little Antarctica’ for its high use of the drug ice.

He’s the cousin of notorious murderer Malcolm Naden, who was Australia’s most wanted man before his dramatic capture in 2012 and has since been sentenced to life behind bars

Naden, 24, has never met or had anything to do with his notorious cousin.

‘My pop used to say you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your relatives,’ he told the Newcastle Herald in 2017 during a brief stint with the Knights.

‘My parents knew him but I’ve never met him and they did their best to distance us (the family) from him. When I was younger, it affected me though.’

Naden returns to the starting line-up for Sunday night’s clash.

Brent Naden (pictured at Panthers training on Tuesday) has never met or had anything to do with his famous serial killer cousin

Brent Naden (pictured at Panthers training on Tuesday) has never met or had anything to do with his famous serial killer cousin

Brent Naden (pictured at Panthers training on Tuesday) has never met or had anything to do with his famous serial killer cousin

Malcolm Naden who was Australia's most wanted man before his dramatic capture in 2012

Malcolm Naden who was Australia's most wanted man before his dramatic capture in 2012

Malcolm Naden who was Australia’s most wanted man before his dramatic capture in 2012

Tyrone May 

Another 2770 product proud of his Mount Druitt roots, May would wake up at 4.30 every morning to pick and pack fruit at a plant called StarTrack before heading off to school.

A little over two years ago, he was living out of his car and sleeping on friends’ couches.

But things would get a whole lot worse in 2019, when the utility player faced the prospect of time behind bars after being charged with four counts of intentionally recording an intimate image without consent.

He narrowly avoided jail and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service plus a three-year good behaviour bond over sex tapes filmed without consent.

He was also sternly reprimanded by Magistrate Robyn Denes.

‘This behaviour is not only morally reprehensible, it’s criminal, Ultimately, this is an offence which takes what was consensual sexual acts to another level. It does breach trust,’ she told him during sentencing.

Tyrone May (pictured) narrowly avoided a jail sentence after he was embroiled in a sex tape scandal.

Tyrone May (pictured) narrowly avoided a jail sentence after he was embroiled in a sex tape scandal.

Tyrone May (pictured) narrowly avoided a jail sentence after he was embroiled in a sex tape scandal.

May was also suspended for the first four games of the 2020 NRL season and fined 25 percent of his 2019 salary.

The ordeal left him ashamed and embarrassed but May says he’s now turned a corner and is seeking redemption.

‘I want to prove a lot of people wrong. That I’m not the guy they picture when they hear about me,’ he recently told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘I just want to make amends for what I did and justify the support people have shown me to help me get through it. It wasn’t that long ago I was sitting in the little cell at Penrith police station. I genuinely thought I might be going to jail. 

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Kanye West explains his ‘calling to be the leader of the free world’ on Joe Rogan podcast

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kanye west explains his calling to be the leader of the free world on joe rogan podcast

Kanye West sat down for an extended conversation on the Joe Rogan Experience on Saturday.

During their nearly three-hour chat, the hip-hop legend and entrepreneur touched on an array of hot-button topics including politics, race, religion, the music and entertainment industries and his much-publicized mental health issues. 

With Americans already voting ahead of the November 3 elections by the millions, Rogan wasted little time and opened the show by asking West why he’s running for president, which prompted him to reiterate that he feels ‘a high power calling him to lead the free world.’ 

In-depth: Kanye West talked politics, race, religion, the music and entertainment industries and mental health, among others, during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast

In-depth: Kanye West talked politics, race, religion, the music and entertainment industries and mental health, among others, during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast

In-depth: Kanye West talked politics, race, religion, the music and entertainment industries and mental health, among others, during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast

‘It was something God put on my heart back in 2015. A few days before the MTV Video Awards, it hit me in the shower,’ West recalled about his initial thought to run for president.

‘And when I first thought of it I started laughing to myself.  All this joy came over my body, through my soul. I just felt that energy; I felt that spirit.’

He went on to reveal how some friends, including people in the music industry and others, who ‘took it as a joke’ and gave him seemingly endless reasons why he couldn’t and shouldn’t run for president.

Politics: Rogan opened the show by asking West why he's running for president

Politics: Rogan opened the show by asking West why he's running for president

Politics: Rogan opened the show by asking West why he’s running for president

Presidential run explained: The hip-hop legend and entrepreneur claims a high power gave him a 'calling to be the leader of the free world' in 2015

Presidential run explained: The hip-hop legend and entrepreneur claims a high power gave him a 'calling to be the leader of the free world' in 2015

Presidential run explained: The hip-hop legend and entrepreneur claims a high power gave him a ‘calling to be the leader of the free world’ in 2015

After a mention of Ronald Reagan’s path to the White House, Rogan went on to suggest a run for California governor as a way for West to gain experience en route to the presidency.  

