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Children may have witnessed grandmother’s fatal stabbing in Berala home

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Three young children inside a Sydney home when their grandmother was stabbed to death could have witnessed the attack.

The 57-year-old woman and her partner were taking care of the children on Monday morning in Berala when the alleged domestic-related incident occurred.

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Police were called to the home just before 10am to find the grandmother with multiple stab wounds.

She was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

A 62-year-old man was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station.

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It’s believed the couple didn’t live at the home but were there taking care of their grandchildren, who are all below school age.

Acting Inspector Chris Laird told reporters the incident was traumatic and horrible for everyone involved.

“If (the children) did witness it, that’s just a horrible thing to have happened,” Laird said.

“The tragic consequences today show how serious domestic violence is in our community and how police are very committed to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Laird said investigators will speak to the children as part of their inquiries.

The 62-year-old man is likely to be charged on Monday afternoon.

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Sydney residents are told to be prepared to evacuate as authorities say they can’t save everyone

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Sydney residents are being urged to prepare to evacuate on Tuesday as an ‘unprecedented level of bushfire danger’ threatens the city and authorities warn they will not be able to save everyone.  

Areas across New South Wales are gearing up for ‘catastrophic’ conditions tomorrow as temperatures are set to reach 37C, with 60km/winds and low levels of humidity that are expected to aggravate wildfires. 

About 100,000 homes in the Sydney area are said to be at risk, and officials are warning residents to take action while they can because help is not guaranteed. 

‘Under these conditions, some fires may start and spread so quickly there is little time for a warning, so do not wait and see,’ The Rural Fire Service said on Monday. 

‘There are simply not enough fire trucks for every house. If you call for help, you may not get it.

‘Do not expect a firetruck. Do not expect a knock on the door. Do not expect a phone call.

‘Your safest option will always be to leave early.’  

Residents are facing what ‘could be the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen,’ NSW state Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said. 

Areas across New South Wales are gearing up for 'catastrophic' conditions tomorrow as temperatures are set to reach 37C, with 60km/winds and low levels of humidity that are expected to aggravate wildfires

Areas across New South Wales are gearing up for 'catastrophic' conditions tomorrow as temperatures are set to reach 37C, with 60km/winds and low levels of humidity that are expected to aggravate wildfires

Areas across New South Wales are gearing up for ‘catastrophic’ conditions tomorrow as temperatures are set to reach 37C, with 60km/winds and low levels of humidity that are expected to aggravate wildfires

So far, wildfires in the state’s northeast have claimed three lives, destroyed more than 150 homes, and razed more than 1million hectares (3,800 square miles) of forest and farmland since Friday. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency on Monday, the first since the Blue Mountains bush fires in 2013. 

The week-long declaration of a state of emergency gives the Rural Fire Service sweeping powers to control resources and direct other government agencies.

Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell issued an order to local base commanders to use defence resources in the fire efforts. 

Firefighter strike teams have also been transported from Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart to Port Macquarie. 

More than 400 schools will be closed on Tuesday, including about 300 public schools and more than 100 Catholic and independent schools, and more than 50 did not operate on Monday.  About 20 TAFE campuses will also close.   

‘Safety remains the number one priority. If it is not safe to travel to school please do not attend and inform the school of your intention,’ Education Minister Sarah Mitchell warned. 

Nervous wait: Wytaliba resident Storm Sparks holds her son Zeke Bacon as she waits to get back to her house at a roadblock near Glen Innes on Monday

Nervous wait: Wytaliba resident Storm Sparks holds her son Zeke Bacon as she waits to get back to her house at a roadblock near Glen Innes on Monday

Nervous wait: Wytaliba resident Storm Sparks holds her son Zeke Bacon as she waits to get back to her house at a roadblock near Glen Innes on Monday

The suburbs most directly at risk of fire are near the bushland areas around the city such as the Hawkesbury region and Hornsby in the north, Penrith in the west and Camden, Campbelltown and Sutherland in the south. Fire chiefs cannot predict exactly where fires will be and have urged residents to keep up with the situation which may change due to the weather

The suburbs most directly at risk of fire are near the bushland areas around the city such as the Hawkesbury region and Hornsby in the north, Penrith in the west and Camden, Campbelltown and Sutherland in the south. Fire chiefs cannot predict exactly where fires will be and have urged residents to keep up with the situation which may change due to the weather

The suburbs most directly at risk of fire are near the bushland areas around the city such as the Hawkesbury region and Hornsby in the north, Penrith in the west and Camden, Campbelltown and Sutherland in the south. Fire chiefs cannot predict exactly where fires will be and have urged residents to keep up with the situation which may change due to the weather

Fire Fighters inspect burnt vintage motor bikes in Torrington on November 11, 2019 in Torrington, Australia

Fire Fighters inspect burnt vintage motor bikes in Torrington on November 11, 2019 in Torrington, Australia

Fire Fighters inspect burnt vintage motor bikes in Torrington on November 11, 2019 in Torrington, Australia

Doctors and paramedics have treated more than 100 people for fire-related injuries, including 20 firefighters, Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan said.

North of New South Wales, wildfires destroyed nine homes on Monday in Queensland state, where air quality plummeted in Brisbane, the state capital, and surrounding cities to the lowest possible rating of ‘very poor.’

Health authorities urged residents not to go outside.  

A quarter of a Queensland shire has already been burnt in a ongoing bushfire the mayor says is an ‘unprecedented disaster.’

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said it is close to a miracle that no lives have been lost.

The still-to-be controlled bushfire at Cobraball, southwest of Yeppoon in central Queensland destroyed eight homes and damaged five overnight.

PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR NOVEMBER 12 

 Afterlee Public School

Aldavilla Public School

Alfords Point Public School

Annangrove Public School

Arcadia Vale Public School

Avoca Beach Public School

Awaba Public School

 Balgowlah North Public School

Barkers Vale Public School

Barnsley Public School

Baryulgil Public School

Bates Drive School

Beechwood Public School

Bellbrook Public School

Bellingen High School

Bellingen Public School

Belltrees Public School

Ben Lomond Public School

Berowra Public School

Bilgola Plateau Public School

Bilpin Public School

Biraban Public School

Black Hill Public School

Blackheath Public School

Blacksmiths Public School

Blaxland East Public School

Blaxland High School

Blaxland Public School

Blue Haven Public School

Boambee Public School

Bobin Public School

Bomaderry High School

Bonnells Bay Public School

Bonnet Bay Public School

Bonville Public School

Botany Bay Environmental Ed Centre

Bowraville Central School

Brewongle Environmental Education Centre

Brisbania Public School

Brooklyn Public School

Bundeena Public School

Bungwahl Public School

Callala Public School

Camden Haven High School

Camden Park Environmental Ed Centre

Cardiff High School

Cascade Environmental Education Centre

Cattai Public School

Caves Beach Public School

Central Mangrove Public School

Cessnock East Public School

Chandler Public School

Chatham High School

Chatham Public School

Chifley College Dunheved

Chifley College Senior

Coffee Camp Public School

Collins Creek Public School

Colo Heights Public School

Colo High School

Colo Vale Public School  

Comboyne Public School

Comleroy Road Public School

Como West Public School

Congewai Public School

Coolongolook Public School

Coopernook Public School

Cooranbong Public SchoolComboyne Public School

Comleroy Road Public School

Como West Public School

Congewai Public School

Coolongolook Public School

Coopernook Public School

Cooranbong Public School

Copacabana Public School

Copmanhurst Public School

Coramba Public School

Corindi Public School

Coutts Crossing Public School

Cowan Public School

Crescent Head Public School

Crossmaglen Public School

Cundletown Public School

Deepwater Public School

Dora Creek Public School

Dorrigo High School

Dorrigo Public School

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre

Dudley Public School

Dundurrabin Public School

Dunoon Public School

Ebor Public School

Elands Public School

Ellerston Public SchoolEllison Public School

Emmaville Central School

Empire Bay Public School

Emu Heights Public School

Engadine West Public School

Eungai Public School

Falls Creek Public School  

Fassifern Public School

Faulconbridge Public School

Fennell Bay Public School

Fern Bay Public School

Field Of Mars Environmental Ed Centre

Frederickton Public School

Freemans Reach Public School

Galston High School

Gibberagong Environmental Ed Centre

Girrakool School

Glen William Public School

Glenbrook Public School

Glenreagh Public School

Glenvale School

Glossodia Public School

Goolmangar Public School

Goonengerry Public School

Grays Point Public School

Green Hill Public School

Grose View Public School 

 Gwandalan Public School

Hallidays Point Public School 

Hannam Vale Public School

Harrington Public School

Havenlee School

Hazelbrook Public School

Heathcote East Public School

Helensburgh Public School

Henry Fulton Public School

Hernani Public School

Herons Creek Public School

Hill Top Public School

Hillside Public School

Holgate Public School

Hopetown School

Hornsby Heights Public School

Huntingdon Public School

Huskisson Public School

Illawong Public School

Jannali Public School

Jiggi Public School

Jilliby Public School

Johns River Public School

Karangi Public School

Kariong Mountains High School

Katoomba High School

Katoomba North Ps

Katoomba Public School

Kemps Creek Public School

Kempsey East Public School

Kempsey High School

Kempsey South Public School

Kempsey West Public School

Kendall Public School

Kenthurst Public School

Kentlyn Public School

Kincumber High School

Kincumber Public School

Kitchener Public School

Krambach Public School

Kulnura Public School

Ku-Ring-Gai High School

Kurmond Public School

Kurrajong East Public School

Kurrajong North Public School

Kurri Kurri High School

Laguna Public School

Lake Cathie Public School

Lake Munmorah High School

Lake Munmorah Public School

Lansdowne Public School

Lapstone Public School

Larnook Public School

Laurieton Public School

Lawson Public School

Leura Public School

Lindfield Learning Village

Lisarow High School

Lisarow Public School

Loftus Public School

Long Flat Public School

Longneck Lagoon Environmental Ed Centre

 Larnook Public School

Laurieton Public School

Lawson Public School

Leura Public School

Lindfield Learning Village

Lisarow High School

Lisarow Public School

Loftus Public School

Long Flat Public School

Longneck Lagoon Environmental Ed Centre

Lowanna Public School

Lucas Heights Community School

Macdonald Valley Public School

Main Arm Upper Public School

Manly Vale Public School

Manning Gardens Public School

Maroota Public School

Marsden Park Public School

Martins Creek Public School

Marton Public School

Matthew Pearce Public School

Medlow Public School

Megalong Public School

Melville High School

Menai High School

Menai Public School

Merewether Heights Public School

Milbrodale Public School

Mingoola Public School

Mitchells Island Public School

Modanville Public School

Moorland Public School

Morisset Public School

Mount George Public School

Mount Hutton Public School

Mount Keira Public School

Mount Kembla Public School

Mount Kuring-Gai Public School

Mount Riverview Public School

Mount Victoria Public School

Mullaway Public School

Nabiac Public School

Nana Glen Public School

Narara Valley High School

Narranga Public School

New Lambton Heights Infants School

Nimbin Central School

Nords Wharf Public School

North Gosford Learning Centre

North Haven Public School

Nymboida Public School

Oakville Public School

Oatley West Public School

Old Bar Public School

Orama Public School

Orara High School

Orara Upper Public School

Otford Public School 

 Ourimbah Public School

Oxley Island Public School

Pacific Palms Public School

Palm Avenue School

Peats Ridge Public School

Pelaw Main Public School

Penrith Valley Learning Centre

Penrose Public School

Pleasant Heights Public School

Point Clare Public School

Pretty Beach Public School

Raleigh Public School

Repton Public School

Rollands Plains Upper Public School

Royal National Park Environmental Ed Ctr

Rukenvale Public School

Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

Samuel Gilbert Public School

Sandy Beach Public School

Scarborough Public School

Sir Eric Woodward Memorial School 

 Somersby Public School

Springwood High School

Springwood Public School

St Helens Park Public School

St Ives North Public School

Stanford Merthyr Infants School

Stanwell Park Public School

Sussex Inlet Public School

Swansea High School

Tanilba Bay Public School

Taree High School

Taree Public School

Taree West Public School

Telegraph Point Public School

Terrey Hills Public School

Thalgarrah Environmental Ed Centre

Tharawal Public School

The Beach School

The Channon Public School

The Cook School

The Risk Public School

Tinonee Public School

Tomaree High School 

 Tomaree Public School

Tomerong Public School

Tuggerah Lakes Sec Coll Berkeley Vale

Tuggerah Lakes Sec College Tumbi Umbi

Tuggerah Public School

Tuntable Creek Public School

Turramurra High School

Tyalla Public School

Ulong Public School

Upper Coopers Creek Public School

Upper Lansdowne Public School

Urbenville Public School

Vincentia High School

Vincentia Public School

Vineyard Public School

Wakefield School

Wamberal Public School

Warrimoo Public School

Waterfall Public School

Wentworth Falls Public School

Whian Whian Public School

Whitebridge High School 

 Wiangaree Public School

Willawarrin Public School

William Bayldon Public School

Wilsons Creek Public School

Windsor Park Public School

Wingham Brush Public School

Wingham High School

Wingham Public School

Winmalee High School

Winmalee Public School

Wirreanda Public School

Wisemans Ferry Public School

Woodenbong Central School

Wooglemai Environmental Education Centre

Woolgoolga High School

Woolgoolga Public School

Wooli Public School

Woronora River Public School

Wyong Creek Public School

Wytaliba Public School

Yarrawarrah Public School

Yarrowitch Public School

SCHOOL CLOSURES  WILL BE UPDATED ON THE NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE 

