Alleged racial taunt aimed at Penrith Panthers’ Brent Naden overshadows ladder leaders’

Some of the fans were wearing Warriors gear and at least one was in animated discussion with police as he walked up the concourse steps before leaving the ground.

Panthers coach Cleary said Naden was “OK” in the dressing sheds after initially being shaken by the abuse.

‘He said it’s not the first time he’s heard that in his life, but in this forum it has been.’

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“He said it’s not the first time he’s heard that in his life, but in this forum it has been,” Cleary said. “I don’t know exactly what was said, but it definitely affected him and, by the sounds of it, the appropriate action was taken.

“It’s obviously a big deal and there will need to be some sort of investigation. Our main objective at the moment is making sure Brent is all right.”

Cleary said he believed the racial vilification was not limited to one remark.

Acting NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo planned to speak to Naden on Friday night. He said the code prided itself on being inclusive “and taking a leadership role in driving social change”.

“Any fan found to have racially abused a player or another fan will not be welcome at our games,” he said in a statement. “We have shown in the past that we will take the strongest possible action to ensure fans guilty of racial abuse are banned from attending the Telstra premiership.

“We will work closely with NSW Police, stadium authorities and the clubs to determine the facts and take decisive action against anyone guilty of racial abuse.”

Said Warriors chief executive Cameron George: “We do not condone any racial remarks towards anyone playing rugby league or in general and we completely support a tough stance against such behaviour.”


Naden, 24, has been a standout for the Panthers this season and only last month spoke of his pride in helping design the club’s Indigenous Round jersey. He also wore boots with a pattern created by his Dubbo-based uncle.

Naden scored the match’s opening try as the Panthers beat their previous club best eight-straight wins, racked up during their last premiership season (2003).

It was a drama-charged end to a controversial week for the Panthers, whose coach Ivan Cleary was slapped with a breach notice proposing a $20,000 fine for his post-match comments following their win over the Raiders.

Cleary said the match officials had “managed” Canberra back into the contest in the second half, but later denied he intended to question their integrity.

The Panthers were far from their best despite surging to a 16-0 lead in wet conditions at Gosford before holding off a late Warriors rally.

Asked about rewriting the history books, Cleary said: “Our history is over 50 years so it’s a pretty nice feather in the cap. That’s probably all it is, but it’s not easy to do – especially in the competition these days.

“They’re becoming a very reliable team. [But] I definitely feel we’ve got more in us.”

PENRITH PANTHERS 18 (Brent Naden, Api Koroisau, Dylan Edwards tries; Nathan Cleary 3 goals) defeated NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 12 (Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Patrick Herbert tries; Patrick Herbert 2 goals) at Central Coast Stadium. Referee: Adam Gee.

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested under the city’s new national security law on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces, one of his aides has said.

“Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” Mark Simon, a senior executive at Mr Lai’s media company Next Digital, tweeted in the early hours of Monday.

Mr Simon said police searched both Mr Lai and his son’s home, as well as other employees of Next Digital.

The media tycoon is said to have been arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law

Police also searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper.

Hong Kong police said in a statement that seven people aged between 39 and 72 had been arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law, but did not reveal the names of those arrested.

“The police operation is still ongoing and does not rule out more arrests,” the force said.

Tycoon and Apple Daily Newspaper owner Jimmy Lai shouts slogan before he is taken away by police officer at an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, December 11, 2014. Hong Kong authorities started on Thursday clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city's most economically and politically important district for more than two months as part of a campaign to demand free elections.
Mr Lai is an outspoken pro-democracy figure

Mr Lai, 71, who owns tabloid newspaper Apple Daily, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing.

He was also arrested this year on illegal assembly charges, along with other leading activists, relating to pro-democracy protests.

Steven Butler, Asia program co-ordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said: “The arrest of media tycoon Jimmy Lai bears out the worst fears that Hong Kong’s national security law would be used to suppress critical pro-democracy opinion and restrict press freedom.”