‘I believe my calling is to be the leader of the free world. If it’s in God’s plan that part of my path is to be the governor, that’s fine. But my calling is to be the leader of the free world,’ he responded.

‘There couldn’t be a better time to put a visionary in the captain’s chair,’ he explained before adding, ‘I’m not here to down Trump or down Biden, I’m just here to express why God has called me to take this position. I manifest. I see things. I’m a great leader because I listen and I’m empathetic and I feel the entire Earth…  I do believe in world peace.’ 

While speaking uninterrupted for long stretches, West, at times, meandered off of topics and began elaborating about other subject matter.  

Run for CA gov: West said he was open to running for governor of California as a way to gain experience en route to the presidency

Run for CA gov: West said he was open to running for governor of California as a way to gain experience en route to the presidency

Run for CA gov: West said he was open to running for governor of California as a way to gain experience en route to the presidency

New kind of leader: I'm a great leader because I listen and I'm empathetic and I feel the entire Earth... I do believe in world peace,' West said of his best attributes to becoming president

New kind of leader: I'm a great leader because I listen and I'm empathetic and I feel the entire Earth... I do believe in world peace,' West said of his best attributes to becoming president

New kind of leader: I’m a great leader because I listen and I’m empathetic and I feel the entire Earth… I do believe in world peace,’ West said of his best attributes to becoming president

At certain points he suggested the likes of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce and Brandon Lee had been murdered, among other claims. 

Elsewhere in the interview, West discussed religion, his work as a ‘pastor,’ his wildly successful clothing line, and the pitfalls of the music industry. 

‘At this point music loses me money. Of my $5 billion net worth, music is negative $4 million,’ he claimed.

‘I’m not at war with the music industry. I’m just saying we need to innovate. When I posted my contracts, I had ten contracts that kept putting me inside a labyrinth and things we don’t need.’

He added, ‘The contracts are made to rape the artists… There’s a way both parties can be happy. These deals can be flipped in a way that they’re just more fair.’

His take: During the nearly three-hour talk, West suggested the likes of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce and Brandon Lee had been murdered, among other claims

His take: During the nearly three-hour talk, West suggested the likes of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce and Brandon Lee had been murdered, among other claims

His take: During the nearly three-hour talk, West suggested the likes of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce and Brandon Lee had been murdered, among other claims

Wide-ranging: While speaking uninterrupted for long stretches, West at times meandered off of topics and began elaborating about other subject matter

Wide-ranging: While speaking uninterrupted for long stretches, West at times meandered off of topics and began elaborating about other subject matter

Wide-ranging: While speaking uninterrupted for long stretches, West at times meandered off of topics and began elaborating about other subject matter

Rogan appeared to be more than sympathetic when it came to West’s well-chronicled issues with mental health, during which he suggested medications can ‘kill genius’.

‘It destroyed my confidence, made me a shell, glazed over my eyes, it made the mustang not buck anymore,’ West replied after being asked what his medications felt like.

‘They told me I was bipolar and I remember going on TMZ and saying slavery was a choice, and they medicated me for having that opinion and saying it out loud. But when I put those [music] contracts up I’m saying that was a choice.’    

Supportive: Rogan appeared to be more than sympathetic when it came to West's well-chronicled issues with mental health and subsequent medications

Supportive: Rogan appeared to be more than sympathetic when it came to West's well-chronicled issues with mental health and subsequent medications

Supportive: Rogan appeared to be more than sympathetic when it came to West’s well-chronicled issues with mental health and subsequent medications

Foggy: 'It destroyed my confidence, made me a shell, glazed over my eyes, it made the mustang not buck anymore,' West replied after being asked what his medications felt like

Foggy: 'It destroyed my confidence, made me a shell, glazed over my eyes, it made the mustang not buck anymore,' West replied after being asked what his medications felt like

Foggy: ‘It destroyed my confidence, made me a shell, glazed over my eyes, it made the mustang not buck anymore,’ West replied after being asked what his medications felt like

Mental health: West reiterated that he was diagnosed as bipolar

Mental health: West reiterated that he was diagnosed as bipolar

 Mental health: West reiterated that he was diagnosed as bipolar

Afterwards, Rogan, who’s also well known for his work as a comedian and UFC commentator, appeared to be pleased with their conversation when he teased it on his Instagram page.

‘Beyond my expectations, and I think people are going to have a much better understanding and appreciation of how this man thinks,’ Rogan wrote in the caption of a photo showing himself alongside West.

‘I really enjoyed talking to him, and we had a lot of fun.’

Mission Accomplished: Afterwards, Rogan appeared to be pleased with their conversation when he teased it on his Instagram page

Mission Accomplished: Afterwards, Rogan appeared to be pleased with their conversation when he teased it on his Instagram page

Mission Accomplished: Afterwards, Rogan appeared to be pleased with their conversation when he teased it on his Instagram page

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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