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR NOVEMBER 12

 Manning Valley Anglican School, Cundletown

Tuntable Falls Community School, Nimbin

Alesco Senior College – Coast Campus, Tuncurry

Port Macquarie Steiner School, Port Macquarie

The Nature School, Port Macquarie

Rainbow Ridge School for Steiner Education, Lillian Rock

Pete’s Place South Blacktown, Blacktown

Taree Christian School, Taree

Nautilus School Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie

Wycliffe Christian School, Warrimoo

Korowal School, Hazelbrook

Forrestville Montessori School, Forestville

Lindfield Montessssori, Lindfield

Alesco Senior College – Raymond Terrace, Raymond Terrace

St Phillips Christian College DALE Young Parents Wyong, North Wyong

St Phillips Christian College DALE Young Parents Waratah, Waratah

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner, Byron Bay

Mountains Christian College, Blackheath

Warrah Special School, Dural

Kinma Preschool & Primary, Terrey Hills

St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie

Hawkesbury Independent School, Kurrajong

Atwea College – Coast Campus, Tuncurry

Newington College – Lindefield Campus, Lindfield

 Yanginanook School, Belrose

Lorien Novalis School, Dural

Ngaruki Gulgul (NG) Central School, Kariong

Chrysalis Steiner School, Thora

Mater Dei School, Narellan

Macksville Adventist School, Macksville

Kindlehill School, Wentworth Falls

Nambucca Valley Christian Community School, Nambucca Heads

John Colet School, Belrose

Manning Adventist School, Tinonee

Northholm Grammar School, Fiddletown

Gaulston College, Ingleside

Central Coast Sports College, Kariong

Darkinjung Barker College, Yarramalong  

Medowie Christian School, Medowie

St Andrews Christian School, Clarenza

Columba Cottage Early Leaning Centre/OSCH, Port Macquarie

Northern Beaches Christian School, Terrey Hills

Berowra Christian School, Berowra

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, Middle Cove

Armidale Waldorf School, Armidale

Kuyper Christian School, Kurrajong

Farm sheds and other structures have also been lost, as about 11,000 hectares of land have been blackened by the blaze.

The fire had been uncontrollable as it ravaged through the area in 50km/h winds and tinder-dry conditions, Mr Ludwig told AAP.

‘It got to the point where firefighters had to just focus on getting people out and then return to save houses where they could,’ he said.

About 65 per cent of the fire had been contained but fire breaks were expected to slow the progress of the blaze.

‘It will be a number of days before we believe we will have safe containment,’ he said.

The suburbs most directly at risk are near the bushland areas around Sydney such as the Hawkesbury region and Hornsby in the north, Penrith in the west and Camden and Sutherland in the south. 

BEFORE: Clear skies and green trees stretch behind the bright coastline at Dunbogan Beach
AFTER: The usually blue water is transformed into a violent orange, as reflected by the smokey skies
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Before and after: Clear skies and green trees that stretched behind the bright coastline at Dunbogan Beach (left) transformed into a violent orange, as reflected by the smokey skies (right)

Northern Beaches Police issued a statement on social media warning residents that tomorrow 'will not be a normal day'

Northern Beaches Police issued a statement on social media warning residents that tomorrow 'will not be a normal day'

Northern Beaches Police issued a statement on social media warning residents that tomorrow ‘will not be a normal day’

Danger: Sydney is facing 'catastrophic' fire conditions on Tuesday. Pictured: A smokey haze over Port Macquarie, northern NSW on Sunday night

Danger: Sydney is facing 'catastrophic' fire conditions on Tuesday. Pictured: A smokey haze over Port Macquarie, northern NSW on Sunday night

Danger: Sydney is facing ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions on Tuesday. Pictured: A smokey haze over Port Macquarie, northern NSW on Sunday night

State of emergency: Fire chiefs warned that conditions on Tuesday could be so bad that it will be too dangerous for firefighters to try to put out the flames. Pictured: A smokey haze over Port Macquarie, northern NSW on Sunday

State of emergency: Fire chiefs warned that conditions on Tuesday could be so bad that it will be too dangerous for firefighters to try to put out the flames. Pictured: A smokey haze over Port Macquarie, northern NSW on Sunday

State of emergency: Fire chiefs warned that conditions on Tuesday could be so bad that it will be too dangerous for firefighters to try to put out the flames. Pictured: A smokey haze over Port Macquarie, northern NSW on Sunday

Raging: A huge inferno took hold near Yeppoon, central Queensland. Almost 50 fires are burning in Queensland with crews focused on three that could threaten lives

Raging: A huge inferno took hold near Yeppoon, central Queensland. Almost 50 fires are burning in Queensland with crews focused on three that could threaten lives

Raging: A huge inferno took hold near Yeppoon, central Queensland. Almost 50 fires are burning in Queensland with crews focused on three that could threaten lives

Taken too soon: The victims of the killer bushfires 

Lost to fire: Vivian Chaplain, 69, a grandmother of six

Lost to fire: Vivian Chaplain, 69, a grandmother of six

Lost to fire: Vivian Chaplain, 69, a grandmother of six

Julie Fletcher, 63: The dairy cattle farmer’s body was found in the burnt out remains of her Johns River home near Taree on Saturday afternoon.

She had her car packed with possessions, ready to evacuate but didn’t make it out in time. 

Vivian Chaplain, 69: The Grandmother of six also died while trying to save her Wytaliba property more than 400 kilometres away near Glen Innes.

George Nole, age unknown: His body was found in a burnt-out car in Wytaliba on Saturday morning. 

But fire bosses have warned ‘no area is entirely safe’ as high winds could send dangerous embers capable of sparking secondary fires towards beachside suburbs such as Manly and even the CBD, home to the Opera House.     

Ben Shepheard of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service warned that ‘everywhere in Sydney’, as well as surrounding areas, may be affected. 

‘The high winds we are expecting on Tuesday mean that embers travel large distances. For example, if there is a fire in Garigal National Park then embers may fall in and around Manly,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.   