Wang Dan, dissident and exiled student leader of the crushed 1989 Tiananmen Square protests said: “Although it was expected, the arrest of Jimmy Lai was still very outrageous because his two sons were also arrested, which was obviously an attempt by the authorities to destroy Lai’s will through family ties.

“I call on the international community to take immediate action.”

In an interview with Reuters in May, Mr Lai pledged to stay in Hong Kong and continue to fight for democracy even though he expected to be one of the targets of the new legislation.

Beijing imposed the sweeping new law on 30 June, drawing condemnation from the West and prompting several countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada, to suspend extradition treaties with Hong Kong.

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The legislation punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.

Critics say it crushes freedoms in the semi-autonomous city, while supporters say it will bring stability after prolonged pro-democracy protests last year.

Before Monday, 15 people had been arrested under the law, including four aged 16 to 21 over posts on social media.

Last month, Chinese broadcaster CCTV said pro-democracy activist Nathan Law and five others were wanted under the law, although all six had fled overseas.

Mr Law had relocated to Britain in July to continue international advocacy work for Hong Kong.

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SA Police seeking witnesses of officer’s alleged assault at Elizabeth Downs, north of Adelaide

SA Police have called out for witnesses of an incident north of Adelaide on Thursday in which a police officer was allegedly dragged alongside a reversing vehicle.

Northern District Police officers reported a silver Holden sedan committing traffic offences on Hamblynn Road, Elizabeth Downs, just before 9:00pm on August 6.

The car was stopped at a petrol station and police attempted to speak to the driver through an open door, but the car was suddenly reversed, dragging an officer alongside it.

The occupant of the car then allegedly assaulted the officer, before driving off at high speed.

The officer sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene.

Detectives from the Northern District Criminal Investigation Branch attended an address at Craigmore on Friday, following an investigation.

The silver Holden sedan that was involved in an incident at Elizabeth Downs on Thursday night.(Supplied: SA Police)

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the address and charged with endangering life, assaulting a prescribed emergency worker and driving unlicensed.

He was refused bail and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday, August 10.

Detectives have urged anyone who witnessed or has dashcam footage of the incident to contact Crime Stoppers.

In July, two men were arrested following an alleged police assault at Para Hills, also in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

A policeman was allegedly punched in the face by one man, while a second suspect allegedly reversed a Subaru wagon, clipping a police car, as an officer was reaching for the keys.

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WWF “Troubled” By New Alleged Human Rights Violation

After guards at a wildlife park funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature were accused of killing a 24-year-old Nepali man earlier this month, the leading conservation charity said it will “advocate for diligence” in the investigation.

The case bears striking resemblance to another alleged killing in Chitwan, highlighted in a 2019 BuzzFeed News investigation into the beloved megacharity’s funding of guards accused of human rights abuses. The series led WWF to overhaul its human rights policies, commission a sweeping internal review of its practices, and promise to take “swift and appropriate action” to address any “shortcomings uncovered by the review.”

Raj Kumar Chepang died on July 22 after he was allegedly tortured by army personnel who help patrol the park, the Kathmandu Post reported.

The week before Kumar’s death, he and his friends were briefly detained by the army for collecting Ghongi, a type of snail considered a delicacy, the Post reported. His father told the newspaper that Kumar complained of “physical discomfort” after the army released him and later in the week went to the hospital, where he died. Police said they are waiting on the autopsy report which will confirm the cause of death.

A friend who said he was also detained told the newspaper the soldiers had beaten them, and also forced them to carry heavy wooden logs and do 100 push-ups. The Nepal army denied torturing or beating them.

WWF is “very troubled by these reports” and has “reached out to government authorities to understand the events that took place and urge that they are properly investigated,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We understand the Government of Nepal has commenced such an investigation.”

“In our ongoing dialogue with government officials, WWF has emphasized that conservation should never come at the expense of human rights and well-being,” the WWF spokesperson added. “WWF has been and intends to remain in close contact with the Government of Nepal and advocate for diligence as they investigate these events and take appropriate steps to bring any perpetrators to justice.”

