Australia news live update: Vic premier condemns Morrison for ‘double speaking to extremists’; search for William Tyrrell enters fifth day

Police pump creek in search for William Tyrrell

Police forensic teams searching for the remains of William Tyrrell are pumping a small creek near bushland and a home they have been focussing on as part of their revived search for the missing boy.

On the fifth day of the new search, police have pumped a creek just off Batar Creek Road in Kendall – the town on the mid North coast of New South Wales where then three-year-old William went missing from his foster grandmother’s home in 2014.

Police will search the creek bed today for evidence, and will also continue searching a larger patch of bushland about 1km from the Kendall home.

While teams used specialist ground penetrating radar technology to search under concrete in the homes garage on Thursday, and looked in the garden earlier in the week, police are now focussing their search efforts on nearby bushland.

Rural Fire service volunteers are helping police clear trees, and together with forensic specialists, cadaver dogs, excavators and electronic sifting machines, detectives are searching for any evidence related to William’s disappearance.

Dozens of officials are working on the search on Friday, with tarpaulin laid over the ground overnight to protect the area from rain.

The investigation is now understood to be considering whether William might have died after falling from the balcony of the foster grandmother’s house.

No one has been convicted or fined under laws passed soon after the Christchurch shootings aimed at preventing depictions of terror attacks being distributed online, authorities admit, but they say the threat of prosecution has helped reduce such content.

In the wake of the massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, which was live-streamed on Facebook and shared across the internet in March 2019, the Australian government quickly passed the Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material (AVM) bill.

The law created new offences for content service providers and hosting services for failing to notify the Australian federal police about, or fail to expeditiously remove, videos depicting “abhorrent violent conduct”. That conduct is defined as videos depicting terrorist acts, murders, attempted murders, torture, rape or kidnapping.

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