Sydney nursing homes and aged care centres are also preparing for the worst and have been reviewing evacuation plans as the city braces for what authorities are calling a ‘unprecedented level of bush fire danger.’ 

Currently, the facilities that are most at risk are those in Maitland, Coffs Harbour, Forestville and Bateman’s Bay.  

In Sydney’s Northern Beaches, police issued a statement on social media warning residents that tomorrow ‘will not be a normal day.’ 

‘We’re hoping for the best but planning for the worst. The best is no fires,’ they said in a Facebook post. ‘The worst is a 1 in 100 year event.’      

Map of horror: A diagram issued by the Rural Fire Service warns of a catastrophic danger - the highest level - to the Greaterv Sydney and Greater Hunter regions as temperatures will hit 37C on Tuesday

Map of horror: A diagram issued by the Rural Fire Service warns of a catastrophic danger - the highest level - to the Greaterv Sydney and Greater Hunter regions as temperatures will hit 37C on Tuesday

Map of horror: A diagram issued by the Rural Fire Service warns of a catastrophic danger – the highest level – to the Greaterv Sydney and Greater Hunter regions as temperatures will hit 37C on Tuesday

SYDNEY BRACES FOR ‘CATASTROPHIC’ CONDITIONS

NSW Police have released important public information regarding bush fires as the state braces for ‘catastrophic’ conditions tomorrow

DEFENCE AID:

Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell has issued an order to local base commanders to make clear they can use defence resources in the fire effort.   

RAAF aircraft have transported firefighter strike teams from Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart to Port Macquarie.

Singleton Army Barracks in NSW is on stand-by to provide accommodation and catering support to firefighters from the Victorian Country Fire Authority.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service are using Kokoda Barracks in Canungra to refuel aircraft.

Defence has embedded planners into Queensland State Disaster Coordination Centres and New South Wales Rural Fire Service headquarters.

SCHOOLS: 

More than 400 schools across the state will be shut, including about 300 public schools and more than 100 Catholic and independent schools.

About 20 TAFE campuses will also close.

‘Safety remains the number one priority. If is not safe to travel to school please do not attend and inform the school of your intention,’ Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said. 

A list of the affect schools can be found on NSW Department of Education’s website, which will be updated throughout the day.    

AREAS AT RISK:   

RFS has issued a catastrophic fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra/Shoalhaven areas.

Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire dangers and homes are not designed to withstand a fire in these conditions. 

While there are large population centres under catastrophic conditions, there are also large areas of Severe and Extreme fire danger.

This includes areas where we already have dangerous fires burning – and these conditions will be worse than those experienced last week.

A Total Fire Ban is in place for the whole of the state.

WARNINGS:  

RFS is urging residents to stay up to date on fires in their area by downloading the ‘Fires Near Me’ app: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me.

Residents are advised to evacuate as soon as they sense danger as some fires could start and spread quickly with little warning, and emergency services are not guaranteed to arrive in time.   

What to do:

  • Start taking action now to reduce your risk.
  • Avoid bush fire prone areas. If your home is in a bush fire prone area, the safest option is to not be there.
  • Do not travel through bushland areas.
  • A safer location may be a large town or city, shopping centres or facilities well away from bushland. It may also be a designated ‘Neighbourhood Safer Place’.
  • A Neighbourhood Safer Place is designed as a Place of Last Resort in bush fire emergencies only. Please note that travelling to or sheltering at a Neighbourhood Safer Place does not guarantee your safety. 
  • People with special needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability, should always leave before the threat of bush fire.
  • If you’re preparing to leave, make sure you pack your medications, including those in the fridge. Smoke can cause health problems, particularly for people with pre-existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema, angina or heart failure. 
  • Avoid outdoor physical activity if it’s smoky, particularly if you have a pre-existing condition like asthma. People with asthma should follow their asthma management plans. If you have asthma, make sure you keep your reliever medication close to hand. 
  • If it is unsafe to leave the area or stay and defend your property, and the path is clear, you should move to your pre-identified Neighbourhood Safer Place, or other safer location, prior to the impact of a bush fire.
  • Be aware that when you are travelling to your Neighbourhood Safer Place there may be heavy smoke and poor visibility.
  • It is important that you are familiar with the area. Gather at the Neighbourhood Safer Place location and remain there until the bush fire threat has passed.
  • The conditions at the Neighbourhood Safer Place may be uncomfortable and you may be affected by heat, smoke and embers.
  • Water, toilets and food may not be available at the Neighbourhood Safer Place and emergency service personnel may not be present.
  • Neighbourhood Safer Places are not intended for pets and livestock. 
  • For more information about the fires, contact the Bush Fire Information Line – 1800 679 737

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM):

A strong cold front will move through NSW on Tuesday, with hot, dry and gusty conditions ahead of the front generating very dangerous fire conditions over the ranges, slopes and coast.

All people in bush fire prone areas in NSW need to have a bush fire plan, remain vigilant, and monitor warnings and messages from the RFS.

Damaging wind gusts are also possible over parts of the southern ranges, Illawarra, Sydney coastal fringe and Hunter Coastal Fringe on Tuesday. Areas of raised dust are also forecast west of the Great Dividing Range, and there is a change that this system will bring dust to some coastal districts.

EVACUATION CENTRES:

Evacuation Centres are in place throughout fire-affected areas of the state. The most up-to-date information is available at https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance.aspx

The NSW Police Force keep their Facebook page up to date with evacuation centres that re open. Please monitor https://www.facebook.com/nswpoliceforce/ 

TRANSPORT:

Motorists should delay all non-essential travel.

Many roads remain closed due to bush fires. Be prepared for conditions to change quickly and roads to close suddenly.

If you need to travel, also make sure you’ve got water, food, supplies and a full tank of fuel. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before you set out.

If you’re already travelling when a bush fire starts, follow the directions of emergency services personnel.

Due to fire activity, both man and local roads may close without warning. For the latest information on road closures, check www.livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app or call 132 701.

All North Coast Train Services, from Sydney to Casino and Sydney to Grafton and their return trips have been cancelled until Wednesday due to the bush fires. Passengers are advised to delay any non-essential travel to the bush fire-affected areas.

For the latest information on public transport, check transportnsw.info or download a transport app or call 131 500. 

NSW AMBULANCE

NSW Ambulance recommends if anyone sustains any form of burn they should cool the affected area immediately with water – ideally running water – for a minimum of 20 minutes (for eyes ensure you flush the eye) and seek medical attention. 

NSW Ambulance is always here to help – never be afraid to call Triple Zero. 

AGRICULTURE & ANIMAL SERVICES:

Include your animals in your bush fire plan.