Chitwan National Park did not respond to a request for comment.

Multiple human rights groups have launched their own investigations, which will also probe the park’s alleged involvement in the forceful eviction of an Indigenous settlement living near its borders. Chitwan officials set fire to two huts, one of the organizations said in a statement, and destroyed eight others using elephants, leaving villagers homeless in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

“WWF must investigate this case seriously and ensure family justice,” said Praveen Kumar from THRD Alliance, one of the groups investigating Kumar’s death.

“The army only cares about animals,” said Birendra Mahato, the chair of the Tharu Cultural Museum and Research Center. “They are also supposed to support local people, but they are not serious about supporting marginalized communities.”

BuzzFeed News has previously detailed WWF’s decadeslong support for the armed guards that fight poaching at Chitwan National Park. During that time, Indigenous villagers have accused the guards of beatings, torture, sexual assaults, and killings. Park officials have confiscated their firewood and vegetables, they allege, and forced them into unpaid labor.

In 2006, several Chitwan anti-poaching guards were charged with murder after they arrested Shikharam Chaudhary without evidence and allegedly tortured him to death. Afterward, WWF’s staff on the ground in Nepal leaped into action — not to demand justice, but to lobby for the charges to disappear. When the Nepalese government dropped the case months later, the charity declared it a victory in the fight against poaching. WWF Nepal continued to fund the park and work closely with the rangers who were accused of his killing.

WWF Nepal later hired one of them to work for the charity. It handed a second, Kamal Jung Kunwar, a special anti-poaching award. By then Kunwar had written a tell-all memoir that described in detail how he used waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

Kunwar’s photo appeared in a January 2020 WWF Nepal blog post about the ongoing work the charity is doing to help fight poaching. WWF removed the post after BuzzFeed News reached out for comment.

WWF Nepal’s website says Chitwan National Park is funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development. USAID did not respond to a request for comment by press time. The charity doesn’t disclose how much money it spends on paramilitary anti-poaching forces and law enforcement.

American taxpayers have spent millions of dollars financing WWF-backed forces in areas where guards have been accused of rape and murder, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. Some of the funds have gone to parks where WWF knew guards were accused of brutal abuses against local villagers — not the international poaching kingpins the charity says are its target.

The BuzzFeed News investigation found a pattern of abuses in national parks not just in Nepal but across Asia and Africa. Top executives at the World Wide Fund for Nature had personally reviewed detailed evidence that anti-poaching forces funded by the charity raped and tortured innocent people, but continued to support those forces.

The series spurred a bipartisan investigation and legislation that would prohibit the government from awarding money to international conservation groups that fund or support human rights violations. It also prompted reviews by the Government Accountability Office and the Interior Department, and separate government probes in the UK and Germany.

In April 2019, WWF appointed Navi Pillay, the former UN high commissioner for human rights, to chair its own inquiry into alleged abuses. The panel originally planned to publish its findings by the end of 2019 but did not do so. The panel did not respond to a request for comment.

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Man charged over alleged murder of Daiane Pelegrini

Police have charged a man over the alleged murder of a woman in Sydney’s north west on Monday evening.

About 4.50pm on Monday, emergency services were called to a unit on Ingleby Street, Oatlands, following reports a woman had been stabbed.

Daiane Pelegrini, 33, was with a man when she was allegedly confronted by an intruder inside her home.

Paramedics treated her the scene in Ingleby St, Oatlands before she was taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition, however she later died.

Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command arrested a 25-year-old man, known to the woman, at the scene before taking him to Granville Police Station.

The man was then taken to hospital for assessment before being returned to Granville Police Station Tuesday.

He was charged with murder, using carriage service to menace/harass/offend, entering a dwelling with intent (not steal/ destroy/damage), and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Police will allege in court that the man entered the unit while it was unoccupied prior to the incident.

