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Man charged with stealing Cleo Smith bought toy dolls in the years leading up to abduction

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The 36 year-old Western Australian man charged over the abduction of four-year-old Cleo Smith has an infatuation for dolls

Terence Darrell Kelly, has been charged with multiple offences including child stealing.

He faced Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and did not apply for bail and was not required to enter a plea.

Social media of alleged abductor

Kelly collects bratz dolls and is pictured on his social media wearing a shirt with the toy brand on it.

Terrance Kelly with Bratz dolls. Source: Facebook

There’s also pictures on his Facebook of an entire doll collection and selfies commenting on brushing the Bratz dolls hair.

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One post from last year saying “I love taking my dolls for drive arounds”

A lot of dolls are still in their original packaging. It appears to be an impressive collection, not limited to Bratz dolls – with Disney princesses and other little girls toys part of it all too.

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It has been reported he bought toy dolls in the years leading up to the alleged kidnapping.

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Kelly’s identity was revealed late on Wednesday afternoon after he was taken to hospital twice as he reportedly harmed himself in a police cell.

Why does he collect dolls?

Cleo found playing with toys

The detective leading the investigation into the alleged abduction revealed officers said they found Cleo playing with toys in one of the rooms.

Police have visited stores in the town’s main shopping street.

They asked business owners to hand over CCTV footage over the last two-and-a-half weeks.

The Australian have reported he bought dolls from Carnarvon Toyworld within the last three weeks with staff assisting detectives by scouring through archived security footage.

“He was in here three or four times a year buying girls’ toys, Disney princesses and others things like that,” a worker told the publication.

The man was known to police

Police still needed to establish what happened during the 18 days she was missing, describing it as a “traumatic event”

Kelly will face court again on December 6th.

Police have confirmed he was well known to Police and a familiar face in the community.

“It was literally a needle in a data haystack,” Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said.

Reports alleged abductor was following Cleo’s mum on Facebook, according to a nine 6pm report.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde is calling on people to refrain from sharing their opinions of the case online.

“Everyone please keep those theories to yourself and don’t go sticking them on social media — it’s very unhelpful.”

A team of 140 detectives, officers and analysts have been working tirelessly for more than two weeks since her alleged kidnapping from the family’s tent in the early hours of October 16.

Police have previously said this investigation is just at the tip of the iceberg and there are more details to emerge.

“The information acted on from last night (Monday) onwards starts out really small and quickly snowballs,”Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said.

“There were car movements, and there were phone movements. The jigsaw fit the puzzle.”

Cleo has been pictured in the arms of her mother for the first time.

Officers who specialise in interviewing children have been brought in to assist the investigation as the the rest of the world watches on, relieved that she is safely home. 

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida as Category 4 storm

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Officials say it’s one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S.

Hurricane Ian has made landfall in southwest Florida with winds of 155 mph. Hitting the mainland U.S. as a Category 4 storm— officials say it’s one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the nation.

Moving at a crawling pace— Hurricane Ian is prompting major concerns about flooding and delayed rescues for those who decided to ride out the storm.

Forecasters say the storm’s relatively slow surge could lead to even greater rainfall than expected.

After slamming Florida’s southwest coast with Category 4 force Wednesday afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told residents that Ian brought powerful conditions including relentless rainfall and life-threatening winds that are “incredibly dangerous.”

He said, “there will be debris in the air and flooding powerful enough to move cars around so please do not be outside during the storm. If you’re in those Southwest Florida counties that you need to be sheltering in place. Don’t forget that Ian will produce hurricane strength winds and massive flooding—not just where it makes the initial landfall—but throughout the state of Florida so central Northeast Florida will also feel impacts.”

The entire Sunshine state is under a state of emergency.

Several airports in Florida are closed with thousands of flights cancelled.

More than 50 of the state’s 76 school districts have already canceled classes, with many public schools be turned into evacuation shelters.

Meanwhile, FEMA has already deployed 700 personnel to Florida and the governor has activated 5,000 state national guard with another 2,000-guard coming in from other states.

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Nord Stream pipe attack “acts of sabotage”

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The US State Department has described recent leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines as “apparent acts of sabotage”

U.S State Department spokesperson Ned Price says they have more questions than answers at this point.

Adding Secretary of State Antony Blinken will begin discussing the issue with European counterparts as soon as Wednesday.

Price confirmed the leak “impacts Europe’s broader energy security and energy resilience”.

When was pressed on whether sabotage would rise to the level of a breach of NATO Article 5, he declined to speculate.

But noted the investigation could take some time.

It comes as European countries ramp up their military presence at oil and gas facilities, following the Nord Stream incident.

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Russia is about to annex Ukraine, so what happens next?

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Moscow is about to annex a swath of Ukraine, releasing what it called vote tallies showing support in four partially occupied provinces to join Russia.

It looks like Russia is poised to annex a large chunk of Ukraine.

This comes after so-called referendums were held in four occupied provinces, which showed overwhelming support for joining Russia.

Of course, these referendums were anything but legitimate. They were held at gunpoint and were widely denounced by Kyiv and the West as sham votes.

“They can announce anything they want. Nobody voted in the referendum except a few people who switched sides. They went from house to house but nobody came out,” said Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province.

People attend a rally and a concert in support of annexation referendums in Russian-held regions of Ukraine, in Saint Petersburg on September 23, 2022. 

Moscow takes charge

Nevertheless, it looks like Moscow is moving ahead with its plans to absorb these Ukrainian regions. A tribune has been set up on Red Square, with giant video screens proclaiming “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – Russia!”

The Russian-installed administrations of the four Ukrainian provinces on Wednesday formally asked Putin to incorporate them into Russia, which Russian officials have suggested is a formality.

“The results are clear. Welcome home, to Russia!,” Dmitry Medvedev, a former president who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said on Telegram.

It’s expected that President Vladimir Putin will give a speech within days confirming the annexation. This would mean that, in just over a week, Putin has gone from endorsing the sham referendums to formalizing the annexation of Ukrainian territory.

This latest development is sure to increase tensions between Russia and the West. It also further diminishes the chances of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.

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