If you can, take your animals with you. Assistance from AASFA is available if you attend an evacuation centre.

For those impacted and seeking assistance for emergency fodder, emergency water (for immediate animal welfare cases only) or animal assessment (resulting from the fires) please contact the AASFA Hotline on 1800 814 647.

NSW ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY (EPA): 

Large volumes of waste have been generated from the bush fires and the EPA will work with local authorities to ensure the waste can be appropriately moved and disposed of when it is safe to do so.

The EPA is also monitoring impacts on its licensed premises and providing advice to licensees about how to manage their sites given the challenging conditions.

The community can report environmental concerns to the Environment Line 24/7 on 131 555.

RECOVERY: 

The State Emergency Recovery Controller has indicated a State Recovery Committee will be established to coordinate the significant recovery effort resulting from this event. The EPA will play a key role on the state level and related regional level committees which are likely to be active for the remainder of the bush fire season.

UTILITIES:  

Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.

Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.   

Fire chiefs warned that conditions could be so bad that it will be too dangerous for firefighters to try to put out the flames.

‘In those conditions, fire behaviour is erratic and extreme to say the least and we won’t be putting fires out when they take hold,’ said NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

‘Suppression is futile. The focus is on life safety and life protection… The risk is absolutely real.’ 

Some 400 firefighters are flying in from interstate and 50 firetrucks are driving up from Victoria to be stationed in the Hunter region. 

The fires are producing so much smoke that Brisbane’s air quality is three times worse than Beijing’s – as the smog blows as far east as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

As of Monday afternoon, there were around 60 active fires in New South Wales and 50 in Queensland.  

On guard: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Monday at RFS HQ) officially declared a state of emergency which will last for seven days - as fire chiefs warned the infernos will be too dangerous to put out

On guard: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Monday at RFS HQ) officially declared a state of emergency which will last for seven days - as fire chiefs warned the infernos will be too dangerous to put out

On guard: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Monday at RFS HQ) officially declared a state of emergency which will last for seven days – as fire chiefs warned the infernos will be too dangerous to put out

A bird's eye view: A photo from a plane over north eastern New South Wales as more than 100 blazes ravage Queensland and NSW

A bird's eye view: A photo from a plane over north eastern New South Wales as more than 100 blazes ravage Queensland and NSW

A bird’s eye view: A photo from a plane over north eastern New South Wales as more than 100 blazes ravage Queensland and NSW

Helping hand: A resident puts out small fires as he rides his motorcycle in Old Bar, New South Wales on Sunday

Helping hand: A resident puts out small fires as he rides his motorcycle in Old Bar, New South Wales on Sunday

Helping hand: A resident puts out small fires as he rides his motorcycle in Old Bar, New South Wales on Sunday

 

Ravaged: A burnt car at a property destroyed by a bushfire near Glen Innes, New South Wales - as the worst is yet to come

Ravaged: A burnt car at a property destroyed by a bushfire near Glen Innes, New South Wales - as the worst is yet to come

Ravaged: A burnt car at a property destroyed by a bushfire near Glen Innes, New South Wales – as the worst is yet to come

The Sydney councils suffering ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions on Tuesday: A full list

The Hills

Blacktown

Blue Mountains

Burwood

Camden

Campbelltown

Canada Bay

Fairfield

Hawkesbury 

Hornsby

Hunters Hill  

Kogarah

Ku-ring-gai

Lane Cove

Liverpool

Mosman

North Sydney  

Parramatta 

Penrith 

Randwick 

Ryde

Strathfield  

Sutherland

Sydney

Waverley

 Willoughby 

Woollahra 

Bayside

Canterbury-Bankstown

Central Coast

Cumberland

Georges River

Inner West

Northern Beaches  

Source: NSW RFS

Amid Australia’s worst drought on record, devastating fires are ravaging the east coast earlier in the year than normal. 

Over the weekend a man and two women in their sixties died in northern New South Wales as they attempted to flee too late – and more than 100 people, including 20 firefighters, have been injured.

Apocalyptic footage showed the sky over Port Macquarie turn a vibrant orange due to the flames and smoke on Sunday night.

Millions of dollars worth of damage has been caused as insurance companies send specialist disaster teams into fire-ravaged areas, with 150 claims lodged by 11am on Monday, according to the Insurance Council.

The body has declared the NSW North Coast to be in a state of catastrophe, meaning that claims there will be looked at as a priority.  

Destruction: A firefighter works to contain a bushfire near Taree, New South Wales by spraying water on a smoldering tree

Destruction: A firefighter works to contain a bushfire near Taree, New South Wales by spraying water on a smoldering tree

Destruction: A firefighter works to contain a bushfire near Taree, New South Wales by spraying water on a smoldering tree

Firefighters from Tasmania are being mobilised to relieve exhausted Queensland crews, with the danger far from over. Pictured: A huge inferno near Yeppoon, central Queensland

Firefighters from Tasmania are being mobilised to relieve exhausted Queensland crews, with the danger far from over. Pictured: A huge inferno near Yeppoon, central Queensland

Firefighters from Tasmania are being mobilised to relieve exhausted Queensland crews, with the danger far from over. Pictured: A huge inferno near Yeppoon, central Queensland

Damage: On Sunday a fire truck was hit by falling branches at Nambucca Heads and two firefighters were rushed to hospital with injuries

Damage: On Sunday a fire truck was hit by falling branches at Nambucca Heads and two firefighters were rushed to hospital with injuries

Damage: On Sunday a fire truck was hit by falling branches at Nambucca Heads and two firefighters were rushed to hospital with injuries

Climate change campaigners are blaming the disaster on global warming – but Scott Morrison on Sunday refused to say if climate change is a factor.

‘My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families,’ he said after he was heckled by a protester in Taree where he was visiting victims.

Ms Berejiklian mimicked his stance on Monday, saying: ‘I thought it was inappropriate that people were trying to talk about climate change yesterday when people wanted to stay alive.’

Ruins: A house destroyed by a bushfire is seen in Torrington, near Glen Innes. Dozens of homes have been ruined by the fires

Ruins: A house destroyed by a bushfire is seen in Torrington, near Glen Innes. Dozens of homes have been ruined by the fires

Ruins: A house destroyed by a bushfire is seen in Torrington, near Glen Innes. Dozens of homes have been ruined by the fires

Fires take their toll: More than 100 are hurt by infernos 

Doctors and paramedics on the ground have treated more than 100 people hurt during NSW’s devastating bushfires, 20 of them firefighters injured trying to protect communities. 

NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan is considering bringing in extra resources from interstate.