It will be further alleged that the man sent threatening messages to the woman prior to her death.

Ms Pelegrini reportedly had an eight-year-old daughter but the child was with her husband Marcelo Antunes de Ataide, who she had separated from a few weeks ago.

She moved to Australia from Brazil with her husband at the end of 2016 and she was studying nursing part-time. She also worked as a carer for people with Alzheimer’s.

Mr Antunes de Ataide, who described his wife as having a “good heart”, said she had previously complained about a man who kept showing up at her unit.

“Please if anyone suspects a woman is in trouble, please call police, please ask for help,” he told the ABC.

Mr Antunes de Ataide said the family were devastated about what had happened.

“She was a really good mother … she was the best mum and would do anything for her daughter,” he said.

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NRL investigating alleged revenge porn video involving Brisbane Broncos player Kotoni Staggs

Brisbane Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs is at the centre of an alleged revenge porn incident soon after a delicate video was produced of him on line without the need of his consent.

It is comprehended police are speaking to the particular person who launched the online video and they could facial area prices.

The NRL mentioned its integrity unit was knowledgeable of the make a difference.

It is anticipated Staggs, 21, will be interviewed by the NRL integrity unit in just the following 24 hrs, even though it is not likely he will deal with any repercussions from the league.

The non-consensual sharing of own photographs on the internet is a prison offence in Australia and is considered image-primarily based sexual abuse.

In a assertion, the Broncos confirmed they experienced contacted the NRL integrity device.

“The Brisbane Broncos have been manufactured conscious of a movie recording involving Kotoni Staggs staying circulated on social media,” the statement study.

“The club is operating carefully with the NRL integrity device, acquiring alerted it as before long as starting to be aware of the situation.”

The revelations occur as the Broncos prepare to perform the Rabbitohs at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Friday evening.


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Alleged border jumper Diana Lasu reveals vile abuse

Diana Lasu, one of three young women at the centre of Queensland’s COVID-19 breach, has revealed the torrent of racist and sexist abuse she’s received on social media.

The 21-year-old shared the string of messages on Instagram on Friday showing vile messages aimed at the three women.

“Black lives matter, but not yours,” one person wrote, while another vile message said “everyone hates you”.

Many of the comments attacked Ms Lasu’s physical appearance and are too extreme to repeat.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told reporters on Friday the racist behaviour of people on social media “is not productive at all”.

“People doing the wrong thing come from all walks of life, backgrounds and community groups,” she said.

“So it is important especially in these times that community groups actually come together rather than fracture.”

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Ms Lasu, along with Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19, and Haja Timbo, 21, allegedly lied to authorities to get back into Queensland after a visit to Victoria.

Ms Muranga and Ms Lasu tested positive for COVID-19 after spending several days going about their business in the community.

Ms Timbo has not tested positive but is in quarantine as a precaution.

All three women have been charged for giving misleading information and fraud related to their re-entry to the state, which imposed strict restrictions on travel from Victoria.

Ms Timbo briefly commented on the backlash from hotel quarantine. “Half of the things that are in the media aren’t true, so what can you do,” she told the Courier-Mail.

“I want everything to be confidential. I don’t want to be in the media or my friends to be in the media.”

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It comes after Ms Muranga’s brother suggested the outrage directed at the trio was racially motivated.

The man known as Eddie told A Current Affair on Thursday his sister struggled for days with coronavirus after arriving home from Victoria on July 21.

“You need to think about this … think about my sister … she couldn’t even breathe, some days she couldn’t even breathe out of her airways,” he said.

Eddie said his sister and the other two women hadn’t spread coronavirus deliberately but had made a mistake they were being punished disproportionately for.

“It’s not something that we sat down and thought about yeah, it’s a f**king mistake,” he said.

“I reckon if someone else did this yeah, that wasn’t of colour, you’d be f**king protecting them. You wouldn’t be doing all of this s**t.

“Just because we’re f**king black, you all want to run all the way to the media, talking all of this s**t bro.”

Meanwhile, African community leaders have called for calm.

“Nobody is happy by the conduct of the girls, they’ve put their own families at risk, they’ve put the whole community at risk and we are unhappy for what they’ve done,” Queensland African Communities Council spokesman Beny Bol told Nine News.

“It is time for us to unite. The virus does not actually discriminate. So there‘s no correlation between the virus and the racial background so it is important for us to work together.”


Meanwhile the owners of a Thai restaurant chain in Sydney linked to more than 100 cases in the state say they too have been bombarded with vicious messages on social media.

Thai Rock owners Stephanie and David Boyd said they were not to blame for the situation and told A Current Affair they did not know how their business would recover.

Their Wetherill Park location has been linked to 94 cases, and their Potts Point location a further seven, but they insist they don’t know what went wrong.

“There’s a lot of mistruth out there, a lot of accusation,” Ms Boyd said.

Mr Boyd said he understood “people are scared” and wanted to blame someone, but “listen to facts”.

“We don’t know (how COVID-19 came to the restaurant),” he said.

“NSW Health don’t know. We’re still trying to investigate that.

The couple, who are self-isolating at home, also denied rumours they had defied NSW Health instructions.

“Can I be honest? We’re scared to go out. Seriously, we are. There’s a certain fear,” Mr Boyd said.

The couple say they have been left devastated by hateful and cruel messages from the public.

“(They say) ‘damn you to hell’, ‘you spread this virus to everybody’ and I should die because I have it,” Ms Boyd said.

“It’s very, very hurtful.”

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Drugs worth $1.5 million seized in SA after police bust truck driver’s alleged ‘essential worker’ transport plan

Police will allege an interstate truck driver in South Australia was planning to use his status as an essential worker to transport more than a million dollars’ worth of drugs around the country.

Detectives raided an address in Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, on Tuesday, allegedly seizing 160 kilograms of cannabis, 500 grams of cocaine and $20,000 cash.

Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Branch and the Australian Federal Police arrested a 52-year-old Mount Compass man at the scene.

They arrested a 43-year-old man at another address in Urrbrae.

Officers then searched a property at Evanston Park in Adelaide’s north, where they arrested a 37-year-old man and allegedly seized another $25,000 in cash.

All three men appeared in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.

More than $1.3 million of cannabis and about $175,000 of cocaine was seized in the joint operation between SA Police and the AFP.(Supplied: SA Police/AFP)

Police alleged the value of the cannabis seized was about $1.325 million, while the cocaine was valued at about $175,000.

AFP Superintendent Gail McClure said the arrests showed that criminals should not think they could exploit the global health crisis.

“Police will allege an interstate truck driver was planning to use his status as an essential worker to transport drugs around the country.

“These arrests and seizures show that we are one step ahead and will continue disrupting criminal ventures and put people before the courts.”


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Basketball ACT investigating alleged racist slur made to 12-year-old girls during Canberra game

Girls on an Indigenous basketball team say they were left feeling “hurt and demoralised” after 12-year-olds on the opposing side allegedly uttered a racist slur during their game.

The Winnunga Warriors, an Indigenous club based in Canberra, were playing in an under-14s basketball competition on Sunday, when children on the other team allegedly referred to some of the girls using an offensive term.

Winnunga Warriors president and 2018 ACT Australian of the Year Dion Devow tweeted that the phrase used against the girls had “broken his heart”.

“Racism never seems to end! Players on my daughter’s basketball team were called Coons yesterday on their first game back. Have we not learnt anything of late?”

Mr Devow said the incident had rattled the girls as it was entirely at odds with the culture of their club.

“Winnunga Warriors is all about embracing, celebrating and promoting reconciliation using basketball as a vehicle to do that,” Mr Devow said.


The father said it was particularly awful that the hateful language came from other 12-year-olds.

“They are children and it is just sad that these kids are picking up these cues and this type of behaviour and language and then they’re mimicking that and using that,” he said.