‘Over the last few days our doctors and paramedics have been exceedingly busy; they’ve treated over 100 patients for fire-related activity,’ he told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

‘We had a whole range of things that have been confirmed from very severe burns, sadly resulting in a loss of life in some instances, right down to minor injuries and minor burns.’

Mr Morgan paid tribute to the firefighters his teams had treated who were injured in the line of duty.

‘That’s something that we should all be recognising,’ he said.

‘Up to 20 (of the people treated) have been directly related to firefighters being injured while protecting their own communities.’

Mr Morgan said 30 additional ambulance crews would be deployed across the state to ensure additional protection as well as extra air assets.

Keeping watch: Firefighters keep a close eye on a bushfire approaching in Old Bar, New South Wales as they battle to control the blazes

Keeping watch: Firefighters keep a close eye on a bushfire approaching in Old Bar, New South Wales as they battle to control the blazes

Keeping watch: Firefighters keep a close eye on a bushfire approaching in Old Bar, New South Wales as they battle to control the blazes

Smoldering: Fire burns on Bolivia Hill near Glen Innes on Sunday. Firefighters are struggling to contain blazes across the east

Smoldering: Fire burns on Bolivia Hill near Glen Innes on Sunday. Firefighters are struggling to contain blazes across the east

Smoldering: Fire burns on Bolivia Hill near Glen Innes on Sunday. Firefighters are struggling to contain blazes across the east

‘It wasn’t a bushfire, it was a firestorm’: Residents tell of horror as homes are destroyed 

Residents thought they were going to die huddled in their small NSW community’s fire station during an ‘apocalyptic’ bushfire that sounded like a freight train and rained down embers and soot.

The Northern Tablelands village of Torrington, population 81, lost a dozen homes on Friday as the worst fire in living memory engulfed the town.

While some residents fled early on Friday, Linda Birch was among those to take refuge in the town’s metal fire station.

Smoke soon crept under the doors of the shed as embers bombarded the vents.

‘It wasn’t a bushfire, it was a firestorm,’ she told AAP.

‘The ferocity of this storm was that immense that we needed to put masks on within the shed as well.’

Ms Birch admitted she thought she was going to die, describing the situation as ‘apocalyptic’.

Residents are warned to prepare to evacuate early and head to town centres and other safe places on Monday. Pictured: Firefighters in Taree

Residents are warned to prepare to evacuate early and head to town centres and other safe places on Monday. Pictured: Firefighters in Taree

Residents are warned to prepare to evacuate early and head to town centres and other safe places on Monday. Pictured: Firefighters in Taree

Outside, the volunteer firefighters who were barely able to see a few feet ahead of themselves watered down the shed and hoped it survived.

‘The sound was like a freight train, we couldn’t hear ourselves, we couldn’t talk, we just reacted,’ Ms Birch said.

‘We weren’t sure if anyone survived outside. My husband and Leigh’s husband were outside.’

Jennette Styles said Victorian firefighters managed to save the community hall – ‘the hub of our village’ – but homes dating back to the early 20th century and their contents had been lost.

‘Our heritage, our history is just disappearing,’ she said.

‘It’s an amazing village because we have beautiful people here and we care about each other.

‘We pull together, but we need someone to come out and talk to these people who have lost houses.There are people who aren’t insured or don’t own the property or who have lost $85,000 sheds.’

The volunteer firefighters continued fighting the blaze over the weekend, saving Geoff Hilton’s home and shed just in time.

‘How close do you want it to be?’ he says, looking at scorched earth forming a ring around his shed.

Torrington RFS captain Greg Kneipp and his deputy, his dad Bob, have been battling the blaze since it began two weeks ago, with a few days rest in between.

They were thankful for the support of out-of-town and interstate crews, aerial water bombing and those carting water to the station to fill the trucks.

‘This would be the worst fire and I’m 47 years in the RFS. This would be it by far and only because of the dry conditions is it so bad,’ Bob Kneipp said.

He said the camaraderie of the fire crew was one of the reasons he stayed in the RFS but has noticed young people are less likely to sign up.

‘We’re a big happy family,’ he said.

‘Even when the strike teams come in … within a couple of days, we know every one of them.’

NSW on Monday declared a state of emergency for seven days as bushfires continued to rage across the state. 

A map issued by the Rural Fire Service warns of a catastrophic danger – the highest level – to the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter regions.

What does a state of emergency mean? 

A state of emergency allows emergency services personnel to:

Direct the public to evacuate an area or not enter an area

Order power and gas supplies to be shut off

Shore up or pull down buildings

Enter premises to facilitate the exercise of these powers.

It’s the first time a catastrophic fire danger has been declared for Sydney since new fire ratings were introduced in 2009.

‘High temperatures, strong winds and low humidity are forecast, making conditions dangerous,’ NSW Rural Fire Service warned on social media. 

‘Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. Homes are not designed to withstand a fire under these conditions.

‘If a fire starts and takes hold during catastrophic fire danger conditions, lives and homes will be at risk.’  

Residents are warned to prepare to evacuate early and head to town centres and other safe places on Monday and not wait until the last moment on Tuesday. 

A map of devastating heat: The dark red regions are where temperatures will soar above 30C on Tuesday

A map of devastating heat: The dark red regions are where temperatures will soar above 30C on Tuesday

A map of devastating heat: The dark red regions are where temperatures will soar above 30C on Tuesday

Unhealthy: As fires burned in Queensland, air pollution in Brisbane reached 'very unhealthy' levels, according to the Air Quality Index Visual Map. The purple areas are the worst affected. The air quality there is worse than the most polluted city in the world, Delhi in India

Unhealthy: As fires burned in Queensland, air pollution in Brisbane reached 'very unhealthy' levels, according to the Air Quality Index Visual Map. The purple areas are the worst affected. The air quality there is worse than the most polluted city in the world, Delhi in India

Unhealthy: As fires burned in Queensland, air pollution in Brisbane reached ‘very unhealthy’ levels, according to the Air Quality Index Visual Map. The purple areas are the worst affected. The air quality there is worse than the most polluted city in the world, Delhi in India

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The Queen is ‘a fan’ of Kate Middleton and her ‘unflappable’ attitude’, as the two share a ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach in life, a royal source told Vanity Fair.  

The Queen, 93, is said to have bonded with the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, over the way they both balance family life with their royal duties. 

The close bond between the pair was clear for all to see during yesterday’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph. 

The Queen and Kate stood next to each other on the same balcony and could be seen sharing quiet words together at various points during proceedings. 