“This isn’t on and we will address it every time it comes up, and hopefully, it will lessen in time.

“Racism will not be tolerated.”

‘We don’t know if it will happen again’

Jane Diedricks said she was watching her daughter Catherine from the sidelines on the weekend when she observed the commotion.

“The girls came off looking a bit stunned and surprised, and it’s happened on other occasions as well, where they’ve come off the court and said, ‘Look some really weird words were said to us Mum and we don’t understand what some of them mean’,” Ms Diedricks said.  

Parents of young sports people outside a basketball court.
Winnunga Warriors president Dion Devow and Jane Diedricks have reported the incident to Basketball ACT.(ABC News: Tahlia Roy)

Ms Diedricks said her daughter told her that hearing the racist insults made her feel “uncomfortable and really overwhelmed”.

“It definitely hurt the players and it also hurt me,” she said.

Catherine’s teammate Sienna said it had left the Warriors anxious about returning to the court in future.

“I think that everyone might be a little nervous to play the next games because we don’t know if it will happen again,” she said.

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Sienna Devow and Catherine Diedricks, both 12, say the incident won’t stop them from playing the game they love.(ABC News: Tahlia Roy)

Mr Devow and Ms Diedricks have complained to Basketball ACT. 

“We would like an apology [from the opposition team] to our players and some ramifications that show the association [Basketball ACT] is serious about putting a stop to this type of racism,” Mr Devow said.  

In a statement, Basketball ACT chief executive officer David Simpson said he was investigating the complaint.

“Basketball ACT has been in close contact with both of the clubs involved and we will continue to work closely with them as we work through the investigation process,” Mr Simpson said.

But both Mr Devow and Ms Diedricks said despite the incident, the girls on the team loved the game and had a support network in each other. 

“It’s just super fun,” Catherine said, while laughing with Sienna.

“My team, they’re pretty easy going and I always have a good laugh with them. Even if you fall down straight on your face, you always laugh about it.”

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NSW Police investigate alleged sexual assault of two-year-old girl at Lollipop’s Playland in Penrith

Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a toddler at a play centre in Sydney’s west after she went missing inside the venue and was later discovered with injuries.

Officers were called to the Lollipop’s Playland and Cafe in Penrith just after midday yesterday after the two-year-old girl was found injured in a storeroom.

The girl’s mother had been searching for the lost child for about 20 minutes before she was located in a distressed state and crying.

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, said the girl was found with injuries “sufficient for us to be very concerned”.

She was taken to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to be treated and is now at home under the care of her family.

A crime scene was established at the play centre and detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad have launched an investigation.

Police said initial inquiries suggested the girl was sexually assaulted by an unknown man but Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said they were examining all options.

“Due to the tender age of the child … we’ve got to keep a very open mind and treat this at its worst,” he said.

“A child between two and three can only provide so much information.”

Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said detectives were examining CCTV footage and speaking to others in the area at the time.

“There is a register due to the COVID restrictions of everyone entering the centre and that’s been provided to us and we’re currently looking through that,” he said.

The centre’s owners say they are “devastated” for the girl and her family.(ABC News)

Detectives are appealing for anyone with any information, in particular those who were at the play centre yesterday and may have witnessed suspicious behaviour, to contact Crime Stoppers.

Naomi Gent who was at the Penrith centre with her two-year-old yesterday said there were lots of people inside at the time of the incident.

“It was very busy — a lot of children, a lot of adults,” she said.

“Just before 2:30pm, we were told that the centre was closing down and we could all leave and we were given free entry to come back.

We found on the way out that there was an incident.

“They took a photo of our ID, our drivers licences and we had a sign-in sheet with our names and phone numbers.”

The Lollipops Playland and Cafe is closed today and according to its Facebook page, will reopen tomorrow.

In a post on the play centre’s page, its owners said they were “devastated” by the incident.

“As parents of young children ourselves we are devastated for the family involved and are fully cooperating with the police investigation,” the post said.

“The safety of our customers and staff is always paramount.”

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