The Queen is 'a fan' of Kate Middleton and her 'unflappable' attitude', as the two share a 'keep calm and carry on' approach in life, a royal source told Vanity Fair. Pictured, the Queen and the Kate share a moment on the balcony during Remembrance Sunday commemorations

The Queen is 'a fan' of Kate Middleton and her 'unflappable' attitude', as the two share a 'keep calm and carry on' approach in life, a royal source told Vanity Fair. Pictured, the Queen and the Kate share a moment on the balcony during Remembrance Sunday commemorations

The Queen is ‘a fan’ of Kate Middleton and her ‘unflappable’ attitude’, as the two share a ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach in life, a royal source told Vanity Fair. Pictured, the Queen and the Kate share a moment on the balcony during Remembrance Sunday commemorations

The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence were stood on a second balcony. 

The royals are organised at such events according to their order of seniority within the family.

Down below, all the Queen’s children, along with her grandsons, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, and her cousin, the Duke of Kent, stood smartly to attention in their uniforms. 

Speaking to Vanity Fair, the royal source explained the Queen admired the Duchess’s ‘unflappable’ nature.  

‘Her [the Duchess of Cambridge’s] mantra is very like the Queen’s “keep calm and carry on” approach in life, and she has the added benefit of making the Royal Family seem almost normal and in touch.’  

The source also suggested that the Queen holds an admiration for how the mother-of-three manages to balance her royal duties and projects as well as her family life with young children

The source also suggested that the Queen holds an admiration for how the mother-of-three manages to balance her royal duties and projects as well as her family life with young children

The source also suggested that the Queen holds an admiration for how the mother-of-three manages to balance her royal duties and projects as well as her family life with young children 

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The Duchess of Cambridge attended The Cenotaph, alongside the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, on Remembrance Sunday.

As expected, Kate wore an all-black ensemble, which featured a coat dress by Alexander McQueen. The tailored design incorporated a zip-up front and military-inspired details, creating a smart look that was appropriate for the occasion. She completed her outfit with a netted velvet fascinator and pearl drop earrings from the Queen’s collection.

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Royal biographer Claudia Joseph told the publication this year had been ‘Kate’s year’ and suggested the Duchess looked ‘happy and in control’. 

She revealed: ‘She’s very much the girl next door, from how she dresses to how she behaves and interacts with people on engagements. 

‘She is likeable and relatable and that has made her very popular.’ 

The expert take is echoed by royal supporters on Instagram who have shared a number of posts in recent months about the down-to-earth Duchess of Cambridge. 

The mother-of-three was recently spotted buying Halloween costumes for Prince George and Princess Charlotte at a Sainsbury’s branch in Hardwick, Cambridgeshire, prompting fans to comment that she’s ‘just like us’.  

The source went on to suggest that the down-to-earth Duchess had a way of making the royal family appear 'almost normal and in touch' (pictured, last week attending National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields)

The source went on to suggest that the down-to-earth Duchess had a way of making the royal family appear 'almost normal and in touch' (pictured, last week attending National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields)

The source went on to suggest that the down-to-earth Duchess had a way of making the royal family appear ‘almost normal and in touch’ (pictured, last week attending National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields) 

And it was reported last month that Kate made time to join other parents of her children’s school at a ‘meet and greet’ drinks party in Chelsea. 

The royal won similar support over summer when she was forced to contend with a cheeky Princess Charlotte when she stuck out her tongue during an outing to the King’s Cup sailing regatta. 

The moment prompted an outpouring from other mothers who said they ‘know the feeling’.  

In contrast the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has raised some eyebrows with her behaviour, which came to a head over her and Prince Harry’s use of private jets over summer.  

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Workers around the country fell silent at 11am today to remember those who have died defending the country.

A two minutes’ silence was held at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 101 years after the First World War came to an end.

In city centres around the country, military veterans and members of the community stood in silence to remember those had given their lives in that war and all of Britain’s conflict since.

The traditional silence dates back to November 11 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe to remember those who had died in what was then known as The Great War.

A large model of a poppy on display at King's Cross station in London, as people observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

A large model of a poppy on display at King's Cross station in London, as people observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

A large model of a poppy on display at King’s Cross station in London, as people observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Poppy petals are scattered as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Poppy petals are scattered as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Poppy petals are scattered as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Staff and commuters at Newcastle Central station observe the Armistice Day 2 minutes silence along with others all across the country

Staff and commuters at Newcastle Central station observe the Armistice Day 2 minutes silence along with others all across the country

Staff and commuters at Newcastle Central station observe the Armistice Day 2 minutes silence along with others all across the country

A veteran wipes away a tear on Armistice Day in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. The traditional silence dates back to November 11 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe to remember those who had died in what was then known as The Great War

A veteran wipes away a tear on Armistice Day in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. The traditional silence dates back to November 11 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe to remember those who had died in what was then known as The Great War

A veteran wipes away a tear on Armistice Day in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. The traditional silence dates back to November 11 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe to remember those who had died in what was then known as The Great War

Boris Johnson bows his head after laying a wreath during the remembrance service in Wolverhampton today

Boris Johnson bows his head after laying a wreath during the remembrance service in Wolverhampton today

Boris Johnson bows his head after laying a wreath during the remembrance service in Wolverhampton today

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was with defence minister Johnny Mercer, who is himself a former British Army officer, for a service at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at Islington Town Hall.

This year, for the first time, the red poppy has been worn to remember victims of terrorism, as well as fallen soldiers.

The Royal British Legion’s website has been updated to explain that the red poppy relates ‘to the armed forces community specifically, but not exclusively, and acknowledges the wider impact of conflict’.

It also defines Remembrance Day as recognising ‘the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth’ and the ‘innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism’.

Veterans observe a silence during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin, to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Veterans observe a silence during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin, to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Veterans observe a silence during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin, to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

In Belfast, people gathered at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall for the annual Armistice Day ceremony

In Belfast, people gathered at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall for the annual Armistice Day ceremony

In Belfast, people gathered at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall for the annual Armistice Day ceremony

A bus driver stops to observe a two minute silence for Armistice Day, as the clock hands of Elizabeth Tower stand at eleven o'clock, at the Palace of Westminster

A bus driver stops to observe a two minute silence for Armistice Day, as the clock hands of Elizabeth Tower stand at eleven o'clock, at the Palace of Westminster

A bus driver stops to observe a two minute silence for Armistice Day, as the clock hands of Elizabeth Tower stand at eleven o’clock, at the Palace of Westminster

Flagbearers lower their flags as the Last Post is played during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, in Dublin, today

Flagbearers lower their flags as the Last Post is played during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, in Dublin, today

Flagbearers lower their flags as the Last Post is played during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, in Dublin, today

Music teacher John Hare plays the last post as students and teachers gather to pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol

Music teacher John Hare plays the last post as students and teachers gather to pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol

Music teacher John Hare plays the last post as students and teachers gather to pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, in Bristol

Commuters stop to observe a two-minute silence for Armistice Day at Waterloo Station in London, earlier today

Commuters stop to observe a two-minute silence for Armistice Day at Waterloo Station in London, earlier today

Commuters stop to observe a two-minute silence for Armistice Day at Waterloo Station in London, earlier today

Veterans and members of the public observe two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, at Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Veterans and members of the public observe two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, at Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Veterans and members of the public observe two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, at Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

A woman from Belfast placing a remembrance cross at today's 101st Anniversary in the grounds of Belfast City Hall

A woman from Belfast placing a remembrance cross at today's 101st Anniversary in the grounds of Belfast City Hall

A woman from Belfast placing a remembrance cross at today’s 101st Anniversary in the grounds of Belfast City Hall

Former Scots Guard Brian Ward, from Cumbernauld, observes two minutes silence during a service at Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Former Scots Guard Brian Ward, from Cumbernauld, observes two minutes silence during a service at Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Former Scots Guard Brian Ward, from Cumbernauld, observes two minutes silence during a service at Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Commuters stop to observe a two-minute silence for Armistice Day at Waterloo Station in London earlier today

Commuters stop to observe a two-minute silence for Armistice Day at Waterloo Station in London earlier today

Commuters stop to observe a two-minute silence for Armistice Day at Waterloo Station in London earlier today

Thomas Sheehan of the French Foreign Legion Association in Ireland salutes after placing a wreath, during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, in Dublin

Thomas Sheehan of the French Foreign Legion Association in Ireland salutes after placing a wreath, during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, in Dublin

Thomas Sheehan of the French Foreign Legion Association in Ireland salutes after placing a wreath, during a service at Glasnevin cemetery, in Dublin

Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane and invited guests in Belfast. People gathered at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall for the annual Armistice Day ceremony

Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane and invited guests in Belfast. People gathered at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall for the annual Armistice Day ceremony

Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane and invited guests in Belfast. People gathered at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance at City Hall for the annual Armistice Day ceremony

Daniel Ward aged 2 (left), from Cumbernauld, and his brother Jack, aged 4 (right), place crosses in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Daniel Ward aged 2 (left), from Cumbernauld, and his brother Jack, aged 4 (right), place crosses in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Daniel Ward aged 2 (left), from Cumbernauld, and his brother Jack, aged 4 (right), place crosses in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Veterans and members of the public observe a two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Veterans and members of the public observe a two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Veterans and members of the public observe a two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Veterans and members of the public observe a two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, at the Battle of Britain Memorial on Capel le Ferne, Folkestone, in Kent

Veterans and members of the public observe a two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, at the Battle of Britain Memorial on Capel le Ferne, Folkestone, in Kent

Veterans and members of the public observe a two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War, at the Battle of Britain Memorial on Capel le Ferne, Folkestone, in Kent

Douglas Allen, 68 (left) with his father Jim Allen, 95, from Edinburgh take a look at the crosses and messages in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Douglas Allen, 68 (left) with his father Jim Allen, 95, from Edinburgh take a look at the crosses and messages in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Douglas Allen, 68 (left) with his father Jim Allen, 95, from Edinburgh take a look at the crosses and messages in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance

Poppies and messages in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Poppies and messages in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Poppies and messages in the Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance to mark Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Defence Minister Johnny Mercer (centre), a former British Army officer, during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Defence Minister Johnny Mercer (centre), a former British Army officer, during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Defence Minister Johnny Mercer (centre), a former British Army officer, during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (centre left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right), observe a silence at Islington Town Hall

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (centre left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right), observe a silence at Islington Town Hall

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (centre left) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right), observe a silence at Islington Town Hall

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attending Hartlepool War Memorial commemoration on the anniversary of Armistice Day

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attending Hartlepool War Memorial commemoration on the anniversary of Armistice Day

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attending Hartlepool War Memorial commemoration on the anniversary of Armistice Day

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at at Islington Town Hall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at at Islington Town Hall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a service at at Islington Town Hall

The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower at eleven o'clock marking a two minute silence for Armistice Day, at the Palace of Westminster

The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower at eleven o'clock marking a two minute silence for Armistice Day, at the Palace of Westminster

The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower at eleven o’clock marking a two minute silence for Armistice Day, at the Palace of Westminster

Students fall silent as they pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

Students fall silent as they pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

Students fall silent as they pay their respects during the two minutes silence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

A statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde is covered in poppy petals, as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence

A statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde is covered in poppy petals, as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence

A statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde is covered in poppy petals, as shoppers in Liverpool City Centre observe a silence

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with Islington's Mayor Rakhia Ismail, outside Islington Town Hall as they observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with Islington's Mayor Rakhia Ismail, outside Islington Town Hall as they observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stands with Islington’s Mayor Rakhia Ismail, outside Islington Town Hall as they observe a silence to mark Armistice Day

Yesterday, which was Remembrance Sunday, the royal family led solemn tributes to the nation’s war dead at a service at the Cenotaph in central London.

A uniformed Prince of Wales was the first to place a wreath of poppies at the foot of the memorial on behalf of the Queen, who appeared to wipe away a tear as she watched the ceremony from a nearby balcony.

Leaders from the main political parties took a break from the election campaign trail to join a crowd of thousands for the occasion on Whitehall in the heart of the capital. 

The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent all also laid wreaths at the base of the memorial.

Boris Johnson greets veterans whilst attending a Remembrance Day service today in Wolverhampton. Mr Johnson has stepped away from the election campaign trail to pay his respects to the fallen on Remembrance Day

Boris Johnson greets veterans whilst attending a Remembrance Day service today in Wolverhampton. Mr Johnson has stepped away from the election campaign trail to pay his respects to the fallen on Remembrance Day

Boris Johnson greets veterans whilst attending a Remembrance Day service today in Wolverhampton. Mr Johnson has stepped away from the election campaign trail to pay his respects to the fallen on Remembrance Day

Remembrance poppies at a war memorial in Hartlepool, northeast England, on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Remembrance poppies at a war memorial in Hartlepool, northeast England, on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

Remembrance poppies at a war memorial in Hartlepool, northeast England, on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the First World War

The Queen, dressed in black, looked on from a balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, flanked by the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex viewed the event from a separate balcony with the Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stood side by side during the commemorative proceedings on Sunday.

The pair were joined in laying wreaths by Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Five former prime ministers – Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May – as well as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, were also present to pay their respects. 

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